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Kavita Bali, Director, Development and Strategic Partnerships
Elisabeth Ballreich, Investment Specialist, Women’s World Banking Asset Management
Anjali Banthia, Specialist, Consumer Insights & Engagement
Jaclyn Berfond, Specialist, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
Echo Blum, Executive Assistant, Office of President & CEO
Ashleigh DeLuca, Associate, Knowledge and Communications
Kathryn Glynn-Broderick , Manager, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
Sarah Buitoni, Specialist, Leadership and Diversity
Theresa M. Clayton, Administrative Assistant, Executive Team
Yashmin Fernandes, Manager, Development
Rachel Field, Director, Leadership and Diversity
Meghan Flaherty, Fellow
Sam Gagakuma, Manager, Administration
Ying (Susan) Gao, Associate, Consumer Insights & Engagement
Gayle Gatchalian, Senior Associate, Knowledge and Communications
Casey Gregory, Director, Accounting
Maura Hart, Manager, Knowledge and Communications
Rokaya Helfer, Senior Associate, Board Liaison
R. Tamsin Jones, Director, Human Resources
Christina “CJ” Juhasz, Chief Investment Officer, Women’s World Banking Asset Management
Veronica Karpoich, Senior Associate, Finance
Gil Lacson, Director, Business Development and Network Management
Yrenilsa Lopez, Investment Officer, Capital Partners LP
Erin McDonald, Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
Jennifer McDonald, Director, Product Development
Thiviya Navaratnam, Associate, Compliance
Ryan Newton, Manager, Product Development
Jorge Ordonez, Senior Associate, Information Technology
Gilles Renouil, Director, Product Development
Alejandra Rios, Manager, Product Development
Claire Rogers, Specialist, Finance
Sabrina Lee Sanchez, Manager, Development and Strategic Partnerships
Maria Sanchez-Smith, Specialist, Leadership and Diversity
Dana Santye, Associate, Development
Nithyashri Sharma, Specialist, Strategy
Shilpi Shastri, Specialist, Product Development
Kerry Stephens, Specialist, Knowledge and Communications
Cathleen Tobin, Director, Consumer Insights & Engagement
Bettina Wittlinger de Lima, Manager, Product Development



Kavita Bali, Director, Development and Strategic Partnerships

 

Elisabeth Ballreich, Investment Specialist, Women’s World Banking Asset Management

Elisabeth Ballreich is an Investment Specialist at WWB Asset Management, a subsidiary of Women’s World Banking, which directs equity investment into inclusive finance institutions in the Women’s World Banking network. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Elisabeth was an Investment Officer with the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) based in Washington, DC where she was responsible for sourcing, structuring, and executing debt investments in sustainable businesses and financial institutions serving the base of the pyramid in Latin America. Before joining the IDB, Elisabeth worked as a Project Leader for Dalberg Global Development Advisors, where she consulted a diverse set of institutional clients on their impact investment strategies. Previously Elisabeth also worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Mexico and the Boston Consulting Group in Vienna. Elisabeth holds a Master’s in International Economics and International Relations and has completed all three levels of the CFA Institute exam. She is fluent in German, English and Spanish.

Anjali Banthia, Specialist, Consumer Insights & Engagement

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.

Echo Blum, Executive Assistant, Office of President & CEO

Echo Blum joined Women’s World Banking in June 2015 as the Executive Assistant to the President’s Office. In this role, Echo manages the President’s schedule, correspondence, and extensive domestic and international travel calendar. Echo also strategically partners with teams within and beyond Women’s World Banking to coordinate a wide variety of communications, and acts as a key liaison for the organization’s Executive Leadership Team. Previously, Echo worked for Apollo Global Management, Centerbridge Partners, and Creative Artists Agency. She has volunteered for the Women’s Prison Association, Bayview Correctional Facility, US National Committee for UN Women, and has worked with NGO’s in India to reduce human trafficking through effective policy action and training. She attended the University of Arizona, completing her BA in Media Arts and BSBA in Business Economics from the Eller College of Management.

Follow Echo on Twitter: @gogo_echo.

Ashleigh DeLuca, Associate, Knowledge and Communications

  

Kathryn Glynn-Broderick, Manager, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

Kathryn Glynn-Broderick is a Manager for Women’s World Banking Research, Monitoring & Evaluation team. She has extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative research, having worked with leading academic institutions and local non-profits in the fields of policy innovation, economic development, entrepreneurship and globalization. She is charged with managing and providing oversight of Women’s World Banking research team; leading the development of Women’s World Banking research strategy; and designing and implementing key research questions and methodology. Ms. Glynn-Broderick has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and an MBA and BA from Emory University.

