Shu Dar Yao

Director of Capital Formation

Office: Boston Year: 2016
Shu Dar is the Director of Capital Formation and Investor Relations at Social Finance, a nonprofit organization leading the development of Pay for Success (PFS) financing and Social Impact Bonds, an innovative public-private partnership that mobilizes capital to drive social progress. At Social Finance, Shu Dar partners with the Social Investments team to design the financial structures of PFS transactions, with a focus on representing a wide range of investor interests. She leads investor relation efforts and the firm’s growing portfolio of international engagements.

Before joining Social Finance, Shu Dar was a VP at Citigroup, focusing on social enterprise investing, thematic fixed-income issuances including Green Bonds, development bank financing, and financial inclusion through digital acceleration.  In this role, she was responsible for advising clients in the design and execution of innovative market-based and poverty-alleviating funding strategies.

She has also worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector financing arm of The World Bank Group.  There she focused on global infrastructure PPP project financing, with a specialization on large transportation deals. During the financial crisis, she took a leadership role in structuring, fundraising, and executing the Infrastructure Crisis Facility, a global $4 billion infrastructure investment fund designed and jointly funded by leading development banks, with IFC acting as an anchor LP.

Prior to IFC, Shu Dar also was an investment banker at JPMorgan, working in global M&A and Syndicated Leveraged Finance with a focus on private equity client LBOs.

Shu Dar received an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management as a Forte Fellow and graduated magna cum laude from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a BS in Finance and International Business.