Aron Betru

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Aron Betru

Managing Director, Center for Financial Markets
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Aron Betru, Managing Director of the Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute, with more than 20 years of experience, leads the Center’s Access to Capital and strategic innovative financing initiatives to enhance social impact, both in the U.S. and in developing countries.  Mr. Betru also leads the Institute's work on Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds.  Mr. Betru was a member of the steering group for the Blended Finance TaskForce launched by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission as well as Co-Chaired the Partnership for Lending in Underserved Markets, a joint initiative with the U.S. Small Business Administration. 
 
Prior to the Milken Institute, Mr. Betru was the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Financing For Development, specializing in innovative financing solutions for international development; Mr. Betru pioneered new ways of leveraging guarantee-backed financing of public health commodities, mobilizing millions of dollars in both commercial lending for malaria and trade financing for reproductive health.  Mr. Betru’s extensive experience includes international development roles at the United Nations Foundation, TechnoServe and Dalberg Global Development Advisors as well as private sector experience at McKinsey & Co. and Goldman Sachs.
 
Mr. Betru is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a regular contributor to the Global Health and Diplomacy magazine writing on innovative finance in public health as well as a contributor to the global dialogue on pandemic financing with speaking engagements at the National Academy of Sciences and Voice of America Interviews.  Mr. Betru is a member of Board of Directors for Calvert Impact Capital and FHI Foundation.  He holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a BA in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University.

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