SR. FINANCE & INVESTMENT OFFICER UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AFRICA BUREAU/OFFICE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Romi Bhatia is the Senior Finance and Investment Advisor for USAID’s Africa Bureau. Mr. Bhatia overseas the Prosper Africa Catalytic Investment Facility, which supports VC/PE funds in order to accelerate investment flows between the U.S. and the African continent.
Mr. Bhatia has worked for the past 20 years in the international development and finance field with a focus on microfinance, small business development, and mobilizing private capital for development. During his 10-year span at USAID, Mr. Bhatia has also served in roles as the Sr. Advisor for Diaspora Engagement and Africa Team Lead for the former Office of Development Credit, where he managed a team of investment officers and a loan guarantee portfolio of over $200 million for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Bhatia also served as a Senior Credit Analyst for the U.S. Development Finance Corporation. Mr. Bhatia teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer in International Business at The George Washington University School of Business. Mr. Bhatia was a Fulbright scholar in India with SKS Microfinance (2001), and recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship on Social Innovation (2015). Mr. Bhatia received his Master of International Affairs Degree in International Finance and Business from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (2004).