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Willy began his career on Wall Street as a financial analyst in the Latin American Corporate Finance group at Lehman Brothers. Early in his career, he worked as a journalist in Mexico and Argentina where he discovered the challenges faced by cooperatives and small producers who lacked access to credit and markets. He founded Root Capital in 1999. Root Capital has grown to over 100 employees, with clients across Latin America and Africa, and $100 million in assets. He received SASE in 2005, an Ashoka Global Fellow in 2007, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization in 2009, one of Forbes’ “Impact 30” in 2011, and currently belongs to the 2012 Henry Crown Fellowship Class of the Aspen Institute. He is on the executive committee of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an M.S. in development economics from LSE and a BA from Yale.

 

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Coffee: The Canary in the Coalmine for Climate Change

Part of a series on A Special Series on Entrepreneurial Solutions to Climate Change

June 04, 2014

 
 

 
 
 

'Truffula' Trees, The IPCC and Climate Change

Part of a series on A Special Series from the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurs Challenge

October 10, 2013

 
 

 
 
 
 

Videos

 

The 450 Million Farmer Opportunity: Large-Scale Change Through Smallholder Finance Tue, April 22, 2014

The 450 Million Farmer Opportunity: Large-Scale Change Through Smallholder Finance

 

 
 
 
 

BBC Forum: A Relationship of Equals? Fri, March 30, 2012

BBC Forum: A Relationship of Equals?

 

 
 
 
 
 

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Building the Conveyor Belt: A Collaborative Approach For Lifecycle Funding - 2011

Social entrepreneurs are often presented with funding opportunities that undermine their ability to sustain and scale impact – resulting in stranded innovations that fail to make a real difference. In contrast, some venture ...

Building The Conveyor Belt: A Collaborative Approach For Lifecycle Funding

 

 
 
 

Partnering For Power - 2009

Access to private sector funding, supply chains, reach and expertise can help social entrepreneurs develop win/win scenarios. Health Care Without Harm and Kaiser Permanente promote better environmental and safety practices across ...

Partnering For Power: Leveraging Private Sector Alliances

 

 
 
 
 
 

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