Randall Kempner is executive director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. The network’s members provide critical financing and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create positive economic, environmental and social impacts in developing countries. ANDE’s 200+ members have operations in more than 150 emerging market countries. As executive director of ANDE, Kempner oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging market SGBs and developing standardized financial, social and environmental metrics for impact investment.
Kempner has nearly twenty years of experience in the field of national and international economic development. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Regional Innovation at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. Prior to joining the Council, he was co-founder of OTF Group, an international consulting firm that advises regions and nations on how to create competitive advantage. Fluent in English and Spanish, he is frequent author and speaker on entrepreneurship-based economic development strategies. His work has appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Innovations Journal and Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Kempner graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MBA and an MPAff. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard College.