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.