Melissa Kang

Melissa is a Partner and leads the investment activities at the Meloy Fund, a pioneer impact investment fund that focuses on investing in coastal fisheries related businesses in Indonesia and the Philippines. Prior to that, Melissa co-founded Integro, a global Impact Investment Program at Morgan Stanley. She was a portfolio Manager and ESG Officer for Integro. Before that, Melissa worked at IFC, the private sector arm of World Bank Group, where she was a Principal Investment Officer and Regional Lead for East Asia Pacific, responsible for private equity funds investments, based in Indonesia. In that role, she was responsible for new business that covers 15 countries and oversaw $1 billion of portfolio investments and sat on several advisory boards. Previously Melissa had held senior investment positions at ING, DBS Bank and 3i and cumulated 20 years of private market investments in Asia that ranges from direct investment, venture capital and funds investments. Since 2012, Melissa has started investing with ESG and Impact lens. Melissa received a B.A in Economics and Political Science from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Applied Finance from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Melissa is a participant at the 2000 YMP Program at Insead.

Joost Zuiderburg

Joost has been with the Cardano Development group since its inception, as the CEO of the TCX investment management team starting 2007. Since early 2015, his responsibilities cover the supervision and project management within all CD initiatives in their development. Prior to managing TCX, Joost was the director for Africa for FMO (7 years) and SVP, Project Finance at ABN AMRO (6 years). Joost is chairman of the supervisory boards of the management companies of GuarantCo, FrontClear and BIX Capital.

Jerome Piroux

Jerome Pirouz joined TCX in 2011 and is responsible for transaction structuring, origination and product engineering. From 2009-2011, Jerome worked as a Senior Fixed Income Portfolio Manager in Brussels and Zurich where he was in charge of Investment Grade and High Yield Portfolios. In 2008, Jerome was a trader at UBS, London where he built the Credit Option business and traded Credit Derivatives Indices (Itraxx) on the credit flow desk. Between 2003 and 2007 he was a credit derivatives trader at Fortis Bank, Brussels where he ran different credit strategies. End of 2007 he set up the credit derivatives platform to trade LCDS at Fortis Securities LLC in New York for the leveraged loan desk. Jerome has a BA in Business Administration from HEC Brussels and an MSc from the ICMA Centre from the University of Reading, UK.

Gus Poston

Gus Poston co-founded Bridge in 2013. Bridge is a socially motivated investment company that provides a combination of capital, technology and technical assistance to rural banks in the Philippines. Bridge banks have grown rapidly, deployed digital innovations and expanded in SME, Agri and microfinance lending. Bridge is now expanding to other countries in South and Southeast Asia.

Gus has worked in rural banking and microfinance in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, India and other Asian countries for more than 20 years. He was also a senior manager at Booz & Co. and Barclaycard, a large credit card company in the UK.

Gus is British, but lives in Manila.

Michael Rabonza

Michael is a financial advisory specialist, having spent nearly two decades as a professional investment manager with a proven track record of investing and successfully returning over USD 750 million in capital on behalf of institutional, retail, impact and multilateral investors in both developed and emerging markets. He brings on board hands-on experience in the full investment cycle, from origination, due diligence, structuring, portfolio management to refinancing, turnaround and restructuring situations.

Michael began his career with Lehman Brothers in 2001 investing in non-performing loans, distressed assets and special situations across Southeast Asia. He then moved to the World Bank Group’s IFC in Washington, D.C. in 2005 to extend project finance and venture capital investments to global oil, gas and mining projects. In 2010, Michael joined Triple Jump B.V. in Amsterdam, where he led landmark debt and private equity transactions in Asia on behalf of Dutch impact investors investing into funds and organizations dedicated to making finance accessible to rural communities. In 2014, Michael headed Portfolio Management for Altus Capital, an IFC-investee fund manager specializing in structured mezzanine lending in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Michael’s key strength lies in structuring private investments along the full range of the capital structure, which has allowed businesses to access financing they would otherwise not have received. At Connecting Founders, Michael leads all client engagements providing strategic and financial advice for female founders seeking external capital for the first time.

Saiful Islam

Saiful Islam who is popularly known by his nick name Robin is currently working as the Executive Director of Bangladesh Extension Education Services (BEES), one of the reputed leading NGO in Bangladesh. He has more than 40 years’ experience in poverty alleviation program and development management and over 25 years’ experience in Microfinance program, extensive experience in rural development projects management including planning, designing, implementation, appraisal and evaluation & fund raising and micro finance fund management. He has a strong network with various national and international stakeholders. He started his career with Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), a USA based relief & development organization in 1977 and served the organization till 1984. Later he founded BEES in fall of 1984 and took over the CRWRC Bogura Rural Development Program (BRDP) under BEES. He is 65-year old and Bangladeshi citizen by birth.

