Board of Directors

The SPTF is governed by a Board of Directors (13 elected, up to 3 appointed to ensure regional diversity) with members from every region and a fixed number of elected representatives from each of the major stakeholder categories:

  • 2 donors
  • 2 investors
  • 2 MFIs: 1 NGO and 1 NBFI or bank
  • 3 MFI Associations: 1 Global, 1 Regional, and 1 National
  • 2 support organizations
  • 2 audit/rating/information services
  • Up to 3 appointed members to ensure regional diversity
  • SPTF Director is an ex-officio member

The Board of Directors members are as follows:

Donors

Social Investors

Direct Microfinance Providers

Associations

Support Organizations

Rating/Auditing/Information Services

 SPTF Director (ex-officio member)

 

Frank DeGiovanni
Frank DeGiovanni is Ford Foundation's director of Financial Assets. He leads the foundation's worldwide efforts to build financial assets for disadvantaged people with support through grants and Program-Related Investments (PRIs). His team makes grants through a focused set of initiatives on savings, individual asset development, Social Security reform, rural livelihood development and consumer financial services.

Prior to assuming his current position, Frank was the foundation's deputy director of Program-Related Investments, where he was responsible for creating and monitoring a diverse loan portfolio of organizations promoting community and economic development in the United States and internationally.

Before joining the Ford Foundation in 1991, Frank was associate professor and senior research associate at the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he researched and taught graduate-level courses in housing and community development, urban political economy and policy analysis. From 1985 to 1987, he was chairman of the Pratt Institute's Department of City and Regional Planning in Brooklyn, where he also taught and consulted on projects in housing and community development.

Frank has a Ph.D. and a master's in regional planning, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Antonique Koning
Antonique Koning coordinates the European Union/African, Caribbean, Pacific States Microfinance Framework Program—a capacity-building program for microfinance actors in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. As a member of CGAP's Donors & Investors Team, Antonique is based in Brussels and works closely with the European Commission and other funders to help them improve the quality of their funding for microfinance. Before joining CGAP, she worked with the World Savings Banks Institute. Koning has a master’s degree in international trade management and policy from the University of Birmingham. She speaks English, Spanish, French, and Dutch.

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Dina Pons
Dina Pons is currently working at Incofin as Investment Manager for Southeast Asia and Social Performance Coordinator.  With more than 350 million of assets under management, Incofin IM is a leading double bottom microfinance investment fund.  Incofin was one of the earliest investors to develop its own social performance evaluation scorecard.  Incofin IM also endorses the SMART Campaign, MFTransparency, and the Principles for Investment in Inclusive Finances (PIIFs) and has been an active member of the SPTF for the past four years. 

While at Incofin, Dina has worked on several SPM related projects: She first focused on a full revamping of Incofin's in-house social performance evaluation tool, called ECHOS.  With the aim of bringing the tool in line with the latest developments in the SPM sphere, Dina worked on the creation of a special section on Responsible Pricing, using the same format as MFTransparency, and also included a much more detailed section on Client Protection Principles by integrating the self-assessment questionnaire of the SMART Campaign into the ECHOS tool.  Since updating ECHOS, Dina has been in charge of training Incofin staff to ensure that all Incofin staff understand and implement SPM the same way. Following Incofin’s endorsement of the PIIFs, Dina was instrumental in developing Incofin’s internal action plan and in pushing for the progressive implementation of each principle in Incofin’s internal policies and practices.  Since June 2012, Dina has been working with two fellows from Oikocredit and Blue Orchard on the development and implementation of the research framework of the first study to assess over-indebtedness in Cambodia.  

Dina has been active in the SPTF for the past four years.  During her work as a social rater and then as Investment manager for Incofin, Dina participated in the two last SPTF annual meetings in Den Bosch and in Amman.  Dina has also been very proactive in participating in several SPM initiatives at the industry level and more specifically in SPTF working groups including the PIIFs Reporting Framework, the Avoid Over-indebtedness (AVOID) working group, and the ALINUS working group. 

On top of this, for the past year and half, Dina has also been leading a working group on Reasonable Covenants which produced the “Lenders' Guidelines for Setting Covenants in Support of Responsible Microfinance,” listing seven financial covenants and two social covenants that more than twelve major investment funds agreed to endorse and use as reference when setting up covenants in their loan agreements.

