Jessica Espinoza is Vice President for Private Equity & Venture Capital Investments at DEG/KfW and Chair of the 2X Challenge, a global initiative that has mobilized over $11 billion of gender lens investments since its launch at the G7 Summit in 2018. She has extensive experience originating, structuring and executing debt, mezzanine and equity deals in emerging and frontier markets with a strong focus on inclusive innovation.
Jessica is the Founder of XOCO, an inclusive edtech venture, and a fellow of Resolution and Columbia eLab. She serves on the Board of Directors of AlphaMundi Foundation, the Mexican financial institution Mega, and on the Advisory Board of several Private Equity & VC Funds. As a mentor for Endeavor, she supports high impact companies as they scale up. She was awarded the Digital Female Leadership Award #GlobalHero 2019.
Jessica is a PhD candidate at University of Siegen, researching the transformative potential of gender lens investing.
Prior to joining DEG, Jessica was Member of the Management Board at ProCredit Bank Nicaragua and part of the Group Funding team at ProCredit Holding. She managed the Africa Regional Office of MicroFinance Transparency and led a flagship program to promote financial inclusion across Latin America.