Ricardo Michel

Senior Managing Partner, Americas

Ricardo brings more than 25 years of international finance and leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. He is responsible for oversight of and leading Palladium's business in the Americas, with a focus on finance and investment, market systems, private sector engagement, and business transformation.

Prior to joining Palladium, Ricardo served as Managing Director of FHI Partners, a subsidiary of FHI 360, as well as Executive Vice President of AMEX International, Inc., an international development consulting firm. He was a presidential appointee in the Obama Administration to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he was responsible for public-private partnerships and played a catalytic role in the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab. He also directed the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances (IDEA) and served as Senior Advisor for economic growth and trade in the Africa Bureau.

Before serving with USAID, Ricardo spent several years structuring project finance transactions at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. He served as a Senior Trade and Investment Advisor for the U.S. African Development Foundation and was instrumental in establishing the foundation’s trade and investment initiative for small and medium enterprises. Ricardo worked for several years as an investment banker for J.P. Morgan Securities and began his career as a certified public accountant, working as an auditor for Arthur Andersen, LLP in their Philadelphia and Bermuda offices.

Ricardo earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University.

Ricardo Michel

Senior Managing Partner, Americas

Ricardo brings more than 25 years of international finance and leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. He is responsible for oversight of and leading Palladium's business in the Americas, with a focus on finance and investment, market systems, private sector engagement, and business transformation.

Prior to joining Palladium, Ricardo served as Managing Director of FHI Partners, a subsidiary of FHI 360, as well as Executive Vice President of AMEX International, Inc., an international development consulting firm. He was a presidential appointee in the Obama Administration to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he was responsible for public-private partnerships and played a catalytic role in the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab. He also directed the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances (IDEA) and served as Senior Advisor for economic growth and trade in the Africa Bureau.

Before serving with USAID, Ricardo spent several years structuring project finance transactions at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. He served as a Senior Trade and Investment Advisor for the U.S. African Development Foundation and was instrumental in establishing the foundation’s trade and investment initiative for small and medium enterprises. Ricardo worked for several years as an investment banker for J.P. Morgan Securities and began his career as a certified public accountant, working as an auditor for Arthur Andersen, LLP in their Philadelphia and Bermuda offices.

Ricardo earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University.