Rajeev works with UNCDF Bangkok office since 2016, as Programme Management Specialist – Inclusive Finance and performs the role of Programme Manager a.i. – Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT), and Regional Coordinator - Making Access Possible (MAP) for ASEAN and SAARC countries.
Rajeev works to advance financial inclusion and economic participation by changing the behaviour of market actors to stimulate investment, business innovations, and regulatory reform in financial markets. Rajeev through the programme, works on building an evidence base on women’s financial inclusion in the region and catalyse innovative partnerships to incubate market-led approaches to innovate, scale and replicate financial service interventions.
Prior to joining as Programme Management Specialist, Rajeev worked as consultant with UNCDF on Nepal agriculture value chain finance programme, on developing Country based financial inclusion strategies, and setting up ASEAN Challenge Fund for co-financing private sector to innovate and upscale financial inclusion services.
Rajeev has over 19 years of experience in technical advisory and programme development roles, with a particular focus on financial services for the poor. Prior to UNCDF, Rajeev worked for more than a decade with BASIX, a livelihood and financial inclusion promotion organisation in India, where he was involved in range of financial inclusion interventions, in setting up State level livelihood mission, and heading the international consulting work in countries in South Asia, South-East Asia and Africa.
Rajeev did his Forestry Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management, and Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (Hons) from Delhi University in India.