Global Innovation Coordinator and Alternative Financing Lead, International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Ramya Gopalan

An LSE graduate, Ramya leads IFRC’s innovation financing portfolio work across its member national societies in 190 countries with a specific focus on structuring new financial products (e.g. in the area of Islamic finance) for humanitarian support. Prior to IFRC, Ramya led UNDP’ innovation and alternative finance practice in the Asia Pacific region, building innovation capacity, supporting governments in service delivery, strategy design and developing next gen solutions. Ramya Gopalan’s career spans over 12 years with experience gained in social impact financing, Islamic social financing, fintech, big data, futures and foresight, human centered design, and local innovation mapping techniques.