Yana Kakar is the Global Managing Partner of Dalberg Advisors, an impact-driven firm with offices in over 20 countries worldwide that provides strategy, investment, research, data analytics and design services to clients across the public, private and philanthropic sectors.
Yana specializes in sustainable, responsible and impact investing. She works with capital allocators, investors, and managers across asset classes to analyze markets, develop and diligence deal pipeline, design innovative financing instruments, structure funds and facilities, and conduct other transaction and post-transaction activities. Yana’s investment advisory maximizes for both financial and social return, with an emphasis on inclusion and empowerment. For instance, Yana collaborated with a leading global investment bank to create a facility that has now invested more than $1 billion in women entrepreneurs in emerging markets, she supported the President of a multilateral development finance institution in developing a $5B investment fund and strategy to stimulate youth employment and entrepreneurship, and she is currently working with a consortium of foundations to execute and evaluate the world’s first education development impact bond, targeting girls in hard to reach communities in India. Yana is also active in ecosystem building and market development efforts. Under her leadership and in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Canadian government, Dalberg designed and incubated Convergence, a non-profit organization and online platform that enables blended finance transactions towards the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, she is a member of the Global Impact Investing Network, serves on the Frontier Markets Council of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association and is part of their ESG investing community.
In 2018, Yana was appointed by the President of the African Development Bank to the Presidential Youth Advisory Group. She is on the Board of Directors of Convergence and the Access Challenge, and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Yana’s perspectives on global development and investment have been published in a number of media outlets including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, The Huffington Post, DevEx and The Guardian. Yana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania.