Clara Lipson, Founder & Executive Director
Ms. Lipson’s professional career includes 25 years of banking, financial services and international development. She designed and managed programs that launched credit rating agencies, collateral registries, enterprise reform, and microfinance. Spanning the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Lipson has worked in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. She is currently on the Board of the Microfinance Club of New York, and formely on the Steering Committee of Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM)-NY and the Advisory Board of Pro Mujer International. She is the Founder of the new portal, AboutMicrofinance.com.
Alicja K. Malecka, Senior Advisor
Ms. Malecka is an international financial services expert with over 25 years experience in capital markets. She served as the President and CEO of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union and a global consultant to Price Waterhouse, Deloitte, and USAID. As President and CEO of Pioneer First Polish Trust Co. she launched and managed the first mutual fund in Poland. For the past 10 years she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Micro Fund, LLC and its successor the FMBank, one of the first microfinance institutions in Poland. She is currently an associate member of the International Institute of Finance and principal of Malecka Capital Formations, Inc., an advisory firm.
Bryan Hill, Research Associate
Bryan graduated from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs where he studied international finance and economic policy. He received his B.A. from the University of Maryland with a degree in economics, and had spent several years living in the developing world, including China and speaks Chinese. He has worked on emerging market entrepreneurship at Endeavor Global, and has been a writer for the U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace.
Christopher Zoia, Research Associate
Chris is a graduate student pursuing a dual Master at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He is concentrating in economic and political development. He previously worked as a researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he wrote about international economics and American foreign policy. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago with a double major in Political Science and English.
Chuan Lin, Research Associate
Chuan is currently a graduate student concentrating in International Finance at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Prior to Columbia, Chuan worked in the China Development Bank as a credit portfolio manager for three years, mainly targeted at the public sector project finance and microfinance. She obtained Trainer Accreditation Certificate in Microfinance Training of Trainers Program (MFTOT). Chuan is interested in development finance, project finance, and the microfinance sector.
Ioana Tesliuc, Affiliates Director
Iona studies Economics and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she is the Managing Director of Administration for the University of Chicago Microfinance Initiative. She is interested in entrepreneurship and economic development, and she has lived in Kenya to develop her research on financial adaptations in emerging markets. Additionally, Iona worked with GiveDirectly, an international NGO specializing in cash transfers, and the Amani Institute, a Nairobi startup dedicated to teaching social entrepreneurship and leadership.
UCMI – Consulting Team. The University of Chicago Microfinance Initiative (UCMI) is a student-run and advisor-led not-for-profit group that seeks to educate the university community on social finance. The team’s work at AboutMicrofinance focused on social media exposure and leveraging partnerships.
Shruthi Jayaram, currently works at Cornerstone Research, New York.
Kathryn Glynn-Broderick, currently works at the Office of Financial Empowerment, New York