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Jay Collins

Vice Chairman, Corporate & Investment Bank
Jay Collins is Vice Chairman of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory (BCMA) at Citigroup and is the firm’s senior banker for global governments. Over the course of his 36-year career, he has advised governments, corporations and banks on complex large-scale financings and M&A on every continent and across every sector. Jay has executed transactions for over 50 governments, including privatizations, liability management and funding solutions, infrastructure finance, structured products and derivatives, as well as electronic banking services and digital payment solutions. He has had the privilege of advising governments at times of financial duress, including Egypt, Argentina, Greece, Ukraine, Iraq, Ecuador, Pakistan, Nigeria and Jamaica, working on many of the largest sovereign debt restructurings in the world. During the Covid crisis, Jay led a team of 27 Citi bankers as sole financial advisor to Gavi’s COVAX Facility, advising on financial and risk issues related to just and equitable global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. Throughout his career Jay has maintained an ongoing focus on sustainability and development finance and has advised multilateral financial institutions since the early 1990s. He has acted as the senior advisor for Citi to the Government of Egypt on climate finance structures and solutions for COP 27. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University where he teaches ¨Sustainability, Innovation and Technology¨ at the graduate level. He co-chaired Citi’s Sustainable Banking Committee and is asked to speak regularly on climate finance and sustainability policies. He recently Chaired the Report Committee for the UN Secretary General’s Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance. Jay served as Global Head of Citi’s Public Sector Group from 2005 – 2011. From 2006 – 2007, Jay was also Global Head of Infrastructure Finance. From 2001 – 2005, Jay was Citi’s Head of Global Banking for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA). Prior to his CEEMEA position, Jay was Deputy Head and the senior foreigner in Nikko Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division in Tokyo, Japan.He has also served as Chief Operating Officer for the Latin America Region. He has been a Senior Credit Officer of the firm since 2006. Before joining Citi in 1997, Jay worked for Merrill Lynch on the “NY1” team, (the US large-cap Investment Banking team) and subsequently in Merrill’s Direct Investment Group. Jay has a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University where he graduated with Honors in International Business Finance in 1989. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colorado College. He also studied at Waseda University in Japan.