Prabhat Labh is an international development expert with over two decades of experience in leading programs and initiatives across Asia, Africa and North America. Prabhat brings deep domain knowledge in financial inclusion, enterprise development and livelihoods sectors. Driven by the core values of equity, diversity, empathy, respect and integrity, Prabhat has been focused on understanding the complex lives of low income segments people and challenges and barriers faced by them. He has used these insights to find effective and scalable solutions to address these barriers.
Prior to his move to Grameen Foundation India, Prabhat designed and led the portfolio of programs focused on access to savings services for low income populations at the MasterCard Foundation, Canada. Combining insights from diverse fields of sociology, behavioural economics and technology into one coherent strategy to address intractable challenges in the financial inclusion space, this portfolio has successfully expanded access to savings services for millions of people across seventeen countries in Africa.
Earlier, Prabhat was the Senior Technical Advisor for CARE USA’s pan- Africa microfinance initiative ‘Access Africa’, where he provided technical assistance to over a dozen country programs across Asia and Africa. Prior to CARE, Prabhat served on the faculty of Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, where he focused on development of youth-led micro enterprises and rural industries.
Prabhat is a Post Graduate from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Statistics. Prabhat has undergone several specialized courses at institutions such as Harvard Business School, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern New Hampshire, International Training Centre of the ILO, Administrative Staff College of India and XLRI. He also serves on a number of advisory and investment committees, and is a regular speaker at global conferences.
Some of Prabhat’s leisure pursuits include reading, travelling, camping, photography, running, playing Volleyball and Badminton.