Dan Zook

Dan is a Project Manager in Dalberg’s New York office. He leads cross-functional teams in projects around the world with major donor agencies, financial institutions, and corporations in areas of strategy, operational effectiveness and social impact. His sectors of expertise include financial services, agriculture, and natural resources. He has lived and worked in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining Dalberg, Dan was a lead associate at Booz & Company (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton) in the financial services practice based in Dubai. Dan has also worked as a planning manager for Standard Chartered Bank in the UAE and a microfinance program officer for Plan International in Vietnam.


Articles by Dan Zook

  • Dan Zook

    Positioning Local Banks for Success in Smallholder Finance

    New research from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance reveals that approximately 290 banks in the developing world provide a total of $9 billion in local funding to smallholders – a lending rate that fails to meet 97 percent of smallholder demand for financing. To support smallholders effectively, banks must be able to lend at affordable rates, offer products specifically designed for farmers, and improve their accessibility to farmers.

    Agriculture, Entrepreneurship
    smallholder farmers
  • Dan Zook

    The $450 Billion Opportunity: Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance

    As population growth and rising incomes create unprecedented demand for food, multinational companies increasingly rely on smallholders to secure their supply of agricultural commodities. As a result, smallholders present a compelling opportunity for buyers, lenders, and other actors in the agricultural value chain. However, smallholder production is often characterized by low yields, low quality, poor linkages, and little access to finance. A Dalberg report released Wednesday called “Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance” suggests that with increased financing, farmers can improve their yields and products and in some cases double their income.

    financial inclusion, smallholder farmers
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