Jessie Greene works as Senior Investment Officer for North Africa and the Greater
Middle Easst at Triple Jump, a Microfinance Fund Manager based in the Netherlands,
where she has been working since 2006. In addition to her work as Investment Officer,
Jessie is the main contact person at Triple Jump for Social Performance and Responsible
Finance. Prior to joining Triple Jump, Jessie worked as Financial Services Program
Officer at Hivos, a Dutch Donor organization. She has a Bachelors’ Degree in Agricultural
Economics and a Masters’ in Development Economics from McGill and Dalhousie University.
Jessie is a Canadian/Dutch National, and speaks French, English and Dutch.
Mohammed Abu Dalo has more than 20 years experience, both locally and internationally,
in management, small and micro financing, project financing, and grants management.
Mr. Abu Dalo is currently working at Reef Finance Company as the Executive Manager
of the Company responsible for managing the Company’s daily activities, the staff
performance as well as the branches distributed in the West Bank and Gaza. Reef
is managing a portfolio of $3.2 million of micro and small loans awarded to people
living in the rural areas, farmers, women, and cooperatives. Mr. Abu Dalo previously
worked as a Grant Manager with DAI, a private American Company Managing a Grant
of around $ 5million. He also worked as Credit and Investment Manager at the Arab
Palestinian Investment Bank, managing a loan portfolio of $ 3 million given to local
private sector. In addition to that, he worked in several credit and finance intuitions
in the West Bank and abroad.
Hassan Faried is a Microfinance training consultant and a pioneer in many fields.
Mr. Faried has more than twenty years of work experience with projects funded by
international developmental agencies. Mr. Faried entered the business world in 1990
to work as an entrepreneur. He worked in his native country Egypt and also in Canada,
and after that, he took over managing Dakahlya Businessmen’s Association for Community
Development as Executive Director and here was the start of an innovation and sheer
business savvy. Mr. Faried served as a board member for the Microfinance Network
of Arab Countries (SANABEL). He is currently a board member for the Egyptian Society
for Association Executives (EgSAE) and a board member for the Egyptian Microfinance
Mrs. Magdoud is currently the Treasurer of AMSSF, one of the leading MFIs in Morocco.
She is also President of the Audit and Risk Committee in AMSSF/MC, a member of the
GREIM (Groupe de Recherche Interdisciplinaire En Microfinance), and a member of
FNAM (Fédération nationale des Asscociations de Microcrédit. Mrs. Magdoud is also
a trainer for many associations in Morocco.
Mrs. Lassmann has 18 years of professional experience in banking sector and development
work. In about 10 years work in corporate client business of a leading German commercial
bank, Mrs. Lassmann gained extensive knowledge of financing facilities for small
and medium enterprises (SME) in Germany. Joining KfW Entwicklungsbank in 2002, she
worked as Financial Sector Expert first for projects in Asia (focus: China), then
for projects in Middle East/ North Africa. Her expertise covers amongst others SME-
and micro-finance, the set-up of funds (refinancing fund, credit guarantee funds)
and equity investments of KfW in MFIs. In August 2008, Mrs. Lassmann took over the
position of the Director of the newly established office of KfW in Damascus. In
this position, she is also in charge of the KfW investment in First MicroFinance
Institution Syria (FMFI-S).
Dr. Maurer is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Finance in Motion, an alternative
asset management company based in Frankfurt/Germany. Finance in Motion is the investment
advisor of the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), one of the world’s leading
investment funds for micro and small enterprise finance. Dr. Maurer has 25 years
of work experience in financial systems development in developing and transition
countries, with particular focus on rural and microfinance. He has been instrumental
in developing and building the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) as a flagship
fund, initially as a Senior Advisor (1998-2004) and later as Chief Investment Officer
(2005-2008). Most of his professional career he worked as an independent consultant
and trainer in 35 countries for multilateral and bilateral development organizations
such as ADB, IFAD, World Bank, CGAP, KfW, GTZ, SDC, Sida and others, primarily in
Asia and Eastern Europe. From 1986 to 1988 he was a project manager at KfW Development
Bank and from 1989 to 1991 served GTZ as microfinance advisor to the Central Bank
of Indonesia. He holds a doctorate in Financial Economics from the Free University
Berlin and a Master of Economics from the University of Regensburg. He currently
also teaches microfinance at the University for Applied Sciences (FHTW) in Berlin,