Tanya Lobel is currently a Director at Actis, a leading emerging markets private equity fund that invests in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She leads the philanthropic and community outreach division which focuses on social entrepreneurship, education and leadership. She is also responsible for social impact of the funds portfolio companies.
Tanya started her career as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers. Post MBA, she joined the Portland Trust, a foundation focused on private sector development in Israel and Palestine where she specialized on microfinance and SME development. At the same time, she was a member of the UK Shadow Government’s Globalisation and Global Poverty Policy Group where she co-authored the chapter on economic development and was an advisor to the UK’s Shadow Secretary for International Development. From there she joined the Department for International Development (DFID) designing and launching The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) in Kenya. She then joined the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm started by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, where she focused on making investments in the areas of microfinance and entrepreneurship. She is a judge for the 2013 and 2014 SEED awards. Tanya holds an MBA from NYU, Stern School of Business and a BSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.