Urmi is responsible for managing grant-making on field-building and collaborative activities to inform and build the impact investing marketplace. She also coordinates the team’s evaluation activities and represents the team on all impact investing efforts undertaken in conjunction with the Foundation’s international programs.
With close to two decades of experience in international economic development, banking and impact investing, Urmi has worked with stakeholders along the financial services delivery chain, focusing specially on the small and micro segments. She started her career in corporate banking at Bank of America in India after a business degree from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, later earning a master’s degree (summa cum laude) at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. For eight years, she worked with CapitalPlus Exchange, leading and managing relationships with small business finance and microfinance institutions and developing a range of capacity building initiatives. Her work included conceptualizing, launching and running the first global community network for emerging market small business banks, an initiative that is now part of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) SME Finance Forum managed by the International Finance Corporation.