Marguerite S. Berger,
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Marguerite (Meg) Berger is a Senior Fellow with the Iris Group. She is an economist, evaluator and manager with over 30 years’ experience in international economic development in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. She has worked on gender equality across all sectors of development policy and programming and has deep expertise in women’s economic empowerment and leadership, private sector and micro/small enterprise development, access to finance and public financial management. An "intrapreneur" who has led the creation of organizational uinits focused on gender equality, Meg brings first-hand experience and valuable insights into the institutional mechanisms and dynamics required to successfully integrate gender in the full range of international development efforts. Meg is a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the Inter-American Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Award with a PhD. in Economics from the American University. She has authored numerous publications and evaluations, including An Inside View of Latin American Microfinance (with Goldmark and Miller) and Women’s Ventures (with Mayra Buvinic). She has been a reviewer for the journals World Development and Small Enterprise Development. She currently serves on the Social Impact Advisory Board of DevEquity, a private, social impact investing firm focused on sustainable business in Latin America.
Before joining the Iris Group, Meg served as Vice President for Impact Evaluation and Research at Vital Voices Global Partnership, where she was responsible for creating and overseeing systems for monitoring. evaluation and learning throughout the organization. She developed innovative methods to track and assess the impact of Vital Voices programs on women's leadership in business, the public sector, non-profits and human rights. Meg led the creation of the Women in Development Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank and served as its first chief, where she developed its gender-equality training program for management, staff and counterparts, and systems for monitoring and reporting on gender integration in Bank-funded projects and programs. She was later the chief of the Bank’s Microenterprise Unit and of Grants and Co-financing Management. She served as an advisor to the President of Sebrae-Brazil, one of the leading national small business agencies in the world, on secondment from the Bank. While with the Futures Group, she was the Research Director of GENESYS, the first major USAID project to support the integration of gender analysis and implementation mechanisms in country and sector programs and activities. Prior to her work with the Futures Group, she was an economist at the International Center for Research on Women, providing research and technical assistance to USAID, the World Bank and UN agencies to promote gender equality in small business development, employment, financial inclusion and agriculture. She also consulted for the US Small Business Administration, USAID, UNCDF, IFAD and the World Bank on women's economic empowerment, gender-integrated evaluation, and promoting gender equality through country programming.
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