Dr. Daryl Collins is author of the acclaimed Portfolios of the Poor and a pioneer working at the intersection of finance and human vulnerability. In the past two decades, Dr. Collins has built up a broad portfolio of work with foundations, bilateral institutions and private financial services providers linking an understanding of household financial management to the provision of supportive financial services to the most vulnerable of the world. Her work is grounded in a deep understanding of the financial behaviors of low-income and vulnerable communities across the globe, leveraging the experience of executing financial diaries studies in over 10 countries, including China.
Dr. Collins spent the last decade as Managing Director and CEO of BFA, a niche consulting practice with offices in Boston, New York, Nairobi, New Delhi and Medellin (see www.bfaglobal.com). Dr. Collins holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from New York University. She is currently on what she terms a “working sabbatical” and is conducting work on a wide breadth of projects from data empowerment, to measuring financial resilience during disasters such as COVID, to tracking child and forced labor in last mile supply chains.