Amitabh (Amit) Brar
Education Finance Specialist - The Palladium Group
Amit Brar has over fifteen years’ experience in the design, oversight and execution of investment projects in low-income and conflict-affected countries. Amit currently leads the USAID CATALYZE Edufinance program implemented by Palladium. CATALYZE Edufinance aims to mobilize blended finance in support of non-state schools and education enterprises in USAID partner countries in Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. Amit’s expertise includes sourcing, negotiating, and executing equity and debt transactions using blended finance and private equity structures.
Prior to joining Palladium, Amit served as Chief Investment Officer at Grassroots Capital Management where he incubated and managed a portfolio of education finance companies in Nigeria, Pakistan and the Philippines. Earlier, Amit served as Investment Director for Caspian Advisors in India, where he conducted due diligence and market research for a South-East Asia focused fund and led monitoring and intervention in portfolio companies in India. Amit has also led business planning and capital advisory projects in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Amit is a CFA Charterholder and holds an M.S. in Finance from London Business School. He speaks fluent English, Hindi and Urdu, and basic Bangla and Spanish.
Amit will be moderating the“Edu-Tech in the Now Normal: Beyond Covid-19” panel.
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