Aymeric Saha, Managing Director
Aymeric Saha is the Managing Director of the NASP-USAID Investment Partnership for Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure or “MiDA”. He leads all operations of the partnership with a mission to support, advise, and expose U.S. institutional investors to opportunities to invest in Sub-Saharan Africa’s infrastructure and other key sectors. MiDA’s investors network extends to 70 U.S. pension funds, foundations, and endowments with close to $3 trillion in assets under management.
Mr. Saha previously spent fourteen years in investments and banking operations at the World Bank, and led the quantitative risk finance function responsible for managing market and credit risks with over $300 billion in assets under management. In 2013, he was appointed as Policy Director in the United States Congress – House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions – to oversee the implementation of banking and capital markets reforms in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Cumulatively, he directed initiatives to boost U.S.- Africa trade and investments, particularly within the Power Africa initiative. In 2005, Mr. Saha co-founded New Bridge Development/1438 Street LLC, a real estate investment partnership that grew to over $30 million in commercial and residential properties and retail ventures in the Washington, DC region. Mr. Saha holds two master degrees in finance and business management from Johns Hopkins Graduate Business School and a bachelor degree in finance and economics from McGill University. He previously lived abroad in Africa, Europe, and Canada, and is fluent in French.
Bintou Kabore-Zerbo, Program Coordinator
Bintou Kabore-Zerbo is the Program Coordinator for the NASP-USAID Investment Partnership – Mobilizing Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure. She is responsible for the coordination of daily operations and communications, and compliance with USAID policies, reporting and procedures. Bintou holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in international Law.
Daniel Bond, Senior Advisor
Daniel Bond is an economist with over 35 years of experience focused on the study of emerging market countries. He was Chief Economist for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Group VP of Duff & Phelps Credit Rating Company and First VP of Ambac Assurance Corporation. In recent years he has served as a consultant on infrastructure financing for the World Bank and the U.N. Capital Development Fund.
Dianne Rudo, Senior Advisor
Dianne Rudo is an infrastructure finance expert with over 30 years of transaction and advisory experience in both developed and emerging markets. She was a partner in the corporate finance department at Drexel Burnham Lambert, and Vice President, Project Finance Division of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which she established. Ms. Rudo is a Director on the Board of GuarantCo, which provides local currency guarantees to infrastructure projects in emerging and frontier countries.
Shawn Lytle, NASP Chair, Deputy Global Head of Macquarie Investment Management President, Delaware FundsSM by Macquarie.
Shawn K. Lytle is deputy global head of Macquarie Investment Management and president of Delaware Funds by Macquarie. In this role, he leads the US business for Macquarie Investment Management, in addition to overseeing several multi-boutique investment teams that span all major asset classes and provide investment solutions for individual and institutional investors. Lytle joined Macquarie Investment Management (MIM), which includes the former Delaware Investments, in June 2015 as president of Delaware Management Holdings, Inc. (Delaware Investments). He became CEO and president of the Delaware Funds in August 2015 and director/trustee in September 2015. Before joining the firm, he held several management roles at UBS Global Asset Management where he worked for 13 years. He was regional head of the Americas for UBS for five years, based in Chicago and New York. Before that, Lytle worked in London in various roles within the firm’s equity group, including deputy global head of equities. Before joining UBS in 2002 as a global equities portfolio manager, he worked for JPMorgan Asset Management for 10 years in a variety of roles in London and New York, including global equities client portfolio manager and US mutual fund sales. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Lytle serves as chair on the board of directors of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), he is a member of the board of directors of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and he is a member of the board of governors for the Investment Company Institute (ICI).
Donna Sims Wilson, NASP Chair-Elect, President of Smith Graham & Co.
Donna Sims Wilson is the President of Smith Graham & Co. Investment Advisors, L.P., a $6 billion investment management firm in its 27th year of operations. Mrs. Wilson is responsible for Business Development, Marketing and Client Relations. She also works in conjunction with the Chairman and CEO on new product development and short and long-term strategies for the firm. She recently expanded the firm’s product offerings into the alternatives space through the acquisition of a residential mortgage whole loan business from a leading real estate equity and debt firm. Mrs. Wilson has 30 years of financial services experience, including formerly serving as Executive Vice President of CastleOak Securities, L.P. a leading New York-based boutique investment bank, where she also served on the Management Committee of the firm. Previously, she was President of M.R. Beal & Company and was a Founder and Managing Director of Loop Capital Markets. Mrs. Wilson was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she sold mortgage-backed securities and started her career as an analyst in corporate finance at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. She currently serves as Chair-Elect of the National Association of Securities Professionals, a trade organization of minorities and women who work on Wall Street. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and the United Way of Houston.
Orim Graves, Executive Director, NASP
Orim Graves, CFA is the Executive Director of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), a three-decades old trade association for minorities and women in the financial services industry headquartered in Washington, D.C. Over 150 companies including approximately 45 small/emerging companies in all aspects of the financial services industry are represented in NASP’s membership across the U.S. including ten chapters in major financial centers.
Prior to joining NASP, Mr. Graves was a partner at an investment firm responsible for the firm’s performance evaluation, reporting and risk analysis and was a member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Graves also has held positions as a senior member of a leading investment consulting firm, where he provided investment counsel to a number of institutional clients across the country. He specialized in introducing new alternative strategies and innovative managers to the firm’s client base.
Prior to working as a consultant, Mr. Graves served as deputy chief investment officer for the City of Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement where he provided expertise in investment performance attribution and evaluation, as well as asset allocation strategies specializing in non-traditional asset categories. In addition to his consulting and plan sponsor experience, Mr. Graves previously served as an analyst in the gaming industry and as a fixed income trader for a major multi-national bank.
Mr. Graves serves on the board of Dillard University, a historically black university in New Orleans, LA. Mr. Graves earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Hampton University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin. He is a CFA charter holder.
Agnes Dasewicz, Director, Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise
Agnes Dasewicz, is the Director of the Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise (PCM) within the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment of the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). Drawing on USAID’s presence and resources in developing countries, PCM works with the private sector to catalyze greater investment in support of key development objectives. As part of this work, Ms.Dasewicz developed and led the implementation of the private sector outreach strategy under Power Africa, securing over $20 billion of investment commitments from U.S. and African financiers and corporations towards energy transactions on the continent. Ms. Dasewicz has over 20 years of experience in private equity and impact investment in emerging markets, including development of new investment strategies and financing structures across Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. She is passionate about social impact, public-private sector partnerships, and giving back to global communities.
Ms. Dasewicz started her work in finance in the 1990s, when she was part of the founding team of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), now one of the leading global SME investment funds.
Subsequently she worked as an investment officer for one of the first private equity funds in Eastern Europe, AIG’s New Europe Fund, and as a manager at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Prior to joining USAID, Agnes Dasewicz was the co-founder of the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), a $60 million impact investing fund that provides sustainable economic opportunities to millions of people at the base of the economic pyramid. She holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.
Cameron Khosrowshahi, Investment Officer, Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise
Cameron is a founding member of USAID’s Private Capital and Microenterprise Office, whose mandate is to work more strategically to mobilize private investment into priority USAID sectors and markets. Cameron has been a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and managed development projects in a variety of frontier and emerging markets. His focus areas include SME finance, enterprise development, privatization, project finance, capacity building, private sector development, and capital markets development.