Freek Kortekaas

Freek joined Triple Jump as Investment Officer and has been the Regional Manager of Asia Pacific region since January 2018. Prior to joining Triple Jump in 2017, he worked as an Investment Officer for the South Asia region at Triodos Investment Management, where he also held the position of Account Manager Renewable Energy, specifically looking at project finance of wind, solar and energy efficiency projects. Freek holds a Master degree in Economics from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

Asad Mahmood

Asad Mahmood, CEO and Managing Partner of Social Investment Managers & Advisors, LLC (SIMA), is one of the longest serving fund managers in the social investment space. SIMA is a unique asset management company focused on attracting scaled private sector institutional investments to social sectors, starting with a $75mm fund for off-grid solar and financial inclusion in Africa and South Asia. Asad has created 10 funds for Deutsche Bank’s Global Social Investments group in microfinance, health, housing, and social enterprise, and has managed over US $1.5 billion in social investments domestically and internationally in 50+ countries covering 200+ relationships with less than 0.5% of losses. Asad is also (i) a Founding Board member of the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), (ii) a member of the Advisory Council for Social Investments for the World Economic Forum, (ii) a member of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) working committee to establish financial definitions for the solar industry, and (iv) an Advisory Board member for Enterprise Community Partners.

Anil Kumar

Anil is a banker with over 27 years of experience. He has worked in entities like Canara Bank and ICICI Bank. He embarked on a journey in Rural & Agri finance from 2007 onwards as Founder Trustee of IFMR Trust, wherein he was involved in designing and deploying a local financial institution model called “KGFS- Khetriya Gramin Financial Services”

Having built a successful model with over 220 branches and 500 K customer / 1200 people organisation, Anil ventured into an entrepreneurial venture by starting SAMUNNATI – a non-bank finance company focussed exclusively on Agriculture with focus on Small Holder Farmers. In it’s journey of little over three years, Samunnati is already in 12 states with a cumulative disbursement of over Rs. 800 crores touching about 1 million farmers.

Anil has been awarded as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 by TiE Chennai and also the Best Social Entrepreneur Award by Hand in Hand at the Global Social Entrepreneurship Programme 2018. Anil has done Masters in Management from Asian Institute of Management, Manila. He has Masters in Business Administration from Symbiosis Institute of Management, Pune and Graduation in Humanities from Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Yuta Nagano

Yuta is a microfinance and impact investing professional with extensive experience in South East Asia and Caucasus. Prior to founding Nextshift, he was active in Cambodia as a marketing manager for a local microfinance institution. His earlier background is retail banking at SMBC in Tokyo, a leading bank in Japan. He holds a Bachelor's degree of International Development from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan.

Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson is the Founder and Managing Director of Moxie Future - the world’s first insights, education and community platform empowering women as responsible and impact investors. www.moxiefuture.com As well as running Moxie Future, Jessica works as a strategic advisor to institutional investors, think tanks and governments on all things relating to green finance, sustainability and responsible investment.

Prior to this, Jessica was Head of Asia for the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UN-PRI), following a long stint as Chief Executive and Board Director of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA), one of Asia’s leading think tanks working to promote sustainable finance and responsible investment across the region.

She also led the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change and played an active leadership role in the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) and the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change (GIC).

Jessica has an extensive background in professional services and business consulting, focusing on financial services, environmental finance and sustainability industries. Through varied roles, she has had experience of working and living in Asia (in particular, China and Hong Kong), Europe and North America, and across a range of different sectors, markets and regulatory environments.

She holds an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London, an MSc in Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester, UK. She also holds a Professional Diploma in Financial Management from the ACCA and the FT Post-Graduate Diploma for Non-Executive Directors.

Daniel Schriber

Prior to joining Symbiotics in 2006, Daniel worked at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in various management positions in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, and finally as Deputy Head of Operations for Eastern Europe at ICRC’s Geneva headquarters. Daniel held different positions at Symbiotics, including regional Manager for Europe and Asia, Head of the Research and Advisory Division and since 2013 he is heading the Investments Division. Daniel holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute (IHEID) in Geneva and an executive MBA in Management and Corporate Finance from the University of Lausanne.

