William Fellows is a banking sector expert with over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, enterprise and market development in emerging and frontier markets. He writes on policy and practice for regional entrepreneurship and enterprise development and venture financing institutions such as the Middle East North Africa Venture Capital Association policy reports. He has over a decade of access to finance policy and evaluation experience focused on sustainable private sector-based access to finance for small enterprises. Mr. Fellows has consulted with USAID on market evaluations for new strategies and programming to promote innovation in access to finance for agribusiness and in bringing more equity financing to the agricultural sector, identifying areas for reform and development. He also has consulted on related development-oriented impact investment projects in West Africa, and conducted market assessments and program design activities on SME access to finance and business advisory services in Francophone North Africa.
Mr. Fellows’ skills include economic and market research and analysis, design of innovative programming for including South-South technical exchanges. His topical expertise includes mobilizing financing, bank and equity, for small enterprise, developing suitable business and technical assistance for start-up and growth-oriented firms, development of commercial business service markets, and enterprise development work. Mr. Fellows has a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Masters in Islamic African History from Indiana University – Bloomington. He has worked with partners on evaluations and execution for private direct investment and in economic development in Algeria, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Jordan, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia. He is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.