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Team

Ommara Raza Ali – Managing Partner

Ommara Raza Ali is a development economist having studied from Harvard Business School. She has over eighteen years of diversified experience of both microfinance and commercial banking. She has expertise of Microfinance, Consumer Banking, SME lending, Corporate Finance, Digital Finance and Data Analytics along with a vast research experience in which she has led more than 67 diversified research projects which include research projects on savings and lending products and services for banks, SME lending products including a study with USAID on market assessment of SME sector in Pakistan, Rural Microfinance, Payment Solutions, Customer Care, Business Climate, Market Assessment of Small and Medium Enterprises. Ommara has developed an innovative Credit Scoring Model and Digital Solutions for Financial Institutions. She has been working with banks across Asia and Africa in devising Organizational Strategies, Transformations from MFIs to Banks, Risk Management and Provision of Digital Financial Solutions resulting in organizations experiencing robust growth, enhanced operational efficiency, increased revenues and greater customer satisfaction. She has also been involved in pilot evaluations, impact assessment study, client retention strategies and operational research (branch feasibility and operational planning). She has worked with various regulators in strengthening and building their capacity and in devising policy frameworks.

She brings together vast international exposure and experience as she has worked with various international organizations including European Commission, World Bank, USAID, FINCA International (which is present across 5 continents), Microfinance Association United Kingdom as Academic Advisory Board Member -Director Europe and Asia, Habitat for Humanity International USA, Kashf Foundation Pakistan, ABN Amro Bank (Dutch Bank), Womens World Banking USA, Komida Indonesia and ACCA. She has conducted over 17 international trainings and has trained Microfinance Practitioners/Regulators/Donors from Europe, Myanmur, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Rwanda, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Tanzania, East Timor, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Jordan, Afghanistan and Nepal across various areas of Microfinance.

Professor Mario La Torre

Professor Mario La Torre is currently Full Professor in Banking and Finance and Director of the MA course at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy. His publications include Securitisation and Banks, Postbank in Italy and Mergers & Acquisitions in Banking. Recent articles concerning microfinance include Modern Microfinance: The Role of Banks and Ethical Finance and Microfinance.

Professor Gianfranco Vento

Professor Gianfranco Vento is a Professor in Banking and Finance. He was previously an analyst in the Banking Supervision Department at The Bank of Italy, and was Visiting Professor at the University of Buenos Aires. His main research interest relates to the money market and microfinance. He is the author of Interbank Market and Euro system (Giappichelli 2005).

Professor Sara Hsu

Sara Hsu is an economics consultant and was formerly an Associate Professor of Economics at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has written several books and numerous journal articles on the topics of economic development, financial crises, and Chinese finance. She frequently appears on CGTN, Cheddar, and i24 news, and has written for Forbes and The Diplomat. Dr. Hsu holds a PhD from the University of Utah and a BA from Wellesley College.

Professor Segun Ajibola

Professor Ajibola holds a First Class B.Sc. Degree in Economics 1983; M.Sc. (Economics) 1986 and Ph.D in Economics (Specialisation: Monetary Economics) all from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University); LLB (Second Class Upper) from University of Lagos, 2001; BL 2003. He is a Chartered Banker, ACIB (1997); FCIB (2006). He is also a Chartered Tax Practitioner (ACTI) and a CERD, UK Accredited Mediator. He is also a Certified Risk Manager (Senior Associate) of Risk Management Association of Nigeria.

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 Tosoye Ademola

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.

Sarah Grippay

Sarah Grippay is the Marketing Manager at LakeDale, with experience in marketing from her classes and past internships. As Marketing Manager, Sarah hopes to drive forward the missions and aims of LakeDale, by creating eye-catching marketing campaigns. She will work closely to support the rest of the team. 

Sarah is passionate about understanding how international groups can work together to overcome current challenges. Recently graduated with a First in a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Kent, she hopes to use her studies in her new role. She is also the founder of Got U, a university search platform. Sarah is highly adaptable to different cultures after living in 7 countries in 4 continents.