Jeremy is the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) representative for Bolivia and regional initiatives including the Gran Chaco. He also is the regional champion coordinating IAF’s Sustainable Natural Resources, Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. He has a long history of commitment to grassroots groups and economic and social development projects in Latin America. He has specialized in micro small and medium enterprise development, local economic development, value chain finance, strategic planning and NGO capacity building. Before coming to the IAF.
Jeremy worked with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the SEEP Network, and Social Compact providing expertise on developing their strategies constructing local development initiatives that empower communities and small businesses in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the United States. He founded and supported the founding of several NGOs in enterprise development, health, culture and education.
He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and has worked and lived in Brazil. Jeremy speaks Spanish and Portuguese as well as some Guarani, French and German. Jeremy received his MA in International Development and a Ph.D. in International Economic Development from Tulane University and a BA in Economics and International Relations from Boston University both in the United States.
Rachel (Raha) Shahidsaless is a Senior Private Sector Specialist at the World Bank Group. Her main area of work focuses on strengthening industries, in particular, tourism and related sectors, and linking local communities and their tourism products and services to markets. She has also advised governments in business regulatory and investment climate reforms. Rachel has supported the governments in the Caribbean, Central Asia and Eastern Europe in strengthening the linkages between tourism and other key related sectors, in particular, agriculture.
Rachel (Raha) Shahidsaless is a Senior Private Sector Specialist at the World Bank Group
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