Coordinator - Krishi Utsho, CARE Bangladesh
Maruf Azam is a qualified professional and an Enterprise Development expert with more than 16 years of professional experience. He is a specialist in design, management and evaluation of market driven solutions. Aside development sector, he also worked in managerial position for Supply Chain Management, Budgeting & Strategic Planning, He is an MBA with major in Marketing. He is competent to lead a large team and able to deviate his team to reach its goal. Maruf is smearing and learning new techniques of Enterprise Development, Inclusive Business, Value Chain and Livelihood development, and other approaches allied to economy.Close
Anne-Cécile Delwaide is an independent management consultant with a background in agricultural economics and agricultural engineering. She has various international experiences in both private and public sectors. She led the development and implementation of an alternative financing mechanism derived from traditional contract farming in Malawi; the Chithumba model. Anne-Cécile promotes evidence-based strategic approach to rural development. In 2018, with support from MEDA and under the INNOVATE initiative; she conducted a case-study assessing the demand and uptake for the services offered under the Chithumba model. She currently provides project management services in the water infrastructure sector to local government in New Zealand.Close
Co-Founder/Director, Bidhaa Sasa
Rocío Pérez Ochoa co-founded Bidhaa Sasa (meaning Products Now in Swahili) in 2015 to focus primarily on solving distribution and financial bottlenecks that inhibit the adoption of new technologies by rural families in Kenya and other countries. Previously, Rocío ran the financial arm of BBOXX, a manufacturer, distributor and financier of solar systems that had subsidiaries in the UK, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. She has also consulted and acted as an angel investor in other green start-ups in emerging markets. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur she worked for the UK Government as climate change policy adviser and spent almost a decade working in the City of London in hedge funds (and now making up for it!).Close
Head of Risk, CIDRE IFD
Mauricio Moscoso is an economist with specialization in development finance and business administration. He works as Head of Risk Management in CIDRE IFD in Bolivia for more than ten years, with previous experiences in financial services and research. Mauricio developed the risk management unit at CIDRE IFD and led a series of projects related to product development, information technologies and innovation for financial services.Close
Luke Colavito did his Masters in Agricultural and Natural Resource Management at the University of Maine (1993) and PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech University (1997). Luke was iDE Nepal Country Director (2008 to 2020) and is currently a Senior Economist with iDE. Over the last 10 years Luke has managed projects supported by USAID, UKAID, the EU, the Gates Foundation, WFP, ADB, MCIC, IDRC/MEDA, and other donors that have substantially increased the income and welfare of 636,000 smallholder families (3.1 million people). Luke managed the Nepal MEDA INNOVATE site (2018-19), developing a Non Traditional Financial Service (NTFS) wholesale loan product for rural collection centers to reach smallholder members and a crop insurance product working with Muktinath Bikas Bank.Close
Patricia Chin-Sweeney is Co-Founder and Managing Director of I-DEV International, bringing 15+ years of investment and strategy experience focused on strengthening and scaling high-impact companies.
Patricia built and led I-DEV International Insight & Strategy Group, and launched I-DEV International's expansion into Africa. Patricia has advised companies from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Eileen Fisher, Grupo Bimbo to leading local companies in Africa and Latin America on innovation, growth and capital raise. She has consulted the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and the IDB Lab, their innovation group; UN Foundation; USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures; Conservation International; DFID and more on new blended finance models, capacity building support, investment strategy and tech-enabled solutions, and across agriculture, clean energy, big data, edtech, sustainable brands and climate sectors.
Patricia has been an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) twice for Singularity University (Silicon Valley), as well as built and taught curriculum as a Lecturer for them and others including Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She also advises executives and startup management teams.
Prior to I-DEV International, Patricia worked in investment banking and strategy for the C-Suite of the global engineering/infrastructure and environmental consulting sector at the Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG), a boutique NY firm. She holds an MBA in Global Business and Social Innovation from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and B.A. from Barnard College, the Women’s College of Columbia University.Close
Researcher, World Relief
Kallisse Dent was an intern for World Relief Rwanda in the summer of 2018 and continues to support data analytics and program evaluation related to their microfinance and agriculture programs. She has also supported program evaluation at the Centre for Women and Child Health and the Foundation for Charitable Activities in Bangladesh. Ms. Dent currently works as an epidemiologist for the Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center within the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. She has an MPH in Global Epidemiology (2019) and a BS in Neuroscience (2017) from the University of Michigan.Close
Program Officer, World Relief
Rhona Murungi is World Relief (WR)’s Senior Program Officer and International Operations Manager, roles in which she supports World Relief’s programs in Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda and also promotes effective execution of World Relief programs through coordination of operational, financial and managerial components that support project implementation and program development in WR field offices. Rhona has also served for a number of years as the Director of Programs for World Relief Rwanda where she supervised programs in Child and Youth Development, Agriculture, Savings, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and Church Empowerment. Rhona was born in Hoima, Uganda, as one of six brothers and sisters. She holds a MA in Economic Development from Vanderbilt University and a BA in Developmental Economics and Accounting from Taylor University. She is currently finalizing a PhD in Peace Studies from the International Graduate School of Leadership Asia in Manila, Philippines.Close
Senior Researcher, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP)
Carolina Trivelli, currently works as Senior Researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP). Ms. Trivelli is an Economist and holds a MSc in Agricultural Economics from The Pennsylvania State University.
