George Passaris is a Director and heads the Credit Market Department at the European Investment Fund (EIF). The department covers EIF's market-based debt products and consists of two Divisions; Securitisation which is responsible for the provision of financial guarantees to financial intermediaries for the support and benefit of SMEs throughout all EU Member States and Diversified Debt Funds that is providing equity investments to EU based diversified debt funds. George has been a financial market professional for 30 years, working in the fixed income, structured credit, interest rate & currency derivatives markets. Prior to joining EIF, he was a consultant with BlackRock’s Financial Market Advisory Group. In the past, he has also worked in senior roles for Prudential Financial, Bear Stearns, ABN AMRO Bank and Bank of America. George holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and a BA (Hons) in Economics from the Economic University of Athens.