Antony Bugg-Levine joined the Rockefeller Foundation in New York in 2007. Among other responsibilities, he leads the Foundation’s Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing initiative, which seeks to help catalyze an efficient industry that can deploy investment capital to complement philanthropy in solving social challenges at scale.
Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Bugg-Levine served as the country director of the international NGO TechnoServe in Nairobi, Kenya. At TechnoServe, he helped design and implement business solutions to rural poverty focused on smallholder farmer economic integration and consulting to medium-scale enterprises. In Kenya, Mr. Bugg-Levine also worked with various capital providers – including micro-finance institutions, commercial banks and private equity managers – to develop profitable mechanisms for extending lending to rural businesses and smallholder farmers. Earlier in his career, as a consultant with McKinsey, Mr. Bugg-Levine focused in financial services and health care, managed the team that undertook a strategic review for the United Nations’ Global Compact and helped develop new frameworks for incorporating social dynamics into corporate strategy.
A native of South Africa, Mr. Bugg-Levine served in the late 1990s as the communications director at the South African Human Rights Commission and as a speechwriter and media strategist for the 1999 election campaign of the African National Congress. Mr. Bugg-Levine is an associate adjunct professor at the Columbia Business School where he teaches a course called Business Innovations in International Development. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money and Make a Difference. A graduate of Yale College, he earned an MPA focused on Economic Development from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.