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The SEEP Network 
Annual Conference

October 1-3, 2018


We are delighted to welcome a variety of speakers to share their knowledge and expertise at the 2014 SEEP Annual Conference.

enary Sessions
Innovation in Savings Groups: Practices & Possibilities

World Bank Group’s 
Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture

A Turning Point for Achieving Scalable Solutions to Poverty Worldwide?

 Daryl Collins  Grahame Dixie
 Paul Polak, Keynote Speaker   Prabhat Labh Federica Saliola 
 Craig Redmond George Muruka Farbod Youssefi
 Linda Jones Tricia Vanderkooy Facilitator: Linda Jones
 Samuel Bon    
The ‘Big Data’ Revolution: Risks and Opportunities  for Inclusive Market Development Partnerships for Innovation in Access to Basic Services Are Inclusiveness and Scale Mutually Exclusive? What World Vision is Learning by Doing
Greg Chen  Andrés Martínez Kyhl Amosson
Michael Angus  Carlos Mataix Jason Wolfe
Max Richman  Carrie McKellogg Nancy Kairo
 Julie Peachey  Yuri Soares Worknesh Mekonnen
    Frank Tembo
  BEAM Exchange: Sharing Knowledge to Build Effective and Accessible Markets  
  Mike Albu  
  Ruth Campbell  
  Sharon D’Onofrio  
  Jeanne Downing
  Natalie Skerritt  
  Jim Tanburn  

Plenary Sessions

Paul PolakPaul Polak

 Dr. Paul Polak is Founder and CEO of Windhorse International and Paul Polak Enterprises, two social ventures aiming to inspire and lead a revolution in how companies design, price, market, and distribute products to benefit the 2.6 billion people living on less than $2 a day. For the past 30 years, he has worked with thousands of farmers in locations around the globe—including Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe—to help design and produce low-cost, income-generating products.  In 1981, he founded Internation Development Enterprises (IDE), a non-profit organization that has brought nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty by making radically affordable irrigation technology available to farmers through local small-scale entrepreneurs, and opening private sector access to markets for their crops. By pairing affordable and innovative technologies with transformative market strategies, Dr. Polak’s work has had a substantial impact on the field and on the lives of millions worldwide.

In 2009, Dr. Polak was named one of the world’s “Brave Thinkers”  by The Atlantic Monthly, along with Barack Obama and Steve Jobs, for being willing to “risk careers, reputations, and fortunes to advance ideas that upend an established order.”   He is the author of two books, The Business Solutions to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for 3 Billion New Customers and Out of Poverty, both acclaimed resources for practical solutions to combatting global poverty. 

For Dr. Polak’s full biography, please visit http://www.paulpolak.com/about-paul/


Samuel Bon

Samuel Bon has been CEO and Executive Director of Swisscontact since October 2011.  In the three years since his appointment, Samuel has led Swisscontact’s restructuring and pursued strong  public and private sector positioning resulting in a development portfolio that now includes over 100 projects in close to 30 countries. In 2014, Swisscontact has an annual grant and contract volume of US $70M and employs over 800 staff worldwide.

A recognized leader in international development and cooperation, Samuel previously held senior executive positions at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), serving as Operations Coordinator for South-East Asia & Pacific and Emergency Response and Crisis Management Advisor to the Directorate. He also held ICRC Delegate positions (1999-2006) in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Congo, Sudan, and Myanmar.

In addition to serving on the Board and Executive Committees of Financecontact, a Swiss SECO Start-up Fund, and Swissinput, Swiss SME Association, Samuel is a Member of the Foundation Council, Swiss Research Institute on Commodities, University of Geneva.

Samuel has an Executive MBA, International Institute for Management Development (IMD), M.A. in Theology & Social Ethics, University of Zürich, and B.A. from the University of Bern. He speaks fluent German, English, and French. Samuel is married and lives in Zürich.

