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Chris Walker

Social Innovations Director

Chris serves as the Social Innovations Director at Mercy Corps. In this role, he works to scale up innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to development challenges and provides advice on various innovative finance initiatives at Mercy Corps. He also advises Mercy Corps Ventures, which invests in and accelerates impact-oriented, for-profit businesses. In addition, Chris is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he teaches a graduate course on impact investing and innovative finance. Previously, he was the head of the Innovative Finance Program at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, where he developed initiatives that attracted investment capital to address malnutrition. These included partnerships with impact investors, incubation support for African food and agribusiness companies, and the creation of the Access to Nutrition Index.

Chris was also a Fellow with Acumen Fund, a non-profit social venture capital fund, and worked for one of Acumen’s investments in Mumbai, India. Prior to that, he worked on international economic and development policy issues at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US Treasury Department, and the US State Department. Chris has a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College.