Kartick Kumar

Kartick Kumar

Senior Portfolio Manager

Kartick is the Senior Portfolio Manager of King Essentials at King Philanthropies. In this capacity, he manages a portfolio of high performing organizations addressing the challenges of extreme poverty.

Kartick brings to this position more than a decade of investment and operations experience in frontier markets across Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, and Asia. Previously he held a range of positions in the World Bank Group, the OECD, the private sector (venture capital), and the Multilateral Engagement sphere (G20, UN). In these roles, he structured investments and partnerships to address the challenges faced by underserved populations, specifically inadequate financial inclusion, agricultural and food insecurity, forced displacement, and climate change impacts. Previously he led Global Vaccine Markets at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where he worked with national governments, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, and the World Health Organization to enhance access to affordable vaccine prices and increased life-saving antigen supply for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kartick holds degrees in law and economics from Cambridge University, Columbia University, and the University of Toronto.

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