Deborah Kay Burand

Assistant Professor of Clinical Law

Deborah Burand is currently assistant professor of clinical law. She directs the International Transactions Clinic. She writes and lectures on issues related to international finance, microfinance and microfranchise, impact investing, social finance innovations such as social impact bonds and crowdfunding for social enterprises, and developing sustainable businesses at the base of the economic pyramid. During 2010 - 2011 Prof. Burand served as general counsel to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the development finance institution of the United States. She also has worked in the microfinance sector, most recently as executive vice president of strategic services at Grameen Foundation, a global microfinance network. Read more

Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior attorney in the international banking section of the Federal Reserve Board's legal division, and at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, first as the senior attorney/adviser for international monetary matters and later as the senior adviser for international financial matters. She also worked in private practice at Shearman & Sterling, where she advised bank advisory committees in the negotiation and implementation of Brady Bond deals that restructured the sovereign debt of Vietnam and Peru, and supported, on a pro bono basis, the development of the world's first debt-for-nature swap. Prof. Burand is a trustee on the board of Freedom from Hunger. She is an independent director on the board of MicroBuild (a proof-of-concept fund launched by Habitat for Humanity International that is aimed at growing the housing microfinance sector while expanding decent housing for the poor). She is an adviser to the Inter-American Development Bank and Linked Foundation regarding their microfranchise/micro-distribution network initiatives. Prof. Burand has been a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Omidyar Network, and Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), among others. She also was the co-topic leader on finance for the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative. In 1993-1994, she was an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations (during which she was seconded to the International Monetary Fund and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), and is currently a member of the Council. She also is a member of The Bretton Woods Committee. She is a member of the Bars of New York and the District of Columbia. She earned her BA, cum laude, from Depauw University and a joint graduate degree, JD/MSFS with honors, from Georgetown University.

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