Winsome J. Leslie, Ph.D.
Winsome is CEO and Founder of DevSolutions Consulting LLC. She is an international development specialist with over 25 years' experience in negotiations, strategic planning as well as project analysis, design and implementation. She is formerly a senior staff member at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she was head of the Strategy team and Coordinator for Caribbean programming at the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a grant facility administered by the IDB.
Winsome has a strong track record in fostering partnerships, facilitating business connections and mobilizing resources to support micro and small business development. She has extensive experience in the identification and development of projects supporting micro and small businesses. In her previous role, she initiated and nurtured an ongoing collaboration between the MIF and several multilateral institutions to finance a number of innovative projects in microfinance and SME financing. Most of these projects have been pioneering partnerships and operations in the Caribbean.
She has held various positions in both the public and private sectors, and has acted as advisor to governments in the Caribbean in the areas of foreign assistance and foreign investments. She has also managed multimillion dollar programs fostering project development in the Caribbean and Latin America, and brokered important knowledge exchanges between the two regions.
Winsome has significant experience in lecturing at the university level on economic and political issues. She has authored and co-authored several publications and blogs on economic development topics in Africa and the Caribbean. She is a graduate of the Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminar, and a former member of the board of the Society for International Development. She holds a B.A. in Economics with distinction from Barnard College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations from Columbia University. She is a recipient of the prestigious Antonio Ortiz Mena award from the IDB for her contribution to the institution's work in the Caribbean.