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  • MEDA - PSD Home
    market led private sector development We are industry leaders in the key areas of value chain development agricultural programming inclusive financial services business solutions for health and impact investing Our intersecting competencies include research and publishing financial services supply chain management information technologies monitoring and evaluation scale up training project design and smart incentives such as vouchers for market expansion We provide these services through sub contracts consultancies and long

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  • MEDA - What's New in PSD?
    in MEDA s internship program It was a fantastic opportunity to get MEDA s name out into the international development realm and on the radar of many youth soon to be development practitioners All in all a great and successful event Follow the hashtag IDW2016 on Twitter to see the different events held over the past week Email Print INFRONT Sustainable Business Brief Launched October 21 2015 The Sustainable Business Brief SBB is a practical resource highlighting ESG integration and sustainable business in frontier and emerging markets The objective of the newsletter is to provide fund managers and SMEs in these markets with practical information including articles publications events of interest and updates on the INFRONT Sustainability Innovation Grant fund to expand their awareness in these areas October 21st 2015 marks the launch of the newsletter which will be distributed every other month Click here to be added to the mailing list You can view the latest issue of the SBB here Email Print Accelerating Agent Network Growth 9 Lessons from the New Model in Zambia Financial Sector Deepening Zambia FSDZ is a DFID funded programme established in September 2013 with the sole mandate of increasing financial inclusion in Zambia FSDZ utilises the Making Markets Work for the Poor M4P approach to partner with financial service providers that are able and willing to increase the number of households and enterprises accessing financial services FSDZ s overall strategy is to take the role of a facilitator that promotes enduring and sustainable change in the financial market system MEDA as a subcontractor is providing consulting services for the digital financial services area of focus working closing with two partners Zoona Zambia a digital payments service provider and AB Bank Zambia a commercial bank helping to facilitate the expansion of financial services using the mobile money channel and agent network Jennifer Ferreri Senior Project Manager Consultant wrote this blog on her work in Zambia and some lessons learned from Zoona s Aggregator Model experience Email Print The Power Of Partnerships Airtel Money Now Powered By Zoona Thursday October 10 2013 marked a memorable day for Zoona MEDA s partner in the Techno links project Zoona officially began its partnership with telecom giant Airtel Airtel is an international telecoms company with over 270 million users It is presently in 18 countries throughout Africa and has 4 2 million registered users in Zambia alone For the past eight weeks Airtel and Zoona have been in negotiations over a partnership between Airtel money e wallet and Zoona The partnership is mutually beneficial as it allows both companies to collaborate together to provide more comprehensive mobile money financial services to Zambian consumers Now any of Airtel s 4 2 million users can register for an Airtel Money e wallet via a Zoona Agent They can also deposit withdrawal and pay bills via Zoona Agents with their Airtel e wallets For information see MEDA s Mobile Money blog space Or the Zoona website Email Print Improving Savings Services

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  • MEDA - Publications
    Press Releases Get Social MEDA s Facebook Page Twitter MEDA Videos meda tv MEDA Blog Stories from the Field Client Stories Personal Reflections MEDA Web Links Get Involved MEDA Convention Upcoming MEDA Events MEDA Field Experiences How to Get Involved Youth Connect MEDA Ambassadors 20 under 35 MEDA Chapters Mennonite Entrepreneurs Conference Ways to Give Donate today Gift Solutions Catalogue Planned Giving Sarona Risk Capital Fund Farmer to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Private Sector Development Categories Agriculture Health Inclusive Financial Services Private Sector Development PSD PSD Home Inclusive Financial Services Agriculture Health SME Investment What s New in PSD Publications PSD Staff and Consultants Contact PSD Stay in Touch Please complete all required fields First Name Invalid Input Last Name Invalid Input E mail Invalid E mail Address Please Subscribe Me Unsubscribe Me Please choose one Select below Invalid Input MEDA Creating business solutions to poverty In

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  • MEDA - PSD Staff and Consultants
