The Social Finance Programme Team

The Social Finance Programme operates through a central team based in Geneva, Switzerland with fellow colleagues based in with fellow colleagues based in the ILO/New York, DWT/CO-Dakar, DWT/CO-Lima. In addition, a global social finance network--working in different technical units at headquarters and in field offices around the world--further extends the work of the Social Finance Programme.

Craig Churchill
Chief
Email: churchill@ilo.org
Craig has more than two decades of microfinance experience in both developed and developing countries. In his current position as the chief of the ILO's Social Finance Programme , he focuses on the potential of financial services and policies to achieve social objectives.
Craig has authored and edited over 40 articles, papers, monographs and training manuals on various microfinance topics including microinsurance, customer loyalty, organizational development, governance, lending methodologies, regulation and supervision, and financial services for the poorest of the poor.

Craig has a BA from Williams College and an MA from Clark University, both in Massachusetts.
 
Nalina Ganapathi
Sr. Administrative Assistant
Email: ganapathi@ilo.org

Secretariat: sfp@ilo.org
Nalina has been working with Social Finance Programme since 2004. Prior to joining the ILO in 2000, she worked for the World Meteorological Organization and with the United Nations Office in Geneva for 12 years.

Nalina holds an MBA in Human Resources Management from Annamalai University and a B.Sc in Chemistry from Madras University, both in India.

Speaks: Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, English, French.
 
Yousra Hamed
Technical Officer
Email: hamed@ilo.org
 
Yousra has 12 years of experience in access to finance as a researcher and technical specialist. She works on access to finance for and through employer’s organisations, microfinance in post conflict / disaster settings, financial education, cooperatives, microfinance and occupational safety and health. She also acts as the coordinator of the Social Finance Network. Her research interests are related to issues of impact assessment, social performance, microfinance and decent work. Before joining the ILO, Yousra was a Lecturer in the universities of Le Maine and Reims (France) teaching economics and finance. She also worked for many years as a consultant and researcher with NGOs and consultancy firms.

Yousra holds a Ph.D., an M.A. in Economics from Université Paris XII, and a B.A. in Financial Management from ISG-Tunis.

Speaks: Arabic, French, English, Spanish
 
Patricia Richter
Senior Technical Officer
Email: richter@ilo.org
A development finance professional with over fifteen years of experience, Patricia's expertise covers areas of social performance and impact measurement, rural finance and risk management with a regional focus on Africa and Asia & Pacific. Patricia is currently managing the Social Finance Programme’s collaboration with the Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund  (AATIF) looking at how positive social and environmental impact of agricultural investments can be ensured and improved. She is also leading the unit’s work on social and environmental management systems with development finance institutions in Africa and Asia & Pacific.
Before joining ILO in 2007, Patricia researched financial system development and microfinance in East Africa, served on the Board of the Melton Foundation, and worked as advisor on economic development at a regional parliament in Germany.

Patricia holds a PhD in Economics and an M.A. in Intercultural Management and Business Administration. She also serves on the Technical Review Committee of the Social Performance Task Force a position she has held since 2015.

Speaks: German, English, French
 
Camila Castañeda Quintero
Jr Technical Officer
Email:castanedaquintero@ilo.org
Camila has been working for the ILO since 2013 on issues related to responsible investment, social and environmental risk management and access to finance in the rural economy. She previously worked in the Bogota Chamber of Commerce and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Camila studied Economics in the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and holds a MSc in Environmental Governance from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.

Speaks: Spanish, English, German, French

Valerie Breda
Technical Officer
Email:breda@ilo.org
Valerie is a development economist with over 10 years of field experience in promoting financial inclusion. Within the Social Finance Programme, Valerie works on access to finance for workers and for youth, digital finance, financial cooperatives and financial education. Before joining the central team in Geneva, Valerie was posted in several countries in Asia and Africa.
Valerie holds a master degree from the University of Versailles/Saint Quentin and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, France.

Speaks: French, English, Spanish
 

Impact Insurance Facility 

Pranav Prashad
Senior Technical Officer
Email: prashad@ilo.org
Pranav supports the Facility by providing technical expertise on agriculture insurance, alternative distribution and mobile services. He is the focal point for market development in Asia.v has more than two decades of experience in insurance and business management. He has initiated and taken to scale agriculture and health insurance projects amongst low income households in India, utilizing a diverse set of distribution channels and enabling the projects with technology.

