Posted on May 28, 2013 in Speakers 2012
Renowned leader in international development and civil society innovation. Speaks on opening session 20. March 2012.
Davis is the founding President & CEO of BRAC USA, a grantmaking affiliate of BRAC, an international development organization started in Bangladesh in 1972 and now working in Haiti and 9 countries across Africa and Asia. Since its inception, Ms. Davis has served as a Senior Advisor to New York University’s Reynolds Program on Social Entrepreneurship. Previously she led Ashoka’s Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship, co-founded the University Network for Social Entrepreneurship and oversaw Ashoka’s expansion to the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. She serves on Ashoka’s international board committee that selects Ashoka Fellows. In addition she served as a Senior Advisor to the Director General of the International Labor Organization. Davis is co-author with David Bornstein of Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, published by Oxford University Press in 2010.
She is currently on the governing boards of BRAC and BRAC International and serves as chair for BRAC Sierra Leone and Liberia microfinance companies. In addition she was a founding board member and Chair of the Grameen Foundation and is a current board member. Prior to that, she led the global advocacy group, Women’s Environment & Development Organization. She has extensive microfinance experience including from her years with the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh and from her work with Women’s World Banking. She also served as a funder and volunteer representative to start Ashoka Bangladesh. She was educated at Georgetown, Harvard and Oxford universities.