Speaker Details

Nancy Barry

President, NBA Enterprise Solutions for Poverty

Over the past 40 years, Nancy has engaged private sector leaders, policy makers and local organizations in emerging economies to build finance and enterprise systems that work for the poor majority. In 2006, she launched Enterprise Solutions to Poverty (ESP), working with companies and banks in India, China, Mexico, Colombia and Kenya to build profitable and inclusive business strategies, engaging large numbers of low income people as producers, distributors and consumers. From 1990 to 2006, Nancy was President of Women’s World Banking, the largest global microfinance network providing financial services to over 20 million low income clients. From 1975 to 1990, Ms. Barry held various leadership positions at the World Bank, pioneering lending to small enterprises, leading the World Bank’s work on industry, trade and finance globally. Ms. Barry has an economics degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Nancy has served on the Advisory Board for Strategy Development of China Mobile and is on the Board of the Spanish Microfinance Foundation BBVA. She has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World by Forbes magazine and one of America’s 20 Best Leaders by US News and World Report. Enterprise Solutions to Poverty works with leading agribusinesses and banks in major emerging markets to build inclusive business solutions in agribusiness, agri-finance and inclusive finance. ESP prepared the IFC guidelines on building agri-finance based upon ESP’s experience in India, China, Colombia and Kenya. ESP has catalyzed and supported over 50 major company and joint initiatives and engaged over 500 MBA students from HBS, IIMA and other top business schools to work with companies on these initiatives. ESP's work with major agribusinesses in India has focused on building corporate value chains with small farmers in fruits and vegetables, on building agri-finance, and on leveraging agro-dealer networks as sources of inputs, advice and finance in collaboration with banks. Nancy Barry’s thirty years of experience in building inclusive industry and financial solutions to poverty has enabled ESP to be a resource to financial institutions on building banking correspondent agent, mobile banking and micro-insurance solutions for rural India. With India’s leading agribusinesses, in 2012 ESP organized a Platform to Create Shared Value in Agribusiness with 60 leading companies and banks, with the objective of engaging millions of farmers. .