Deborah Drake

Vice President, Investing in Inclusive Finance Program

Deborah leads the Africa Board Fellowship Program, which is dedicated to strengthening governance and improving risk management and strategy for CEOs and board directors of sub-Saharan African financial institutions. She also directs the Financial Inclusion Equity Council (FIEC), a membership organization of private entities making equity investments in financial institutions in the developing world.

Deborah is co-editor of The Commercialization of Microfinance: Balancing Business and Development, and the co-author of Alchemists for the Poor: NGOs as Financial Institutions. Prior to joining Accion, Ms. Drake was a banking specialist at the World Bank and a commercial banker. She serves on the boards of the Calmeadow Foundation and Root Capital, and Root’s Peruvian subsidiary, ACCDER.

Ms. Drake is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an MBA from Babson College. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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