• date_range September 25, 26 and 27, 2019
  • location_on The Union League Club - New York, NY

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Martin Chrisney

Senior Director, International Development Assistance Services (IDAS) Institute, KPMG

Martin Chrisney is Senior Director of the International Development Assistance Services (IDAS) Institute based in Washington, DC, where he coordinates the delivery of strategic and technical support to government, multilateral development banks, and donor agencies working in the development sector. His background includes extensive experience in the development field at the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank. Most recently, as Sr. advisor to the VP for Non-Sovereign Operations. He also has project and policy experience on infrastructure finance, small business development, and banking, and has worked with bilateral donors and public sector institutions. Martin has degrees in political science from Johns Hopkins Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (MA in International Relations) and in economics from the London School of Economics (MSc). He also has written on topics in small business development, business climate reform, public sector banking, and infrastructure finance with various publications. At the IDAS Institute, Mr. Chrisney provides thought leadership on innovative financing, shared value/impact investing, business strategy, and other global development topics resulting in high-value knowledge products, improved client engagements, and outreach for KPMG’s work in developing countries. His work focuses on enhancing project delivery in engagements with governments, MDBs, bilateral donors, and non-profit organizations. He has extensive personal contacts with development organizations through work and conference speaking engagements including the ADB, IDB, AfDB, IFC, and World Bank. In the past, Mr. Chrisney’s work has included drafting policies and strategies at the Inter-American Development Bank on infrastructure, SME development, and finance. He has done field research on infrastructure regulation in the Caribbean, developed training programs for infrastructure specialists, and designed projects value at over $500 million on a range of topics. He has served on Executive Committee of Compete Caribbean, a DFID-sponsored program to support private sector development in the region, Board of the International Consortium of Government Financial Managers, and the Executive Committee of the Chamber of Digital Commerce . He has had roles in strategy formulation at multilateral development banks, various advisory engagements with public sector institutions, and operational experience in the use of innovative financing instruments. He also has worked as a country economist in a multilateral organization and conducted country credit and risk assessments for banking clients.