Naoko Koyama

Naoko Koyama

Biography

Naoko Koyama is a Partner in Dalberg’s Nairobi office and co-leads the firm’s Inclusive Business Practice. She has advised Fortune 500 companies, leading African companies, investors, and social enterprises to enter new markets, expand business and build partnership. She has also advised the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, USAID, Rockefeller Foundation, and other donors to develop strategy, operationalize plan, and monitor and learn from results. She has worked in over 15 countries in Africa.

She currently leads Dalberg’s strategy support to Agrifin Accelerate, a 6-year program to provide digital finance and value added services to smallholder farmers in Africa, led by Mercy Corps and funded by Master Card Foundation. As part of support to Agrifin Accelerate, she is currently leading a partnership facilitation across a mobile network operator, a bank, and a few technology start-ups to provide access to e-learning, purchase of inputs, other tools to manage farm, and financial products. Data generated on this service will contribute to credit scoring to enable the bank to reach formally unbanked farmers. She also led strategy reviews of technology start-ups including mobile-based learning platform provider that incorporates behavioral science, and mobile-based input provider. She is also working with the World Bank Group to assess the feasibility of index insurance based on satellite, weather and yield data in Cameroon for maize, sorghum, cattle and cotton value chains.

She has also led a number of engagement with corporates. For example, she developed business plan and financial model for distributing LPG in urban informal settlement in Kenya, which is now running as a profitable business. She has advised an Asian investor to invest in a pan-African 4G company. She also advised a Fortune 500 technology company to develop a corporate sustainability strategy to engage on the continent’s SME sector.

Prior to joining Dalberg, Naoko worked for Fuji Bank, Arthur Andersen, KPMG and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). At IFC, she held positions at the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) as well as at the Investment Climate Advisory Services (ICAS). Naoko holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and is a U.S. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. She grew up in Japan and speaks Japanese, English, and French. She lives in Nairobi since 2010.

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