Gender & Social Inclusion Adviser, USAID Green Invest Asia
Caterina leads USAID Green Invest Asia’s efforts to incorporate gender and social inclusion components in its operations and is leading related research and strategy setting. Caterina is gender-finance specialist with 18 years’ experience working for private sector and development finance institutions on inclusive finance, women’s economic empowerment, and entrepreneurship. She has worked for the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and other funders to implement projects in over 30 countries. From microfinance and SME finance, she then focused on the crossroads of gender and finance, advising banks and the private sector on how to increase their outreach to and investment in women-owned businesses. In 2015 she founded Connecting Founders, a Bangkok-based advisory firm that helps bridge the funding gap for female founders by providing financial and strategic advice.