Medha Wilson - Group Chief Executive Officer

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Medha Wilson

Group Chief Executive Officer

Key operational team

Mateo Zanetic - Regional Director and Chief Executive Officer Zimbabwe

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Mateo Zanetic

Regional Director and Chief Executive Officer Zimbabwe

Jack Ngoma - Chief Executive Officer Zambia

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Jack Ngoma

Chief Executive Officer Zambia

Joseph Kaipa - Interim Chief Executive Officer Malawi

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Joseph Kaipa

Interim Chief Executive Officer Malawi

Technical advisors

Randall Williams - Technical Advisor

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Randall Williams

Technical Advisor

Board of Directors

Steve Mark - Chair of MicroLoan Foundation USA

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Steve Mark

Chair of MicroLoan Foundation USA

Malin Rosenkvist - Director and Group Director of Fundraising

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Malin Rosenkvist

Director and Group Director of Fundraising

Manish Somaiya - Group Head, Capital Markets & IR at Allego

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Manish Somaiya

Group Head, Capital Markets & IR at Allego

Matt Zalosh - CIO of Boston Common’s International Strategies

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Matt Zalosh

CIO of Boston Common’s International Strategies

Brandy Carcoran Carlson - Financial Services Executive

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Brandy Carcoran Carlson

Financial Services Executive

Rokaya Helfer - Director, Governance & Operations at Women's World Banking

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Rokaya Helfer

Director, Governance & Operations at Women's World Banking

Dan Healy - Chief Audit Officer, Group1001

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Dan Healy

Chief Audit Officer, Group1001

Mukesh Sharma - Director, Enterprise Data Architecture, MBTA

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Mukesh Sharma

Director, Enterprise Data Architecture, MBTA

Board Advisors

Jeff Stone - Western Regional Vice President for Ashford Securities

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Jeff Stone

Western Regional Vice President for Ashford Securities

John Appel - Senior Agribusiness and Chemicals Executive

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John Appel

Senior Agribusiness and Chemicals Executive

Sheena Jaffer - Strategic Advisor, Age Friendly

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Sheena Jaffer

Strategic Advisor, Age Friendly

Colleen Vucinovich - Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Principia College

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Colleen Vucinovich

Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Principia College

Founder

Peter Ryan - Founder

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Peter Ryan

Founder

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Medha Wilson

Group Chief Executive Officer

Medha Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer at MicroLoan Foundation. In her current role she oversees the activities of MicroLoan’s operations in Africa and is responsible for developing the overall strategy of the Group. She serves on the board of the three MicroLoan subsidiaries in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Medha has extensive experience in financial inclusion in both senior operational and investment management roles in emerging and frontier markets, across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her expertise also includes establishing and scaling-up of greenfield operations, turnaround of struggling entities and governance. She also has considerable experience in engaging with a broad range of social and impact investors.

Medha is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from The London School of Economics.

Mateo Zanetic

Regional Director and Chief Executive Officer Zimbabwe

Mateo Zanetic is the Regional Director of MicroLoan Foundation. In his current role he is responsible for operations management, which includes providing hands-on support to MLF CEOs in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Mateo serves on all three MLF subsidiaries. His responsibilities include providing guidance and troubleshooting in areas related to expansion to new operational areas and products, development of annual budgets and setting of performance targets for operational staff. Mateo heads the Social Performance Management function and is responsible for developing the evolving SPM framework and the reporting of SPM findings to both internal and external stakeholders. Currently, Mateo also serves as a CEO of MLF Zimbabwe.

Mateo has an extensive background in microfinance operations in Southern Africa, specifically in scale-up of activities, integrating social performance in operational decision-making and in people management.

He holds a degree in Management Accounting and Corporate Finance from Wits University.

Jack Ngoma

Chief Executive Officer Zambia

Jack Ngoma is Chief Executive Officer of MicroLoan Foundation Zambia. In his current role he is responsible for implementing strategic plans for Zambia operations, identifying partnership opportunities, and developing the local team.

