Ms. Naqvi joined the Open Society Foundations, New York in May 2006 and serves as Vice President of the Soros Economic Development Fund. Her responsibilities include structuring and implementing investment strategies in financial services, micro-insurance, small and medium enterprises, agriculture, logistics, healthcare and other impact investment initiatives. Ms. Naqvi is responsible for SEDF’s investment portfolio in India as well as fund investments in Mexico and a Micro-Insurance fund which invests in Africa and Asia. In addition Ms. Naqvi co-founded Open Society Foundations Pakistan Economic Policy think tank called Institute for Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), a Lahore, Pakistan based think tank focused on economic and social development. Currently Ms. Naqvi is working with a team to build Open Society Foundation’s new Economic Advancement Program.
Prior to joining SEDF, Fawzia worked for Women’s World Banking for five years as a microfinance expert with responsibility for Pakistan in addition to other Asian countries. Prior to joining WWB, she spent ten years with Citibank in New York, where she worked for the Financial Institutions Group for Emerging Markets. Her responsibilities at Citibank included building banking relationships with the Not-for-Profit sector in Central Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Latin America, as well as coordinating and managing Citibank’s Task Force on Microfinance Initiatives. She was given the responsibility for managing all business related initiatives with microfinance institutions in the emerging markets.
Ms. Naqvi has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree from The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.