President and Chief Executive Officer
Meaghan Smith is the president and chief executive officer of Banyan Global. She has more than 20 years of experience alleviating poverty, stimulating private-sector growth, improving health systems, and empowering women in developing countries. She has expertise in development finance, enterprise development, private-health–sector development and local capacity building. Ms. Smith has served as the chief of party for the USAID-funded Banking on Health project, the executive director of the Summa Foundation, and vice president and Uzbekistan country director of the Asian Crossroads Loan Company. She has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America and has lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.