Jack has vast experience in the microfinance sector. Prior to joining MicroLoan, he worked with a leading commercial microfinance institution in Zambia. Jack first joined MicroLoan in 2009 as the Finance Manager for Zambia before spending some time with our Malawian operation in 2013. Jack returned to Zambia and was appointed Chief Financial Officer, where he played a key role in the in the growth of the operations. He was promoted to his current role in 2018.

He is a chartered certified accountant, a member of the ACCA, has a BSc in accounting from Oxford Brookes university and is currently completing an MBA in finance with the University of London.

Joseph Kaipa

Interim Chief Executive Officer Malawi

Joseph Kaipa joined Microloan Foundation in 2008 as a loan officer. He went to assume various roles in the organization such as Branch Manager in 2009, Senior Social Performance Management Officer in 2012 and Senior Regional Manager in 2015. In 2017, he was appointed to the role of Chief Operations Officer.

Joseph has been instrumental in the growth and expansion of MLF’s operations across Malawi and more recently in overseeing the company's thrust towards operational sustainability. Joseph holds a BBA in Strategic Management from Columbia Commonwealth University and a Diploma in Community Development from ABMA. In 2019 he completed an executive development course at the University of Cape Town and in 2018 he also completed a course in Rural and Agriculture finance program with Boulder Institute of Microfinance.

Joseph is the Acting CEO of MicroLoan Foundation Malawi as of May 2022.

Randall Williams

Technical Advisor

Randall Williams was the Chief Executive Officer for MicroLoan Foundation Malawi until May 2022. In this role he was responsible for leading the implementation processes of the organisation’s strategies aimed at achieving MicroLoan Foundation’s goals.

Originally from Jamaica, Randall has lived and worked across different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, bringing with him a wide range of skills in banking, fintech and microfinance. He’s no stranger to Malawi having lived and worked there in 2016 during his time with Zoona Group.

Randall obtained his bachelor’s degree in Management Studies and Economics from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica), and holds a Masters in Finance from the University of London (UK). He also recently completed an Executive Certificate in Financial Inclusion from Harvard University (USA).

Steve Mark

Chair of MicroLoan Foundation USA

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Malin Rosenkvist

Director and Group Director of Fundraising

Malin is Director of Fundraising & Communications at MicroLoan, responsible for managing relationships with high-value individual donors, ensuring that they have full insight into the impact of their philanthropic giving.

She brings ten years of experience in business development and fundraising in the international development sector to this role. Prior to joining MicroLoan, Malin worked with numerous charities focusing on education and poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa. Her expertise is major gifts, and she has a track record of setting up successful major donor programmes and developing impactful corporate partnerships.

In this role Malin also develops tailor-made partnerships, events and employee engagement opportunities for corporate funders to maximise the mutual benefits.

Malin has a degree in International Politics and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and has lived, worked and travelled extensively in sub-Saharan Africa.

Manish Somaiya

Group Head, Capital Markets & IR at Allego

Manish Somaiya is an award-winning Wall Street influencer and leader with a track record in launching and leading the expansion of leveraged credit research franchises for Citi, BofA Securities, and JP Morgan. Manish also conducted due diligence and internal and investor education on more than $50B in lead transactions as a critical financing team member.

As a trusted partner to the C-suite, investors, and stakeholders, Manish is well-known in the industry for his ability to create connections, finesse negotiations, and build consensus throughout his vast network. In addition, Manish is valued throughout the industry for his expertise in navigating uncertainty and volatility in the global financial markets and mediating an ever-changing regulatory environment while delivering innovative solutions in extremely competitive markets.

Manish graduated from the exclusive TRIUM Global Executive MBA program in 2020, earning an MBA degree awarded jointly by NYU Stern School of Business, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the HEC Paris School of Management. Manish also earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Matt Zalosh

CIO of Boston Common’s International Strategies

Matt is CIO of Boston Common’s International Strategies. He also conducts investment research in the healthcare sector. Matt began his career at State Street Research and Management in Boston in 1995. From 1997 to 2001, he worked at Dodge & Cox in San Francisco, where he covered banks and REITS and helped the firm launch its international mutual fund.

