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Diane Mak

Director, International Development, Social Finance (AsiaGlobal Fellow 2018)

Diane Mak is Director of International Development at Social Finance. Her focus is on the design of innovative, results-focused funding mechanisms to address social and development challenges. Diane was instrumental to the development of the first Social Impact Bond in the United Kingdom to support at-risk young people in safely remaining with their families and preventing them from entering institutional care. She has advised organisations such as the World Bank, The Global Fund, UK Department for International Development, Global Innovation Fund, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and governments around the world to support them in delivering better outcomes.

Previously, Diane was Economist at the London School of Economics’ International Growth Centre. She also worked as a consultant to the Deputy Minister of Finance in Liberia and as Contributing Editor of Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report. Diane started her career in investment banking at Citigroup. A native of Hong Kong, Diane is a 2018 AsiaGlobal Fellow at the University of Hong Kong’s Asia Global Institute. She holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.

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