Deborah Drake is program manager of the Investing in Inclusive Finance initiative of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion. Deborah directs the Financial Inclusion Equity Council (FIEC), a membership organization of private entities that make equity investments in the developing world’s MFIs. Previously, she led Accion’s Financial Management Unit. 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. She is a faculty member of the Boulder Microfinance Training Program in Turin. Before joining Accion in 1990, Ms. Drake was a banking specialist at the World Bank and a commercial banker. She is a board member the Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit Root Capital and its Peruvian subsidiary, ACCDER. Ms. Drake is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an MBA from Babson College. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.
As part of the Investing in Inclusive Finance team, Danielle Piskadlo works closely with investors making active, sustainable investments in financial institutions serving the base of the pyramid. Danielle coordinates all of the Investing in Inclusive Finance projects, focusing primarily on risk management and developing the capacity of board members. Prior to joining the Center, Danielle worked part-time with Accion Investments while pursing master degrees in international business at the Fletcher School and public administration at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before coming to Boston, Danielle worked in Beijing at Wokai, a nonprofit microfinance start-up growing the microfinance sector in China, and also spent time in Hyderabad, India working for Intellecap, a leading microfinance consultancy. She began her career as a financial analyst in San Diego. Danielle has a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Vermont and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
As an Analyst for the Investing in Inclusive Finance team, Lizzy provides operational support for the Financial Inclusion Equity Council, Africa Board Fellowship and MENA Governance projects. Her work focuses on building connections and peer-to-peer learning opportunities for fellows of the ABF program through implementation of virtual dialogues, connectivity on a virtual platform, monitoring and evaluation of the program and alumni engagement. She also works with equity impact investors that serve the base of the economic pyramid. Prior to joining the CFI team, Lizzy supported fundraising and development with Accion’s Resource Development department. She also worked in financial services and research for financial clients in Boston, MA. Lizzy received her bachelor’s degree in Art History and Management from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
As an Project Specialist on the Investing in Inclusive Finance team, Emma provides support to the Africa Board Fellowship program implementation, project management, and communications. She will act as a point person for the financial management of the Financial Inclusion Equity Council. She also contributes to the CFI’s blog and social media and prepares case studies, briefs and written analyses. Emma graduated from the Master of Public Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). While at the HKS, she was the Chair of the Impact Investing and Social Enterprise Committee. Previously, she worked at UN Women in Kampala where she was the Consultant for Women, Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action developing humanitarian innovation assessment frameworks and conducting baseline assessments to identify critical sectors for UN investigation. Prior to that, she worked at Sanergy, based in Nairobi, as the Impact and Feasibility Fellow and at Pathfinder International as the Research and Metrics Coordinator. Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs (Magna Cum Laude) from George Washington University. She is fluent in Arabic and is a certified yoga teacher.