Matt received his BA, cum laude, in Economics and International Studies from Colby College, and has an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he specialized in emerging markets and worked on development consulting projects in Mexico and Ecuador. Matt has lived in Spain and has travelled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He previously served on the board of Primary Source, a non-profit that deepens global understanding in schools.

Brandy Carcoran Carlson

Financial Services Executive

Brandy has deep experience working with or advising high growth financial services companies. She has held executive-level positions leading business development, marketing, client relations and capital markets in banking and commercial real estate. Previously, she was head of the regional and community bank team for a fintech platform backed by The Carlyle Group and a consultant with KPMG and BearingPoint.

As part of Epic Advisory, Brandy advises mission-led real estate management teams on investor marketing and capital raising. She has a passion and focus on impact-led and ESG real estate strategies, which carries over into her nonprofit work emphasizing the empowerment of women and children with the tools needed to break the cycle of poverty. Ms. Carlson is also a board member of Generation Hope, a nonprofit that surrounds motivated teen parents and children with the resources needed to thrive in college, and is a member of the Finance Committee of the Connelly School of the Holy Child, an independent, Catholic college preparatory school for girls.

Brandy holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in International Business from American University. She lives with her husband outside of Washington, DC and is a proud mother of four children.

Rokaya Helfer

Director, Governance & Operations at Women's World Banking

Rokaya Helfer is the Manager for Governance & Operations at Women’s World Banking, a global NGO dedicated to advancing women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment. Based in New York, Rokaya works closely with Women’s World Banking’s Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team to oversee all governance obligations and board initiatives, and leads various strategic activities for the Office of the President. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Rokaya worked at Richards, Kibbe & Orbe LLP and at West, Thomson Reuters. She holds a B.A. in History and International Affairs from Boston University.

Dan Healy

Chief Audit Officer, Group1001

Dan is a CPA / MBA, and currently is a managing director at Guggenheim Partners. He has previously served as the Chief Audit Executive at two Fortune 500 multinational corporations. Dan’s nonprofit experience includes 20 years serving as Treasurer and Vice Chair of three nonprofits. He is a seasoned financial professional and qualified audit committee expert experienced in advising financial service and nonprofit boards. He is also a frequent speaker on corporate and nonprofit governance, as well as strategies to prevent fraud and embezzlement losses. Past speaking engagements include national and international conventions of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors and the United Way Worldwide Finance Talent and Technology Forum.

After receiving an accounting degree from Canisius College in Buffalo and working in public accounting, Dan earned an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business. He has previously worked at HSBC, GE and the Brinks Company as the Chief Audit Executive. Today Dan holds the role of Managing Director – Head of Audit at Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory firm with approximately $300 billion under management. Dan lives outside Chicago with his lovely wife and two children.

Mukesh Sharma

Director, Enterprise Data Architecture, MBTA

Seasoned Information technology leader with specialization in information management, data lake, data science and enterprise architecture. Proven record and accomplishment in implementing technology solutions and running complex IT operations. Providing innovative solutions and developing business aligned strategies.

Jeff Stone

Western Regional Vice President for Ashford Securities

Jeff is Western Regional Vice President for Ashford Securities, prior to that he was co-founder and Managing Director – Sales at Clir Capital, a boutique investment banking firm specializing in the conceptualization, design and distribution of non-correlated investments. Prior to Clir Capital, Jeff worked at Evolv Capital partners as managing director for 4 years helping build out the alternative investment platform in the IBD and RIA channels. Jeff has a diverse background including managing national sales and west coast operations for MDS Energy in the same channel. His financial services career began at TIAA—CREF where he served as the Managing Director of Institutional Client Services as well Managing Director of Wealth Management for TIAA-CREF. At TIAA-CREF, Jeff helped drive the build out and national sales effort for the new wealth offering.