Craig Redmond

Craig Redmond is Senior Vice President, Programs, overseeing Mercy Corps’ Program teams – Operations, Strategic Response & Global Emergencies, Strategy and Learning, Technical Support Unit, and Social Ventures. Redmond previously served as Mercy Corps’ regional program director for South and Southeast Asia, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. In that role, Redmond oversaw implementation of the agency’s field programs and grants in Indonesia, East Timor, Philippines, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar and provided strategic vision and linkages among Mercy Corps programs.  Prior to becoming regional program director, Redmond served in various program and country director positions for Mercy Corps. His work covered sectors including food security, agriculture, water and sanitation, health and hygiene, financial services and business development, energy and emergency response.  Before joining Mercy Corps in 2000, Redmond held positions at the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Redmond’s education is in business administration, forestry, and medieval English literature from Marylhurst University in Oregon and the University of Idaho.

Greg Chen

Greg Chen is Senior Financial Sector Specialist at CGAP. Based out of Washington DC, Greg  works to advance access to finance by helping establish new business models that leverage the changing landscape of technology and communications. He brings 18 years of financial inclusion experience and more than a decade of work resident in South Asia working with businesses and policy-makers. Prior to CGAP, Greg worked for the Aga Khan Development Network, ShoreBank International, and Bank of America. An American national, Greg has lived and worked in South Asia for most of the past 12 years, with a particular focus on India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. His academic training is in economics, and he holds a master's degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Michael Angus

Michael Angus is group head, Payments Strategy. In this role, he leads the Global Payments Strategy Knowledge Center in MasterCard Advisors. His team works with MasterCard clients around the world to develop and implement successful strategies across their payments businesses.

Michael has been a management consultant for over two decades and for the last 15 years he has focused on the financial services sector and the business of payments. He led regional strategy practices at Gemini Consulting and The Capital Markets Company and co-led the Global Payments Practice at Capgemini.

Michael has spent half his consulting career based in Europe and half based in the U.S. He has helped senior bank executives improve their payments businesses at many of the top banks in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has worked with banks on every facet of the business of payments from helping a multi-national bank create, build and run its global wholesale payments line of business to establishing strategies and governance for new payments opportunities, including healthcare.

Michael received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and a BSc (eng) from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario.

Julie Peachey

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. In addition to focusing on using data for agile performance management, 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.

Max Richman

Max Richman is a data scientist focused on building data products and data teams for global development. He is a lead volunteer with DataKind™, which brings high-impact organizations dedicated to solving the world’s biggest challenges together with leading data scientists to improve the quality of, access to and understanding of data in the social sector. Max works with foundations, governments, non-profits, and private firms large and small around the world to help them monitor, evaluate, and communicate needs and impact.  He built a data team at USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives, has conducted design research on urban violence in Honduras, and led an humanitarian common needs assessment with ASEAN in Myanmar one year after Cyclone Nargis. Currently he serves as chief data scientist at GeoPoll, a mobile surveying platform with a database of over 150 million users in emerging markets that connect researchers, businesses, and aid organizations directly to mobile phone users, reaching everyone from dense urban areas to remote villages.

BEAM Exchange: Sharing Knowledge to Build Enabling and Accessible Markets 
Presented by The BEAM Exchange

Mike Albu  
Program Director, BEAM Exchange 
Mike is a former engineer, occasional activist, and long-term development practitioner who has worked with informal enterprises and small-scale producers across south Asia and east Africa. He is the co-author of market systems tools (e.g. EMMA Toolkit, PMSD Roadmap). He is also passionate about understanding market systems – from corporations to micro-enterprises; and using that knowledge to amplify the role that business plays in reducing exclusion and poverty.


Ruth Campbell
 Senior Vice President of Technical Learning and Application, ACDI/VOCA
Ruth Campbell is a poverty reduction and economic growth specialist with 20 years of experience in program design and management, market systems and value chain development, gender issues, monitoring and evaluation, and emergency programming. In her position as ACDI/VOCA’s Senior Vice President of Technical Learning and Application, she currently serves as Program Manager for the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project. LEO is a USAID-funded global initiative that supports learning and practice in inclusive growth through market systems. 


