Alison Eskesen

Director, Global Programs, Asia Pacific

Alison is a seasoned international development executive having worked for 17 years at the intersection of development and finance.  In more than 30 countries, she has built a track record of measurable results by cultivating strategic partnerships among governments, private banks, foundations and impact investors.  Most recently, Alison was with Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership catalyzed by the World Economic Forum and ASEAN Secretariat.

Alison has also worked in impact investing and spent the majority of her career at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she mobilized domestic capital for local development projects by structuring and negotiating innovative financing mechanisms.  She headed the business development team with a total portfolio of $2.8 billion.  While at USAID, Alison also created and managed development programs that strengthened urban governance and facilitated slum upgrading.  Alison holds a MA from Columbia University and a BA from Colgate University, and was also a Fulbright Scholar in Paraguay.

Alison enjoys reading and spending time with her husband, three children (ages 11, 7 and 7) and dog and is based in Singapore.