VP and Head of Asia Regional Office
Christine Purka is Vice President and a co-owner of DFI®, having been with the company since 1993, the year after its founding. In January 2002, Christine opened DFI’s first overseas presence – the Asia Regional Representative Office based in Manila, Philippines. Today she is leading a team of sixteen professionals in Manila, which has extended DFI’s reach for its clients across the Asia region, from Pakistan to the Pacific.
The first nine years in DFI’s Headquarters Office provided Christine the experience and network to navigate through the number of development actors based in Washington, DC, including the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Trade & Development Agency, and the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The move to Asia offered the rewarding challenge of building DFI’s expertise and network for Asian-based development stakeholders such as the Asian Development Bank, country-level bilateral donors, United Nations Agencies, and a number of NGOs.
With this background, Christine has led the design and implementation of a number of clients’ emerging market business plans in the health, information technology, education, agriculture, and environment sectors. Executing on DFI’s unique model, she is adept at driving the vision and strategy with regional corporate management while also tactically implementing the programs with country field teams.
Driven by her commitment to public-private partnerships, Christine has also led DFI in its adoption of a proactive and concerted approach to the integration of regional and country-level corporate business plans into the programs of the development agencies, NGOs, and other stakeholders to create win-win sustainable market development,Most recently, she has designed business models to access population segments at the middle and “base of the pyramid” resulting in new market growth for DFI’s clients. She has also delivered workshops to client field staff on emerging market business strategies, procurement, public-private partnerships, and innovative financing sources to support sustainable business growth in developing Asia.
Behind the scenes, Christine is also the managing architect behind the development of DFInsight™ and DFInfluence™, the firm’s proprietary database systems used to track and inform DFI clients of myriad influencing stakeholders and project opportunities in developing countries. Prior to DFI, Christine’s professional experience includes assignments at the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the White House, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Christine is a graduate of American University.