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The SEEP Network 
Annual Conference

October 1-3, 2018

Featured Speakers

The 2016 SEEP Annual Conference brings together industry leaders to discuss topics that are at the forefront of the Expanding Market Frontiers agenda.

 Plenary Sessions 

The Inequality Debate:
Inclusive Market Development in the Context of Growing Income Disparities

Gawain KripkeGawain Kripke, Director, Policy & Research Oxfam America

Gawain Kripke is the Director of Policy and Research at Oxfam America, and has more than 20 years of experience working in public policy and advocacy.  His department, including a staff of more than 20, conducts research and policy advocacy, focusing on the effectiveness of foreign aid and development, climate change, trade and agriculture, humanitarian issues, and extractive industries.

Kripke has authored Oxfam publications and contributed papers on food security, food aid and international trade.  He is a frequent commentator on foreign aid, human rights, humanitarian issues, and agricultural policies in major news media, including The New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, BBC World News and Marketplace. He has testified before Congressional committees on US trade policy, US food security policy, and US biofuels policy. At Oxfam, Kripke previously served as Senior Policy Advisor on Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign, which aims to reform unfair trade rules so that international trade can become a powerful force for reducing global poverty.

Before to joining Oxfam, he served as Director of Economic Programs for the environmental organization Friends of the Earth.  Kripke earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College, and has authored numerous opinion pieces and briefing papers on trade and development issues. 

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Christopher Musoke, CEO Financial Sector Deepening, Uganda, Ltd.

Christopher Musoke has had extensive national and international working experience in Corporate Finance, Management Consulting, Project Management and Inclusive Financial Sector development. He holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance for SMEs and is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants in the UK. He has completed certification as a PRINCE 2 Project Manager. He holds a certificate from the Springfield Centre in M4P, Making Markets Work for the Poor and a certificate from the Harvard Business School in Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance. He was the Project Manager for the MasterCard Foundation funded 3 country Housing Microfinance Loans product development program up to 2014 before taking up the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Financial Sector Deepening Uganda Ltd. 

Ted Volchok

Ted Volchok, Deputy Director for Markets, Economic Recovery & Growth, Mercy Corps

Ted Volchok is an international development expert who specializes in market-systems development, program partnerships with private businesses, and employability and youth.  Ted is currently the Deputy Director in Mercy Corps’ Markets, Economic Recovery and Growth technical support unit providing assistance to field and headquarters teams on program design, strategic development, and implementation.  He also develops curricula and provides internal training on market systems development, private sector engagement, and participatory labor market assessments, and authored Mercy Corps’ Private Sector Engagement Toolkit.  Ted has two decades of progressive leadership experience in private sector social enterprises, and has a MPA with a Global Leadership and Management specialization from Portland State University.

Nurul Amin

Nurul Amin Siddiquee, Technical Advisor for Sustainable Agriculture, CARE USA

Nurul Siddiquee advise Care's Agriculture and Market System work in seven countries of Asia and Africa. Trained on community based microfinance, markets and livelihoods, Pre Crisis Market Analysis and social enterprise Siddiquee's key responsibility includes developing guidance notes and approaches to agriculture programming and implementation with emphasis to climate smart agriculture and resilience addressing adaptive capacity of women farmers. His sector experience lies in both food and non food agriculture value chains in particular agriculture inputs, livestock, legumes, oil crops and fibers. He coauthored the book Making Market More Inclusive: the Sustainability of Agriculture Value Chains in the Twenty First Century.


Intelligent Failure:
Building an Organizational Culture where Learning and Innovation Thrive

Ashley GoodAshley GoodFounder and CEO, FailForward

Ashley Good is the CEO and Founder of Fail Forward, which supports organizations to learn, innovate and build resilience. Before becoming a full-time failure, Ashley worked in Cairo with the United Nations Environment Programme, as a management consultant in Vancouver, and as head of organizational learning for Engineers without Borders Canada. Ashley is a contributor to the Globe and Mail Leadership Lab, Public Sector Digest, and World Economic Forum Agenda. Her work on failure has received coverage in The New York Times and Fast Company. In 2013 Harvard Business Review and McKinsey awarded Ashley the Innovating Innovation Award.

James HagaVice-President of Strategy & Investment, Engineers Without Borders Canada

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, James Haga is the Vice-President of Strategy & Investment at EWB Canada, an organization that invests in founding stage, scalable social enterprises that aim to deliver systemic solutions for the underserved in Sub-Saharan Africa in new, untested ways. James often provides commentary on global development issues – he has appeared on several occasions before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development as an expert witness. His writing on global development issues has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, and on CTV National News and CBC News. He was selected to be an Action Canada Fellow in 2013.

