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Magaly Arboleda, Associate, Development
Anjali Banthia, Specialist, Product Development
Jaclyn Berfond, Specialist, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
Javier Borja, Manager, Information Technology
Sarah Buitoni, Specialist, Leadership and Diversity
Theresa M. Clayton, Administrative Assistant, Executive Team
Sara Elghobashy, Manager, Development
Sam Gagakuma, Manager, Administration
Ying (Susan) Gao, Associate, Product Development
Gayle Gatchalian, Senior Associate, Knowledge and Communications
Casey Gregory, Manager, Finance
Maura Hart, Manager, Knowledge and Communications
Rokaya Helfer, Associate, Board Liaison
Christina “CJ” Juhasz, Chief Investment Officer, Women’s World Banking Asset Management
Celina Kawas, Manager, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
Veronica Karpoich, Associate, Finance
Gil Lacson, Director, Business Development and Network Management
Yrenilsa Lopez, Investment Officer, Capital Partners LP
Jennifer McDonald, Manager, Product Development
Paul A. Munoz, Director, Human Resources
Ryan Newton, Specialist, Product Development
Hilary Nichols, Senior Associate, Product Development
Jorge Ordonez, Associate, Information Technology
Allegra Palmer, Associate, Knowledge and Communications
Gilles Renouil, Director, Product Development
Claire Rogers, Specialist, Finance
Ramatolie Saho, Senior Associate, Product Development
Maria Sanchez-Smith, Senior Associate, Leadership and Diversity
Cathleen Tobin, Director, Product Development
Bettina Wittlinger de Lima, Manager, Product Development


Magaly Arboleda, Associate, Individual Giving

Magaly Arboleda is the Individual Giving Associate for Women’s World Banking’s Development team. She joined the organization in 2008 as the Operations Assistant. In her current position, she provides support to the Individual Giving Team by managing, cultivating and stewarding current and prospective donors; participating in the communications and conducting research as well as data analysis of Women’s World Banking’s individual giving base by identifying prospective donors, their motivations and barriers in contributing to Women’s World Banking. Magaly also co-manages the Young Professionals Network and plans fundraising events. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College-City University of New York. Before joining Women’s World Banking, she worked for the East River Development Alliance. She is native Spanish speaker.

Anjali Banthia, Specialist, Product Development

Anjali Banthia is responsible for product research, marketing and financial education on the Microfinance Products Team at Women’s World Banking. In this role, she conducts product-related customer research and works with network members and associates to develop marketing and financial education programs that target un- and under-banked customer segments as a means of deepening financial inclusion. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Anjali worked in product management and marketing at Ujjivan Financial Services in Bangalore, India and the Clorox Company in Oakland, California. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She speaks Hindi, Urdu and basic French.

Jaclyn Berfond, Specialist, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

Jaclyn Berfond is a Specialist for the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation team of Women’s World Banking. She started working for the organization in 2011, managing knowledge and capacity building programs for the organization’s network of microfinance institutions. She also leads monitoring initiatives, including the analysis of network financial and social performance data, and the Women’s World Banking’s Gender Performance Initiative to create a framework of indicators in the subject. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Boston University, and a Master’s of Business Administration in International Organizations from the University of Geneva. Jaclyn recently participated in Women Advancing Microfinance Network group in New York City event as an Industry Leader speaker. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, she worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management.

Javier Borja, Manager, Information Technology

Javier Borja is the Information Technology Manager at the Women’s World Banking’s IT team. Since 2007, he has developed the organization’s IT strategy and manages all IT projects for Women’s World Banking, ensuring the best outcome for each deliverable. His work’s goal is to improve the productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency of the organization’s workforce and enhance the availability and usefulness of information to all users. Javier obtained a B.S. from the New York Institute of Technology. Prior to becoming part of Women’s World Banking, Javier worked for the United States of America Marine Corps.

