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Glenn Yago is senior director of the Milken Institute Israel Center, a senior fellow and founder of the Institute's Financial Innovation Lab. He is a leading authority on financial innovations, capital markets, emerging markets and environmental finance. As senior director of the Israel Center, he divides his time between offices in Santa Monica and Jerusalem. Yago's work focuses on the innovative use of financial instruments to solve long-standing economic development and social and environmental challenges. His research and projects have contributed to policy innovations fostering the democratization of capital to traditionally underserved markets and entrepreneurs in the United States and around the world. At the Israel Center, Yago oversees a range of activities that are devoted to accelerating Israel's economic growth, bridging social and economic gaps, and securing Israel's global competitiveness through financial technology transfer that increases the impact of government policy, philanthropy, and private-sector investment. As part of his work, Yago directs the Milken Institute Fellows Program, which places graduates in internships related to financial reform and economic development projects. He is the co-author of multiple books, including "Financing the Future: Market-Based Innovations for Growth" (Wharton School Publishing, 2010), "The Rise and Fall of the U. S. Mortgage and Credit Markets" (John Wiley and Sons, 2009), "Global Edge" (Harvard Business School Press, 2007), "Restructuring Regulation and Financial Institutions" (Kluwer, 2004) and "Beyond Junk Bonds" (Oxford University Press, 2005). He is also the co-editor of the Milken Institute Series on Financial Innovation and Economic Growth (Springer). His research focuses on tracking changes in global capital markets and directing the Institute's series of Financial Innovations LabsTM to structure economic solutions. Yago earned a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.