Tahira Dosani

Background and Education

Tahira Dosani is the Managing Director of Accion Venture Lab, a seed-stage impact investing initiative focused on financial inclusion. Venture Lab provides capital and support to early-stage startups that leverage innovation to increase access to and quality of financial services for underserved consumers globally.

Tahira works with the fund’s portfolio companies to provide strategic and operational expertise that accelerates their growth trajectories and enables stronger performance. Additionally, she supports investment decisions, manages portfolio relationships, and drives the strategy and growth of Venture Lab.

Tahira previously led strategic projects at LeapFrog Investments, a specialist emerging market private equity impact fund focused on financial services. Prior to that, she worked as Director of Strategy at the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Based in Dubai, she drove strategic initiatives for portfolio companies and led new investments in telecoms, technology and infrastructure in South and Central Asia. She also worked at Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications operator, where she was Head of Corporate Strategy and helped launch the country’s first mobile money platform. Tahira began her career as a management consultant with Bain & Company in Boston.

Tahira holds an MBA from INSEAD and BAs in International Relations, Computer Science, and Education from Brown University.

2018-02-06 00:00:00 
Spring 2019 
Venture capital...
Venture capital and impact investing in emerging markets are growing rapidly as they seek to fund innovative products and services globally. However, many developing markets are thinly capitalized and have unique constraints, which make venture and impact investing in emerging markets a particularly tricky endeavor. Nonetheless, there are real opportunities to find innovators in all corners of emerging markets, and generate srong returns in the process. This course focuses on the intersection of venture capital and impact investing, and its specific application in the service of consciously creating impact. Given many of the early success stories, this class will focus primarily on financial inclusion, as it helps to demonstrate the progression of one impact investment sector that has had both early stage commercial VC support and multiple exits. The course explores what is happening today with the fintech revolution, as the financial services sector begins to digitize and is increasingly delivered via mobile phones. This focus on financial inclusion will highlight the power of investing to drive value creation, economic growth, and social returns. Students will have the opportunity to explore how investors develop focus areas and theses, source and evaluate investments, manage and grow a portfolio, drive towards exits, and manage challenges that arise through this process.