    Communication and Technology ICT projects drives PSD Ag ICT and Market Linkage strategy and manages the Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Program 2014 2021 in Southern Ukraine Experience Nick worked as an economic development advisor to Food for the Hungry in East Africa prior to his first stint with MEDA when he performed as a credit systems specialist in Tanzania and later as a senior microfinance consultant After 10 years as a senior project manager in information technology industry and a management consultant to U S federal civilian agencies Nick has returned to MEDA to strengthen PSD Ag s ICT applications and extend its value chain development methodology Nick holds degrees in Economics from University of California Davis and Boston University He maintains Project Management Professional certification from PMI Kamran Abdullayev Senior Consultant Project Manager Inclusive Finance Services Role at MEDA Kamran Abdullayev of Waterloo Canada is a Senior Consultant Project Manager in the Inclusive Financial Services team Kamran has been with MEDA since 2010 specializing in the areas of rural agriculture SME and value chain financing Kamran has over 19 years of experience in enterprise development microfinance and value chains including in direct microenterprise service provision market research and in designing managing and technical backstopping to economic development focused field programs Within MEDA Kamran is responsible for managing technical support and consultancy projects for partner financial institutions and SME banks in Eastern Europe Sub Saharan Africa and the Middle East His roles include project management of multidisciplinary teams of international and local consultants as well as direct technical assistance provision to partner financial institutions in the areas of institutional diagnostics and due diligence product development credit risk management agriculture value chain finance training operational audits delinquency management and institutional restructuring In these roles he has successfully supported and managed projects that have resulted in substantial increases in operational outreach and loan capital investments for MEDA s partner financial institutions particularly in agriculture SME and farmer lending in Afghanistan Ethiopia Ghana Ukraine and Nigeria Kamran also designed and successfully managed a credit guarantee facility with one of Ethiopia s commercial banks involved in rural agro processing lending Experience Prior to joining MEDA in 2010 Kamran oversaw microfinance operations as COO of FINCA International in Azerbaijan While at Mercy Corps Azerbaijan he also contributed to strategy design and implementation for a variety of programs in the Caucasus Central Asia Africa and South Asia and gained experience in the needs of refugees and displaced persons Kamran holds a Master s Degree in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia UK and an Engineering Economics Degree from the Azerbaijan Civil Engineering University He is a member of the UK Development Studies Association Languages Kamran is fluent in English Russian and Azerbaijan Katie Turner Senior Consultant Project Manager SME Investment Role at MEDA Katie is currently dedicated to SME investment with a focus on impact measurement and technical assistance for SMEs and fund managers In this role she manages MEDA s INFRONT Impact Investing in Frontier Markets program in which the Sarona Asset Management impact investment fund of 150 million is paired with technical assistance provided by MEDA and the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing Prior to this Katie worked in MEDA s agriculture market linkages department supporting the integration of agribusinesses and small farmers into profitable value chains She also carries out short term consultancies for a variety of clients including Heifer International World Vision Keegan Resources and Aga Khan Experience Katie has over 10 years of experience supporting private sector led development projects with a focus on SME investment and agribusiness development She has strong field experience coupled with extensive knowledge of gender technology adoption and microfinance as they apply to rural development Katie holds an Honours BA in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Post Graduate Degree in International Development She has worked in Armenia Ecuador Ghana Haiti Honduras India Morocco Mozambique Nicaragua Pakistan Peru Tajikistan Tunisia Ukraine and Vietnam Languages Katie is fluent in English and Spanish She is learning French Ann Gordon Senior Consultant Project Manager Agriculture Role at MED A Ann is responsible for developing and managing projects and partnerships within MEDA s Agriculture area of focus She is currently managing MEDA s Equitable Prosperity Through Private Sector Development EPTPSD project in Kenya and MEDA s EDGET project in Ethiopia Experience Ann joined MEDA in 2007 and brings an extensive background in rural development in the entrepreneurial non profit and government sectors including six years as Executive Director for the Advanced Agriculture Leadership Program in Guelph Ontario A Canadian Nuffield Agriculture Scholar her 20 years of project management experience in various agri food related value chains has taken her across North America Europe Afghanistan China Costa Rica Ethiopia Pakistan Tanzania and Sierra Leone David Eagle Senior Consultant Project Manager Agriculture Role at MED A David is responsible for developing and managing projects and partnerships with rural agriculture and value chain finance Experience Most recently David led the MEDA Health project that aims to reduce Vitamin A deficiency in Northern Tanzania through the fortification of unrefined sunflower oil with Vitamin A David has also worked as a consultant on MEDA s Agriculture project that is facilitating new market based supply chains for certified cassava seed systems in Tanzania Prior to joining MEDA David spent 14 years in private sector business focused on technology and financial services industries in the roles of strategic planning marketing implementation consulting and project management David holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Queen