President and CEO, Grameen Foundation
Author, Small Loans, Big Dreams
Alex Counts has more than two decades experience in microfinance, starting as a Fulbright scholar at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. In 1997, he founded Grameen Foundation, a dynamic, nonprofit that fights global poverty through its network of microfinance partners in 27 countries in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Through this network, Grameen Foundation has impacted the lives of an estimated 31 million of the world's poor. Through its Strategic Services unit, the foundation is engaging the global microfinance industry by championing innovations focused on capital investment in microfinance, poverty measurement, human resources, and technology
Prior to establishing Grameen Foundation, Mr. Counts served as the legislative director of RESULTS and also worked as regional project manager for CARE-Bangladesh. While at Grameen Bank, he worked and studied under Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and helped to establish the bank's flagship newsletter, Grameen Dialogue. Mr. Counts chairs the board of Project Enterprise and serves on the boards of Fonkoze USA and the PLAN Fund. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Katalysis Bootstrap Fund and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Grameen Dialogue. In addition, he serves on the board of Grameen-Jameel Pan Arab Microfinance Limited, an enterprise based on Professor Yunus' concept of social businesses.
Mr. Counts is the author of Small Loans: Big Dreams which was published by Wiley and Sons in March 2008, and Give Us Credit: How Muhammad Yunus' Micro-Lending Revolution is Empowering Women from Bangladesh to Chicago, which was published by Random House (New York) and Research Press (New Delhi) in 1996. He earned a BA in economics from Cornell University.