Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen
Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen is the Director of SDG Impact, a flagship new initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) focused on mobilizing private sector capital in support of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG Impact emphasizes experimentation, innovation, and partnerships as it focuses on developing prototype products that are being tested, refined and brought to market in 2020. These products include: Standards for how investors and enterprises manage and measure their impacts on the SDGs, a SDG Impact Seal for enterprises and investors that are compliant to the Standards, and SDG Investor Maps that translate relevant country level SDG gaps and priorities into private sector investment opportunities.
Prior to her work at UNDP, Elizabeth was the manager of the Knowledge Economy 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 $40 million in investments, and grants and managed a global team spanning 18 countries.
Elizabeth works with investors worldwide to achieve the SDGs by creating long-term value for all stakeholders. With an established international perspective and strong foundation in impact investing and blended finance, she develops and cultivates impact management, alternative investment opportunities, and innovative financing models to enable risk sharing. 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.