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Robert Katz

Robert Katz

MBA Candidate - Class of 2014

Stanford University

MBA Candidate - Class of 2014 at Stanford University

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Stanford University

MBA Candidate - Class of 2014

In addition to full-time coursework, Rob serves as a Course Development Assistant to Professor Matt Bannick, the Managing Partner of Omidyar Network and a Lecturer at the GSB. In this role, Rob helped develop the curriculum for a new class, "New Business Models in the Developing World," that was first taught in the Winter Quarter of 2013.

Rob is also passionate about the payments and point-of-sale sectors, especially in emerging markets, and used his first year winter and spring breaks to do on-the-ground research on payments in Indonesia and India.

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Frogtek

MBA Intern

PayPal

MBA Intern - Latin America

As the MBA Intern with PayPal's Latin America team, analyzed PayPal’s offer to Mexican SMBs in the travel sector. Conducted a human centered design-based field assessment in Mexico, then designed product tests to increase payment volume, customer acquisition and market share.

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Acumen Fund

Knowledge Manager

As Acumen Fund’s Knowledge Manager, Robert Katz leads Acumen’s efforts to understand where markets work –and where they don’t – in terms of solving the problems of poverty. In practice, Rob is responsible for applied research and writing efforts across the firm; he also oversees Acumen’s knowledge management systems. Rob joined Acumen Fund in 2008, managing online communications as well as knowledge before shifting full time into applied research work. From 2010 to 2012, Rob was based out of Acumen's Mumbai, India office.

Before Acumen Fund, Rob worked with the Markets and Enterprise Program of the World Resources Institute, where he began his career researching, writing and speaking about "base of the pyramid" business approaches to poverty alleviation. At WRI, he co-founded www.NextBillion.net, a web site and blog about enterprise and development; and co-authored "The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid" (IFC and WRI, 2007).

Rob earned his B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown University.

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World Resources Institute

Associate - Markets & Enterprise Program

Researcher, writer and speaker on base of the pyramid (BoP) issues. Co-author of "The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid" (March, 2007). Co-founder and Managing Editor of NextBillion.net, a web site and blog about how business drives positive social and environmental change in low-income communities.

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Stanford University Graduate School of Business

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Georgetown University

Bachelor's of Arts, Economics and Government