Bolormaa Luvsandorj

Founder and a Managing Partner of Mongolia Sustainable Development Partners LLC (MSDP). MSDP is an investment management company dedicated to impact investments in Mongolia. Mrs. Luvsandorj is a Founder and Chairperson of Developing Entrepreneurial Mongolia (DEM NBFI), a non-bank financial institution dedicated to providing funding to entrepreneurs, micro and small enterprises in Mongolia. She is also a founder and CEO of Bodhi Financial Advisory Services LLC (BODHI). BODHI is the sponsor of the First Accelerator Program for social impact start-up companies, Kite Accelerator Program.

Mrs. Luvsandorj has over 20 years experience in finance and banking holding senior positions as a CEO Golomt Financial Group (GFG), an Executive Vice President / Chief Investment Officer for Golomt Bank, a Chairperson of Golomt Securities LLC, and a Director of Mandal Insurance LLC. She also served as the First Deputy CEO of the Development Bank of Mongolia (DBM) assisting the government to establish the policy bank for Mongolia and let the efforts of the DBM’s inaugural bond issuance in international markets in 2012. Her banking experience includes nine years in Risk Management of Deutsche Bank (2000-2009), Tokyo / NY and a Deputy Head of International Department of Ardyn Bank (1992-1996). She served on the boards of Mandal Insurance LLC (Oct 2014-2016), Mongolian Stock Exchange (May 2010-2011), and Development Bank of Mongolia (Nov 2010- April 2011).

Mrs. Bolormaa served as a member of Emerging Market Advisory Council at International Institute of Finance (IIF, 2016). She is a President of Women Entrepreneurs Council at Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a founding member of Women Corporate Directors’ chapter in Mongolia and a founding member of Women Entrepreneurs Mentors Club.

Peter van Mierlo

Peter van Mierlo started as Chief Executive Officer in FMO’s Management Board on July 1st 2018.

Prior to joining FMO, Peter van Mierlo worked in the professional services industry for over 30 years. He started his career in 1987 at one of the predecessors of PwC. In 1996 he was admitted to the partnership.

Peter van Mierlo has built his career on advising clients around mergers and acquisitions and he held a wide range of national and international leadership positions such as Transaction Leader ('01-'07), Chairman of the Assurance Board ('09-'13), CEO of the Dutch PwC organisation ('13-'18) as well as Managing Partner of PwC Europe ('15-'18). He has worked with various clients amongst others in the Financial Institutions industry.

In his capacity as Managing Partner of PwC Europe he combined the Dutch firm with other European PwC network organizations to build a new firm in which Austria, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Turkey closely work together under the name of PwC Europe.

Peter van Mierlo holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Erasmus University.

Rafiqul Islam

Rafiqul Islam, Managing Director and CEO of Green Delta Capital Limited, one of the leading Investment Banks in Bangladesh. Prior to his appointment in this position, he was the Chief Investment Officer of the company. He started his career with a major conglomerate in Bangladesh in 2002 and he also worked with Orascom Telecom Bangladesh and BRAC EPL Investments Limited.

His over 16 years of experience encompasses both in Debt and Equity Capital Markets products where he comprises in many transactions for raising funds through Foreign and local currency syndications, PE and IPOs.

Rafiq has built his career on advising clients around debt, equity and M&As in various sectors across the South Asian region. He advised & structured the first ever cross-border M&A transaction for a Bangladeshi conglomerate, Akij Group for 100% acquisition of Robin Group in Malaysia.

He holds various leadership position in Bangladesh such as Vice-President of Bangladesh Merchant Bankers Association (BMBA) for 2018-19, Chairman of FDI Standing Committee of Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI) for 2018-19 and Member of Sub Committee on Investment 2018 of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI).

He holds MBA in Finance from East West University, Bangladesh.

Dilshan Wirasekara

Dilshan Wirasekara is currently the Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of the First Capital Holdings PLC, a fully-fledged Investment Bank in Sri Lanka. He has been instrumental in leading the Group which offers services in Primary Dealing, Corporate Debt Structuring, Unit Trust, Wealth Management, Corporate Financial Advisory and Equity Brokerage to perform exceptionally well and attain market leadership in many areas. In his tenure, as Chief Executive Officer, Dilshan has been the ultimate driver in setting long term strategies for the organization, in addition to contributing to its day to day decision making process. In addition to his roles as the chief liaison between the Board Directors and the management team, he spearheads the external communications of the company partaking in high-level negotiations and representing the interest of First Capital and the industry at large. He has made considerable efforts to guide and cultivate best practices throughout the organizations paving the way in making First Capital a recognized corporate entity in Sri Lanka.

