Randall Kempner

Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

Randall Kempner is Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. The network's members provide critical financing and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create positive economic, environmental and social impacts in developing countries. ANDE’s 200+ members have operations in more than 150 emerging market countries.

As executive director of ANDE, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program, research and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging market SGBs, and tracking the impact of public and private sector efforts to build entrepreneurship in developing countries. 

Randall has twenty years of experience in the field of local and international economic development. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Regional Innovation at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness.  Prior to joining the Council, Randall was co-founder of OTF Group, an international consulting firm that advised regions and nations on how to create competitive advantage.  Fluent in English and Spanish, he is frequent author and speaker on entrepreneurship-based economic development strategies.  His work has appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Innovations Journal and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Randall graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a joint Master in Business Administration and Public Affairs.  He earned his bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard College.