Robin Young brings together two decades of experience in micro and small enterprise finance with value chain and enterprise development to design and implement innovative and effect private sector approaches to address development challenges.

Her career has included advising multi-lateral development finance institutions on regional strategies to advance access to finance, consulting with large and small retail financial institutions on MSE business lines, and implementing capital raising strategies for microfinance institutions. Her recent research and advisory services on innovations in rural and agricultural finance builds on almost two decades of work that started with groundbreaking commercialization of microfinance and credit guarantee research begun in the 1990s. She is frequently invited to speak at international events and run workshops on topics including impact investing, rural, agricultural, micro and small enterprise finance. Currently she is exploring innovative and effective ways to leverage investment, business development and market access for rural enterprises, value chains and sustainable landscapes.

Robin works as a technical advisor, team leader, and new business champion on DAI’s economic growth portfolio. She has led advisory and research projects for the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, the U.K. Department for International Development, Inter-American Development Bank, International Finance Corporation, World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development and private sector financial institutions and investment funds.

Based in Central America, she has worked in more than 20 developing countries.



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