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.

Yashmin Fernandes, Manager, Development

Yashmin Fernandes is a Manager for the Development and Strategic Partnerships Team. She joined the organization in 2016. In this role, Yashmin develops and maintains strategic relationships with corporations, foundations, and government agencies to support Women’s World Banking in achieving its mission and expanding its funding base. She also works to identify the value proposition and areas for collaboration to build ongoing partnerships. Her previous experience includes marketing and strategy positions at the US Justice Department, CEB, Accenture, Wachovia and TD Ameritrade. She has also consulted for Malaria No More and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She volunteers for Taproot, TEAK Fellowship and The Denan Project. She speaks fluent Spanish and conversational French. 

Rachel Field, Director, Leadership and Diversity

Rachel Field is the Director of Leadership and Diversity at Women’s World Banking. She joined the team in September of 2015 and is responsible for design and implementation of programs that enhance leadership capacity and foster diversity and inclusion in financial institutions serving low-income women.

Rachel’s experience spans the corporate and non-profit sectors. Most recently at Avon, Rachel managed a global executive-sponsored women’s strategy across multiple markets to position the company as a preeminent employer and brand of choice for women around the world. She also led the integration of inclusion into core talent management practices. Prior to Avon, Rachel established the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at AXA US. She also provided internal diversity consultation to leaders globally and developed and delivered a multi-year diversity plan for AXA Spain. Rachel’s work in the non-profit sector focused on programs that addressed the needs of hundreds of multiethnic youth and their families. She provided employment guidance for youth aging out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems and counseling for at-risk youth participating in a community service and scholarship program.

Rachel holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and a BA in Psychology. She currently serves on the board of Harlem Link, an elementary charter school in New York City.

Meghan Flaherty, Fellow

  

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, Consumer Insights & Engagement

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, Director, Accounting

Casey Gregory is the Accounting Director 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, Senior Associate, Board Liaison

Rokaya Helfer joined Women’s World Banking in 2014. As the Board Liaison Senior 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.

R. Tamsin Jones, Director, Human Resources

R. Tamsin Jones joined Women’s World Banking as Director of Human Resources in 2016. In this position, Tamsin leads the human resources function, ensuring HR strategy and leadership to accomplish organization objectives; developing, recommending and implementing human resource initiatives, structures, policies and programs. She is an active participant in and support of the international Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion Program as an instructional designer and facilitator of learning and development curricula. She engages in leveraging knowledge transfer from several multi-company and in-house quality circles, centers of excellence, and communities of practice. She is a graduate of Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a Master of Human Service Administration degree and is currently attending New York University, studying for a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development, with a concentration in Organizational Effectiveness. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM); Association for Talent Development (ATD); International Organization Development Association (IODA); Organization Development Network (ODN); National Organization for Human Services (NOHS); National Diversity Council; NY Society for Ethical Culture; Center for Creative Leadership and Past President of the NYC Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women.

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 Capital Partners 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

Veronica Karpoich, Senior Associate, Finance

Veronica Karpoich is the Senior Associate for Women’s World Banking’s Finance team. She joined the organization in 2013. In her current position, she leads grant reporting, supports procurement and contract negotiations, 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.

Erin McDonald, Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

Erin McDonald is the Director of Research, Evaluation and Monitoring at Women’s World Banking. She bring expertise in research, evaluation, and policy leadership across intersecting fields that include social justice, women’s issues, economic security and poverty alleviation, human services, public health, and organization development. Dr. McDonald and her team conceptualize and implement dynamic research and learning strategies that seek to demonstrate the far-reaching impact of investing in women’s access to financial tools as a means to long-term economic security, safety, and wellbeing. Previously, she was the Director of Strategic Learning at The New York Women’s Foundation where she cultivated and institutionalized dynamic research approaches to determine “what works” for vulnerable women. Dr. McDonald was a lead researcher at The Urban Institute and also worked within government leading systems change efforts. She has a PhD in Public Health and Research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a Masters in Public Policy and Evaluation from Johns Hopkins Policy Studies Institute, and is a trained bioethicist 

