Jyoti Patel
Habitat’s for Humanity's Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

As global director capital markets at Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, Jyoti Patel oversees the global operations of MicroBuild, a US$100 million housing microfinance fund, and the development of the Shelter Venture Fund, a new initiative to support entrepreneurs on the supply side of the affordable housing value chain. Patel began her career in the United States with Fidelity Investments in 1998, working in the Equity Trading department for seven years as a quantitative analyst. She spent the next three years in the buy-side asset management working in quantitative analytics with Putnam Investments, Boston and Nuveen Investments, Chicago. In 2008, Patel joined ACCION Investments as a director of the Global Investments department overseeing investments in South East Asia. She also led a technology project in parallel to create financial and social performance metrics database and investment scoring models. As a consultant, Patel has worked extensively with US-based Foundations conducting credit appraisals of their international portfolios as well as structuring investment funds for social impact. Patel has a master’s degree in international business and finance from Southern New Hampshire University, and a diploma in computer technology from Clark University.


Articles by Jyoti Patel

  • Jyoti Patel

    How Impact Investing is Advancing Affordable Housing

    For millions of people, especially for the 13.2 million who have worked with the organization to build new or updated homes, Habitat for Humanity is a household name. But many don't realize that the international charity that put “sweat equity” on the map is also pioneering a different approach: A pair of funds that invest in businesses that advance affordable housing via financial products and services. Jyoti Patel, global director-capital markets at Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, discusses the funds and their wide-ranging impact.

    Base of the Pyramid, housing, impact investing, lending, microfinance, poverty alleviation
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