Sarah Buitoni, Specialist, Leadership and Diversity

Sarah Buitoni is a Specialist for the Leadership programs at Women’s World Banking. She has worked for the organization since 2009 as project manager and trainer for individual capacity building programs, including the signature Women in Leadership Program, Senior Management Program and specialized Leadership Exchanges. She leads the monitoring and evaluation of these activities and manages alumni relations for the Center through the development and sustainment of virtual peer-learning networks. As part of Women’s World Banking’s organizational support for gender diversity practice, Sarah also works with institutional partners to conduct in-depth research and consultancy to improve and maintain workforce diversity at all levels. She earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Barnard College, and a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University. Before joining Women’s World Banking, Sarah has worked for UNICEF, Women’s Refugee Commission, Innovations for Poverty Action and the Institute of International Education.

Theresa M. Clayton, Administrative Assistant, Executive Team

Theresa M. Clayton is the Administrative Assistant, of the Executive Team at Women’s World Banking. Theresa came to the organization from Harlem Children’s Zone in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration at CUNY: John Jay College in New York City.

Sara Elghobashy, Manager, Development

Sara Elghobashy is Manager, Development at Women’s World Banking. She joined the organization in June 2014 and works with the development team on several initiatives, including major giving and special events. Sara holds a BA in Religious Studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from NYU. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Sara managed the development departments of several direct service nonprofits focused on domestic violence. She is fluent in Arabic and English.

Follow Sara on Twitter: @sahrahbash

Sam Gagakuma, Manager, Administration

Sam Gagakuma serves as Office Manager at the Administration’s team of Women’s World Banking. He has been part of the organization since 1992, managing the general workspace of the organization and providing logistical and administrative support onsite and for external events. He graduated from New York University as a Certified Translator, and as Legal Secretary from Lehman College at the City University of New York. Before joining Women’s World Banking, Sam worked with the University of Ghana, Air Afrique and Gaseteria Oil Corporation.

Ying (Susan) Gao, Associate, Product Development

Ying (Susan) Gao joined Women’s World Banking through the “Women for the World” post-graduation internship created between the organization and her alma mater Bryn Mawr College in 2013. She is now the Associate of Business Development within the Product Development Team. She provides support for different aspects of product development as part of technical assistance to partner financial institutions, with a focus on strengthening and growing the network. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. She is a native English and Chinese (Mandarin) speaker.

Gayle Gatchalian, Senior Associate, Knowledge and Communications

Gayle Gatchalian is the Senior Associate for Knowledge and Communications at Women’s World Banking’s Knowledege and Communications team. She joined the team in 2012 and serves as the lead for the organization’s digital and content marketing programs. She earned a B.A. in Communications Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University. As content creator, Gayle is able to interact with various members of the Women’s World Banking team in order to tell the story of their work and its impact on low-income women worldwide. Among other responsibilities, she cooperates with outside consulting firms to produce various web, print and event needs. Before coming to Women’s World Banking, she worked at Day One New York, Disney Consumer Products and the Asian Journal. She is a native English and Filipino speaker.

Follow Gayle on Twitter: @savantemeritus

Casey Gregory, Manager, Finance

Casey Gregory is the Accounting Manager at Women’s World Banking, responsible for maintaining Women’s World Banking’s financial records as well as developing and implementing systems for collecting, analyzing, verifying, and reporting financial information. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Casey worked as a public accountant for ten years, serving both for-profit and non-profit entities throughout New York City. She holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Management from Wagner College.

Maura Hart, Manager, Knowledge and Communications

Maura Hart is the Manager for Public Relations with Women’s World Banking’s Global Marketing and Communications team. She joined the team in 2013 to develop and implement the organization’s public relations strategy. Maura also serves as Communications and Public Relations Manager for the Microfinance CEO Working Group, a collaborative effort by a number of leading international organizations that promote microfinance around the world, of which Women’s World Banking is a member. Maura’s previous experience includes the international relief and development organization Oxfam America, where she served as Senior Press Officer promoting the organization’s humanitarian crisis response around the world, and GMMB, an integrated strategic communications firm and advertising agency known for its work with political leaders, nonprofits, advocacy groups, and CSR. Maura holds a BA in Communication from Boston University.

