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The GIM Initiative is part of the UNDP Private Sector Division headed by the Director Henry Jackelen. The Division also hosts the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative that challenges private sector companies to adapt their core business models in support of poverty eradication and growth in developing countries, and the Inclusive Markets Development (IMD) programme, which seeks to promote inclusive market policies and projects globally.

Manager: Sahba Sobhani is the lead author of the first GIM report, “Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor”. Previously, he managed two key private sector initiatives in the executive office of the former Administrator of UNDP, Lord Malloch Brown, including the Commission on the Private Sector and Development headed by Paul Martin, the former Prime Minister of Canada, and Ernesto Zedillo, Mexico’s former President, and the African Financial Markets Initiative. In this capacity, he was the co-author of “Unleashing Entrepreneurship” Report, the seminal report of the Private Sector Commission produced at the request of then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the managing editor of the African Stock Markets Handbook. Sahba Sobhani has also worked in the private sector at Idealab in Palo Alto and Newscom Limited in Singapore. He is a graduate of Yale University.

Lead Business Research Advisor : Suba is a co-author of the GIM publication The MDGs: Everyone’s Business“, a member of the author team for the UNDP  regional report in Eastern Europe and the former CIS on Business Solutions to Poverty and contributed research to the UNDP report Creating Value for All and an author of the GIM/NAF paper,  A Third Way for Official Development Assistance. Before joining GIM UNDP in April 2008, Suba Sivakumaran was the Country Director of Room to Read Sri Lanka, a non-profit working to build schools, libraries and support girls on scholarship in the tsunami and conflict zones of the country. Prior to that, Suba was a credit research analyst with the investment bank Morgan Stanley in London covering energy and commodities in Europe and the Middle East. Suba holds a degree in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University where she was a Reynolds Fellow in social enterprise.