Lunch Dialogues

Financial Literacy, Financial Capability and Financial Health:
What's it all about?

Alexia Latortue, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Development Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Alexia Latortue is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Development Policy at the U.S.  Department of the Treasury.  In that capacity, she leads efforts to promote inclusive growth and poverty reduction in developing and emerging countries through engagement with multilateral development banks, including the World Bank and the regional development banks. She also advises on priority reforms and innovative financing proposals for development and shapes policy priorities and positions on key development issues such as infrastructure finance, financial and social inclusion, and debt. Prior to Treasury, Ms Latortue spent 10 years with the World Bank where her last assignment was Deputy CEO of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a unit dedicated to advancing financial inclusion. Prior to that, Ms Latortue served in several development-related positions including as director of a technical assistance program in Haiti. Ms Latortue grew up in West Africa and Austria, received her Master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and has worked in developing countries around the world.

Sarah Parker

Sarah ParkerDirector, Center for Financial Services Innovation

Sarah is a Director, working on CFSI's public thought-leadership. She manages CFSI's work on financial health, making this more tangible and actionable for providers in how they serve financial consumers. Having come to CFSI from working on financial inclusion internationally, Sarah is motivated to improve the overall financial health of American consumers.     Prior to joining CFSI, Sarah worked at CGAP, an advocacy and research center housed at the World Bank that seeks to advance financial inclusion around the world. She managed their mobile banking agenda in francophone West Africa and led global research on electronic government payments. Sarah holds a Masters in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelors from Wheaton College. 

Elizabeth Rhyne

Elisabeth Rhyne, Managing Director, Center for Financial Inclusion, Accion

As managing director of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, Elisabeth Rhyne works to bring together diverse leaders to address challenges in inclusive finance.

She is a co-creator of the Smart Campaign, a global movement promoting client protection in microfinance and beyond. As senior vice president of Accion from 2000-2008, Ms. Rhyne led Accion’s initial entry into Africa and India, directed the organization’s research efforts to develop new financial products, and managed Accion’s publications and educational activities. Prior to joining Accion, Ms. Rhyne served at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1985 to 1998, where she developed and led USAID’s Microenterprise Initiative.

Ms. Rhyne has published numerous articles and five books, including Mainstreaming Microfinance: How Lending to the Poor Began, Grew and Came of Age in Bolivia and The New World of Microenterprise Finance (both Kumarian Press). Her most recent book is Microfinance for Bankers and Investors (McGraw-Hill). Ms. Rhyne’s experience includes eight years in Kenya and Mozambique, consulting for governments, international organizations, and microfinance institutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and a doctorate from Harvard.


On the Way to the Bank:
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Christian PennottiChristian Pennotti,  Acting Executive DirectorDirector, Access Africa

Christian leads CARE’s approach to financial inclusion, focusing on how proven models like Village Savings and Loans Associations can be scaled and enhanced to improve women’s economic empowerment. He has over a decade of experience working across Africa, Asia and Latin America on economic development, food security and financial inclusion.


Pamela Eser,  Global Programme Advisor, MicroLead, UN Capital Development Fund

Pamela heads UNCDF’s MicroLead which develops financial services leaders in DFS and ADCs so that they are able to reach last mile populations, particularly rural women. Under her leadership over the past seven years, MicroLead has grown to a $60 million fund. Pamela has over 25 years of experience in finance, including investment banking and international financial inclusion.

BalabaJohn Balaba,  Consultant, World Savings and Retail Banking Institute

John is a consultant with WSBI’s financial inclusion department, working on designing savings mobilization strategies, financial linkages and delivery channels in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Before joining WSBI, he worked in the banking sector in Uganda for over 10 years. John is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor and holds a B.Com and an MBA from Makerere University.

PrabhatPrabhat Labh,  Program Manager, MasterCard Foundation

Prabhat leads Financial Inclusion projects focused on scaling access to savings at the Mastercard Foundation. He brings twenty years of experience working in financial inclusion and enterprise development in more than twenty countries. Before joining the Foundation, Prabhat worked for CARE USA, Axis Bank and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India.

NelsonCandace Nelson,  Co-facilitator of the Savings Led Financial Services Working Groups, SEEP Network

Candace Nelson is the Co-facilitator of the Savings-led Financial Services Working Group at SEEP. Candace is an accomplished writer, trainer, curriculum designer, researcher, and grants manager. In recent years, she has pursued two passions - savings groups and financial education. She has written and edited a number of key publications including the book, Savings Groups at the Frontiers, developed curriculum modules including Young People: Your Future, Your Money and Risk Management and Insurance: Protect Your Family’s Future, trained trainers in French and Spanish, and outlined national strategies for financial education. Candace has a BA in history from Smith College and an MS in rural sociology from the University of Wisconsin.


