Alison Harwood is committed to promoting finance as a force for positive change. She is a consultant on sustainable and green finance and investing with impact and a Senior Fellow in Residence at the Milken Institute School of Public Health focused on mobilizing private capital to finance the SDGs.
Alison is a recognized leader in building capital markets in emerging market countries. She was Global Head of Capital Markets at the World Bank Group, leading operations to build local markets and market-based solutions and modeling ways to leverage advisory and financing resources to better address large-scale development challenges. Earlier, Alison was Director of the Capital Markets Practice at the Barents Group, KPMG’s emerging markets consulting arm, and Resident Advisor on financial sector reform with Harvard’s Institute for International Development in Indonesia. She began her career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Alison has published and is a frequent speaker on emerging markets and sustainable finance. She is on the board of CiFi, which finances sustainable infrastructure in Latin America, and the Advisory Board and a program leader on sustainable and green capital markets at the Toronto Centre, leading work on green capital markets. She has an M.B.A. and Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Alison Harwood, Sustainable Finance and Investing with Impact
Corrie A. Harris is the Assistant Director for the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity. In this role, Harris manages the design, implementation and growth of the Global Development Lab. She has significant experience in operational excellence for organizations focused on poverty alleviation, both locally and globally. Harris has also worked across various sectors, including academia, international government relations, nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurial ventures and for-profit institutions. Most notably, Harris was the director of Villa Familia Nicaragua (VFN), an orphanage for children in crisis in Nicaragua. She managed the day-to-day operations as well as all of its strategic programs, including initiating a Coalition of Directors for collaboration. With the collective knowledge of the coalition, Harris created an economic development strategy for retrofitting and expanding VFN. After this, she recruited nationally and internationally for the implementation of development. This effort was highly successful and received the highest governmental recognition from the Department of Mi Familia as the standard by which all other centers for children in crisis should be modeled. Harris earned a Master of Arts in Sustainability and Development from SMU and an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington with concentrations in Economics, Sustainability, Management and Cultural Studies. Her master’s thesis is titled Resilient Sustainable Development: Localized Transformational Impact to Alleviate Poverty.