Sharon D'Onofrio 
Executive Director, The SEEP Network    
Sharon is the Executive Director of the SEEP Network. Prior to becoming SEEP's executive director, Sharon was Lead Facilitator in SEEP’s Association Development Community of Practice providing strategic direction in SEEP’s service to its association members and overseeing the creation of a suite of association development tools. Sharon’s experience in microfinance spans twenty-three countries in Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. As Senior Technical Advisor for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) she led the creation of a new microfinance institution in El Salvador, serving as the institution’s first Executive Director. While with CRS, Sharon also held the positions of Regional Technical Advisor for Latin America as well as Program Trainer in the organization’s Small Enterprise Development Technical Unit.                


Jeanne Downing
Senior Enterprise Development AdvisorUSAID Office of Microenterprise and Private Enterprise Promotion (MPEP)
Jeanne Downing is the Senior Enterprise Development Advisor in USAID’s Office of Microenterprise and Private Enterprise Promotion (MPEP).  For ten years, Dr. Downing was in charge of the AMAP research effort that developed a systems approach to value chain development, codified “good practices” based on rigorous evaluations and evidence, and designed an approach to evaluating market systems that is produced credible evidence relevant to the field. She has worked on enterprise development over the last 25 years, concentrating primarily on value chains/market systems, business development services, and evaluation in 20 countries in Africa, much of the Caribbean, and a handful of countries in Latin America and Asia.  


Natalie Skerritt
Economic Development Directorate Adviser, UK Department for International Development
Natalie Skerritt is an Adviser in the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) Economic Development Directorate. She is based in London, working to share learning across the organisation and with external partners on the design, implementation and review of market systems programmes. She is currently working with a range of stakeholders to shape the BEAM Exchange – a new community-led knowledge-sharing facility for market-systems development. Prior to this role, Ms. Skerritt worked on DFID’s regional development banks policy, in the Ministry of Finance, Rwanda, and in other roles for the UK civil service.

Jim Tanburn
Coordinator, Donor Committee for Enterprise Development     
Jim Tanburn has been Coordinator of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development for ten years. He previously worked for the ILO, and as founder-manager of an NGO working in enterprise development. Before his career in international development, Mr. Tanburn worked for some years in the oil industry, in marketing, research and exploration. Mr. Tanburn is a graduate of Cambridge University. 

Innovation in Savings Groups: Practices & Possibilities
Presented by The MasterCard Foundation

Daryl Collins
Managing Director, Acting CEO, Bankable Frontier Associates 
Dr. Daryl Collins is co-author of Portfolios of the Poor and Managing Director/Acting CEO at Bankable Frontier Associates.  Darryl has built up a broad portfolio of work with foundations, bilateral institutions and private financial services providers linking an understanding of low income household financial management to the business case for providing financial services.   Darryl began her career as an emerging market economist at a New York investment bank before joining the finance faculty of the University of Cape Town, where she conducted research on the financial behavior of the poor. Dr. Collins holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from New York University.   

Prabhat Labh
Program Manager, Financial Inclusion, The MasterCard Foundation 
Prabhat is a Program Manager in the Financial Inclusion team at The MasterCard Foundation where he leads initiatives in informal community-based microfinance, savings-led financial services and social performance management. Previously, Prabhat worked as a Senior Technical Advisor for CARE and supported CARE’s microfinance programs in over a dozen countries in Africa and Asia. Prabhat has 18 years of experience in designing and leading microfinance, livelihoods and enterprise development programs. He holds a Masters degree with specialization in Forest Management and a Bachelors degree with specialization in Statistics.

 George Muruka
Senior Specialist, Microsave
George is a Senior Specialist and head of private sector domain at MicroSave with over 10 years of experience in research, social innovations and livelihoods development. He undertakes research in rural finance and works with grassroots organisations to understand their financial needs and innovative mechanisms to increase access to finance to the bottom of the pyramid.  An alumnus of University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of Bath, UK and Tietgen Business School, Denmark, George supports financial institutions and development agencies to develop market-led financial services/product development to enhance the livelihoods of the low income people. 

Tricia Vanderkooy
Manager, Research and Evaluation, The MasterCard Foundation
Dr. Tricia Vanderkooy has several years of experience in evaluation and research, including managing evaluations at the Canadian International Development Agency, teaching development evaluation at Carleton University, and consulting as an independent evaluator.  She holds an MA (International Development) from the University of Guelph, as well as an MA and PhD (Comparative Sociology) from Florida International University. Dr. Vanderkooy lived in Haiti and Miami for several years, where she worked extensively with community organizations and youth and immigrant advocacy campaigns.


