Lauren has a global track record, comprising more than 25 years of experience, in launching, advising on and managing emerging markets impact investment funds and sustainable development finance transactions, with emphasis on appropriate financing for inclusive growth and resiliency. Design and successful implementation of clear strategies, policies, products and metrics for achieving simultaneous financial, social and environmental goals. Active in gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) as well as global climate adaptation and resilience investment work, Lauren’s work is often focused at the intersection of gender and climate impact. Her practice areas includes investment readiness and design work with asset managers and investment funds holding climate-related mandates in NAP-related project financing, renewable energy, food and agriculture, as well as international advisory work focused on inclusive MSME finance and governance related to climate, environment and social inclusion (non-executive director on relevant boards & investment committees).
Lauren has extensive experience in originating, structuring, conducting due diligence, negotiating and managing debt and equity instruments as well as credit enhancement facilities, including guarantee funds, primarily in Latin America and Africa, with equity and advisory experience in South Asia. She is a creative strategist committed to achieving strong inclusive blended returns (financial, social and environmental) by combining mindful awareness of the needs of "people and planet" with financial prudence and discipline. Lauren is a team player and team builder, good at managing and developing scarce resources and motivating culturally diverse staff. She has a win-win mindset and a proactive stakeholder approach to partnerships, program design and project management.
She holds an MBA in Finance & Strategic Planning from the Wharton Business School and a Masters in Social Change from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Lauren speaks and works in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.