LAURA HERMAN

Principal, Dalberg Advisors

Laura Herman

Laura is a Principal in Dalberg’s New York office with nearly 20 years of experience in global development. Her expertise focuses on Global Health, Gender Equity and Inclusive Business, working with organizations across the social sector spectrum – corporations, private foundations, multilaterals and NGOs.  She has worked on issues of strategy, stakeholder engagement, new market entry, and collaborative approaches to social change. Her work has included in-country research in dozens of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to inform strategies, evaluate in-country operations of partners, assess impact and opportunities for new initiatives, and develop relationships for long-term strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Dalberg, Laura was based in Singapore as VP of Strategy and Advocacy for the inclusive business unit at Essilor where she focused on developing new business models to bring eye glasses to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who need a pair of glasses and don’t currently have a way to access them. Her work included outreach to funders for the first development impact bond for vision microentrepreneurs, focused on expanding the network for small enterprises providing vision services to consumers living at the base of the economic pyramid. Laura was also part of the founding team and a Managing Director at FSG, leading the Global Health and Gender Equity practices where she helped to grow the firm to a team of 160 consultants in 6 offices worldwide. She contributed to major thought leadership efforts around Collective Impact and Shared Value.  Laura started her career at Deloitte Consulting, focused on large scale organizational change initiatives.

Laura is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor to AshokaU. She has been a board member for VillageReach, a non-profit focused on improving “last mile” drug distribution in the global south, and the US Pharmacopoeia, working to advance the quality of medicines worldwide. She was honored to be named one of the “50 Most Influential Social Innovators” and one of the “Women Super Achievers” by the World Sustainability Congress in 2018 and 2019.

Laura holds an MBA with a certificate in Public Management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She also holds a MA in International Policy from Stanford University and a BBA in International Business from the University of Michigan.

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