s University a Master s in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Peace Conflict Studies from Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo Shakir Machhiwala Senior Project Manager Consultant Agriculture Role at MED A Shakir leads develops and manages private sector development projects teams partnerships and solutions across agriculture value chains for the benefit of small farmers and agribusinesses He also provides technical assistance to various MEDA projects and teams as well as consulting training and capacity building services to partners and clients Experience Shakir has extensive international experience working in various industries across the private sector incl RBC Deloitte BlackBerry Sustainalytics as well as the public and non profit sectors in both staff and consulting roles His areas of experience and expertise include Sustainable Business Supply Chain and Market Development as well as Multi Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships His skills encompass strategic program and project management as well as opportunity risk and results based performance management including monitoring evaluation reporting and continuous improvement Shakir has lived and worked in India for 33 years and his travels have taken him to more than 35 countries around the world spanning Africa Asia Pacific Europe North America Latin America and the Caribbean He thus has a good first hand understanding of various international development issues ground realities environments and cultures and the skills in navigating them effectively Shakir holds an MBA in International Business and Sustainability as well as a Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment from the Schulich School of Business at York University Toronto and a Bachelor s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mumbai India Languages Shakir is fluent in English and Hindi and has a basic understanding of Marathi Gujarati and Urdu Mansur Mehdi Senior Consultant Project Manager Inclusive Financial Services Role at MEDA Mansur Mehdi is a development financial services specialist with approximately 16 years of professional experience in development finance strategic financial management and auditing At MEDA Mansur provides support to various developmental activities for MEDA partners He has contributed towards the development of Technical Assistance approaches and manages one of MEDA s large scale projects in Financial Services ADEN Yemen Experience By profession Mansur is a Chartered Accountant however his professional experience ranges beyond Assurance Advisory Accounting and Finance In the last 8 years he opted to make Development Finance his career In the recent past Mansur provided management services at a major development finance APEX institution where he was the Director of Finance and Development Earlier he directed transition activities at the same APEX which resulted in the consolidation of six MicroFinance Institutions MFIs and the establishment of a new institution with a focus on serving women MSMEs Before Mansur was the Group Head CFO of a leading Microfinance Bank for over 5 years Mansur has experience at various governance levels including the Board of Directors Executive Committee and Asset Liability Committee Audit Risk Committee and Credit Committee Languages Mansur is fluent in English and Urdu and has intermediate Dari and Hindi skills Jennifer Ferreri Sr Consultant Sr Project Manager Inclusive Financial Services Role at MEDA At MEDA Jennifer is responsible for managing long term projects and providing technical assistance to consultancies that incorporate technology with financial service delivery Experience Jennifer has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry including municipal infrastructure development financial tool development and training mobile banking and microfinance Before joining MEDA full time she spent a year in Zambia working with MEDA s mobile financial services partner consulting on branchless banking agent network development and training e voucher implementation and other product development She first became interested in mobile financial service delivery during her Masters consulting project for Mercy Corps in Uganda on Pastoralists and Economic Development Jennifer also brings experience working with microfinance associations and institutions designing trainings to build network capacity track financial indicators and develop business strategy and planning Jennifer obtained a BS from Smith College in International Relations Government and an MA in International Development from the George Washington University with a focus in post conflict reconstruction Languages Jennifer is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish she is learning French Fiona MacKenzie Project Manager Consultant PSD Agriculture Role at MEDA As a Project Manager Fiona is responsible for managing long term projects and partnerships within MEDA s Agriculture portfolio conducting new business development and delivering value chain and market analysis consulting services Fiona s work is currently focused on long term contracts in Ethiopia and Kenya with Canadian and American partners and donors Fiona currently manages and provides technical assistance to MEDA s Ethiopians Driving Growth Through Entrepreneurship and Trade EDGET Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Labour EFACE Agriculture Transformation through Stronger Vocational Education ATTSVE in Ethiopia and on MEDA s flagship Kenyan project Equitable Prosperity through