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Meet 2011 IDEAS Boston Speaker Daryl Collins

August 16, 2011

Daryl Collins is coauthor of Portfolios of the Poor and Director at Bankable Frontier Associates, a niche consulting practice in Boston (see She was the principal investigator of the South African Financial Diaries, the results of which can be found on  She is now leading the research efforts at Bankable Frontiers, building on an expertise in the demand-side dynamics of development finance. In 2010, she completed two financial diaries focusing on small businesses, as well as a revisit study of the original South African diaries households. She will lead financial diaries studies in Mexico, Colombia, Kenya, India, and the U.S. in the coming two years.

Daryl began her career as an emerging market economist at a New York investment bank before moving to South Africa in the late 1990s. She ultimately joined the finance faculty of the University of Cape Town, where she leveraged a successful career in portfolio management into research on the financial behavior of the poor. She has published extensively on financial market behavior in developing countries.  Daryl holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD from New York University.

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