From 2003 to 2008, Gautam led CGAP's efforts in microfinance and technology, including establishing and managing the CGAP Technology Program, which was co-funded with a $24 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He was also responsible for CGAP's work in South Asia. Gautam continues to write about microfinance and technology for CGAP's website and has authored a number of CGAP Focus Notes on foreign investment in microfinance.
Before joining CGAP in 2003, Gautam helped manage SKS Microfinance, India's largest microfinance institution, and founded a company to connect U.S. universities and foreign students through the Internet. He has worked in the investment and commercial banking industry at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette (now Credit Suisse) and the International Finance Corporation. Gautam is a founder of Signal Point Partners, an investment and advisory firm that promotes mobile phone-enabled services in emerging markets, and is on the Board of the Society for International Development (Washington). He holds a master of arts and a bachelor of arts in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University.