Private Sector Development These projects work with entrepreneurs business owners and youth to build skills and link producers to sustainable service providers and markets across various sectors Experience Fiona brings substantial experience to MEDA working with value chains in West and East Africa Prior to joining MEDA Fiona consulted to MEDA programming in Ethiopia particularly in new business development and on projects working within the handwoven textile sector Prior to MEDA Fiona spent three years working in the private and non profit sectors in Ghana Fiona obtained a BBA with a double major in Finance and Management from Mount Saint Vincent University and she is currently working on her MA in International Development from the Saint Mary s University Fiona s MA research focuses on the effects of non renewable resource management on social and economic growth Languages Fiona is fluent in English and has an proficient level of French and Spanish Katherine Arblaster Project Manager Consultant PSD SME Investment Role at MEDA As a Project Manager Katherine is responsible for developing and managing long term projects within MEDA s SME Investment area of focus Experience Katherine managed marketing and fundraising campaigns for a boutique firm in Toronto before joining MEDA in Nicaragua to consult on their Techno Links project Katherine provided guidance on the application of technology to enhance partner financial institutions capacity for outreach to rural clients Afterwards Katherine joined MEDA in the Waterloo Canada office where she supported on new business development efforts before moving into a Project Manager role with the Agriculture team and now the SME Investment team Katherine holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Management from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa Languages Katherine is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish Catherine Walker Project Manager Consultant PSD Agriculture Role at MEDA Catherine is a Project Manager Consultant for MEDA s Private Sector Development Agriculture Department In this role she is responsible for supporting a number of projects including the ATTSVE project in Ethiopia and the EPTPSD project in Kenya Experience Catherine first joined MEDA in 2013 to support on MEDA s TechnoLinks project focused on utilizing technology to improve access to financial services in Nicaragua She moved into a Project Coordinator position with MEDA s Private Sector Development department before joining the Agriculture team as a Project Manager Prior to joining MEDA Catherine was the Director of Programming for the Rural Education Institute of Mexico a non profit based in San Miguel de Allende Mexico focused on increasing access to education for rural children and youth Catherine has also worked as an independent consultant in the microfinance sector with MEDA partner MiCredito Catherine holds a Master s Degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto a Post Graduate Certificate in International Development from Humber College and a Bachelors Degree from McMaster University She is currently working on a Certificate in Business Administration at McMaster University Languages Catherine speaks fluent English and Spanish Nadira Saleh Project Manager Consultant PSD Health Role at MEDA As a Project Manager Nadira is responsible for managing long term project s within MEDA s Health portfolio She is currently managing MEDA s Masava Project which aims to address Vitamin A deficiency in rural Tanzania by enabling private sector small and medium enterprise SME sunflower oil processors to fortify unrefined sunflower oil with Vitamin A Experience Nadira has significant experience in academic research specifically in nutrition Nadira has worked for African Medical and Research Foundation AMREF in Nairobi Kenya the International Development Research Centre IDRC in Ottawa and has consulted for Action Against Hunger Paris and Catholic Relief Services Nadira earned her Masters of Science specializing in International Food Policy and Economics at Tufts University in Boston and her B Sc in Health Sciences at McMaster University Languages Nadira speaks fluent French and has a basic understanding of Hindi Urdu and Swahili Clara Yoon Project Coordinator Consultant Role at MEDA Clara is the Project Coordinator Junior Consultant for MEDA s Private Sector Development PSD Department She provides support to the PSD team in developing new business opportunities coordinating team communications and providing consulting and support to MEDA s various international development projects Experience Clara holds a MA in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo and BA in Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University Prior to joining MEDA s Private Sector Development department Clara worked in Ethiopia on the Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation project She collected client success stories and delivered overall program support to project staff After her return to Canada Clara worked on a consultancy contract with MEDA providing support to two projects in Ethiopia Languages Clara is fluent in English and proficient in Korean Ashlea Webber Project Coordinator Consultant Role at MEDA Ashlea is a Project Coordinator Junior Consultant for MEDA s Private Sector Development PSD Department She provides support to the PSD team in developing new business opportunities coordinating team communications and providing consulting and support to MEDA s various international development projects Experience Ashlea holds a Master