Mikael L. Clason Höök is the Director of the Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab. The Learning Lab provides advisory support to the Foundation's partners, supports partners with learning and dissemination, and conducts independent research to fill key knowledge gaps in the sector. Mikael is a development professional and entrepreneur with experience in agriculture, finance, private sector development, digital technology and renewable energy. Mikael is a co-founder and partner of a renewable company providing off-grid solar solutions for international organizations operating in humanitarian settings, and a high-end wood flooring company with showrooms in New York and Los Angeles. Previously, he led the design and implementation of an innovative World Bank survey to collect real-time social and economic data in South Sudan and Somalia. Mikael spent three years in Afghanistan with Chemonics International supporting USAID agriculture programs, where his work focused on developing value chain analysis for agriculture products; implementing a deal driven approach to agriculture development; and organizing trade fairs to promote Afghan exports. Mikael holds an MPA in International Development from Harvard's Kennedy School where he was awarded a Public Service Fellowship.