Paul Christensen
Paul Christensen

Clinical Professor of Finance
Academic Director of Global Study Programs
Senior Advisor for Global Strategy

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Paul Christensen is a Clinical Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches course in microfinance and international business. In addition, he serves as Academic Director for Kellogg's Global Study Programs - enabling MBA students to explore international business and markets through global immersion experiences - and Senior Advisor for Global Strategy. Professor Christensen joined Kellogg in 2008 and served as Associate Dean and Executive Director for Global Programs from 2011-2014.

Prior to Kellogg, Prof. Christensen was the founder and President of ShoreCap International Ltd., a $28 million private equity company, based in London, which invests in financial institutions in developing countries throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. From 2000-2003, he served as President and CEO of ShoreBank Enterprise Group, a $12 million non-profit community economic development organization in Cleveland, Ohio.

Earlier in his career, Prof. Christensen was an Associate and Engagement Manager for the consulting firm, McKinsey and Company, where he focused on operations performance, organizational effectiveness and strategic planning for clients in the financial services, manufacturing, consumer goods, petroleum, and electric utility industries.

Prof. Christensen received an MBA with distinction from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts, economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College.

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MBA, 1992, Cornell University
BA, 1987, Economics, Dartmouth College, Phi Beta Kappa, Rockfeller Prize in Economics, Summa Cum Laude

Academic Positions
Clinical Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, 2014-present
Associate Dean and Executive Director, Global Programs, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2010-2014
Clinical Associate Professor of Finance, Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2008-2014

Other Professional Experience
President & COO, Shorecap Management, Ltd., 2003-2007
President & CEO, Shorebank Enterprise Group, 2000-2003
Vice President, Neighborhood Progress, Inc., 1996-2000
Engagement Manager, McKinsey and Company, Inc., 1992-1996
Associate, Corporate Decisions, Inc., 1987-1990

Grants and Awards
Kellogg Nota Bene Speaker, Class of 2009, May 13, 2009
Recipient of Certificate of Impact teaching award for Microfinance class, June 5, 2009
Selected for the 2009-2011 Emerging Leaders Program of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, September 2009

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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Microfinance & the Role of Financial Institutions in Development (FINC-937-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Finance, Social Enterprise, International Business

Historically excluded by traditional financial service providers, the majority of the world’s three billion people living on less than $2 per day have no access to formal savings, loan, insurance and payment services. Over the past 35 years, specialized microfinance institutions have sprung up around the world to meet the financial needs of poor people and help lift them out of poverty. This class provides an in-depth overview of the global microfinance business, tracing its evolution from a social, NGO-dominated movement to an increasingly commercial $50-billion industry. Readings, lectures and case studies will be used to highlight current microfinance practices and explore how global capital markets are responding to the huge latent demand for financial services from the poor. Students will also learn how international microfinance models have been applied to low-income and underbanked segments of the U.S. economy and what lessons can be learned from domestic institutions seeking to serve this market in a profitable way.