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Maya Zizwiler

Head of Programs and Social Finance, UBS

Maya leads the UBS Optimus Foundation’s team developing and managing high impact programs in education, health, child protection and the environment. Beyond grantmaking, the foundation leverages innovative social finance solutions to mobilize and incentivize new and better capital to reach the UN’s SDGs. She spearheaded the Foundation's work on the first Development Impact Bond and impact linked loans, before expanding to a range of different outcomes-based instruments. 

Prior to this role, she was the Foundation's Program Director for Education and Early Childhood Development. She joined the Foundation from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria where she was responsible for managing partnerships with the private sector. Previously, Maya worked for UNICEF in Peru, Procter and Gamble's development and export markets focusing on Iran and Tunisia; and Peugeot in China. 

Maya holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a Master’s from the University of Geneva. She speaks French, English, Spanish, German and some Mandarin Chinese.

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