Jennifer McDonald, Director, Product Development

Jennifer McDonald is Director of Product Development at 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 introduce affordable savings accounts for low-income women and their families. In recent years she collaborated with banks in Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania, Pakistan and Colombia to introduce tailored savings products for women and develop innovative digital channels to reach them. She earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Dalhousie University and 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

Ryan Newton, Manager, Product Development

Ryan Newton is a Manager 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_

Thiviya Navaratnam , Associate, Compliance

Thiviya Navaratnam joined Women’s World Banking in 2016 as Compliance Associate in the Finance Team. In her role, Thiviya enforces procurement guidelines and negotiates and executes agreements such as contracts and memoranda of understanding. She also facilitates financial transactions with vendors and consultants. Prior to joining the organization, Thiviya worked at the Ralph Lauren Corporation. She earned her BA in Political Science and Economics at Skidmore College and is currently pursuing a Masters in Development Economics at Fordham University’s International Political and Economy Development program. She also volunteers with PEARL, a non-profit organization that promotes the advocacy of rights of the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka.

Jorge Ordonez, Senior 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.

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

Alejandra Rios, Manager, Product Development

  

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.

Sabrina Lee Sanchez, Manager, Development and Strategic Partnerships

Sabrina Lee Sanchez joined Women’s World Banking in June 2015 as a Manager of Development and Strategic Partnerships. In this role, Sabrina manages and develops opportunities for strategic alliances, joint initiatives and public private partnerships, particularly with corporations, as well as Foundations, NGOs and government agencies, which leverage the strengths of all participants and allow Women’s World Banking to simultaneously advance its mission and expand its funding base. The Development team also works cross-functionally with other departments to ensure that the needs of Women’s World Banking and its clients are represented both internally and externally.

Previously, Sabrina worked for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly known as the Partnership for a Drugfree America) where she led the transition of the Above the Influence campaign from the federal to the public sector. Sabrina also worked with over 80 partners for the Medicine Abuse Project, a communications and education campaign. She has also worked at Girl Scouts of the USA where she developed multi-million dollar programs and cultivated corporate and strategic partnerships that provided opportunities for healthy peer social and identity experiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree on Economic Development and Public Policy from New York University volunteers as the Vice President of Programs for Cre8tive YouTH*ink. She is fluent in French.

Maria Sanchez-Smith, Specialist, Leadership and Diversity

Maria Sanchez Smith is a Specialist 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.

Dana SantyeAssociate, Development

Dana Santye joined Women’s World Banking in August 2015 as an Associate for the Development team. In this role, Dana supports ongoing fundraising efforts and donor relations. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Dana managed corporate philanthropy initiatives including employee giving and engagement programs at the JK Group. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and volunteers with the ALS Association. She holds a B.S. in Global Justice and Policy from James Madison University.

Nithyashri Sharma, Specialist, Strategy

Nithyashri Sharma joined Women’s World Banking in 2016 as a Specialist on the Strategy team. In this role, Nithya supports the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Nithya worked as a Senior Consultant at BluePrint Research Group and as a consultant at IMS Consulting Group. She received her BA in English and Economics from Dartmouth College, her MBA from the Yale School of Management and her MA in International Development Economics from Yale University.  

Shilpi Shastri, Specialist, Product Development

Shilpi Shastri joined Women’s World Banking in 2015 as a Microinsurance Specialist for the Product Development team. In this role, she supports partner institutions on market and client research, institutional diagnostics, product design, insurance partner selection and negotiation, product piloting and rollout, across Women’s World Banking’s microinsurance projects globally. Shilpi also helps conduct feasibility studies of insurance products in select markets. Prior to joining the organization, she worked as an Operations Officer at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group).

Shilpi received her Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur (India) and her Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India. Shilpi is fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi.

Kerry Stephens, Specialist, Knowledge and Communications

Kerry Stephens is a Marketing and Proposal Writing Specialist for the Knowledge and Communications team at Women’s World Banking. She joined the team in 2016. In this position, Kerry leads grant, marketing and proposal writing initiatives and manages the related processes for the organization. She tells our compelling story of helping low-income women build stronger financial futures for themselves and their families to potential partners and funders. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Kerry worked at Verint Systems, Inc. as a Proposal Manager and at Xerox Corporation as a Strategy & Communications Manager. She received her undergraduate degree from Alfred State College.

Cathleen Tobin, Director, Consumer Insights & Engagement

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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