Sammar Essmat is the Senior Gender Lead for Middle East and North Africa / East Europe and Central Asia  International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group.??Sammar leads IFC’s Gender and Private Sector programs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and in East Europe and Central Asia (ECA). In MENA, she works with clients to assist them in attracting and retaining more women in their workforce. Sammar joined IFC in 2006. Before joining IFC, Sammar led the Trade and Investment Department of the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce. She holds a MSc. in Civil Sector Organizations from the London School of Economics.