Roger Frank

Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Client Service, Founding Member

Mr. Roger Frank is a capital markets pioneer, and, building on his work in international and emerging markets and microfinance, he founded Innovare in 2009. Previously, he was a partner at Developing World Markets (DWM) where he was part of the team that structured and placed the world’s first capital markets transaction for microfinance, Blue Orchard Microfinance Securitization (BOMSI). This landmark transaction was the first time the international capital markets were used as a funding tool for microfinance. The models Mr. Frank helped create subsequently brought billions of dollars into the field. In addition, as a partner at DWM, he helped grow the firm from $0 to over $500 million in assets under management. For his work, he and his team won a Fast Company award in 2008 for companies pioneering new models for financing social innovation.

Before joining DWM Mr. Frank spent twenty years on Wall Street and was one of the first US-based investment professionals to work in international and emerging markets.  He was involved with many landmark capital markets transactions in four continents that opened up these markets to international investors. He began his work in Africa in the early 1990s when he traveled to the region with leading international investors for meetings with senior government officials and managements of leading public and private companies.

Mr. Frank has an MBA in International Finance from NYU Stern School of Business (1983) and a BFA, cum laude, from the University of Delaware (1978). He has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and serves on Save the Children Livelihoods Council, the University of Delaware Advisory Board Graduate Program in Fashion & Sustainability and the Board of Trustees, University of the West.

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