Aun Rahman is currently the Access to Finance Lead at infoDev, an entrepreneurship development program at the World Bank Group where he leads the development of novel financing mechanisms to accelerate capital flows to entrepreneurs in emerging and frontier markets. His current areas of focus including seed and early-stage funds, investment readiness programs, angel investing, and platform based financing (such as crowdfunding). Aun is leading the build-out of the first set of angel networks in the Caribbean, and developing climate focused venture funds in Kenya and Ghana. He’s also spearheading a multi-organizational collaborative initiative to build solutions for early-stage finance in developing countries, in partnership with leading field building organizations in emerging markets early-stage finance.
Prior to infoDev, Aun was the founder Country Director/CEO of Acumen Fund Pakistan from 2006-12 Under his leadership, Acumen Pakistan built the country’s first impact investment portfolio, investing in pioneering businesses building sustainable models for delivering essential products and services to the low-income and underserved markets. Aun has directed investments in several of these enterprises, in areas like agricultural financing for small holder farmers, low-cost drip irrigation, affordable housing, and clean drinking water. He has developed significant knowledge and domain expertise in affordable housing.
Aun joined Acumen Fund in 2003 as its first Fellow, working for 18 months with Acumen’s investee Saiban to structure and incubate an affordable commercial housing project in Lahore and to develop the organization’s management information systems. Aun has a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School where he was a Mason Fellow.
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