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Jürgen Hammer
After 15 years spent in different international investment banks (Deutsche Bank, Banco Santander, Crédit Lyonnais, CALYON) and different areas (Corporate Banking, Fixed Income and Securitization, Sales and Origination, Senior Banker) Jurgen Hammer joined the field of microfinance in 2006 with the personal objective of using his experience in financial markets to benefit the excluded and poor people in the developing world.  

In 2008, Jurgen joined the initiative of Crédit Agricole in France and played a leading role in setting up and launching the Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF). Under the legal form of a Foundation, and reflecting the intentions of its founders, Crédit Agricole and Grameen Trust from Bangladesh, GCAMF has a double objective: to achieve its ambitious social goals on a sustainable basis.  The initiative has therefore included a full, SPI-based social performance evaluation in all its investment proposals presented to its credit committee from the beginning.  

Always with an eye towards improving efficiency and acting responsibly with its MFI partners, GCAMF gives high priority to larger, industry-wide initiatives of improved coordination and cooperation.  Jurgen has participated in SPTF work since 2009, playing an active role in the Social Investor Working Group and, since summer 2012, leading the ALINUS Investor Working Group that commits to support and motivate socially responsible investors to align their existing practices in social performance, due diligence, and monitoring with the Universal Standards for Social Performance Management.  

In addition, Jurgen continues his involvement as an independent Management Board member with JAIDA, the Microfinance Fund in Morocco he helped to set up, and plays an active role in promoting the inclusion of social performance evaluation tools in the microfinance sector in Morocco.

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Anne Hastings
Anne Hastings is the CEO of SFF. Anne served as the Director of Fonkoze, the foundation, since May 1996 and served as a founder and Board member of SFF since 2004. Anne is the recipient of many prestigious international awards recognizing her work in microfinance and in Haiti. 

Before coming to Haiti thirteen years ago, Anne had fifteen years of experience in providing strategic management services to executives as Senior Partner and Managing Director of Scanlon and Hastings, a management consulting company in Washington DC. Anne holds a PhD from the University of Virginia and an Honorary Doctorate in Business Leadership from Duquesne University. She completed research fellowships at the Brookings Institute and the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, both in Washington, DC.

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Carmen Velasco
Carmen Velasco serves on the Board of Directors of Microfinanzas PRISMA MFP (Perú).  Ms. Velasco spent the first part of her career teaching at the Bolivian Catholic University before she teamed up with Lynne Patterson to develop training programs for women. Ms. Velasco co-founded Pro Mujer in Bolivia, which has been fully sustainable since 1998 and which, under Ms. Velasco's leadership, achieved a world-wide reputation for excellence.  At Pro Mujer, Ms. Velasco was responsible for providing technical assistance to Pro Mujer’s microfinance institutions in Argentina, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. After assuming the role of Co-Director of Pro Mujer International, Ms. Velasco became responsible for supporting operations, for new product development, and for implementation of all network systems in each of the 5 countries where Pro Mujer is established. Ms. Velasco has a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Chile.

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Ziad Al-Refai
Ziad Al-Refai is the Executive Director of Tamweelcom, a micro credit company in Jordan.  He has held this position since 2006.  Prior to becoming Executive Director of Tamweelcom, Mr. Al-Refai was the Finance and Administration Manager for the Micro Fund for Women, and prior to that, he was a Finance Manager for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Jordan.  Mr. Al-Refai holds an MBA in Microfinance (Bergamo University, Italy), a  partially completed MBA in Financial Management (University of Jordan), and a BA in Accounting (University of Jordan).

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Katarzyna Pawlak
Katarzyna Pawlak is the deputy director of the Microfinance Centre, a regional network for Europe and Asia. She has an MBA with ten years of practical experience in microfinance related to organizational management, program design and implementation. Since 2001 Katarzyna has been actively engaged in advancing Social Performance Management in ECA and globally through implementation of global and regional programs, engagement in a wide range of promotional activities, leadership and participation in various Social Performance related initiatives. She’s been a member of the Task Force since its inception, sits on the Imp-Act Consortium Management Committee and is actively involved in the SEEP Working Group on Social Performance. She authored or co-authored various publications, tools and training courses related to Social Performance Management including the Imp-Act/MFC Social Performance Management Guidelines and From Mission to Action Management Series promoting Strategic Management for Double-bottom Line and Quality Audit Tools.

