Alison Eskesen

About Alison Eskesen
  • Asia Pacific Regional Director, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
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Alison Eskesen is the Asia Pacific Regional Director for the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.

Alison is a seasoned international development executive working nearly 20 years at the intersection of development and finance. In over thirty countries worldwide, she has built a track record of measurable results by cultivating strategic partnerships among governments, private banks and businesses, and donors. In her previous role, Alison was a Director at Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder agriculture partnership catalyzed by the World Economic Forum and ASEAN Secretariat. Alison has also worked in impact investing and spent the majority of her career at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she mobilized domestic capital for local development projects by structuring and negotiating innovative financing mechanisms. She headed the business development team with a total portfolio of $2.8 billion. While at USAID Alison also created and managed development programs that strengthened urban governance and financed slum upgrading. Alison is an Advisory Board member for the Aspen Development Network Enterprises (ANDE) Southeast Asia chapter and the Commonwealth Bank WISE program. Alison holds a MA from Columbia University and a BA from Colgate University. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Paraguay.


Leveraging Technology for Financial Inclusion

09 Jun 2017

This panel will discuss insights around the landscape of fintech for financial inclusion in Asia, including current challenges and opportunities that are unique to the region. The panel will also explore the opportunity for impact investing and philanthropic capital to play a catalytic role in advancing this space, especially in Asia.


Closing Plenary – Collaborations and Markets for More Inclusive Economies

09 Jun 2017

This session will draw on perspectives from different actors thinking about what an inclusive economy looks like, what approaches can be used to get there, and what role markets can play in advancing more inclusive economies.

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