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SP Fund Steering Committee Members


The Steering Committee is the key strategic advisory body for SP Fund, guiding strategic decisions and grantee selection

The committee’s role is to approve networks cooperating with the Fund, ensure Fund supervision and review of Fund results against stated objectives and targets in reaching its final goal of scaling up SPM.

Jack Burga
CRS/Mission & Imp-Act Consortium, Peru

Jack Burga is the Director of the MISION II Project for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and is the Director of the MISION Program in Latin America. The program specializes in helping to develop the social performance management of MFIs in Latin America. He is also a university lecturer and advisor in micro, small, and rural business, small business management, and social performance management at Peruvian Catholic University, San Marcos First National University, and La Molina Agricultural University. He holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Lima, Peru.

Laura Foose
Social Performance Task Force, USA

Ms Foose 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 for five years, Ms. Foose represented microenterprise practitioner and advocacy organizations to donor agencies, the US Administration, and members of Congress.  For 6 years, Ms. Foose was a working group facilitator for the SEEP Network, the MF industry association, and worked extensively in the areas of poverty assessment/outreach. Since 2005 she has been the Coordinator of the global Social Performance Task Force. Ms. Foose is a professor of microfinance at Georgetown University. She is a co-founder Woman Advancing Microfinance; she is on the Social Performance Advisory Board of KIVA; and the Taxonomy Committee of “The Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) project” of The Global Impact and Investing Network.

Jhale Hajiyeva
Azerbaijan Micro-finance Association (AMFA), Azerbaijan

Jhale Hajiyeva is the Executive Director of Azerbaijan Micro-finance Association. She has worked in microfinance since 1999 and has microfinance experience from the microfinance programme of International Organization for Migration and UNDP. Mrs. Hajiyeva established a successful strategic partnership with government authorities and several international organizations including, USAID,BP & it’s co-venturers, MIX, CIPE and ACDI/VOCA. She has been a Board Member of the MFC since May 2008 and effective May 2010 Ms. Hajiyeva is Chair of MFC Board of Directors. Since November 2009 Jhale has been on SEEP Network Board of Directors.

Katarzyna Pawlak
Microfinance Centre, Poland
Katarzyna Pawlak, Deputy Director of the Microfinance Centre, is 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 sits on the Social Performance Task Force and Imp-Act Consortium Steering Committees. 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.

Micol Pistelli

Micol Pistelli is the Manager of the Social Performance Program at MIX. There, she is responsible for leading the strategy of MIX’s social performance program, managing the team of social performance analysts, performing analysis, and training stakeholders on MFIs’ social performance. She is also a steering committee member of the Social Performance Task Force, where she coordinates the efforts to standardize social performance indicators for the microfinance industry. Micol began working in international development in 2003 for the Department of Development Cooperation at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has since worked as a microfinance consultant at the Italian Embassy in Egypt, Fundación Paraguaya in Paraguay, and the Microfinance Management Institute in Washington, DC. Micol holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Bologna in Italy and a M.A. in International Economics and International Development from SAIS-Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC.

Aleksandra Rizzi
The SMART Campaign, USA

Alexandra (Kobishyn) Rizzi is the Deputy Director of the Smart Campaign and works closely with the Director on Campaign strategy, communications and management. Prior to joining Accion, Alex was a Project Development Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action where she helped create the Microsavings and Payments Innovation Initiative (now part of the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative), a research fund focused on rigorous impact evaluations of savings products and payment systems.  She has also worked at the Centre for Micro Finance at IFMR Research in Chennai India, where she was the Head of Knowledge Management and Dissemination and contributed to the launch of the Microfinance Researchers Alliance Programme (MRAP). Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Princeton University, and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University where she focused on international development and was part of the business diplomacy program.

Tony Sheldon
Ford Foundation, USA
Tony Sheldon is Executive Director of the Program on Social Enterprise at the Yale School of Management. In addition to his work at the Yale, Tony is the founder and principal of Bering Consulting. Since 1990, Bering Consulting has been working with microfinance institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, primarily in the areas of financial management and business planning. Tony has also worked with several development finance networks and funders, including the Ford Foundation, ShoreBank International, the Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network, Women's World Banking, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), and the World Bank. His publications include CGAP's Handbook on Business Planning and Financial Modeling for Microfinance Institutions, the Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network's Financial Ratio Analysis of Microfinance Institutions, and Women's World Banking's Principles and Practices of Financial Management.

SP Fund Staff

Ewa Bańkowska
SPM Programme Manager at Microfinance Center, Poland

Ewa is the program manager for the SPM, managing action research projects on social performance innovation and customer protection. She works with a wide range of stakeholders on developing and pilot testing new tools and solutions, setting standards and documenting the experience of practitioners in attempts in delivering on microfinance promise in the CEE and NIS regions and beyond. With a background in market research, her previous professional experience covered marketing research in the banking sector and market analysis for the B2B service global alliance. Ewa holds an MSc in Quantitative Methods and Information Systems from Warsaw School of Economics and a postgraduate diploma from Warsaw University in psychology of consumer’s behaviour.

Kinga Dąbrowska
Senior Project Coordinator at Microfinance Center, Poland

Kinga  has been working  in MFC since September 2011. Prior to that, she worked in Technical Secretariat for Cross-Border Cooperation Program Poland – Belarus – Ukraine and Pontis Foundation, Slovakia where she was responsible for managing projects related to development assistance, democracy promotion and development education mostly in the Western Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe. She has been also providing trainings and workshops to partner organizations covering topics such as fundraising, strategic and project planning, introduction to corporate social responsibility, cross – sector cooperation between NGOs and business, advocacy campaigning. Over the years she conducted several organizational audits and trainings on board staff relations. In MFC Kinga works in Social Performance Management program. Kinga holds a Master’s degree in sociology from Warsaw University.