Rob Henning

Rob Henning

United States Director, Economic Growth Palladium

Rob Henning is a Technical Director, Economic Growth at Palladium. Rob is passionate about the role of technology, markets, and investment to drive positive change.  Over the past 25 years, he has lived and worked with the people and leaders of countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Rwanda, and Haiti to build businesses, industries, and economies that can deliver inclusive growth. Starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, he has worked in companies ranging from his own firm (ESPartners), specialized strategy consulting (Monitor Country Competitiveness and OTF Group), and the largest (Chemonics).   Rob is particularly skilled at structuring and closing complex solutions and partnerships that bring together the people, investment, and insight required for success. In post-earthquake Haiti, he closed $2 million in blended finance to launch a housing solutions company with a focus on earthquake and hurricane resistant technology combined with a franchise-based distribution system.  In Rwanda and Afghanistan, he worked with national leaders to develop industry level strategies and investment plans to drive economic transformation.  In Malawi, he led a team that translated a private global foundation’s strategy into a $30 million portfolio of programs that spanned agricultural technology, investment, policy, education, and entrepreneurship with goal of diversifying the nation’s economy and smallholder farmers from tobacco to alternative commodities.  Rob received his undergraduate degree in Economics and French (in which he is fluent) from the University of Vermont and his MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife, two sons, and a new puppy.  Outside of work, you will find Rob training for triathlons in the spring, summer, and fall and climbing ski slopes with his alpine touring gear in the winter. 

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