Seth Fleisher, Founder and CEO
20+ years leading strategy, business development, and product development for MSME, women’s entrepreneurship, value chain, and ICT initiatives around the world.
Seth works with the private sector, NGOs, and government entities to increase developmental impact through strategic use of Web and mobile information and communication technologies (ICTs). He focuses especially on global product management and strategy, instructional design, editorial direction and content strategy, knowledge management (KM), and eLearning, in addition to research studies.
The founding consultant behind the World Bank Group’s SME Toolkit, Seth served as the program’s chief product development, business development, technical project management, and content strategy consultant for 13+ years. His leadership enabled the World Bank Group and dozens of corporate partners, educational institutions, and governments in emerging markets to reach and build the capacity of 30 million+ SMEs in 18 languages.
Among other initiatives, Seth has worked with CGAP on a flagship eLearning initiative to train mid-level managers at financial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa on customer-centricity with the goal of promoting financial inclusion, and with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to replicate Emerging360’s groundbreaking blended learning solution, Road to Women’s Business Growth, around the developing world.
He has led initiatives in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Benin, Ghana, Egypt, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Georgia, Ukraine, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Brazil, Mexico, Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, and elsewhere.
Seth has collaborated with the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, CGAP, USAID, and the Asia Foundation, and with leading private sector companies like IBM, eBay, and Google. Prior to his consulting career, he was Senior Director of Content and Web Development at Meet World Trade and Managing Editor of AllBusiness/Bigvine, which was later acquired by Dun & Bradstreet. He did Ph.D. work and two Master’s degrees at Harvard University, a Fulbright Fellowship in Sri Lanka, and a B.A. at Swarthmore with coursework in economics, statistics, and computer science.