Roger Bird is a thought leader in international development and financing, with a specific passion for financing agriculture. He began his career as a commercial lender and developed extensive experience lending and leasing to businesses in retail, manufacturing, transportation, and the agriculture sector. He worked with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation during the US banking crisis of the early 90’s by managing, marketing, and selling failed banks; banks with assets over $50 million and loan portfolios in excess of $450 million.
Since 1995, Roger has been bringing his vision, guidance, and support to emerging markets, including Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East. He has turned dysfunctional operations into profitable units; reorganized credit appraisal and administration processes; developed and delivered strategic business courses for SMEs; privatized banks; introduced leasing as a new financing product; facilitated the introduction (and passage) of new legislation that increases access to credit for SMEs; and, authored and presented, “Enhancing the Leasing Enabling Environment” for USAID.