Sam Raymond is a Consultant with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit at the World Bank. His work centers on designing and managing pilot programs to test financial innovations such as crowdfunding, technology enabled banking and Bitcoin. He has worked extensively in the Caribbean to map the environment for crowdfunding as well as to provide strategic advisory for the World Bank’s program to assist the formation of angel investor networks in Jamaica and Barbados. Both crowdfunding and angel investing exhibit potential for linking to diaspora to facilitate investment in startups and other assets. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Sam worked as Research and Staff Assistant to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Sam is an avid cyclist, percussionist and tennis player.