Follow Maura on Twitter: @maura508

Rokaya Helfer, Associate, Board Liaison

Rokaya Helfer joined Women’s World Banking in 2014. As the Board Liaison Associate, she serves as the contact between the President’s Office and the Boards of Directors, in addition to working on various strategic projects alongside the Communications and Development teams. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Rokaya worked at West, Thomson Reuters, and Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP. She holds a B.A. in History from Boston University.

Christina “CJ” Juhasz, Chief Investment Officer, Women’s World Banking Asset Management

Christina (CJ) Juhasz is the Chief Investment Officer of Women’s World Banking Asset Management. She has worked for the organization since 2007, managing the Isis Fund, directing equity investment into Women’s World Banking’s network members and other women-focused microfinance institutions, in order to provide responsible growth capital and demonstrate the business case for investing in women. Prior to joining the organization, she worked for the Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, and the U.S. Army. CJ holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy (West Point) and a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is also a 2013 Eisenhower Fellow.

Follow CJ on Twitter: @cjjuhasz

Celina Kawas, Manager, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

Celina Kawas is the Manager for Women’s World Banking’s Research, Monitoring and Evaluation team. She became part of the organization in 2002, conducting market research and gender assessments around the world in order to help network members design and deliver products and services that focus on the unique needs of low-income women customers. She has a Master’s degree in Sociology of Development from the University of Texas at Austin and is fluent in Spanish and English. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Celina worked as a consultant with a broad range of international institutions throughout Latin America, with a special emphasis on the income and expenditures of the urban poor, their survival strategies, housing and gender.

Veronica Karpoich, Associate, Finance

Veronica Karpoich is the Compliance Associate for Women’s World Banking’s Finance team. She joined the organization in 2013. In her current position, she facilitates procurement and contract procedures for the organization, maintains compliance requirements of all grants, and assists with general finance activities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College – City University of New York and is currently working on a Master’s in International Political Economy and Development as a Ricci Fellow at Fordham University. Before joining Women’s World Banking, she worked at Renaissance Economic Development Corporation.

Gil Lacson, Director, Business Development and Network Management

Gil Lacson is the Director of Business Development and Network Management at Women’s World Banking. He started working for the organization in 1999 and is currently responsible for ensuring that network members find value-adding connection and engagement with Women’s World Banking and the rest of the network. His work focuses on finding and creating opportunities to strengthen and grow the network. He earned a B.S. in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines School of Economics and a Master’s in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management. Before joining Women’s World Banking, Gil worked for TSPI Development Corporation in the Philippines.

Yrenilsa Lopez, Investment Officer, Women’s World Banking Asset Management

Yrenilsa Lopez is an Investment Officer of Women’s World Banking Asset Management, a subsidiary of Women’s World Banking which directs equity investments into inclusive finance institutions in the Women’s World Banking network. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Yrenilsa was an Investment Officer with BlueOrchard Finance based in Lima, Peru and prior to BlueOrchard, Yrenilsa had been the Relationship Manager for Latin America for Developing World Markets based in Stamford, Connecticut. Yrenilsa began her career with SME Finance Department of the Overseas Private Investment Corporations (OPIC). She has completed all three levels of the CFA Institute exam series and speaks fluent English, Spanish and conversational Portuguese.

