Co-founder, BIDUK Indonesia; Founder & CEO, Athena Global Alliance
Kaylene Alvarez is a global, technical specialist in impact investing, access to finance for SME, gender lens investing and risk management with work experience in nearly 40 countries, spanning a 20+ year career. Her eclectic experience has spanned both private and public sectors, including: international non-profits; M&A for AIG’s Consumer Finance Group ($150M in earnings); and, with the World Bank Group (IFC), where she was the Global Advisory Lead for the Banking on Women Program ($1B+ in investments and advisory, using a blended finance model). Over a decade ago, she founded a niche consulting firm, Athena Global, providing bespoke support to clients to encourage the development of inclusive access to finance and investment structuring (debt and equity) to move money to under-served populations, with a specialty in blended finance facilities; she’s advised on investments and transactions ranging from $10,000 to several hundred million. Most recently, Athena Global was nominated as the implementing partner for the BIDUK project (Indonesia), which is a DFAT Frontier Brokers and Investing in Women funded project to support debt financing for women entrepreneurs in Indonesia. Kaylene has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Poland 94-96). She is an avid traveler, textile aficionado, and Vipassana meditation practitioner.