With over 22 years of experience in financial services with a diverse investment banking spectrum including debt and equity capital markets, fixed income, forex, derivative instruments and portfolio management. Possessing specialist Treasury expertise, he acted as General Manager of Softlogic Capital PLC, the financial services holding company of the diversified Softlogic group. Instrumental in securing major investments from overseas development Financial Institutions Dilshan also spearheaded investment and trading portfolio management across subsidiaries inclusive of the group’s Licensed Finance Company, Composite Insurer and Equity Brokerage. As the former Head of Treasury at Nations Trust Bank PLC, he led its Treasury division in achieving ‘market maker’ status as an interbank counterparty delivering exponential profit growth. Prior to that, he was attached to the Treasury division of Pan Asia Bank PLC. Dilshan has undergone extensive training both locally and overseas specializing in Asset and Liability Risk Management and secured the accolade of leading and representing two Sri Lankan companies in winning the International Bank Asset and Liability competition held each year by FMO, DEG and Proparco. He has also successfully completed his Executive education at INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France and is an Alumnus of INSEAD.

Dilshan is a Director of the Colombo Stock Exchange as well as a Director in all First Capital Group subsidiaries.

Tserendash Sedvanchig

Mr. Tserendash has extensive experience working in the financial sector of Mongolia. He started his career at the Financial and Economic Policy department of the Ministry of Finance working on Sovereign debt issuance and introduced the first MBS scheme in Mongolia. He had worked at the State Bank of Mongolia as Director of Corporate Banking Department where he initiated the Medium Term Note Program raising $1 billion in the Asian and European fixed income market before leading the team at DBM to establish the DBM Asset Management Company.

Mr. Tserendash now serves as CEO of DBM Asset Management Company and holds a BS in Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Postgraduate diploma in Economic Development Studies from the Institute of Developing Economies Advanced School at JETRO and Masters in Wealth Management from Luxembourg School of Finance at University of Luxembourg.

Thibaud Ponchon

Thibaud has more than 15 years of experience in private equity, venture capital and private debt investments including 7 years focused on Asian emerging markets. Thibaud is responsible for private equity investments in Asia for BlueOrchard’s InsuResilience Investment Fund and sits on the board of portfolio companies such as Skymet Weather Services in India and Asia Insurance Company in Pakistan. Prior to that, he was a Senior Investment Officer in charge of venture capital investments in Asia for Advans Group, a microfinance-focused investment company. Thibaud sat on the board of several other portfolio companies while working there. He started his career in London where he worked in leveraged finance at M&G Investments. Thibaud holds an MSc in Finance from Lancaster University in the UK and is a CFA charterholder.

Basit Ashad

Basit Arshad has over 8 years of impact investing experience and has actively managed investments in both Asia and Eastern Europe. Basit joined BlueOrchard as Vice President responsible for managing deals for the InsuResilience Investment Fund as well as for various other investment funds. Previously, Basit worked for ECO Trade and Development Bank, Turkey as Senior Banker where he managed deals with conventional and Islamic banks, leasing companies and microfinance banks. Basit holds Master in Business Administration (MBA) from SZABIST, Pakistan and MSc in Investment and Finance from Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

Melissa Kang

Melissa Kang is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Jupiter Impact Partners, an investment platform founded by a team of seasoned private equity investment professionals that focuses on sustainability and impact investment in East Asia. Previously, Melissa was a Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners. At Morgan Stanley, Melissa was also a founding member, and the dedicated ESG Officer of Integro, the global impact fund. She has 20 years of private equity investment experience in Asia.

Prior to Morgan Stanley, Melissa worked at IFC, the private sector arm of World Bank Group, where she was a Principal Investment Officer and Regional Lead for East Asia Pacific, responsible for private equity fund investments, based in Indonesia. In that role, she was responsible for new business that covers 15 countries and oversaw $1 billion of portfolio investments and sat on several advisory boards. In addition, Melissa was also the Global Lead for gender investment for funds at IFC.

Before embarking on sustainability and impact investing, Melissa was the CEO for a private equity fund of funds business in Asia, a joint venture between ING Investment Management and Pomona Capital, based in Hong Kong. Before that, Melissa had held senior positions at 3i and DBS Bank, responsible for direct investments in Asia. Prior to her private equity career, Melissa spent 8 years in equity investment research and SME finance.

