|Roger Frank, Treasurer / Entrepreneur|
Roger Frank is one of the pioneers in using the capital markets for social change. After 20 years on Wall Street with a focus on emerging markets, he was part of the team that created the first commercial, cross-border capital raise for microfinance. As part of that effort he spent years traveling the globe to convince investors that poor women in emerging markets who wanted to take care of their families was a good credit risk. The models he helped create brought several billion dollars of commercial funding into the field and in 2008 he won a Fast Company Award for businesses pioneering new models for social impact.
He created I3 Advisors to build on his experience on Wall Street, emerging markets, microfinance and impact investing. i3 is a commercial fund management company whose goal is use the capital markets as funding source for positive social change. He has worked with CEOs of major, multi-national corporations and Presidents of Central Banks; he has discussed new models for sustainability with Presidents and Princesses and taught women prisoners, disabled adults and students of all ages.
After starting his own graphic design studio, founding community arts programs, teaching in prisons & schools and an extensive tour behind the iron curtain, he received an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business. He holds a BFA, cum laude, from the University of Delaware, speaks conversational German and Spanish and is on the Livelihoods Council for Save the Children, the Microfinance Social Performance Task Force and the Advisory Board of the Fashion & Sustainability Graduate Program at the University of Delaware.