Debbie Dean leads several global financial service programs, including our microsavings initiative, which is helping microfinance institutions in India and the Philippines to develop savings programs for the poor. She also supports our e-Warehouse program in Kenya. Before joining Grameen Foundation, Debbie spent 20 years in the technology industry, leading and managing technical sales teams, business operations and product management at several companies, including IBM, Legent Corporation and Cisco Systems. She holds a degree in Finance and Economics from Miami University and studied at the Boulder Institute of Microfinance. Debbie has lectured at the Wharton School of Business, the Brookings Institute, the SEEP Conference and the USAID Microlinks Speakers Corner, and has been published in the Enterprise Development & Microfinance Journal. She sits on the board of the DaltonDemorest Foundation.
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Director, Financial Services
Director, Community Knowledge Worker
Kwasi Donkor is based in Kampala, Uganda, where he oversees Grameen Foundation’s Community Knowledge Worker program. Before joining the foundation, he was responsible for driving specialized sales and channel management strategy for Tigo Cash, Millicom’s mobile money offering in Ghana. While at Millicom, he built the start-up commercial team that was responsible for launching and transforming Tigo Cash into a multiple award-winning product in Ghana and across West Africa. He was previously responsible for global sales and marketing strategy for Dun and Bradstreet’s enterprise and strategic customers – a portfolio generating about $200 million annually. Kwasi began his career as an analyst in Merrill Lynch’s private client banking business. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Joseph Wharton Fellow. He also has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.
Director of Annual Giving
Kari Hammett-Caster leads Grameen Foundation’s efforts to build relationships with donors giving $1-$25,000 annually, managing online and direct mail outreach, as well as Grameen Foundation’s Opportunity Makers, a special circle of donors dedicated to ending poverty. Before joining the Grameen Foundation team, Kari was Manager of Donor Relations at Unitus, where she led workplace giving campaigns, supporter stewardship, donor-related trips and events, and volunteer programs. She also worked in Community Affairs at Microsoft and has more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit fund development and corporate giving. She holds a bachelor’s in communications from Trinity Western University in British Columbia.
Director, Human Resources
Beverly Jackson leads human resources initiatives across all Grameen Foundation offices. Her human resources career spans 25 years in the public sector, where she managed benefits, employee relations, payroll and talent management initiatives for large heath care institutions. She received her master’s in Human Resources Development from Towson University.
Director, Mobile Financial Services
Lisa Kienzle manages all operations and strategy for Grameen Foundation’s Mobile Financial Services efforts in Uganda. The Mobile Financial Services team works with financial institutions and mobile network operators to research, design, and scale new financial services for the mobile channel. Before joining Grameen Foundation, she was director of Branchless Banking for MAP International, a mobile money and branchless banking start-up in Uganda. She was also a consultant for mobile and branchless services in South Asia; a strategy consultant at Marakon Associates; and an investment banker at Lehman Brothers. Lisa received a bachelor’s from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where she tailored her studies around for-profit social enterprise.
Director of Regional Development
Robyn MacIntire, who is based in Seattle, manages the global regional development team and leads fundraising, donor relations, and client development for the U.S. west coast.. Before joining Grameen Foundation, she was Director of Development at the University of Washington's Henry Art Gallery. A seasoned professional with more than 20 years of fundraising and client management experience, she has also worked at the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Symphony and Bank of America. Robyn earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration & Arts Management from Principia College in Elsah, IL, and has studied at the University of Glasgow, Royal Scottish Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Chinese Institute of National Minorities in Beijing, China.
Project Director, Mobile Financial Services Accelerator
Henry Maloba leads Grameen Foundation’s Mobile Financial Services Accelerator in Uganda. Before joining Grameen Foundation, he was Country Corporate Manager for Airtel Money in Kenya. Henry brings more than 13 years of expertise in the publishing, consultancy, banking and telecommunication industries. He launched the first global micro-loan product dubbed 'Kopa Chapaa' delivered through the mobile-money wallet and was also part of the team that developed Airtel OnLine Pay, which is touted as the world's first virtual card that operates from a wallet residing on a mobile phone. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Kenya Methodist University and received executive education training in evaluating social programs from the J-PAL program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He recently received a Certified International Project Manager certification and is also a member of Project Management Institute and Fellow of American Academy of Project Management.
Country Director, Indonesia
Farid Maruf directs Grameen Foundation's Indonesia’s work in social performance management, financial services, capital markets, and the development of inclusive business tools. He was previously a consultant and managed projects with USAID, AusAID, and the World Bank. He joined the international development sector in 2007, after a career in information and communications technology (ICT) spanning 25 years in the private sector, to leverage his knowledge and expertise on behalf of solutions for the poor. Farid has designed and managed ICT solutions for a wide variety of public and private sector organizations. His career in ICT includes operational positions as programmer, system analyst, project manager, CIO, and culminated in his role as strategic advisor to the board of a prominent telecommunications company in Jakarta. He has also managed projects outside of Indonesia, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and the U.S. He earned his BS degree in economics from University of Gadjah Mada and an MBA in Finance from National University.