Jeff received a B.A. from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Denver. He lives in Centennial, CO with his wife and 2 children. He enjoys camping, fly-fishing, travel, and hiking. He holds his Series, 7, 24, and 63 licenses.

John Appel

Senior Agribusiness and Chemicals Executive

John Appel brings broad industry expertise in agriculture and chemicals as well as deep leadership experience in both strategy and commercial operations. Currently, he serves as President of BPS Agriculture, a diversified agricultural holding company. Prior to BPS Agriculture, John served as Vice President of Customer Solutions at Exacto Inc., where he led the marketing team and sales teams for Agriculture, Turf & Ornamental, and Industrial Vegetation Management business units. John has also held various roles at Syngenta, including R&D Strategy Manager in Switzerland, Marketing Manager Africa Middle East, US Business Manager, and Product Marketing Lead.

Over the course of his international career, John has led numerous businesses through significant growth in sales, profitability, and market share, and helped shape his companies’ strategic agendas in numerous areas. In addition, he has also gained extensive cross-cultural experience from living in Switzerland, working in numerous global roles, and traveling extensively.

John holds a BA in chemistry and an MBA in finance from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Sheena Jaffer

Strategic Advisor, Age Friendly

Sheena serves as Senior Associate, World Enabled, a mandate focused on building inclusive societies where people with disabilities and older persons can fully develop their talents and reach their full potential Prior to this, Sheena has served in senior management roles in the non-profit, academic and corporate sectors.

Sheena considers herself a global citizen with a mission to serve humanity. She speaks several languages and thrives in finding pathways for national/local governments; the international community and civil society to work collaboratively for greater good and sustainable impact.

Born in Tanzania, and having worked in international development, she has travelled the globe and has a deep commitment towards alleviating poverty and inequalities that lend to a better quality of life. Influenced by her parents and ingrained in her upbringing is the spirit of enterprise and determination to lift up the most vulnerable and marginalized. Over the years, Sheena has developed a reputation of creatively harnessing the human advantage through her ethical and practical hands-on approach in cultivating a purpose driven impact lens to drive meaningful change. Coupled with her down to earth humanistic and humorous style, she has been known for releasing fresh thinking and a positive approach in making things happen.

Cumulatively, Sheena brings over 25 years of management acumen and a conviction rooted in life experiences. She has demonstrated an impressive track record in leadership, advocacy, capacity building, forging institutional relationships and partnerships, spearheading multi-million dollar grassroots fundraising and resource development campaigns, empowering colleagues, managing and coaching thousands of volunteers and serving as the architect and implementer of large scale public events.

Colleen Vucinovich

Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Principia College

Colleen is Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Principia College, a liberal arts college founded in 1912 and located in southern Illinois. Her teaching portfolio includes Management, Strategic Management, Organizational Effectiveness and International Business. She has served as Faculty Senate President and Department Chair of Business Administration and Economics. Colleen holds an MBA, MS in Strategic Planning, and Postgraduate Certificates in Corporate Governance and Leadership from Edinburgh Business School, Scotland.

Previously, Colleen founded a cosmetic manufacturing company based in Johannesburg, South Africa and served as the CEO from 2001 to 2012. A South African with a rich and diverse career spanning 30 years, Colleen has strong ties to Southern Africa through family, friends, former customers and employees.

Peter Ryan

Founder

Peter Ryan is the founder of MicroLoan Foundation. He spent much of his early career in marketing and setting up production for consumer goods, including ‘Old Spice’ ‘Imperial Leather Soap’ and ‘Duracell’, in Africa and parts of Europe.

His time spent travelling and working in Africa led Peter to look into ways business could support those living in poverty. In 1997 Peter visited the Philippines with a former college friend who was running a charity supporting some of the poorest people in the country. This visit sparked an interest to do more and by 1998 the idea for MicroLoan Foundation was born. Over the next four years Peter began fundraising and developing a strategy for operations. The first loans and training were made to women in Malawi in 2002.

Peter is a frequent speaker on microfinance, with a special interest in Africa and blending the need for financial professionalism and social change. He has a degree in International Marketing for Greenwich University.