Clara Colina

Associate Director

Clara Colina is an Associate Director at ISF Advisors, where she leads the firm strategic advisory and research efforts. Clara brings more than nine years of experience supporting foundations, civil society organizations and corporations on strategic planning and business development to address the challenges and opportunities related to creating more inclusive and sustainable food systems.

Prior to ISF Advisors, Clara led IDH Intelligence Center, connecting companies, funders and support organizations to data and insights on where and how to invest in smallholder markets. Before then, Clara was Program Manager for Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab, leading its independent research efforts and working closely with the Foundation’s +USD 170 million portfolio sub-Saharan Africa. Clara first engaged with food systems and smallholder finance during her time at Dalberg, where she supported key funders in the agriculture and financial inclusion space, including Mastercard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation.

She is co-author of multiple ground-breaking knowledge products in the agricultural finance sector including, among others: “Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in the era of farmer finance”, “Pathways to prosperity”, and “Agricultural platforms in a digital era”. Clara also incubated, and then was a key advisor to, Farmfit Insights Hub, a knowledge portal aggregating insight on over 100 smallholder-inclusive business models.Clara started her career at Bain & Company and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School where she specialized in Social Entrepreneurship and International Development.

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