Matt Shakhovskoy is the Executive Director of the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, a multi-donor effort designed to demonstrate how specific products and services can expand the reach of financing for smallholder farmers. Over the past ten years Matt has worked in the areas of private equity and development advisory for a number of leading organizations including Agis Investments, Dalberg, and Deloitte. Over this time Matt has been involved in over 60 projects in 25 countries working with partners such as the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, USAID, MTN, and the G8.
Matt holds a MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of London and Bachelors of Business and Economics from the University of Queensland.
Dan Zook is the Director of Investments of the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) at the Global Development Incubator, based in New York. Dan supports ISF’s investment pipeline development, targeted market research, and multi-stakeholder facilitation in the smallholder finance sector. Dan joined ISF from Dalberg where he was a senior project manager specializing in agriculture and access to finance. Previously, he worked for Booz & Company, Standard Chartered Bank, and Plan International.
Dan holds an MBA with honors from Cornell’s Johnson Business School and a BA from Princeton University in neuroscience. He has lived and worked in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Tom Carroll is the Director of the AgEnterprise portfolio of the Global Development Incubator (GDI). The AgEnterprise portfolio supports multi-stakeholder initiatives and social enterprises that focus on the development and application of products and services for small agricultural enterprises. Tom oversees GDI’s support for several incubated efforts, including the Initiative for Smallholder Finance and The Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab.
Previously, Tom was a Partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors where he led a strategy consulting portfolio that included efforts such as comprehensive investment analyses of global and regional commodity markets; development of public-private partnerships across a host of those markets; commercialization of agriculture technologies; and design of innovative financing mechanisms in frontier markets. Tom holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA in government from the University of Notre Dame.
Craig Courtney is a Senior Advisor to the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, specializing in innovative solutions for international development finance.
Previously, he was Director, External Relations at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), where his duties included overseeing all resource mobilization matters, strategic communications/advocacy and private sector partnerships. Prior to his development finance work, he acquired extensive experience raising capital and providing strategic advice to governments and corporations while working for over 20 years in investment banking in Asia and Europe.
Craig holds a MBA from Cornell University and a BA in Economics and Viticulture/Enology from the University of California, Davis.
Michael von During is a Manager for the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) at the Global Development Incubator, based in New York.
Previously, Michael worked in the impact investing sector, supporting pipeline development and risk management with a focus on microfinance at Water.org, Symbiotics, and Alphamundi. Michael has also worked at Cargill, where he led credit risk projects related to commodities trading activities.
Michael holds a degree in economics and business management from the University of Geneva (HEC) in Switzerland, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago. He has lived and worked in Australia, South Africa, Central America, Mexico, Europe and the US.
Martin Slawek is a Manager for the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) based in New York. Martin is responsible for the structuring of innovative development finance solutions, along with investment pipeline generation. He has worked extensively with agriculture companies, agriculture startups, banks, governments, foundations, and impact investors.
Previously, Martin was an Investment Banker covering structured products, securitization, and warehouse financing at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Martin earned a double major BA in International Relations and in Mandarin Chinese from Hobart College. He holds the Series 79 and 63 licenses.
Miriam Cherogony is the Africa Regional Manager of the Initiative for Smallholder Finance. Based in Nairobi, she brings over 20 years of local, regional and international development finance experience to ISF. Previously, she managed the Rural Finance Knowledge Management Partnership (KMP), an IFAD funded grant project, as the Development Finance and Knowledge Management Specialist. She has also worked with the Ministry of Agriculture of Kenya and the Africa Rural Agricultural and Credit Association (AFRACA).
Miriam developed several knowledge products for IFAD, notably on community based financial organizations, credit guarantee schemes, and rural youth finance.
She holds a BA and MA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba, Canada.
Sara Wallace Beatty is the Senior Communications Associate at the Global Development Incubator, which houses ISF. She leads communications efforts for GDI and the initiatives and social enterprises across GDI’s focus areas. Sara oversees the publication of ISF's briefing notes, liaises with partners and stakeholders, and manages ISF's social media presence.
Before joining GDI, Sara supported communications at Dalberg, a global development consulting firm. Sara has also worked at journalism outlets including Media Matters for America, Philadelphia Magazine, and the Olive Press in Andalucía, Spain.
She holds a BA in Sociology from Princeton University.
Malia Bachesta is a Communications Associate leading the AgEnterprise focus area for the Global Development Incubator (GDI), which hosts the Initiative for Smallholder Finance. In her role for the ISF she manages event coordination and the publishing process for briefing notes, blogs, and press.
Prior to joining GDI, Malia was a member of Root Capital’s communications team where she led projects for systems improvements and helped track/analyze their performance for online messaging. She has worked on issues such as smallholder finance, energy poverty, and corporate responsibility.
Malia holds a B.A. from Northeastern University in Communication Studies with a focus on International Affairs and Social Entrepreneurship.