She serves as Chair of the Board of Pagos Digitales Peruanos S.A. She is a member of the Board of Kunan (a social entrepreneurship network) and of the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics. She also serves at the International Advisory Board of RIMISP (Latin American Center for Rural Development) and is a member of the High Level Panel of the ID4D Initiative (World Bank). She is a board member of Agrobanco. She is also a member of the Technical Advisory Committee on Measuring Poverty (INEI) and the Fiscal Committee of Peru.
She was Minister of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru (2011-2013) and has worked as Managing Director of Pagos Digitales Peruanos (2014-2016) and as Director General of the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (2001-2005).Close
Executive Director, ISF Advisors
Dan is the Executive Director of ISF Advisors and has a passion for bringing inclusive agriculture and supply chain financing solutions to market. Based in New York, Dan directs ISF’s portfolio of projects related to investment advisory, financial inclusion, and enterprise strategy in the rural finance sector. He also contributes to ISF’s research agenda and is a published thought leader in the inclusive finance space. He previously worked for Dalberg, Booz & Company, and Standard Chartered Bank. Dan holds an MBA with honors from Cornell’s Johnson Business School and a BA from Princeton University.Close
Project Manager - Agriculture, Dodore Kenya Ltd
Vyone Ming’ate is an Agribusiness consultant with expertise in program/project management, grants management, finance and administration with great interest in sustainable development finance and impact investing. She is a Project Manager - Agriculture at Dodore Kenya Limited. Her experience in East Africa is diverse working with both private and public sectors to empower smallholder farmers. She is passionate about working for programs and organizations that result in positive impact through Agriculture.Close
Programme Coordinator, AFRACA
John Amimo holds a MSc. degree in Sustainable Environment Management from Middlesex University, London. He has a combined work experience spanning ten years with a diverse professional skill set ranging from project management, fundraising, agricultural finance, training and knowledge management. Prior to joining the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA), he worked for several NGOs as Project Manager, managing SME and Youth Oriented programmes in Kenya. Mr. Amimo later joined the Commodities Fund where he served as Credit and Fundraising Manager, playing a strategic role in formulating financial solutions and services for Agri-based cooperatives. During the same period, he served as Board Director (East African Chapter) from 2011-2014 for the Canadian-based network, Financial Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST), a network of global social lenders involved in developing Agriculture targeting rural communities.Close
Agricultural Finance Expert
Calvin Miller is an experienced expert on agricultural and rural finance and investment as well as working in rural economic development with smallholder organizations. Mr Miller is a consultant retired from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization where he was Senior Officer and Leader of the Agribusiness and Finance Group, AGS Division. He is an Agricultural Economist and prior to FAO has worked as Country Manager of MEDA in Bolivia and as Director of Economic Development in CARE, plus consulting with numerous development agencies. He was founder of MicroVest, a $350 million dollar, global, socially responsive, family of microfinance investment funds financed by private sector investors and Chairs the Board of FairTrade Access Investment Fund. He is the author of numerous publications, including a well-known book titled Agricultural Value Chain Finance: Tools and Lessons and two publications on Agricultural Investment Funds for Developing Countries and Agricultural Guarantee Schemes and many others. Mr. Miller has extensive practical experience in agricultural value chain finance at all levels, and is interested in training trainers to expand the knowledge across Africa and other regions.Close
Principal, MarketShare Associates (MSA)
Ben Fowler specializes in identifying, implementing and measuring business solutions for social impact. Ben is a Co-Founder and Principal at MarketShare Associates (MSA), a global consulting firm focused on generating actionable insights for economic development. MSA offers decision makers access to a new generation of market and social insights for forecasting and measuring human behavior and social outcomes. Ben has 15 years of experience in economics and social impact creation across more than 30 countries, including long-term roles in Kenya and Guatemala. Ben has worked with financial service providers, private sector consultancies and technology companies, multilateral institutions and governments, among others. He has published extensively on social impact issues. He is also one of a select group of auditors for an international social impact measurement standard. Ben speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Kiswahili.Close