Dr. Barbara Samuels is recognized as a global expert in international finance and development with over 30 years of experience. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Clearinghouse for Development Finance (GlobalDF), a non-profit initiative devising innovative technical approaches to mobilize the private sector for development. Recent assignments include: technical support of NEPAD on job creation, infrastructure, and derisking finance strategies; the design and implementation of the World Bank City Creditworthiness Self-Assessment & Planning Toolkit, the design and implementation of the UN Capital Development Fund’s Local Finance Initiative; directing the African Development Bank’s Report on Africa Risk Mitigation Needs and Solutions; and the advancement of scalable Financing for Development Tools, most recently the INFRADEV Marketplace. Dr. Samuels has a Ph.D. in Management and Political Science from MIT, an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management, and an M.S. in Political Science from MIT.