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Kim Wilson

Lecturer in International Business and Human Security
Program: Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP)

Kim Wilson

Lecturer in International Business and Human Security
Headshot of Kim Wilson
  • MBA, Simmons College
  • B.A., Wellesley College

Kim Wilson, lecturer in international business and human security, began her interest in development when she entered the microfinance field in its infancy, after a career in mainstream venture financing. She began as a volunteer, a first step that led her to professional employment as a loan officer, MFI director, and investment fund advisor for both non-profit and for-profit microfinance ventures. She also oversaw the microfinance portfolio of a large international NGO. Her work in microfinance has led her to service in other sectors critical to rural development such as water, agriculture, and education.

She is a senior fellow at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy's Council on Emerging Market Enterprises and also at the Feinstein International Center. She graduated from Wellesley College and Simmons Graduate School of Management. She is interested in the financial resilience of households and markets at the base emerging market economies. She is the 2009 recipient of the James L. Paddock teaching award at The Fletcher School.

Areas of expertise
Economic Development
International Environment & Energy
Political Development
Professional Activities
  • Sr. Advisor, Microfinance, Catholic Relief Services (1998-2005)
  • Board member, SEEP (1999-2001), Deputy Director (1996-1998) for Working Capital (now merged with Accion)
  • Consultant to UNDP; UNWFP; US Agency for International Development; Accion International; Canadian International Development Agency; Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Save the Children US and ADRA International
  • Has taught at Boston University School of Management and Southern New Hampshire University
Research Interests
  • Rural microfinance
  • Disaster mitigation (and microfinance)
  • Customary finance


Wilson, Kim. "The New Microfinance." Journal of Microfinance 4, no. 2 (2002): 217-245.

"Principled Practices of Microfinance." (2001);

Wilson, Kim. "Exodus: Why Customers Leave." MicroBanking Bulletin 6, (2001): 17-19.

Wilson, Kim. "Microfinance Myopia: Lessons from the Mainstream." Journal of Microfinance 3, no. 1 (2001): 1-17.


Wilson, Kim and Gaye Burpee. The Resilient Family Farm: Supporting Agricultural Development and Rural Economic Growth. Stylus Publishing, 2004.

Wilson, Kim. The Board Rules: Founding an MFI Board. Pact Publications, 2001


"The Moneylender's Dilemma" in "What's Wrong with Microfinance?", ITDG (2007)