Partnerships for Innovation in Access to Basic Services 
Presented by the Multilateral Investment Fund 

Chief of the Access to Basic Services Unit
Carrie McKellogg joined the IDB's Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) in 2011 as the Chief of the Access to Basic Services Unit, which includes the MIF's Environment and Clean Energy programs.  Before joining the MIF, she spent more than ten years as an economist at the U.S. Treasury, including as the Director of the Treasury's Western Hemisphere Office, with responsibility for managing Treasury's engagement on economic policy with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.  She holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Director of the Innovation Centre of Technologies for Human Development (itdUPM)
Carlos Mataix is Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). Mr. Mataix is the Director of the Innovation Centre of Technologies for Human Development of the UPM (itdUPM), an interdisciplinary network organisation where different Research Groups specialized in areas such as water and sanitation, energy, agro-industries, information technologies and entrepreneurship work together in research and training programs. Mr. Mataix is an Industrial Engineer with a PhD in Industrial Management and Logistics. He is best known for his work in the world of international cooperation for development as he was co-founder and president of the Spanish Association of Engineers without Borders (now called ONGAWA) and was named vice-president of the Spanish Platform of NGOs for Development. In 2008 he was appointed as Assistant Director of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) that belongs to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Director of the EHAS Foundation
Andres Martinez is a Telecommunications Engineer with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Health Technology from the Technical University of Madrid. He is currently the General Director General of the EHAS Foundation (in Spanish: Enlace Hispano Americano de Salud) and professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. He has published several books and scientific articles in his field of expertise which focused on improving healthcare in developing countries through the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICTs). He has also coordinated many research and development projects, at both the national and international level, in collaboration with prestigious organizations such as the Pan-American Health Organization, the Andean Health Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank or the European Commission.

Chief of the Development Effectiveness Unit
Yuri Soares is Chief of Development Effectiveness at the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he oversees the development effectiveness agenda of the MIF, including the institution's quality at entry, portfolio performance, and impact evaluation programs. Dr. Soares holds a PhD in Economics from Michigan State University and a MA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida. He has worked in the US and Brazil, where he has published in topics ranging from firm innovation and growth, crime and violence, youth training and active labor market programs, and the economics of public amenities.   

Are Inclusiveness & Scale Mutually Exclusive?:  What World Vision is Learning by Doing
Presented by World Vision International

Kyhl Amosson
Director for Economic Development, World Vision International
Mr. Amosson is the Director for Economic Development at World Vision International. In this role he provides technical leadership over strategy, policy, project modeling, portfolio growth and staff capacity building in economic development across the organization’s 90 countries. He is responsible for leading a Community of Practice of over 1,200 members. He comes to this global role after spending twelve years with WVI as National Director in Serbia and in Montenegro, and with VisionFund International as CEO of AgroInvest, a Microfinance Institution (MFI). He left AgroInvest in 2009 after growing it from concept to US$100 million in assets and impacting 100,000+ per year children with an integrated, self-funded program in health, education, and spiritual nurture.

 Nancy Kairo
Program Management Officer, Economic Development, International Programs Group, World Vision United States
Ms. Kairo has worked in the development arena for over 10 years in varying capacities of program management, grant acquisition and public communication. She joined World Vision US in 2010 as National Grants Manager for the domestic programs unit. In 2012 she joined World Vision’s International Programs Group where she currently manages a portfolio of over 20, privately funded global economic development projects that implement Savings Groups, Microfinance and Value Chain program models.Prior to leaving her homeland of Kenya and moving to the U.S. in 2007, Ms. Kairo consulted for the World Bank, the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

Worknesh Mekonnen
Deputy National Director, World Vision Ethiopia, World Vision International
Ms. Mekonnen currently leads in World Vision Ethiopia, “WVE”, as the Deputy National Director, where she oversees several major divisions including operations. World Vision Ethiopia administers a US$100 M funding portfolio. Ms. Mekonnen provides senior leadership around the strategic direction of programs in WVE while supervising the areas of program quality assurance, grant acquisition, support services and ICT. Since joining World Vision in December 2012, she has made significant contributions in leading the roll out of the National Office strategy, with relevant guidance to strengthen office systems for program quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation, and grant acquisition. Ms. Mekonnen comes to World Vision with over 17 years of work experience in development sector; holding key senior positions with different organizations including, Save the Children and ActionAid.

