Prior to joining Triple Jump, Ward worked in the private equity sector of which the last two years in Argentina. Previously he worked for ten years in the Dutch market with Halder (currently GIMV). His focus was on buy outs of mid-sized companies. He started his career in marketing & sales and also worked as a managing consultant. Ward holds a Master Degree in Business Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is a Dutch national and speaks English, Dutch, Spanish and German.
Risk Director, Citi Microfinance
Philip Brown is Managing Director of Risk for Citi Microfinance’s global business. He is the senior credit officer responsible for the development of policies, programs and risk tools to enable Citi’s businesses to commercially engage with the sector. Before moving to Citi Microfinance he was the Risk Manager for Project Finance and Structured Trade Finance within EMEA. Mr. Brown joined Citibank in 1971 and has had a variety of client, product and business management assignments. These span financial institutions, corporate, commercial, investment, and private banking with product roles in cash management and trade. They have included country head; business and staff positions in the United States, Europe, Sri Lanka, Channel Islands; audit and risk review for EMEA; and head of regulatory for Citicorp UK. Mr. Brown is a fellow of the Institute of Financial Services, a member of the Governing Council of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, and former Chairman of the Strategic Planning Society.
Managing Partner, Grassroots Capital
Paul DiLeo has pioneered the mobilization of private capital for the microfinance industry and in so doing has helped shape the sector as an investable opportunity. With over two decades of experience in development finance and 10 years’ experience in the microfinance sector, he has cultivated a wealth of knowledge in the industry and is respected as a thought leader in the microfinance investment community. Mr. DiLeo launched and managed the Gray Ghost Microfinance Fund which was the first private, for-profit microfinance fund established to demonstrate the viability of microfinance investment. Prior to starting Gray Ghost, he was instrumental in setting up a U.S. government-backed investment fund in Russia and during his tenure at Shorebank Corporation made equity investments in leading microfinance institutions in India and Bangladesh. He also worked extensively in advising and evaluating microfinance institutions and small business banks around the world. Paul started his career in international finance with the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, has a Master’s degree from Boston University, and completed studies in business accounting and finance at New York University. Mr. DiLeo is the President of Grassroots Capital Management and also acts as Managing Partner of Grassroots Capital Partners.
Head Microfinance Equity, responsAbility
Michael Fiebig is Head Financial Institutions Equity Investments at responsAbility Investments AG, Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Fiebig heads the FI Equity team at responsAbility since April 2011, and is representing the Investment Vehicles managed by responsAbility on the Boards of a number of financial institutions and funds. He has accumulated 20 years of experience in advising, running and investing in retail banking, microfinance and SME lending operations in over 25 countries. From 2006 to early 2011, Mr. Fiebig worked as Investment Director with a private equity boutique in Switzerland, where he covered equity investments in SME banks and microfinance institutions in South Eastern Europe. Prior to this he led a bank transformation project with a non-bank financial institution in Albania. He served as Business Development Director at a commercial bank in Kosovo and at this bank led the implementation of two large advisory projects with focus on housing finance and SME lending. He previously held positions as Lead Project Manager, Consultant and Deputy Head of the international bank & microfinance consulting division of Bankakademie (now Frankfurt School of Finance and Management). Michael holds a Master of Business Administration (Dipl.Kfm.) degree from the Freie Universität Berlin.
Investment Officer, Women's World Banking
Yrenilsa Lopez is an Investment Officer with Women’s World Banking Capital Partners, LP directing private equity investments into gender-focused inclusive finance institutions. She was previously with BlueOrchard Finance in Lima, Peru where she executed private debt investments and managed a portfolio of private debt investments to financial institutions serving the bottom of the pyramid. Prior to this, Yrenilsa was the Relationship Manager for Latin America for Developing World Markets based in Stamford, Connecticut. Yrenilsa began her career with the SME Finance department of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). She has completed all three levels of the CFA Institute exam series. She speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Portuguese.