Enabling The Business of Agriculture 2016:
Comparing Good Regulatory Practices

Augusto Lopez ClarosAugusto Lopez-Claros,  Director of the Global Indicators Group, World Bank Group

Augusto Lopez-Claros is the Director of the Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group, the department responsible for the Bank’s Doing Business report and other international benchmarking studies. Previously he was Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he was also the Editor of the Global Competitiveness Report, the Forum’s flagship publication, as well as a number of regional economic reports. Before joining the Forum he worked for several years in the financial sector in London, with a special focus on emerging markets. He was the International Monetary Fund’s Resident Representative in the Russian Federation during the 1990s.

Before joining the IMF, Lopez-Claros was a Professor of Economics at the University of Chile in Santiago. He was educated in England and the United States, receiving a diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. He is a much-sought-after international speaker, having lectured in the last several years at some of the world’s leading universities and think tanks. In 2007 he was a coeditor of The International Monetary System, the IMF, and the G-20: A Great Transformation in the Making? and The Humanitarian Response Index: Measuring Commitment to Best Practice, both published by Palgrave. He was the editor of The Innovation for Development Report 2009–2010: Strengthening Innovation for the Prosperity of Nations, published by Palgrave in November 2009. More recent publications include: “Removing Impediments to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption” (2015) and “Fiscal Challenges After the Global Financial Crisis: A Survey of Key Issues” (2014). 

Preeti AhujaPreeti Ahuja, Practice Manager, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank Group

Preeti Ahuja is currently the Practice Manager (PM) of the Global Engagements Unit and for Strategy and Operations in the Agriculture Global Practice, anchoring key global partnerships including the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP), Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP), the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) Program; with a cadre of staff offering cross-cutting technical expertise on areas such as Climate Smart Agriculture, Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture, Agricultural Finance, Agricultural Risk & Resilience, and Gender; the anchor for operational quality, portfolio management and knowledge & learning. Before joining the Agriculture Global Practice, Preeti served as Sector Manager of the Development Effectiveness Units in the Africa and Middle East & North Africa Regions, respectively, working closely with the Regions’ front-line Operations staff and Bank Group management, on efforts to enhance the quality, performance and outcomes of Bank supported projects and portfolios as well as country diagnostics and country partnership strategies/frameworks – working first on the World Bank’s largest portfolio in AFR under challenging country and capacity contexts, and subsequently on a portfolio being implemented in a highly complex, insecure and fluid operating environment across MENA. Preeti has also worked in the East Asia & Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa regions on several different projects and initiatives.

Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Ahuja worked for the Private Sector, including with the international consulting firm of Booz, Allen & Hamilton (BAH) and an Italian economic consultancy firm – Alpha c.s.e. She was also a Manager in the Controller’s Department of Ameritrust Bank – a then leading commercial bank in the U.S. Prior to this, she worked on an FAO fisheries trade program out of Cote d’Ivoire, and on Fisheries Sector trade promotion issues at FAO in Italy. She also worked as a consultant with the Inter- American Development Bank, working on Peruvian Agriculture and Fisheries issues. Preeti holds degrees in Economics/International Finance/Business Administration from Delhi University, Boston University and INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France).

Holger KrayHolger Kray, Lead Agricultural Economist, The World Bank Group

Holger A. Kray is Lead Agricultural Economist in the World Bank's Agriculture Global Practice and Head of its Africa Agricultural Policy Unit, a unit which will carries out and oversees economic and other policy work related to agriculture for development in the region.

Holger, a German national, is an agricultural economist with expertise in agricultural policy and rural strategy reform, climate-smart and sustainable agriculture, inclusive rural development, public sector management and international development finance. He has extensive working experience in Europe, Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and has contributed to a number of global initiatives. Before joining the World Bank, Kray worked as Senior Financial Sector Consultant for an international management consulting firm, mainly in the areas of change management and institutional reforms, and led a consulting firm working with international organizations such as the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), European Commission (EC) and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kiel University, Germany.

The PPI Alliance at IPA:
Poverty Measurement for the Future


LaurenLauren Hendricks,  Executive Vice President, Grameen Foundation

Lauren Hendricks is the Executive Vice President of Grameen Foundation. She was previously Executive Director for the Access Africa initiative at CARE, where she led the development of financial inclusion programs and innovative solutions to reach the poorest people in Africa. In this role, she partnered with banks, microfinance institutions, mobile network operators, and others in the private sector to adapt products and services to meet the needs of the poor, and to ensure that participants benefitted from new, digital financial services. Lauren also served as Director of the Economic Development Unit for CARE USA, where she provided strategic direction and technical leadership for more than 100 active microfinance and enterprise development programs in 54 countries. 

