Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

SDG Impact

Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen is the Director of SDG Impact, a new United Nations Development Program flagship initiative focused on supporting mobilization of private sector capital and investments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By driving consistency and accountability, SDG Impact is working to help public and private sector actors across the world to confidently authenticate their contributions to achieving the SDGs and to identify SDG investment opportunities.

Prior to her work at UNDP, Elizabeth was the manager of the Knowledge Economy Unit of the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She was responsible for cultivating technology, innovation and entrepreneurship – the driving forces of the new economy – to promote inclusive growth and job creation in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC). Expert at impact investing, grant making and management, Elizabeth was responsible for an annual portfolio of $30-40 million in investments, and grants and manages a global team in 26 offices spanning 18 countries.

With an established international perspective and strong foundation in impact investing and blended finance, Elizabeth develops and cultivates alternative funding schemes and innovative financing models to enable risk sharing. She works with corporations worldwide to align philanthropic objectives with corporate goals, resulting in the achievement of sustainable development goals. She applies her program related investing expertise to promote venturing for impact, creating multi-stakeholder partnerships that align diverse goals for mutual success.

Earlier in her career at the IDB she served as the lead architect and principal investment officer for the Opportunities for the Majority Initiative, the first dedicated office within a development finance institution to finance inclusive business models using market-based principles, and for three years she was a policy advisor to the IDB’s Executive Vice President.

Prior to her career at the IDB, Elizabeth was a Program Officer for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria and for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Khartoum, Sudan.  

She holds both a Masters in Foreign Service from the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain. She earned a B.A. from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

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