Frank Tembo
Value Chain Development Manager, World Vision Malawi, World Vision International
Mr. Tembo brings eight years of field experience in the implementation of food security, economic development and resilience interventions / models. His role extends to providing technical backstopping to all World Vision Malawi National Office programs in designing. Mr. Tembo supervises the implementation of food security, economic development and resilience projects in World Vision Malawi. He holds an MSc in Agricultural Economics degree from the University of Malawi

Jason Wolfe
Senior Technical Advisor, U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Jason Wolfe is a Senior Technical Advisor for the PEPFAR program, providing technical leadership, assistance, and coordination to improve the economic circumstances of populations affected by and vulnerable to HIV. He is based with USAID's Office of HIV/AIDS and currently on assignment to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at the State Department. Jason has 15+ years of experience designing, managing, and assessing livelihoods, market development, and technology transfer projects in 45 countries, with a particular emphasis on poor, rural, and vulnerable populations.

 World Bank Group’s Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture

Grahame Dixie
Advisor, World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice 
Grahame Dixie is an Advisor with the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice. He is one of the lead team members for the Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture project. Grahame has over 35 years of experience as a practitioner of agricultural development. He joined the World Bank South Asia department in mid-career in 2006. For four years he was a front line Task Team Leader designing and supervising projects primarily focusing on the commercialization of agriculture. Previously, Grahame was a consultant primarily working at the interface between international aid and the private sector. He has worked in over 75 countries and over 150+ projects. His current portfolio includes  advising on the design and implementation of agricultural commercialization projects,  operationalizing  the Principles of Responsible Agricultural Investment, and technical lead on behalf of the World Bank Group in the AgResults program, an initiative to enhance smallholder welfare and improve food security for poor and vulnerable people.

Federica Saliola
Program Manager, Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture project
Federica Saliola is Program Manager of the Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture project. Prior to joining the project, Federica was the Program Coordinator for the World Bank Group's Enterprise Surveys project. The Enterprise Surveys provide the world's most comprehensive company-level data for emerging markets and developing economies. Federica’s regional work experiences include work in the Middle East and North Africa region. Her previous research focused on global value chains, firm productivity, job creation, and private sector development. Federica holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Rome III.

Farbod Youssefi
Program Coordinator, Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture project
Farbod Youssefi is the Program Coordinator of the Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture project. Before joining the World Bank, he worked in a number of countries with several organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Food Logistics Organization, The Postharvest Education Foundation and the University of California, mainly on post-harvest processes and small farmer market linkages. Farbod has also worked in Chile's private sector, advising transnational companies in the horticultural export industry and serving as senior manager of a Latin America-based company. Farbod holds an M.S. in International Agricultural Development and a Ph.D. in Integrated Crop Physiology from the University of California at Davis.

Facilitator: Linda Jones
Director - SME/Investment, MEDA, and Senior Advisor, The SEEP Network
Dr. Linda Jones is Senior Advisor to the SEEP Network and Director of SME/Investment at MEDA with expertise in inclusive private sector development and market systems approaches (value chain, M4P, market development). Linda was Senior Technical Advisor at Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva, Technical Director at MEDA in Canada and Director of the Centre for Women’s Leadership at the Coady International Institute. She has contributed to the overall advancement of the pro-poor economic development field through positions such as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the SEEP Network and Editor of the Enterprise Development and Microfinance Journal, where Linda has published extensively. She has been a facilitator/trainer with the Southern New Hampshire University, the SEEP Network, the Boulder Institute, and the International Labour Organisation among others. Linda was a Commonwealth Scholar and holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from McMaster University and a diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from Conrad Grebel College.


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