Yigal Kerszenbaum

Former Associate Director

Yigal Kerszenbaum joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. Yigal brought five years of experience with socially responsible, double and triple bottom line venture capital and private equity investing in the US and the Emerging Markets. As an Associate, he helped manage the Foundation’s Program Related Investments (PRI) portfolio and worked on the Innovative Finance initiative, which seeks to catalyze an efficient industry that can deploy investment capital in an effort to address social challenges at scale.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Yigal served as a Private Equity Investment Associate covering Latin American for Developing World Markets (DWM), a US-based Impact Investment firm that primarily invests in inclusive financial institutions (IFINs), including microfinance institutions (MFIs), small and medium enterprise (SME) lenders, affordable housing and education lenders, and mobile banking service providers. Previously, Yigal worked as an MBA Associate at 57 Stars, an independent asset manager focused on investing in primary and secondary private equity partnerships and co-investments in select markets primarily in emerging markets.

Yigal started his career as an entrepreneur, founding a language school in Cordoba, Argentina.

Yigal received his MBA from Georgetown University and his BA in Economics and Finance from University of California, San Diego where he graduated with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa Honors. He is Fluent in Spanish, and conversant Hebrew and Portuguese.

Authored Content

  • Apr 14 2016
    Blog Post Building Capacity in Southeast Asia—and Turning a Profit India, Indonesia, and Vietnam alone are home to over 950 million impoverished individuals—a number that amounts to more than half of their cumulative population. Such a reality stands in stark contrast to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an agenda of lofty objectives for our global future, among them, “decent work and economic growth” […] Yigal Kerszenbaum
  • Apr 01 2016
    Blog Post Program-Related Investments Crowd in Capital to Catalyze Global Solutions When the United Nations asked the world to contribute priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the most ambitious international development agenda of our time—8.5 million people made their voices heard. The spirit of this unprecedentedly collaborative process was codified in SDG #17, which underlines the need to “revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.” This […] Yigal Kerszenbaum