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David Lehr
Mercy Corps

David Lehr has over fifteen years of experience in international business and development focused primarily on information communication technologies and job creation and is currently Senior Advisor, Social Innovations at Mercy Corps. He has consulted for several non-profits, including Acumen Fund and Gates Foundation on issues related to technology and poverty alleviation.

David recently returned from a year in India as an Acumen Fund Fellow, working with Drishtee, to assist the management team in their expansion efforts. Earlier, David was co-founder of an early-stage initiative under the auspices of Reuters that delivers customized market data via mobile phones to farmers in the developing world. Previously, he held management positions with key Silicon Valley companies, including launching Adobe Systems in China.

He has lived and worked in several countries in Asia and speaks Mandarin Chinese. David was a Fellow at Stanford University, holds a Masters from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA from the State University of New York at Albany.

Posts by David Lehr

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    Social Capital Markets: The Informal Sessions

    The final day of last week’s SoCap event was, for me, the best of the 3 days.? It was the chance to meet with lots of other participants, hear their ideas, and get actively involved in the things that I really cared about and wanted to discuss.? The “strategically...

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    The Missing Middle

    Every few weeks, members of the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network (SVMN) converge in the San Francisco Bay Area to learn about microfinance, microcredit, and related finance and economic topics. The last session, Fueling the Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES), was led and hosted by...

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    Sustainability for ICT Offerings

    A recent report, “Wireless Technology for Social Change: Trends in NGO Mobile Use,” by the United Nations Foundation and The Vodafone Group Foundation highlights emerging trends by NGOs in the use of mobile technology to affect social change in global public health, humanitarian...

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    A Heretic in Our Midst

    Last month, the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network cosponsored “Microfinance West: The Investment Opportunity Conference.” This event, which brought together some of the leading commercial players in the microfinance field, was heavily geared towards institutional and retail...

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    Online Mentoring: Can It Go International?

    As the search for developing market-based solutions for poverty alleviation continues, adequate entrepreneur training and support has been an ongoing issue. In fact, the Aspen Institute estimates that in the United States, half of the 21.5 million micro-enterprises (capitalized with US $35,000...

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    Microfinance and the Rule of Law: From the Coffeehouse to the Credit Bureau

    A recent Forbes publication, “Microfinance Fights Growing Pains,” examined the rapid growth and associated challenges of the microfinance field. As noted in the article (and thanks to Vital Wave Consulting for highlighting this), the explosion of new entrants and the overall rapid...

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