Featured Member: Olivia Caldwell

Published: Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 by dscadmin

Olivia CaldwellOur featured member is Olivia Caldwell (@ocaldwell), Principal at Affordable Housing Institute (AHI).

With an extensive background on supply-side delivery of affordable housing, Olivia has lead responsibility for AHI’s ongoing work in Haiti, with multiple assignments and across Sub-Saharan Africa, and in the realms of green building and improved construction technology.

For the last 2½ years Olivia has been AHI’s lead executive supporting the implementation Haiti HOME, a USAID funded facility intended to catalyze housing development and finance in the country by targeted pay-for-performance innovative capital deployments. In this role she not only reviews and advises on applications, she also provides point-of-impact advisory support to help applicants more efficiently deploy and lever the capital made available through the Haiti HOME facility. She has worked closely with housing developers and mortgage providers to develop the country’s first green market-driven homes targeting the lower middle class, as well as structuring down-market and affordability incentives that enable lenders to lower the borrowers’ net payments while still making an appropriate risk-adjusted return.

Passionate about strengthening community infrastructure in an effort to help rebuild communities affected by natural disasters, Olivia is a Board Member of Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, where she has advised on appropriate shelters after the recent Nepalese earthquakes. Olivia has shared her experience and expertise at numerous conferences including most recently the African Union for Housing Finance 2016 conference, the Shelter Afrique 35th Symposium and the West African Development Bank’s Housing Finance workshop 2017.

With an Executive MBA from the London School of Economics, an MA in Sustainable Development from the United Nations Mandated University, and a BA in Anthropology from McGill University, Olivia is a native French and English speaker, with a good working knowledge of Spanish.

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