Ann J. Miles

Ann is an independent consultant based in New York, whose areas of expertise include management, financial services, impact investing, and working with non-profit organizations. Her work in the last 20 years has focused on financial services for the poor.

Ann has worked with a range of organizations, including Citibank, N.A., Women’s World Banking, BlueOrchard Finance and Mastercard Foundation. At Women’s World Banking, her team worked with 50 microfinance institutions and banks to raise funding for their operations and growth. At BlueOrchard Finance, her team invested in the debt of microfinance institutions and raised more than $120 million in a Latin American focused debt fund. Ann led several teams at Mastercard Foundation which worked in financial inclusion, youth livelihoods and in thought leadership and innovation. During this time, the Foundation significantly expanded its portfolio in financial inclusion and launched its first challenge fund, the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity. 

Ann graduated from Drew University with a B.A. in economics and French literature. She currently serves on the board of BRAC, USA.

By Ann J. Miles


5 Ways Gender Lens Investors Can Deepen Impact on Financial Inclusion

Gender lens investing is becoming a more popular way to invest in financial inclusion. Here are five ways funders can set themselves up for success and use this approach for greater impact.

Leveraging Gender Lens Investments for Women’s Financial Needs

Gender lens investing is gaining momentum among a wide range of investors as an approach to women's empowerment. Here are three ways this approach could accelerate women's financial inclusion.

From Microfinance to Financial Inclusion: Reflections on 20 Years

2015 marks a good year for financial inclusion and provides an opportunity for reflecting on what has happened in the sector in the past two decades.

Multiplying the Graduation Experience: Vision and Practical Ideas

Today, the Graduation model, inspired by BRAC’s program in Bangladesh, has achieved success by showing how to move ultra poor households in Haiti, India, Pakistan, and Honduras out of extreme poverty and by giving them hope that they can improve their current standard of living.

MasterCard Foundation & BRAC USA Visit Ethiopia Graduation Pilot

Ann Miles of The MasterCard Foundation and Susan Davis of BRAC USA went on a field visit to Relief Society of Tigray (REST) Ethiopia Graduation Program site in Tigray, Ethiopia.