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Zahra Khalid
Zahra Khalid is a Social Analyst at Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN), where she has been working since 2009. She is responsible for the overall strategy formulation as well as the management of the day-to-day activities for PMN's various Responsible Finance initiatives for the microfinance industry in Pakistan. These include Social Performance, Client Protection and Financial Education initiatives. From 2011 to date, Zahra is also serving as regional facilitator for Asia in the SEEP Network’s Social Performance Working Group (for Microfinance Associations), playing a key role in organizing and managing the region’s efforts towards advancing a Social Performance agenda with support from other members. Zahra has a research background, primarily on the microfinance sector in Pakistan. She holds a BSc. (Hons.) in Business with majors in International Finance and Investments from the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Pakistan. Her professional interests include development research and education.

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Boubacar Diallo
Mr. Diallo is currently the Regional Advisor for Household and Economic Security in the West Africa Regional Office of Plan International.  Previously, Mr. Diallo was Project Director for MISION Africa, as well as Regional Technical Advisor - Microfinance for CRS’ West Africa regional office. Prior to joining CRS, he was Regional Director - West Africa for Freedom from Hunger. At this position, he was in charge of the overall management of the West Africa office, building and managing relationships with partners, and provision of technical assistance in group lending, saving-led methodology, internal controls, supervision systems, business planning, and financial analysis in Mali and the West Africa sub-region. Prior to joining Freedom from Hunger as a permanent staff member, Mr. Diallo was a consultant, in which capacity he carried out feasibility studies, evaluations, and socio-economic studies for many international organizations, such as Save the Children, Lux Development, Aga Khan Foundation, Trickle Up Foundation, IFC, etc. He also worked as a researcher with the University of Mali (Faculty of Economics and Law) and the Centre d'Analyse et de Formulation des Politiques de Developpement du Mali and conducted some research on microfinance and food security. He holds a postgraduate degree in economics from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, a master's in economics from Ecole Nationale d'Administration in Mali, and a master's in microfinance from the State University of Bergamo in Italy. Mr. Diallo speaks fluent French and English.

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Anton Simanowitz
Anton Simanowitz is the founder and director of the Imp-Act Consortium, which advocates for and supports social performance management in microfinance.  Anton has twenty years' experience improving the effectiveness of social enterprises and charities through roles in operational advisory and support, research and development, and policy and advocacy. He also has significant experience in leading and managing complex multi-million pound programmes and has provided direct support to management teams and advisory work for numerous international and UK organisations including social investors, donors, microfinance organisations and charities.  These have included Oikocredit, Coutts Bank, IFAD, Plan International, Save the Children, World Bank, IFC, EBRD, USAID, and UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Microfinance. His technical skills include social assessment, performance management, and impact analysis, which he has used in numerous international conference presentations, trainings and publications .

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Cécile Lapenu
Cécile Lapenu, a citizen of France, is the executive director of CERISE, a microfinance knowledge exchange network (http://www.cerise-microfinance.org). CERISE has developed tools and organized studies and seminars mainly on social performance and impact, rural and agricultural finance and governance. Cécile Lapenu is member of the steering committee of the Social Performance Task Force and deputy chair-woman of the Board of the European microfinance platform (e-MFP). Before joining CERISE in January 2001, Cécile Lapenu was a post-doctoral fellow at IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, USA). From 1993 to 1997, she worked as a researcher at the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD).

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Micol Pistelli
Micol Pistelli is the manager of the Social Performance Standards Program at MIX. Micol started to work in international development for the Department of Development Cooperation at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has worked as microfinance consultant at the Italian Embassy in Egypt, at Fundacion Paraguaya in Paraguay and at the Microfinance Management Institute (MFMI) in Washington DC.


She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Bologna in Italy and her M.A. in International Economics and International Development from SAIS-Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC.

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Laura Foose
Laura Foose has been the Director of the Social Performance Task Force since 2005.  She has seventeen years of experience in policy design and advocacy promoting microfinance development and poverty alleviation in developing and transitional countries.  She has also designed microfinance projects and conducted evaluations of MFIs.  As Secretariat of the Microenterprise Coalition at FINCA for five years, Ms. Foose represented microenterprise practitioner and advocacy organizations to donor agencies, the U.S. Administration, and members of Congress.  For 6 years, Ms. Foose was a working group facilitator for the SEEP Network and worked extensively in the areas of poverty assessment/outreach.  Ms. Foose is a professor of microfinance at Georgetown University; a co-founder of Woman Advancing Microfinance; on the Taxonomy Committee of “The Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) project” of The Global Impact and Investing Network; on the Steering Committee of Truelift, and on the Management Board of The Rating Initiative.  Ms. Foose holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, with specializations in international economics and business, and a B.A. from Brown University, where she graduated with a double major in economics and international relations.  She speaks German and is based in Washington, DC.

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