Athena Global Advisors is a US-based, woman owned, decade old, niche consulting firm aimed at applying private sector financing approaches to solve traditional development challenges. We have areas of expertise in gender lens investing (GLI); structuring impact finance funds (debt and equity), investment vehicles and products; financial institution risk management, and impact investing advisory to use finance as a tool for positive social change.  The Athena business model is intentionally lean, choosing to have a highly vetted roster of senior consultants used to build customized, competent, skill and region-specific teams for projects. We are selective about the projects and clients we support, choosing to focus on advancing commercially viable projects and investments to support narrowing the gap in access and utilization of financial services for vulnerable populations.

Kaylene Alvarez


Kaylene Alvarez, Founder and CEO of Athena Global is a development finance specialist with over 25 years’ experience in both the private and public sector in impact investing, access to finance, SME/Entrepreneurial financing and gender lens investing (GLI).  Over the course of her career, she has worked in grass roots level organization in community development and microfinance, as well as on Wall Street in Mergers & Acquisitions for financial services companies in emerging markets.  She launched Athena Global Advisors to help bridge the gap for providing impact and blended finance capital to grow sustainable businesses in emerging markets, with a focus on SME, gender-lens and tech-enhanced financial services businesses.

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