CHRIS WALKER

Bio
Chris works to scale up innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to development challenges and provides advice on various innovative finance initiatives at Mercy Corps. He also advises Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund, which invests in and accelerates impact-oriented, for-profit businesses. In addition, Chris is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he teaches a graduate course on impact investing and innovative finance. Previously, Chris was the head of the Innovative Finance Program at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, where he developed initiatives that attracted investment capital to address malnutrition and led the creation of the Access to Nutrition Index. Chris was also a Fellow with Acumen Fund in Mumbai, India and worked as a development economist in the US Government.

Company
Mercy Corps Ventures

Role
Advise Mercy Corps' Social Venture Fund, a seed-stage impact investment fund that invests in scalable social enterprises in Africa and Latin America. I also work with Mercy Corps' Innovations team to scale up entrepreneurial approaches that address poverty.

Skills
I can advise on how to raise capital from impact-oriented investors. I can also provide strategic advice. I teach a graduate course on impact investing and innovative finance, so I could also do a webinar for a cohort on the impact investing world and what it takes to raise capital from early-stage investors.