Before joining CARE, Lauren was a Program Specialist at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS) at the University of Maryland. Her research focused on the development of low-cost tools to assess the poverty outreach of USAID funded micro enterprise development programs. Lauren currently serves on the Board of Directors and Investment Committee for MicroVest, a capital management firm investing in microfinance institutions. She also chairs the board of the Access Africa Fund, a specialized investment fund managed by MicroVest, providing debt and equity investments in African microfinance institutions.

Johanna RyanJohanna Ryan,  Social Perfomance Director, VisionFund International

In VisionFund, everyone is motivated to create hope for the most vulnerable children in the world. That is why we are here. As Director of Social Performance, Johanna has to find ways to measure and evaluate VisionFund’s products and services, to make sure our work is focused on the right actions that will create not just hope, but real transformation of communities and individuals. She also has to find ways for colleagues to inspire one another, to remember that all our efforts are focused on real, individual children. But most importantly, Johanna must find ways to inspire our supporters and stake-holders who make VisionFund’s work possible.

With VisionFund since 2009, Johanna has had a mottled career that includes a stint as a tutor at Oxford and university lecturer in Texas, then 18 years in global bank operations. Throughout her career, Johanna has found the greatest reward in supporting colleagues to achieve their ambitions.

Irish by birth, Johanna has spent significant time in northern Canada and southern USA. She is married to Andrew, and they have one teenaged daughter, Beatrice.

Tom ShawTom Shaw, Senior Technical Advisor Microfinance, Catholic Relief Services

Since May 2007, Thomas Shaw has been Catholic Relief Service’s Senior Technical Advisor for Microfinance, based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He has an M.S. in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology from The Ohio State University, specializing in rural financial markets and microfinance. He has a proven track record of 40 years of high quality, successful technical service provision to rural finance institutions, savings and credit cooperatives, and stand-alone microfinance institutions in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. He has provided training and mentoring on financial management and accounting, delinquency management, development and implementation of savings and credit products, governance, human resources development, and research design and implementation.

His work focuses on a market-based approach to service provision and high-quality performance standards, using materials that bring understanding and competency through step-by-step learning and practical application. He has worked on innovative savings group methodologies, linking these groups with agricultural extension services, financial education, business and marking basics training, and access to microinsurance products, specifically with a focus on using the savings groups as a platform to deliver a range of knowledge and skills to help rural household make better financial and management decisions.

GanttWhitney Gantt, Global Director, Mobile Agriculture, Grameen Foundation

Whitney is responsible for setting strategy and leads the expansion of mAgriculture initiatives in new markets. Whitney brings several years experience designing and implementing mobile agriculture programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, SouthEast Asia, and South America. She excels in building and leading cross-functional teams who work closely with end-users and public and private sector partners to co-design and co-implement solutions to reduce poverty.Whitney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Colorado State University and a Master in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin.

GanttAbdoul Karim Coulibaly, Manager, Learning and Strategy, The MasterCard Foundation

Abdoul Karim Coulibaly is responsible for research and evaluation focusing on Financial Inclusion at the Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Abdoul Karim was the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Advisor for CARE’s Access Africa Program in Tanzania. He was responsible for supporting research and evaluation initiatives on saving groups programs across Africa. Prior to that, Abdoul Karim was the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator at CARE in Mali. He has a Master of Demography from the Institut de Formation et de Recherche Demographiques (IFORD) in Cameroon and a BSc in Statistics with Ecole Nationale d’Economie Appliquée (ENEA) in Senegal.

Julie PeacheyJulie Peachey, Director, IPA

Julie Peachey serves as a Director at Innovations for Poverty Action where she oversees the Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®), a household-level poverty measurement tool initially developed by Grameen Foundation.  Ms. Peachey has more than 20 years' business and non-profit experience, including more than a decade in international development with a focus on financial inclusion.  Her accomplishments include establishing and serving on the board of a social business in India, transforming a credit-focused rural bank into a savings-led institution in the Philippines,  playing a key role in raising $25 million in private equity for a technology company, and starting a school in Honduras.   Ms. Peachey started her career as a public accountant at KPMG and holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

PacePace Phillips, Director - Program and Business Development, IPA

Pace Philips is the Director of Program and Business Development at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) where he works with researchers, partners and donors to start impact evaluations of international development programs. He has previously worked as the IPA Program Director for West Africa and the Deputy Country Director in Ghana. Before joining IPA he worked at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Yosemite National Park, and the U.S. Peace Corps. Pace has as an MA in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas and a BA from Bard College.

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