Clay O’Brien is the Managing Director of AYANI Inclusive Financial Sector Consultants, an international finance management and consulting company, specialising in access to finance. Prior to rejoining AYANI, he was Team Leader for Strengthening Agricultural Finance in Rural Areas (SAFIRA), a project supported by the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Rural Economic Development. SAFIRA focuses on value chain finance to expand funding opportunities for smallholder farmers and agriculture SMEs.
From June 2013 to October 2015, Clay was the Senior Sector Specialist for Financial Inclusion at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From mid-2012, Clay spent a year in Myanmar with the UN, managing the Access to Finance and Markets grants at the multi-donor Livelihoods and Food Security Trust. He has also held senior roles at AYANI and the global microfinance network, Opportunity International. In total, Clay has worked in the financial inclusion sector of international development for over 15 years, completing projects in more than 30 countries.
In addition, Clay has 20 years of professional and industry experience as an investment banker, with HSBC London and ING Barings in Australia, and as a lawyer, with Allens in Sydney and Singapore. He holds a Masters of Economics and a Bachelor of Law (with Honours). Clay has also published articles on financial inclusion topics in technical journals.