Derek Poulton | Portfolio Manager, Southeast Asia

Derek Poulton

Derek is an expert in pro-poor financial services with over ten years' experience developing and managing creative solutions for the base of the pyramid. Currently Derek manages WaterCredit programs in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining in 2016, Derek worked as an independent consultant for six years, helping over 28 different MFIs, insurers, and industry associations conduct pioneering research, design demand-driven financial products, and optimize their operations. Most recently, he led FINCA Mexico's microinsurance program, including the expansion of credit-life insurance coverage and the pilot of an innovative family health service for borrowers. Derek began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh.

Commitment to

Since the early days of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, microfinance has evolved into a thriving, global movement as well as a profitable industry. Today, keeping the social mission of microfinance in focus is more important than ever. I am excited to join's efforts to harness the power of microcredit to help thousands of low-income households gain access to the most basic of needs—a clean glass of water and a dignified toilet.


Master's Degree in International Commerce and Business, Georgetown University

Bachelor's degree in International Relations, University of Southern California

Certified Expert in Microfinance, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

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