Melissa graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelors of Arts Degree, major in Economics and Political Science. She subsequent earned a Master degree in Applied Finance from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Melissa was a participant at the YMP 2000 program at Insead. Melissa is a frequent speaker at private equity conferences in Asia focusing on ESG, sustainability and impact investing.

Jayaroopa Jeyabarathi

Jayaroopa leads India investments for Patamar Capital, a San Francisco based Series A+ Impact Fund. Jayaroopa has been involved in the social enterprise and impact investing space since 2007. Before joining Patamar, she led India investments for a seed-stage European impact investment fund. Earlier, she led the fundraising efforts at Janalakshmi Financial Services(now Jana Small Finance Bank), one of the largest microfinance institutions in India.  

Jayaroopa started her career as a corporate banker in India’s leading private sector banks before moving on to an entrepreneurial stint at a ceramic design venture. Her interest in the social space was kindled while volunteering with Janaagraha, a not-for-profit institution advocating urban governance and reforms in India.  

Jayaroopa has also co-founded a group for Women in Investing in India. She is based in Bangalore, India.

Azeem M. Azim Uddin

Azeem has 30+ years of diversified international experience in Banking and Private Equity; 20+ years with HSBC, Citibank, Société Générale and 10+ years with Private Equity and family owned conglomerates. 20+ years at Board, CEO, CFO and General Management positions. Leadership role in the starting, restructuring & transformation of over half a dozen banking businesses for global and local banks in Africa, South and South East Asia. Built multi-national and multi-disciplinary resources into integrated teams, transforming businesses into dynamic platforms. Successful track record of delivering strategic and transformational leadership to complex businesses through multiple cycles of business startup, transformational restructuring and downsizing in the Financial Services and Manufacturing Industries. Led Change Delivery, Enterprise Redesign and Business Transformation projects by integrating business and technology strategies to drive organizational transformation.

At AYA Bank, as CFO & Advisor to the Chairman, leading the transformation of the second largest private bank in Myanmar. Led the bank into becoming the first local entity to become IFRS compliant and also the first to be audited by a ‘big-four’ firm. Developed and implemented new Strategy, organized and built Treasury, Accounting & Finance, Risk & Compliance, and Governance infrastructures. Built local leadership teams and strategic alliances & partnerships with International Financial Institutions and Multilateral Organizations. Concurrently, total assets grew from $1b to $3.2b, branches from 87 to +230 and staff from 2,600 to 8,500. Currently implementing Capitalization Plan to raise $200m.

As Advisor to Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Azeem directed the implementation of systems and business needs’ definition, establishment of Investment Banking and modern Treasury businesses from scratch. Also played a key role in the finalization and implementation of Core Banking System.

As President & CEO of Mybank, Azeem led strategic business redefinition, rebranding, redefinition of the business proposition, MIS redesign, Core Banking System selection and implementation and upgrade of business intelligence systems. The integrated strategic and operational transformation resulted in the upgrade of independent rating from BB to A- and increased market capitalization by three times within 18 months.

At Citibank in Pakistan Azeem restructured and developed the Investment Banking business through the moratoriums, including the sale of a listed investment bank, into US$17m revenue base winning a number of mandates for Privatization and cross border finance, including the pre-privatization restructuring plan for the largest commercial bank.

In North Africa Azeem established the Global Transaction Services as a multimillion dollar recurring business, doubling revenue in 3 year cycles. As the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking in Morocco and Regional Head of Corporate Finance for Maghreb region, starting from scratch, he built a US$10m revenue deal pipeline within 18 months.

At HSBC Pakistan Azeem was involved in establishing new branches and later initiated Remedial Management process reducing the classified portfolio from 70% to less than 15% within 3 years. At Société Générale, as the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Azeem established the new branches, to become the only foreign bank to be profitable in the first full year of operation.

Arun Nayyar

Arun is a seasoned finance professional with over 20 years of diversified experience in the domain of commercial and consumer lending.

Arun, a Chartered Accountant, was earlier with Edelweiss where he was heading the SME Lending business of the group. Prior to Edelweiss, Arun held several key positions across Business Development and Risk Management with Citibank India. He has also worked at CRISIL early on in his career.