Director, Information Technology
Khuloud Odeh manages information technology operations across Grameen Foundation and has a keen interest in sustainability and the enabling role of information and communication technology in sustainable development. Before joining Grameen Foundation, she was chief information officer at CHF International. She has also served as a senior strategic IT advisor to JHPIEGO, an international health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and as a senior advisor to the Multinational Development of Women in Technology (MDWIT). In her earlier career, Khuloud held several senior software-development and management positions in the Middle East, Canada and the US. She earned her PHD at George Mason University and master’s degrees in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability and Computer Scienece from Blekinge Institute of Technology and American University, respectively. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Jordan in Amman.
Director, Social Performance Management Center
Julie Peachey directs Grameen Foundation’s social performance management activities across the organization. She was most recently Grameen Foundation’s country director for the Philippines, where she also served as the project manager for a four-year microsavings initiative at CARD Bank. Ms. Peachey is a cross-cultural team leader with 20 years of business and non-profit experience. She has expertise in savings mobilization, institution building, and change leadership. She started her career as a public accountant at KPMG and received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She joined Grameen Foundation in November 2002.
Global Mobile Financial Services Advisor
Lee-Anne Pitcaithly is working to prove that there are sustainable operational and commercial models for delivering formal banking services to the poor via mobile money. Before joining Grameen Foundation, she served as Acting CEO of WING Cambodia. She has more than six years of on-the-ground experience in mobile money start ups, having been involved with all the key elements of the development of mobile financial services (agent network, regulation, system development, KYC and compliance, back office processing, product development and partnership management). She previously worked in the utilities, logistics and telecommunications industries, specializing in project management, governance, and commercial management.
Country Director, Ghana, and MOTECH Program Lead
Karen Romano oversees Grameen Foundation’s Ghana operation, including the MOTECH Ghana initiative managed in collaboration with Ghana Health Service. Before joining Grameen Foundation, she served as Country Director for Project Concern International (PCI) Botswana leading programs that built capacity and partnerships among government, civil society and commercial sector to deliver and scale health, social welfare and livelihoods services for people affected by HIV/AIDS. An international public health specialist with 20 years of experience, Karen played a key role in developing the first major HIV/AIDS behavior change, multi-sector response and community mobilization programs in Zambia that became national and regional models for scale-up, and has designed and led health and development programs in Central America, India, Indonesia, Malawi and Ethiopia. Prior to PCI she worked with Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine (SPH&TM) and with UNICEF. She holds an MPH in health communications and epidemiology from Tulane SPH&TM.
Director, Capital Markets
Matthew Speh is responsible for Grameen Foundation's impact investment strategy, managing a portfolio of social enterprises and financial institutions that improve the economic livelihoods for the poor in ‘the Last Mile’. Before joining Grameen Foundation, he advised shareholders of Bank Anadara in the launch of a wholesale financial institution serving MFIs in Indonesia, and was also Director of Investments at MicroVest Capital Management, LLC, where he directed the origination, structuring and asset allocation of more than $60 million in debt and equity microfinance investments. He brings 20 years of capital markets and consulting experience in impact investing, microfinance, corporate banking, private equity, loan work-out, and budget management. Matthew currently serves on the Board of Directors for HoneyCare Africa as well as the Fairtrade Access Fund. He received a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, cum laude, from James Madison University, and an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Director, Mobile Health Innovation
John Tippett leads Grameen Foundation’s global mobile health technology initiatives. He joined Grameen Foundation after 18 years at Microsoft working on software development. He has led the creation of the Open Source MOTECH (Mobile Technology for Community Health) Platform that is currently serving pregnant women, children under five, HIV/AIDS patients, tuberculosis patients, and community health workers in more than 15 countries including Ghana, India, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. John received a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Emily has more than seven years of experience in the technology sector, most recently at Amazon.com, where she oversaw product development, marketing and strategic planning for the used-product ("marketplace") business, which achieved $81M of sales in the first year of operations. Before to that, she worked at Wired Digital (the online division of Wired magazine), where she was the Senior Producer of Wired News.
Emily has long been interested in India. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University with a degree in Comparative Religion and South Asian traditions, and spent her junior year of college studying at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India.
Director, Mobile Agriculture Innovation
John Tull leads Grameen Foundation’s global mobile agriculture initiatives. Before joining Grameen Foundation, he was a senior business consultant with TechnoServe in eastern and southern Africa, and Latin America, where he advised multiple agribusiness value-chain projects, including business planning and financing for dairy-chilling plants, horticulture value-chain linkages, and entrepreneurship development. He was previously chief marketing officer for the leading subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent Inc. and earlier held chief executive and senior vice president roles with Asian subsidiaries of NASDAQ-listed telecom companies. He has 20 years of leadership experience, combined with three years of grassroots local economic development experience in Africa and Latin America. John holds a Master’s degree in International Public Policy (cum laude) from Johns Hopkins University and masters degrees in business administration, finance and business research from Australia. His undergraduate degree was in philosophy.