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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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