Safia Hulamani

Safia Gulamani is a Manager on the Member Engagement team at Convergence. Prior to Convergence, Safia was a consultant at Arabella Advisors in the firm's Washington, DC and New York offices. At Arabella, Safia specialized in impact investing and worked with a range of clients including institutional, family, and corporate foundations to provide education on impact investing, source and structure deals, and conduct due diligence. Safia also brings international experience from roles held with Accion International, United Nations Capital Development Fund, and the Clinton Foundation to her work at Convergence. Safia began her career working at Matson Driscoll & Damico, an international forensic accounting firm in Toronto. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner’s Graduate School of Public Service and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).

Rakesh Dubey

Rakesh Dubey is the Chief Executive Officer of SV Creditline Limited, one of India’s largest and valued NBFC MFI. Incepted in 2010, SVCL’s vision has been to bring the change in the life of “entrepreneurial poor” through giving them easy access to credit which’s otherwise scarcely available.

Rakesh brings more than 21 years of experience to the industry, having a deep background in the microfinance domain along with setting up of MFI’s in India as well internationally. Prior to commencing his journey with SVCL, he has also been the founding team member of CASHPOR and founder of SONATA, leading MFI’s of North India.

He holds a master’s degree in business administration and has done a diploma in a rural development management. His business acumen has led him to be a part of various institutions in key roles in the Microfinance industry. He has served as the President of the MFIN (Self-Regulatory body of Microfinance Institutions Network) from the year 2016-2018 and is currently on the board of MFIN. He was also the board member of “Sa-dhan’” self-regulatory organization.

He is been trained with INSEAD FRANCE- Executive Leader Forum on “Enterprise Leaders in a VUCA World and have attended HBS-ACCION Strategic Leadership for Microfinance Practitioners from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

He had been awarded “CEO of the year “award by ABP News in 2017 which aims to recognize remarkable business leaders, who through strength, innovation and foresight induce positive changes in an evolving corporate world. He was also awarded Skoch order of Merit during 45th Skoch Summit in 2014 & 2016.

Rakesh is a regular speaker at various industry forums & academic institutions. Deeply inspired by Prof. Yunus a Nobel laureate and father of Microfinance revolution in Asia, Rakesh ‘s vision is to establish an institution which will be a one stop shop for all products from credit, home to social security to promote self-sufficiency and economic development among people who don't have access to the traditional financial sector.

Grégory Clemente

Grégory CLEMENTE is Chief Executive Officer of Proparco, the private sector financing arm of Agence Française de Développement (AFD). Grégory CLEMENTE started his professional career in 1996 at the French Overseas Departments Note-Issuing Bank (IEDOM) in Pointe-à-Pitre, then at this institution’s headquarters in Paris. In 2000, he joined AFD Group’s Financial Department as a market operator, prior to becoming the Director for market activities in 2005. He was appointed Director of AFD’s Asia Department in 2011. In 2014, he became AFD’s Executive Risk Management Director. Grégory CLEMENTE holds a Master's Degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Lyon II.

Anu Valli

Anu Valli joined Symbiotics in July 2017 and is Senior Investment Analyst covering South Asia with special focus on Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Anu has 12 years of investment experience gained in Singapore, India and Hong Kong across investment banking, venture capital and private equity. Previously, she was Investment Manager at Bamboo Capital Partners, a private equity focused on impact investing, responsible for investments in the access to energy and financial services sector across Asia. Anu holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi.

Petra Kotte

Ms. Petra Kotte is Senior Director at DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH. As Global Head for Financial Institutions and German Business she is responsible for debt, equity and fund investments with financial institutions worldwide as well as all business with German Corporates and reports directly to the Management Board. She is also responsible for DEG’s initiatives promoting SMEs and small corporates.

Ms. Kotte has more than 20 years of experience in commercial and development banking. Prior to her current role, she headed DEG’s Structured Finance Division. In 2009, Ms. Kotte was appointed head of the Manufacturing Industry & Services Department. Petra Kotte joined DEG in 2004 as a Senior Investment Manager in the Infrastructure Department.

Previously, Ms. Kotte worked as a commercial banker with WestLB from 1997 to 2004.

Petra holds a Master Degree in European Business Studies.

Petra Kotte

Mirjam Janssen is Regional Manager of Asia for the Emerging Markets team at Triodos Investment Management. She joined Triodos IM as a Senior Investment Officer for South East Asia in 2012, funding financial institutions through debt and equity. In her current position as Regional Manager, she leads the development of the Asia investment strategy, manages a team of investment officers, and is a voting member in the Regional and Global Investment Committees. She is a shareholder representative at Tenger Finance Group (XacBank) in Mongolia.