Indigo is the latest venture of the two founders—Kaylene Alvarez and Amanda Lonsdale. Over the past 6 years, they have built Athena Global Alliance into a successful global consulting business focused on providing financial structuring, risk management, product development, and strategic planning services to impact investors, financial institutions, and development finance institutions in emerging markets.
Kaylene Alvarez, CEO, has spent nearly 20 years working with entrepreneurs, financial institutions and local organizations in various emerging markets to meet the financing needs of SMEs in several capacities. For the past five years, Kaylene has worked as an independent consultant to development finance institutions and impact investors in emerging markets financial services for MFIs and SME banking; she focuses on transaction structuring, risk management, operations and alternative banking like mobile money and Islamic banking. Previously, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, worked in post-Soviet economies on privatization of infrastructure assets, and in M&A for AIG’s emerging markets banking division. Kaylene is a life-long weaver and textile collector, and speaks Russian.
Amanda Lonsdale, Managing Director, has spent over 15 years living and working in emerging markets. Amanda spent her early career in international development, working with local governments and communities primarily in South and Southeast Asia. After finishing graduate school, Amanda shifted her focus to private sector approaches to impact investing and economic development. With over 10 years’ post-MBA experience in private equity and management consulting, Amanda has closed transactions and provided advisory services to companies in numerous industries, including fashion, clean technology, renewable energy, and food and beverage. Her experience in renewable energy provides her with the technical knowledge to better identify potential clean technology applications applicable to the fashion and textile industries. She speaks Indonesian.
Each of the Indigo co-founders has been living and working in emerging markets for more than 15 years, in both the private and public sectors. Both women hold MBAs from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and MAs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Combined, the team has worked in or closed transactions in nearly 40 countries, including numerous project finance, debt and equity deals in Asia. Throughout their careers, both women have focused on growing the “pie” of impact investment opportunities in the region through building sustainable businesses utilizing the rigor of a private-sector, returns-oriented approach.