Molly Kinder is professor of practice at Georgetown University and director at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation. She has more than 15 years of experience in policy, innovation, impact investing, philanthropy, research and international development.
Most recently, Kinder served as vice president and founding team member of the Global Innovation Fund, a groundbreaking new $200 million social investment fund that she helped design, capitalize, launch and lead. Supported by the Omidyar Network and the governments of the U.K., U.S., Australia and Sweden, the fund pioneers a new approach to early stage impact investing to pilot, test and scale promising global development solutions. Previously Kinder served in the Obama administration at USAID as director of special programs of Development Innovation Venture, an initiative modeled on venture capital that backs innovative solutions to intractable problems in the developing world.
Kinder worked overseas with the World Bank in India and Pakistan, and in Liberia’s finance ministry in the government of Nobel prize-winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Earlier in her career, Kinder was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development and directed the center’s work on Pakistan. She co-authored the Center’s best-selling book, “Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health,” which is required reading in more than 60 universities. She also served as director of agriculture and Europe policy at the ONE Campaign and as deputy director at the Clinton Global Initiative. Kinder started her career as a Jesuit Volunteer working with Oregon’s homeless population and as an intern at Oxfam America.
Kinder served as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is a Truman Security Fellow and was ranked in the “Top 99 under 33” in foreign policy by Diplomatic Courier. Her media appearances include CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, USA Today, TIME Magazine, and The Boston Globe. She holds an MPA in international development from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.