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Campaign Staff

Larry Reed DSK Rao Fabiola Diaz Jesse Marsden Sabina Rogers Xochitl Sanchez Inga Carey Veronica Brown
Larry Reed,
Director
DSK Rao,
Regional Director for Asia-Pacific
Fabiola Diaz,
Program Manager, Events
Jesse Marsden,
Program Manager,
Research & Operations
Sabina Rogers,
Program Manager,
Communications & Relationships
Xochitl Sanchez,
Senior Program Associate,
Summit & Learning Events
Inga Carey,
Scholarship Coordinator
Veronica Brown,
Program Facilitator

 

 

Larry Reed, Director

Larry Reed is the director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign. He has worked for more than 25 years in designing, supporting and leading activities and organizations that empower poor people to transform their lives and their communities. For most of that time Reed worked with Opportunity International, including five years as their Africa regional director and eight years as the first CEO of the Opportunity International Network.

During his time with Opportunity, Larry helped to implement a strategy for developing full-service banks that served the very poor while mobilizing hundreds of millions of dollars in savings deposits and investments. Under his leadership, Opportunity developed the first microinsurance brokerage, which now serves hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Reed has taught at the Boulder Institute of Microfinance for 15 years, served as the chair of the SEEP Network, and consulted with industry-wide initiatives like the Smart Campaign for Client Protection and MicroFinance Transparency.

Larry authored the State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and has contributed to several books on finance and the poor including The New World of Microfinance (Rhyne, Otero, et. al., 1996), Serving with the Poor in Africa (Yamamori, Myers,  Bediako and Reed, 1996), Globalization and the Kingdom of God (Goudzwaard, 2001), and More Pathways Out of Poverty (Harris et. al., 2006).

He is a graduate of Wheaton College and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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D.S.K. Rao, Regional Director for Asia Pacific

Dr. D.S.K. Rao is the regional director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign for Asia Pacific. He joined the Campaign in July 2000 and lives in Hyderabad, India. The Campaign draws heavily on his wide experience and familiarity with the sector while organizing the regional and global summits.

Dr. Rao is a certified trainer of Cashpor House Index (CHI) and Participatory Wealth Ranking (PWR), the two efficient and cost-effective targeting tools. He has conducted scores of workshops and trainings on these two tools for practitioners in Asia. He was closely associated with the National Surveys in Bangladesh and India during 2008-10 for measuring and tracking the poverty levels of microfinance clients using the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI).

Dr. Rao is presently implementing a Johnson & Johnson funded project for integrating health with microfinance in India, in collaboration with Freedom from Hunger.

He has co-authored two books on microfinance, titled, The New Middlewomen and Development, Divinity and Dharma.

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Fabiola Diaz, Program Manager, Events

Fabiola Díaz is events manager at the Microcredit Summit Campaign. In this role, she is responsible for the planning, organization and management of the Campaign’s Summits in close collaboration with the Campaign director.

Fabiola was part of the organizing team of the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit managing the Spain focused mini-plenary sessions, the training sessions called Day-long Courses, the Associated Sessions organized by delegates, the benefits for our sponsors, as well as the CGAP Photo Exhibitions in Madrid and Valladolid. In 2010, Fabiola was the scholarship and associated sessions coordinator for the Africa-Middle East Microcredit Summit (AMERMS) held in Nairobi, Kenya. She worked in coordination with our partner organization, the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Kenya (AMFI) to complete logistical and program-related preparations for AMERMS.

Before joining the Campaign, Fabiola gained experience in the international development field through her internships in international organizations and multilateral institutions like the United Nations Millennium Campaign and the Andean Development Corporation. She holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of Cologne, Germany. Fabiola speaks Spanish, German, and English fluently, and is proficient in Portuguese.

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Jesse Marsden, Program Manager, Research & Operations

Jesse Marsden joined the Microcredit Summit Campaign in 2010. In his role as research & operations manager he is responsible for developing and coordinating the overall strategy for reaching the Campaign’s second goal of helping 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty through the newly formed 100 Million Project.  This includes building implementation partnerships, establishing research collaborations, designing and implementing the project plan, and supporting long term development planning for the Campaign’s work to identify and promote the kinds of transformational practices that will help achieve the goal.  He is also responsible for tracking and overseeing much of the daily internal operations aspects of the Campaign.

