Chris Jurgens


Director

As a director at Omidyar Network, Chris works with the Impact Investing team to advance the industry through field-building efforts, thought leadership initiatives, and investments.  He’s particularly focused driving innovations to increase the flow of “frontier capital” to early stage enterprises in emerging markets. 

Prior to joining the firm, Chris was director of global partnerships at USAID’s Global Development Lab, where his team managed the Global Development Alliance, USAID’s flagship model for building shared value partnerships with the private sector.  Chris also oversaw the Lab’s entrepreneurship and impact investing portfolio, including the Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) initiative.  He also led an effort to create the Scaling Off-Grid Energy – Grand Challenge for Development, a multi-donor partnership focused on scaling the household solar sector in sub-Saharan Africa, in support of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative. Chris previously served as director of global programs for Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), Accenture’s not-for-profit international development consulting practice, where he oversaw ADP’s global portfolio of work with over 50 NGOs and donor agencies.  Additionally, Chris has experience working in Bolivia with the IFC, in Poland with a microfinance network, and with a range of nonprofit organizations across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. 

Chris has a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. in economics and international studies from Miami University, where he was a Truman Scholar.

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