Dan Preston



Dan Preston is a Clinical Associate Professor at the highly-regarded O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University where he is acutely focused on finance as a catalyst for development, comparative policy analysis, international relations, and teaching pedagogy.  Dan is widely known as an international development finance expert.

In addition to ACET, Dan maintains high-level advisory relationships and consulting engagements with the OECD, World Economic Forum and Center for Global Development.  He has developed a global reputation as a thought leader in blended finance co-authoring the seminal book Making Blended Finance Work for the Sustainable Development Goals, serving as a working group member for the think tank report Payouts for Perils: How Insurance Can Radically Improve Emergency Aid, and providing innovative solutions exemplified in an op-ed he wrote titled The Potential for an SDG Mobilization Conduit.

Dan has been recognized as an elite instructor by senior faculty members, administrators and students alike.  He teaches courses covering topics ranging from public policy and international affairs to finance and economic development in addition to study abroad courses in Cuba, England and the Balkans.  He has held many faculty leadership roles including Chair of the honors program review, Deputy Director for Global Initiatives, and member of the Provost’s strategic planning committee.  Dan focuses his volunteer efforts serving as treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Creative Action Institute.

Prior to his faculty appointment, Dan worked in the private sector where he held investment banking positions with Citigroup in the United States and France specializing in economic advisory, debt management, and capital raising for sovereign governments in Europe, Africa and Asia and securitization programs for corporations primarily in Latin America, the Caribbean and Japan.  Earlier, he worked as a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Information Resources on a range of strategic issues for Fortune 500 companies, technology start-ups, and the U.S. Defense Department.  His professional and personal experiences have spanned 70 countries and territories.  Dan earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.