Jennifer McDonald, Manager, Product Development

Jennifer McDonald is a Manager for the Product Development team of Women’s World Banking. She became part of the organization in 2009, leading Women’s World Banking’s savings practice and supporting partner institutions to develop and implement savings products that work for underprivileged women and their families. In recent years she collaborated with banks in Nigeria, Malawi, Pakistan and Colombia to introduce tailored savings products for women and develop innovative delivery channels to reach them. She earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Dalhousie University, University of King’s College in Canada, and an M.A. in Development Economics from University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Jennifer worked for ProCredit, the Boulder Institute for Microfinance and The MIX. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jenmmcdonald

Paul A. Munoz, Director, Human Resources

Paul A. Munoz is the Director of Human Resources at Women’s World Banking. He became part of the organization in 2011, designing, developing and implementing human resource programs that enhance the employee experience at Women’s World Banking. Among other responsibilities, he directs the recruitment, training, employee relations, compensation, benefits and compliance of the organization. He obtained a Ph.D. in Human Resources from Columbia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Paul worked for the HR Group, Inc. He is part of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Professionals in Non-Profit Organizations. He has participated in various workshops from organizations, such as St. Joseph’s College, the Suffolk County Bar Association, and Human Resource Professionals in Non-Profit Organizations.

Ryan Newton, Specialist, Product Development

Ryan Newton is Specialist on the Product Development team at Women’s World Banking. She has been with the organization since 2011, responsible for growing the savings practice at Women’s World Banking, specifically in the areas of youth and adult savings product development, financial education, and alternative delivery channels. In this role, she delivers technical assistance to network members; manages project deliverables; and positions and promotes Women’s World Banking’s savings work across the industry.

She has prior experience developing financially inclusive products and promoting financial capability both in the nonprofit and private financial services sectors. Ryan holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a B.A. in International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain. Ryan is a native English and Spanish speaker and fluent in French.

Follow Ryan on Twitter: @RyanNewton_

Hilary Nichols, Senior Associate, Product Development

Hilary Nichols is a Senior Associate of the Product Development team at Women’s World Banking. She joined the organization in 2011, managing and supporting several microfinance product development programs by offering technical assistance to partner financial institutions. Hilary has specialized in microinsurance, financial education, and social communications, leading programs in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East and North Africa region. She obtained a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of Vermont. Before starting with Women’s World Banking, Hilary worked for Grameen Aval Colombia.

Jorge Ordonez, Associate, Information Technology

Jorge Ordonez is the Information Technology Associate for Women’s World Banking. He joined the organization in 2012, assisting with the installation, maintenance, and operation of local area networks and associated computer hardware and software. His work allows staff to reliably use this web of networking technology to communicate, share, store, and process information. He holds a BS on Computer Information Systems. Before becoming part of Women’s World Banking, he was Staff Sergeant at the USARMY. He is fluent in Spanish.

Allegra Palmer, Associate, Knowledge and Communications

Allegra Palmer is the Associate specializing in Events Coordination for Women’s World Banking’s Knowledge and Communications team. She has been with the organization since 2012, planning and executing programmatic events such as conferences, workshops, trainings and exchanges. She obtained a B.A. at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Before her current position at Women’s World Banking, Allegra worked for the Southeast Asian Press Alliance for the We Women Foundation, United Nations and U.S. Department of State. She is a member of the Microfinance Club of New York.

Gilles Renouil, Director, Product Development

Gilles Renouil joined Women’s World Banking in 2015 to lead the insurance practice for the Product Development Team. In this role, he is responsible for managing all insurance related engagements, replicating existing products with network members and associates, developing new services and providing strategic direction in the insurance area. Gilles brings more than 15 years of international insurance and reinsurance expertise. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, he served as a Director at Swiss Re Company Ltd. where he held different roles in risk management and group underwriting strategy. In his last role he was head of market dynamics and opportunities where he developed Swiss Re’s approach to Cyber risk insurance with a team of 15 experts and worked as an operational consultant on the design of an innovative microinsurance product in Nicaragua. Prior to Swiss Re, Gilles worked for Allianz in Germany and Spain, where he developed several innovative products. He holds a MSc. from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and is a Civil Engineer by training. He speaks fluent French, German, English, Spanish and conversational Modern Greek.

