Carmen Niethammer

Senior Gender Specialist, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Carmen Niethammer is the Sr. Gender Specialist at the European Investment Bank, the EU’s Climate Bank. Based in Luxembourg, she leads the EIB Gender Team on mobility and urban development investments and promotes women’s access to finance through commercial banking – closing gender gaps while driving gains in productivity, competitiveness, and innovation.

Much of Carmen’s work also focuses on strengthening the gender & climate-lens investing nexus. She co-authored numerous thematic and sector briefs as part of the 2x Gender-Smart Climate Finance Guide that were published at COP26. On behalf of EIB, Carmen supported the launch of EIGE’s 2023 Gender Equality Index focused on the European Green Deal. She also conceptualized and helped establish the EIB-powered EU Women Climate Leaders Network. Among others, Carmen represents EIB in the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance’s Gender Finance Taskforce.

Carmen joined EIB from the IFC/World Bank Group which included assignments in Brazil, Egypt, Sri Lanka, and the United States. She is a Senior Fellow at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.