Clay O’Brien is the Financial Inclusion Advisor for World Vision Australia. He was based in Myanmar from 2019 to 2021, initially to take up the role as CEO of a Microfinance Institution.
Clay’s previous positions include the Managing Director of AYANI Inclusive Financial Sector Consultants; 18 months in Indonesia running an Agricultural Finance project; as the Senior Sector Specialist for Financial Inclusion at AusAID/the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and various roles with the global microfinance network, Opportunity International. In total, Clay has worked in international development for nearly 20 years.
Prior to that he was the CEO of an investment bank, ING Barings, and began his career as a lawyer with Allens in Sydney and Singapore. Clay holds a Masters of Economics and a Bachelor of Law (with Honours). He has also published articles on financial inclusion topics in technical journals.