Jesse brings five years of experience in working on major advocacy campaigns and events centered on issues such as hunger and poverty alleviation, emergency response and U.S. immigration reform.  Graduating with an MA in International Affairs, he focused on peace and conflict resolution and international development at American University’s School of International Service.  His thesis focused on developing entrepreneurship in ecotourism within resource-constricted areas of Central America.  He is also co-author on an article on the path-wise development of new businesses in emerging regions of southern Mexico.

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Sabina Rogers, Program Manager, Communications & Relationships

Sabina Rogers is communications and relationships manager. In this role, she is responsible for the Campaign’s communications with members and the broader field, for engaging and mobilizing Council members, and for providing project management and coordination support for the Financing Healthier Lives project.

Previously, Sabina was program manager of the State of the Campaign Report, managing the collection of Institutional Action Plans (IAP) and data analysis as well as the Report compilation, publication, and launch process. She supervised the annual call campaign in which Campaign staff target the top 500 microfinance institutions (MFIs) to submit their IAP—through which members report annual data on their client portfolio and outreach to the poorest.

Sabina has 11 years international development experience both in the field and home office. As a senior program associate at the SEEP Network’s Member Services team, she made a direct impact on improving service to and increasing engagement of SEEP’s members and other practitioners through management of member-led working groups and the publications process. Work experience abroad includes leading community development and gender equity advocacy as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo and managing sports development and leadership training clinics for youth in Afghanistan with the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange.

Sabina is bilingual in English and French and holds an MS in Development Management from the School of International Service at American University and a BA in History with a minor in French from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Xochitl Sanchez, Senior Program Associate, Summit & Learning Events

Xochitl Sanchez is senior program associate for summit & learning events at the Microcredit Summit Campaign. In this role, she is responsible for assisting the Program Manager in the planning, organizing and managing of the Campaign’s Summits and events. Xochitl was part of the organizing team of the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit as Scholarship Coordinator managing the scholarships, organizing field visits and helping with the overall coordination of the Summit. In 2010, Xochitl was the Global Summit Intern helping in the coordination of the Global Advisory Committee, the event website, agenda and assisting in other logistical and program-related preparations for the Summit.

Prior to working at the Campaign, Xochitl worked with the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation assisting in media and outreach as well as doing research particularly in the Africa-region. She also helped the team with the preparations of the Sullivan Global Summit in Africa and for the President Zuma Celebration.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs with concentrations in International Development and Conflict and Security from the George Washington University in DC. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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Inga Carey, Scholarship Coordinator

Inga Carey was born and raised in the Bahamas and moved to DC last year to complete graduate school at the Johns Hopkins University (Masters in Applied Economics) and to transition her career to the economic development and financial inclusion sector. Prior to her role as the Scholarship Coordinator at the Microcredit Summit Campaign, she was a VP with J.P. Morgan Private Bank. She spent 10 years in international private banking in both the Bahamas and in Newark, Delaware, as an international trust officer, responsible for the administration and management of private investment companies and trusts for ultra-high net worth Latin American, European, and Middle Eastern individuals and families.

She was excited to join the Microcredit Summit Campaign because she is passionate about financial inclusion, community and economic development, and women's empowerment. She has led various non-profit initiatives in the Bahamas with Rotary International and with the Bahamas Crisis Center, which supports women fleeing domestic violence. In Washington, D.C., she interned with WEConnect International, a non-profit that helps women-owned businesses in developing countries fill global value chains.

Aside from her passion for international and economic development, she personally enjoys travelling, cultural immersion, yoga and meditation, and Latin dancing. She is a proficient Spanish speaker and a global trotter having lived in 3 countries and visited over 20 countries worldwide across North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

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Veronica E. Brown, Program Facilitator

Veronica Brown is the Program Facilitator for the 18th Microcredit Summit. Prior to joining the Microcredit Summit Campaign, she worked as a consultant at Promundo USA and served as a research assistant for the State of the World’s Father’s Report, she also conducted research on Muslim youth integration at Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

Veronica Brown is the Program Facilitator for the 18th Microcredit Summit. Prior to joining the Veronica has several years of non-profit experience and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs and Islamic Studies from George Mason University. She is interested in issues of gender, public health, and social protection.

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