Ritesh Thakkar has over 18 years of experience in financial services, development finance, management consulting and advancing public-private partnerships in the Asia and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region. In his role at Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), he worked extensively with governments, central banks, private sector and multi-lateral development banks towards advancing SDGs and Green finance policy development to foster enabling ecosystems towards a net-zero transition. Ritesh was part of the core team for the Asia Asset Management practice at McKinsey & Co. He has served clients across variety of key topics including Market entry, Growth strategy, Digital and Distribution strategy. He has also worked with ING Investment Management and ICICI Prudential Asset Management building Institutional Partnerships with Central Banks, Pension Funds, SWFs, Life Insurance Companies and Banks in the Asia region to deliver tailored ESG integrated Investment management solutions and was a founder of an NGO in India which provided a platform to the youth to serve the under privileged section of the society. Ritesh holds a Masters of Business Administration from Asian Institute of Management and completed a Sustainable Finance course from University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.