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Meet our Fellows: Uma Sekar

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:56

Based in Seattle, Washington, Uma Sekar is the Impact Measurement Fellow, supporting Grameen Foundation. Uma has designed and implemented several evaluation frameworks for non-profits, social enterprises, venture capital funds, and a randomized control evaluation study in India. Her principal expertise is to strategically connect impact measurement to an organization’s vision and operation using theories of change and logic models. Her technical skills include human centred research design, survey design, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and reporting, database management and... Read More

Meet our Fellows: Sonia Srikuruwal

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:54

Based in Uganda, Sonia Srikuruwal is an Investment Fellow, supporting Grameen Foundation's Captial Markets team. During her time in Kampala, Sonia will manage portfolio companies and sources potential investments in Sub-Saharan Africa for Grameen Foundation's Pioneer Fund. In her last role, she specialised in corporate finance advisory with KPMG in Bangkok. With 4+ years of experience, she has been involved in a number of capital raising, refinancing, and M&A transactions in South East Asia. Sonia read Economics at Thammasat University and is a CFA Charterholder. She is originally from... Read More

Meet our Fellows: Smitha Sharma

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:51

Based in Uganda, Smitha Sharma is the Africa Mobile for Development Fellow, supporting Grameen Foundation's mHealth, mAgriculture, and mobile financial services programs in the region,  Smitha joins us from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she was an embedded consultant working on the Family Planning and Agricultural Development strategies. Prior to that she was at the Boston Consulting Group in New York City where she focused on providing strategic advice to clients across a variety of sectors including healthcare, insurance, and retail. Her social enterprise experience includes... Read More

Meet our Fellows: Rowan Emslie

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:47

Based in Kenya, Rowan Emslie is the Marketing, Outreach and Thought Leadership Fellow for Grameen Foundation's TaroWorks program. Rowan has worked with a variety of NGOs, mostly in East Africa. He has dabbled a lot of different things: arts journalist, fabric salesman, consultant and even a prison drama teacher. He has been studying in Berlin for the last year and is an enthusiastic freelance journalist on the side.

Meet our Fellows: Patrizia Dodaro

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:44

Based in the Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Patrizia Dodaro is the Business Development and Strategy Fellow for Grameen-Jameel. Patrizia graduated with a degree in International Relations and has five years of experience working for non-profit organizations in Italy and Albania, to design and implemen projects in the field of microfinance and rural development, women inclusion and migration. In Albania, she was enganged in programmes aimed at the improvement of the conditions of low-income communities in rural and suburban areas through vocational training, business consulting and... Read More

Meet our Fellows: Neil Edward Wood

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:40

Based in Uganda, Neil Edward Wood is the Global Partnerships and Commercialization Strategy Fellow, supporting Grameen Foundation. Neil was born in England, but spent his childhood in Germany. After finishing school, he successfully completed a professional training as certified language correspondent and a degree course in economics and finance. He then joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers to work in the transactions and audit departments. To advance his career, he gained his professional qualifications as a certified chartered accountant before leaving PwC for Australia to enrol in the MBA... Read More

Meet our Fellows: Naomi Crowther

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:38

Based in Colombia, Naomi Crowther is the Data Analyst Fellow, supporting Grameen Foundation's Poverty Tools and Insights programs. I will be joining the Grameen Foundation in the social performance management team as a data analyst fellow in Colombia focusing on poverty tool data. Since delving into the economic impact of unequal access to land ownership and income in developing economies for my undergraduate dissertation, I have been passionate about creating empirically sound impact analysis of development programs to inform policy. I have worked as a research analyst for a number of... Read More

Meet our Fellows: Lisa Wei

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:35

Based in Ghana, Lisa Wei is a Strategy Fellow, supporting Grameen Foundation's mHealth initiatives. Lisa comes to Grameen Foundation with a passion to leverage her business consulting background to empower the world’s poor to reach their potential. Lisa grew up in China, the UK, and Canada before attending the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate degree. While at Penn, she was an avid volunteer and interned in both the public and private sector at the UN Information Center in Washington DC, HSBC Securities in New York, and a Japanese engineering firm in Beijing, China. Since... Read More

Meet our Fellows: Kshitij Gupta

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:33

Based in India, Kshitij Gupta is the Strategy and Business Development Fellow, supporting Grameen Foundation India and MOTECH, a GF partner. Prior to joining GF, Kshitij was a Senior Consultant with the Technology, Media and Telecom team of Ernst & Young, where he was focussing on Telecommunications in emerging markets. He has lived and worked in India, Bahrain, Philippines, Tanzania, Congo Brazzaville and Uganda. He is a telecommunication engineer by background, and is passionate about mobile based developmental initiatives.  Kshitij is a major tennis enthusiast, and enjoys playing and... Read More

Meet our Fellows: Katherine Tan

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:29

Based in Washington, DC, Katherine Tan is the Business Operations and Technology Strategy Fellow, supporting Grameen Foundation. Katherine comes to the Grameen Foundation with the goal of applying her strategic and operational management experience to the Foundation's mission at the intersection of technological innovation and empowering the poor.  She spent the first 4 years of her career in the private sector at Bridgewater Associates, a global asset manager, where she was a member of the firm's management development track. She served for 3 years in a chief-of-staff capacity to... Read More