Managing Director, Center for Financial Inclusion
Elisabeth Rhyne works to bring together leaders in financial services to address challenges facing the microfinance industry today. She is a co-creator of the Smart Campaign for client protection in microfinance. As senior vice president of Accion from 2000-2008, Ms. Rhyne led Accion’s initial entry into Africa and India and directed the organization’s research efforts to develop new financial products and managed Accion’s publications and educational activities. Ms. Rhyne has published numerous articles and five books on microfinance, including Mainstreaming Microfinance: How Lending to the Poor Began, Grew and Came of Age in Bolivia (Kumarian Press, 2001). She was also co-editor of The New World of Microenterprise Finance (Kumarian, 1994), which provided the introduction to microfinance for many of the field’s current professionals. Her most recent book, Microfinance for Bankers and Investors, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2009. Ms. Rhyne was director of the Office of Microenterprise Development at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1994 to 1998, where she developed and led USAID’s Microenterprise Initiative. Ms. Rhyne’s experience includes eight years living in Kenya and Mozambique, consulting on microfinance policy and operations for governments, international organizations, and microfinance institutions. Ms. Rhyne holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and humanities from Stanford University.
Founding Partner, Omtrix
Mr. Silva has more than 25 years of experience in international finance with expertise in the evaluation of financial intermediaries, financial engineering, strategic planning and corporate finance. He has in-depth knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean financial markets and maintains regular contact with prominent bi/multilateral institutions in the region. In addition, he has high-level contacts within the Latin American business community as well as financial institutions. Mr. Silva was the manager of the Antares Fund, a for-profit equity participation fund aiming to develop a secondary market for equity participations in microfinance institutions (MFIs), financial institutions specializing in serving small and micro entrepreneurs. He is also the Executive Director of Calmeadow and represents this Canadian NGO on the Board of Africap, a fund specialized in providing equity and long-term funding to African MFIs. Prior to establishing Omtrix, Mr. Silva worked for the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), a multilateral financial institution, as the head of its Central American office. He was the Executive Director of ProFund Internacional, where he was responsible for the management of a regional investment fund specializing in equity investments in MFIs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Silva has served as a board member of numerous MFIs in countries such as Nicaragua, Haiti, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Head of Equity, Triodos
Caspar Sprokel joined Triodos Investment Management’s Emerging Markets team in July 2012. As Head of Equity he is responsible for global equity investments in inclusive finance. He is a member of the management team and Investment Committee and has served on Boards of SME and microfinance banks in Africa and Asia. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Centenary Bank, which is one of the top-3 banks in Uganda. Caspar has over 20 years of banking and financial sector experience in Europe, Africa and Asia. He was Investment Director at SDG, a Botswana-based private equity fund that focuses on the African financial sector and Missing Middle Markets (2008-2011). Prior to that, Caspar held Senior Investment Management positions with financial institutions in Africa (2003-2006) and was a consultant to the World Bank, KfW and USAID on financial sector reform, SME banking and microfinance (2006-2007). From 1997 to 2003 Caspar held various investment management positions with the Dutch development bank FMO. Caspar started his career with ING Bank in the Netherlands as a management trainee, where he held various commercial and SME banking positions. He has an MBA from the University of Groningen and holds certificates in Banking & Finance, French and Corporate Law from various universities.
Group Chief Financial Officer, Microcred
Vince has spent the last twenty three years within the TMT (Telecommunications, Media & Technology) & Fin Tech (Financial Technology) industries, working with and being a key member of highly energized and focused senior management teams to help create and deliver value to shareholders. He has gained extensive experience working with public and private company boards and their shareholders. Vince specializes in international business within the mobile, payments and financial services industries, delivering service offerings such as payments and financial services solutions, mobile airtime transfer, mobile data roaming and mobile applications within developed and emerging markets. He has worked with companies in various stages of development, from early stage venture capital-backed companies such as OmniSky, Mobileway, Mobile365 and fastacash, to more late stage companies backed by private equity such as Mach, Mobile Systems International and Microcred (Baobab) and large Publicly quoted companies such as Ingenico, MediaOne, US West and British Telecommunications.