Omer Imtiazuddin is a seasoned investment professional, with over 20 years of experience in the commercial and impact investing sectors. He is currently a Senior Advisor in Innovative Finance at USAID working on initiatives to use USAID’s catalytic funding and expertise to leverage more private capital into development. During his career in the global development sector, Omer has worked as an impact investing expert with a number of social venture capital funds, family foundations and grant-making organizations such as Acumen Fund, Grand Challenges Canada, Yunus Social Business (YSB) and Elma Philanthropies. In recent years, Omer has focused on designing, testing and scaling innovative financial models, such as outcome-based instruments, blended finance products and development impact bonds (DIBs). At USAID, he is leading the work for a $30 million DIB for the elimination of cholera in Haiti. Omer is a recognised thought-leader in the impact investing space—he has advised on numerous global health and impact investing task forces, lectured at Wharton, Duke and MIT business schools and is cited in mainstream media including the Financial Times. Omer received his BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.