Mrs Ommara Raza Ali - Director - Asia
Areas of Expertise: • Market Research: led more than 67 diversified research projects which include research projects on savings products and services for microfinance clients, micro lending products, rural microfinance, remittances, branchless banking, credit scoring model, customer insight, customer care/ service quality, impact assessment, pilot evaluation studies, business climate, exit clients and area research (branch feasibility and operational planning). Also lead multiple projects in other countries as well which include working on research projects with FINCA Jordan, FINCA Afghanistan and Women’s Trust Zimbabwe. Market research for enterprise loan product development, data collection and data management process of government scheme, assess overdue cases of non-qualifying asset portfolio of an MFI • Product Development: Developed enterprise lending product including specialized products for women, worked on education finance product for low cost private schools, agriculture product, livestock product, savings products for low income households with special focus on women, specialized value chain financing products for women, personal loan product, car/motorbike loan product and home financing product. Engaged in evaluation and designing of Islamic Microfinance Product Kashf Murabaha. The work on product manuals includes preparing product manuals, explaining product parameters, collateral and HR requirements along with training needs. Also worked on product roll out plan, pilot evaluation studies of products and devising product wise marketing strategy. • Digital Financial Solutions: Worked on developing credit scoring model and successfully testing its pilot for a leading MFI in Pakistan. Also worked on branchless banking and agency pilot for FINCA. Was the core member of the team of a leading MFI in Pakistan to develop and test tablet solutions to make loan disbursements. Worked on using CAPI technology to capture client level information. • Marketing and Business Development: Worked on Sales and Mobilization strategy of various SME products for both commercial banks and microfinance banks. Moreover, drafted marketing plan/market penetration strategy of enterprise lending products, savings products, and rural microfinance products. Also worked on brand awareness research project, devising brand development framework and strategy along with working on designing product promotion materials including developing SMART branch concept. Also worked on drafting product communication messages for clients.
Mrs Ololade Adesola
Ms Ololade Adesola is the Country Manager for Ololade Adesola (MSc, FMA, MNIM) is the founder and pioneer Managing Consultant of L.A. Consult Limited. A firm that specializes in providing bespoke and effective Financing, Business Transformation, Strategic Positioning and Executive Training Solutions to Clients. L.A. Consult is also the Country Representative of the UK Microfinance Association in Nigeria. Before establishing LA Consult, Ololade worked in Banking; growing and profitably managing Assets well over US $150m and winning Performance Awards in virtually every aspect of Banking, Management and Leadership. Ololade who holds a Master of Science in Banking and Finance
Mr Godfrey Crentsil
Godfrey Crentsil - is the Executive Director of the Financial Inclusion Advocacy Centre (UK AND GHANA). Godfrey has extensive experience in deposit mobilisation and curriculum development. Godfrey is also an experienced facilitator and organiser. He was the facilitator for the recent Financial Inclusion Summit in Ghana that was attended by a number of international investors and participants from West Africa. The Microfinance Association work in collaboration with the Financial Inclusion Advocacy Centre.
Mr Ademola has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in International Finance and Economic Development from the University of Stirling, Scotland. Ademola has considerable experience in: Credit and Micro Finance Operations and Management, Mobilization of savings for deposits, Training and curriculum development, Capacity building for Organizations involved in Microfinance. Ademola has good management skills and has a strategic approach on microfinance development issues. He has considerable experience in capacity building and the development of micro credit institutions.