Follow Gilles on Twitter: @faqingwa

Claire Rogers, Specialist, Finance

Claire Rogers serves as a Specialist of the Finance team at Women’s World Banking. She has been part of the organization since 2012, streamlining project management; monitoring performance; and ensuring all projects comply with internal and external conditions. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service with a Certificate in International Development from Georgetown University. Before her current position at Women’s World Banking, Claire worked for the Inter-American Development Bank, FINCA International and Wall Street Without Walls. She is part Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Women Advancing Microfinance, Microfinance Club of New York and Women’s World Banking Young Professionals Network. She is fluent in Spanish.

Ramatolie Saho, Senior Associate, Product Development

Ramatolie is a Senior Associate with Women’s World Banking’s Product Development Team. Ramatolie joined Women’s World Banking in 2012 as part of the organization’s Fellowship Program and transitioned into a permanent role with the Product Development Team in 2014. Ramatolie supports both the Savings and Market Research teams including delivery of customer research initiatives that inform the design and delivery of financial products and services for low-income women. Ramatolie also leads the design and development of salesforce and staff training toolkits for partner financial institutions that serve as change management tools for staff at all levels – head office, branch, field staff and agents. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Ramatolie worked for LITE-Africa, a non-profit in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. Ramatolie holds a B.A from Howard University in Political Science and a M.S in Global Affairs from New York University. .

Maria Sanchez-Smith, Senior Associate, Leadership and Diversity

Maria Sanchez Smith is a Senior Associate for Women’s World Banking’s Leadership and Diversity Programs and a Relationship Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean.  With over 12 years in the financial inclusion sector, she supports senior executives of microfinance institutions as they face the demands of an increasingly complex environment.  She is currently responsible co-designing, delivering, and customization of in-house leadership and diversity programs that help create a pipeline of women leaders in the financial inclusion space to better serve the women’s market. As a certified trainer, she conducts Management Development Trainings globally to microfinance practitioners.

Prior to joining the Leadership and Diversity Programs team, Ms. Sanchez was a Senior Associate in Women’s World Banking’s Network Engagement Group.  She managed the delivery of knowledge transfer through best-practice workshop, cutting-edge trainings, and technical exchanges among Women’s World Banking’s networks members and other industry players.  She was also responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of these activities.  She has conducted market and client research to enable network members to better understand their customers, and tailor services and products that meet their needs.

Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Ms. Sanchez conducted market research for Arc Finance and the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE).  As a member of the research team on financing sustainable energy through remittance flow in Haiti and the Dominican Republic she assessed whether there is a link between remittances and the purchase of sustainable energy products. Her research led to over $2 million in funding from the Inter-American Development Bank, 2 projects in Haiti and a replication in Bolivia and Africa.

She has a double degree from Columbia University in Economics and Latin American Studies. Ms. Sanchez is fluent in Spanish and English.

Julie SlamaManager, Knowledge and Communications

Julie Slama is a Manager of Knowledge and Communications Team at Women’s World Banking. Julie has been with the organization since 2008 and manages communications initiatives including the organization’s thought leadership creation and dissemination. She has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas. Before joining Women’s World Banking she worked in education policy at the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research.

Cathleen Tobin, Director, Product Development

Cathleen Tobin leads Consumer Insights & Engagement for the Microfinance Products Team at Women’s World Banking. In this role, she spearheads all product-related consumer research and works with network members and associates to develop marketing, loyalty and customer care programs that target un- and under-banked customer segments as a means of deepening financial inclusion. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Cathleen designed and led marketing and branding efforts for Unilever, Revlon, and Johnson & Johnson. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

Bettina Wittlinger de Lima, Manager, Product Development

Bettina Wittlinger de Lima is a Manager of the Product Development team at Women’s World Banking. She became part of the organization in 2012. Bettina develops and introduces credit products into microfinance institutions and banks in both urban and rural areas and builds Women’s World Banking’s practice in designing individual loans and rural loans that reach and impact women. Bettina holds an M.S. in Economics from the University of Tubingen, Germany. She has published various papers, especially for InSight Publications ACCION International, and Revista Microcredito SEBRAE. Prior to joining the organization, she worked for ACCION Microfinanças S.A, ACCION International and IPC.

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