Access to Finance Rwanda

BOARD MEMBER

Martin Alsop

Board Chairperson

Martin is currently the Head of Economic Growth in FCDO. He oversees a portfolio of programmes and policy areas focused on promoting private sector-led growth that creates jobs and prosperity for all Rwandans. This includes work in agriculture, financial sector development, trade, manufacturing, energy, and mining.

Martin brings a wealth of financial sector and international development experience gained across Africa and Asia, and in international roles in the UK. Prior to moving to Rwanda, Martin was based in Zambia where drove the process to establish FSD Zambia as a company limited by guarantee, recruiting an independent Board and chairing the investment committee. He was non-executive director of Prospero Ltd, a Zambian company through which FCDO invests with Kukula Seed Fund to create strong, growing business and lasting jobs. He has also sat on the steering committee of AgDevCo in Zambia, a commercial agribusiness investor and project developer.

Martin previously worked for the Financial Services Authority helping shape the UK regulator’s response to the global financial crisis, and earlier in his career worked as an economist and ODI Fellow in the Nigerian Debt Management Office. He holds degrees in economics from Oxford University and Warwick University, and holds an Investment Management Certificate from the CFA, UK.