David Kyle

David Kyle

Adjunct Lecturer
International Development

Background and Education

In 2013 David founded Impact Business Leaders, a Washington, DC-based non-profit focused on matching experienced business professionals looking for career change to full time roles with social enterprises around the world. Prior to starting IBL David was at the Calvert Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland as COO since 2011. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation David lived in Hyderabad, India for three years where he was the Founder and CEO of the Indian School Finance Company www.isfc.in, a for-profit finance company that provides medium term debt capital to private schools serving very low-income families. The still thriving ISFC was one of a string of start-ups David has led over the past 20 years starting with building a Citibank subsidiary into a full service commercial bank in Lisbon, Portugal from 1990-96; building Citibank’s first global intranet system in the late-1990s which he did from London; and, establishing a new country organization for Save the Children in Brazil upon leaving Citibank in 2001. As COO and Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, he built local operations in East Africa, India, Pakistan and New York from 2003-07. Prior to beginning his career in social enterprise in 2001 David spent 20 years in the corporate and investment bank of Citibank working successively in Brazil, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Portugal and the UK. David went to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and has an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University. He has three daughters and lives in Washington, DC.


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Spring 2018 
Social Entrepre...
Social Entrepreneurship: Driving Innovation in Development is focused on understanding social entrepreneurship and the challenges of building sustainable, impactful businesses that address critical underserved needs in emerging global marketplaces. The course aims to create in each student an appreciation of the qualities, values and skills of social entrepreneurs and also entrepreneurial opportunities in critical sectors of human need in complex, resource-constrained markets that are plagued by fragmented infrastructure, inadequate institutions and other governance challenges. Students will learn first-hand how businesses serving the needs of the poor contribute to community development and “do well by doing good”. The capstone project in the course is a group presentation based on a partnership with an existing social enterprise, or a newly conceptualized social enterprise based on student ideas.