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Financial Services CoPThe Financial Services Community of Practice seeks to build the capacity and financial management skills of the microfinance industry to sustainably increase client outreach while offering a suite of beneficial financial services. Initiatives in this Community of Practice have set standards and created tools to assist microfinance institutions with managing challenges in operations and reporting. Initiatives have also explored financial services beyond credit, such as savings, remittances, and financial services for youth.
Nisha Singh is the director of the Financial Services Community of Practice. Prior to this, she supported the implementation of SEEP's Citi Network Strengthening Program. Nisha has more than 10 years experience working on issues related to microfinance, livelihood development in India. This includes setting up microfinance operations, action research in the area of livelihood development and food security, institution building of transforming MFIs as well as piloting technology for microfinance initiatives. Nisha holds a Masters in Non-Profit Management from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Hyderabad, India.
Martha provides the Financial Services team with programming support, and also works on translations, relationship management, publication of online and printed tools, and event planning. Prior to her work with the SEEP Network, Martha held positions at a financial services law firm and a biotechnology company. Martha received her B.A. in French and Middle Eastern Studies from Wellesley College in 2009.
For more than 25 years, David has worked to promote sustainable, equitable development, primarily in Latin America. From fall 2008, as Director of Microfinance at the MasterCard Foundation, he helped launch a grantmaking program to extend financial services to the poor in Africa. In mid-2010, he returned to his primary interests in Latin America as a consultant on migration and development, financial inclusion and strengthening rural communities. David previously served as Program Officer (2001-2006) and Senior Program Officer (2006-2008) for Development Finance and Economic Security in the Ford Foundation’s Office for Mexico and Central America, based in Mexico City. His grantmaking focused on promoting rural microcredit and savings programs, as well as the strengthening of microfinance networks.