of Development Practice degree from the University of Waterloo and Bachelor of Social Sciences degrees in both Economics and International Economics and Development from the University of Ottawa Ashlea s international work experience includes conducting her Master s research in Kisumu Kenya for Millennium Cities Initiative as well as working as a Gender HIV AIDS Program Assistant for REFORD in Nkando Malawi Ashlea was also an International Development Management Fellow for the Aga Khan Foundation Canada where she was employed as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the Coastal Rural Support Program in Pemba Mozambique Prior to these international experiences Ashlea worked with the Canadian Red Cross Society where she began as a Program Assistant for Haiti Shelter and Reconstruction and later was promoted to a Program Associate for all of the Haiti Program Operations INTERNATIONAL STAFF Stephen Wright MEDA Ukraine Country Manager R ole at MEDA Stephen has served as MEDA s Country Manager in Ukraine since 2008 and currently manages MEDA s Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Program UHBDP program E xperience Steve joined MEDA in July 2008 to manage MEDA s Ukraine Horticulture Development Program UHDP Prior to joining MEDA Stephen worked with the International Finance Corporation IFC where he was a project manager in Tajikistan on two projects for the value added and access to finance business lines His expertise includes both agriculture lending and banking sectors Prior to Tajikistan he worked in southeast Ukraine on SME development and credit unions He has a Masters degree in International Development and is enrolled in the University of Phoenix on line Doctorate of Management in Organizational Development program Languages Stephen is fluent in English and Russian Doris Wong MEDA Ethiopia Country Manager Role at MEDA Doris takes a private sector approach to development Her primary focus is in helping the project staff define and facilitate a leading role for business in attaining food security for farmers and entrepreneurs MEDA provides various trainings related to savings credit financial management entrepreneurial skills and value chains These trainings helps raise community awareness on the need to diversify crop production and produce market surplus for future savings The goal is to improve the wellbeing of families and strengthening the income base of economic households Experience Doris brings 25 years of experience in private sector development including more than 13 years living and managing programs in the South Pacific Asia and Eastern Europe Most recently Doris was the Chief of Operations in Bangladesh and the Head of the Technical Assistance Program in Ukraine for the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada DFATD Doris has completed technical

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  • MEDA - Contact PSD
    Personal Reflections MEDA Web Links Get Involved MEDA Convention Upcoming MEDA Events MEDA Field Experiences How to Get Involved Youth Connect MEDA Ambassadors 20 under 35 MEDA Chapters Mennonite Entrepreneurs Conference Ways to Give Donate today Gift Solutions Catalogue Planned Giving Sarona Risk Capital Fund Farmer to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Private Sector Development Contact This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it 1 800 665 7026 or 519 725 1633 Contact Form Send an Email All fields with an asterisk are required Name Email Subject Message Send Copy to Yourself Captcha Send Email Private Sector Development PSD PSD Home Inclusive Financial Services Agriculture Health SME Investment What s New in PSD Publications PSD Staff and Consultants Contact PSD Stay in Touch Please complete all required fields First Name Invalid Input Last Name Invalid Input E mail Invalid E mail

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  • MEDA - Inclusive Financial Services
    living in the underdeveloped and developing world MEDA works with different local partners financial institutions businesses and service companies to expand access to financial services The goal is to help institutions extend services to their customers and develop the innovative financial services that businesses and households need to smooth cash flows invest or save Constantly evolving we provide specialized services such as 1 Micro SME Finance 2 Value Chain Financing

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  • MEDA - Current Projects
    MEDA Videos meda tv MEDA Blog Stories from the Field Client Stories Personal Reflections MEDA Web Links Get Involved MEDA Convention Upcoming MEDA Events MEDA Field Experiences How to Get Involved Youth Connect MEDA Ambassadors 20 under 35 MEDA Chapters Mennonite Entrepreneurs Conference Ways to Give Donate today Gift Solutions Catalogue Planned Giving Sarona Risk Capital Fund Farmer to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Current Projects IFS Title Themar Approach for Development Finance Enhancement Financial Sector Deepening Zambia FSDZ MicroLead Uganda Private Sector Development PSD PSD Home Inclusive Financial Services Current Projects Past Projects Publications Training and Consultancies Investments Agriculture Health SME Investment What s New in PSD Publications PSD Staff and Consultants Contact PSD Stay in Touch Please complete all required fields First Name Invalid Input Last Name Invalid Input E mail Invalid E mail Address Please Subscribe Me Unsubscribe Me Please choose one Select below Invalid

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