Alex Counts, Senior Philanthropy Adviser, Indiaspora

Alex Counts, Senior Philanthropy Adviser, Indiaspora

Senior Philanthropy Adviser, Indiaspora

Alex Counts is Indiaspora’s Senior Philanthropy Adviser. He previously served as President and CEO of American India Foundation. Prior to that, he founded Grameen Foundation and became its President and CEO in 1997, after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years. A Cornell University graduate, Counts’ commitment to poverty eradication deepened as a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh, where he witnessed innovative poverty solutions being developed by Grameen Bank. Counts propelled Grameen Foundation’s philosophy through his writings, including Small Loans, Big Dreams: How Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and Microfinance Are Changing the World and Voices from the Field.

Counts sits on the Advisory Council of the Center for Financial Inclusion. Previously, he has served as the chairman of Fonkoze USA and co-chair of the Fonkoze Family Coordinating Committee—two governance bodies of the largest microfinance institution in Haiti. He was a founding member of and served as co-chair of the Microfinance CEO Working Group. He is an adjunct professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park.