Dr. Barbara C. Samuels II

Executive Director & Founder, Global Clearinghouse for Development Finance; Vice Chair of the United Nations Business Steering Committee on Financing for Development

Dr. Samuels is recognized as a global expert in international finance with over thirty years 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 infrastructure and derisking strategies for the Program of Infrastructure Development in Africa (NEPAD); development of toolkits for job creation (NEPAD) and city creditworthiness (World Bank); 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 directing the World Economic Forum’s program on harnessing Development Finance Institutions in mobilizing the private sector for development. Prior positions include: Chase Manhattan Bank’s Director of Country Assessment, where she was responsible for managing US$50 billion of country risk exposure worldwide; Managing Director of Moody’s Emerging Markets Service; and advisor to major investors (over US$ 2 billion in transactions). 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. She has authored many publications (Foreign Affairs, Princeton Press, Reuters Project Finance International, Africainvestor, etc.).