Deena Burjorjee is a seasoned development finance professional with 25+ years of experience working in emerging markets to develop inclusive financial sectors that improve the lives of poor and low-income people. She is an accomplished manager who has worked in large complex organizations, most recently at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as the Upstream Advisory Lead for the Middle East, Pakistan Afghanistan, Central Asia and Turkey (MCT) region.
Prior to that she founded Access Alliance, a development finance consulting firm, where she led integrated teams to solve complex development challenges around small and medium enterprise growth, climate, gender, and capital markets development. After leaving the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2005, she began her foray into the impact investing space structuring the first debt and equity fund in the Middle East, now valued over $600M, supporting growth and employment creation of the micro, small, and medium entrepreneur (MSME) sector.
Over the course of her career, she has worked across 30+ countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia with a range of public and private stakeholders in the financial sector as well as the start-up and investment space. She is a passionate advocate for women’s entrepreneurship and has dedicated much of her career to advancing women’s equality and empowerment. Ms. Burjorjee is also an experienced trainer and educator, having taught courses and workshops on Microfinance at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and published numerous tools, technical guides, and papers across her areas of expertise. She also sits on the Board and Investment Committee of the Financial Sector Deepening Trust Uganda (FSDU).