Ms. Drake is program manager of the Investing in Inclusive Finance initiative of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion. Ms. Drake directs the Financial Inclusion Equity Council (FIEC), a membership organization of private entities that make equity investments in the developing world’s MFIs. Previously, she led Accion’s Financial Management Unit. Ms. Drake is co-editor of The Commercialization of Microfinance: Balancing Business and Development and the co-author of Alchemists for the Poor: NGOs as Financial Institutions. She is a faculty member of the Boulder Microfinance Training Program in Turin. Before joining Accion in 1990, Ms. Drake was a banking specialist at the World Bank and a commercial banker. She is a board member the Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit Root Capital and its Peruvian subsidiary, ACCDER. Ms. Drake is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an MBA from Babson College. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.
As part of the Investing in Inclusive Finance team, Danielle Piskadlo works closely with investors making active, sustainable investments in financial institutions serving the base of the pyramid. Ms. Piskadlo coordinates all of the Investing in Inclusive Finance projects, focusing primarily on risk management and developing the capacity of board members. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Piskadlo worked part-time with Accion Investments while pursing master degrees in international business at the Fletcher School and public administration at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before coming to Boston, Ms. Piskadlo worked in Beijing at Wokai, a nonprofit microfinance start-up growing the microfinance sector in China, and also spent time in Hyderabad, India working for Intellecap, a leading microfinance consultancy. She began her career as a financial analyst in San Diego. Ms. Piskadlo has a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Vermont and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Kettianne Cadet supports the Investing in Inclusive Finance program area, working on a variety of different projects focused around governance, risk and investing in financial inclusion institutions. She engages with various industry players through the coordination of the Financial Inclusion Equity Council events. Prior to joining Accion, Ms. Cadet served as a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow in Port au Prince, Haiti where she secured funding, co-led negotiation training, and improved existing human resources processes within the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Ms. Cadet also worked with Dress for Success Boston, Mediation Works Incorporated (where she became a Certified Trained Mediator), the Edelman public relations firm, and the Society for International Development. Through these experiences she held responsibilities ranging from project management to research and presentation to program development. Ms. Cadet received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and French from Boston College, and her Master of Arts in International Relations from King’s College London. She speaks fluent French and Haitian Creole and is proficient in Spanish.