Pranav holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies and a bachelor's honours degree in Economics, both from Delhi University, India.

Speaks: English, Hindi
 
Miguel Solana
Senior Technical Officer
Email: solana@ilo.org
Miguel supports the Facility by providing technical expertise on catastrophic insurance and alternative distribution models. He is the focal point for market development in Latin America and Africa. He has extensive experience in a wide set of financial services. He has worked in capital markets at Deutsche Bank in Mexico City and Dresdner Kleinwort in Frankfurt. He also worked for Symbiotics SA in Geneva finding solutions for investors in the microfinance industry.

Miguel holds an MBA from the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz, Germany and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Development and Cooperation from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH).

Speaks: Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese
 
Lisa Morgan
Technical Officer
Email: morgan@ilo.org
Lisa supports the Facility by providing technical expertise on health insurance in the public and private sectors, offering insights into m-Health, actuarial analysis and strategy development. She has more than 15 years of experience in actuarial consultancy in Europe, Africa and Asia. Her experience includes pricing, reserving, benchmarking and budgeting for private and national health insurance schemes as well as advising on microinsurance.

Lisa is a qualified health actuary and Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK. She has a Diploma in Actuarial Management from Cass Business School, London and a BSc in Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Speaks: English, Afrikaans

Camyla Fonseca
Knowledge Management Analyst
Email: fonsecac@ilo.org
Camyla supports the implementation of the Facility's knowledge and capacity building activities. She also leads our insurance education work.
Before joining the team she worked at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil, promoting international cooperation activities among higher education institutions and at the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty of the United Nations Development Programme in Geneva.
Camyla is a Certified Knowledge Manager and holds a MA in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and a BA in International Relations from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.

Brazilian national - Speaks: Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, Polish
 
Aida F. Lindmeier
Programme and Partnerships Officer
Email: lindmeier@ilo.org
Aida supports the Facility's donor relations and partnerships, corporate communications and programme operations. She also manages the Facility's Fellowship Programme. She has over a decade of combined experience in communication and public relations, resource mobilisation, partnerships and programme management. Before joining the ILO, Aida worked for IOM, USAID, United Nations and the European Union.

Aida is certified in Advocacy in International Affairs (Graduate Institute-Geneva). She holds an MSc in European Integration (University of Graz), Graduate in International Relations (University of Oslo) and a BSc degree in Journalism (Journalism Faculty-Prishtina).

Speaks: English, German, French, Albanian, Serbo-Croat, Turkish

Joost Tijdink
Knowledge Management Analyst
Email: tijdink@iloguest.org
Joost supports the Facility's knowledge and capacity building activities.

Before joining the ILO, Joost has worked for the local Dutch government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as NGO's in Moldova and the Netherlands supporting communication strategies.

Joost holds an MSc in Political Science and International Relations (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and completed his Bachelor's degree in International Communication at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands) and the University of Málaga (Spain).

Dutch national - Speaks: English, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, French
 
Victor Hugo Sanchez Valverde
Secretary and Admin. Clerk
Email:sanchezvalverde@ilo.org
Victor supports the Facility’s administrative and operational activities.
He has over twenty years of experience working for a financial institution (Banco Nacional de Costa Rica) as service clerk, accounts manager and accountant. Before joining the team, he worked as a text operator at the ILO TRAITEXT  Spanish department, preparing documents for the ILO’s different meetings (International Labour Conference, Governing Body meetings, regional meetings) and publications.

Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.

Speaks: English, Spanish

Based in the Field Offices

Moussa Dieng
Market Development Officer
Email: dieng@ilo.org

DWT/CO-Dakar (Senegal)
 
Moussa supports the Facility's market development activities. He works primarily on the design and coordination of the microinsurance market development strategy in Senegal. He has over a decade of experience in insurance, risk management and local development gained from various private sector organizations and development agencies.

Engineer in Planning Works, Moussa holds a Master degree in Insurance from the International School of Business Management and Development of Dakar and a Master degree in Economics from University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar.

Speaks: French, Wolof, English
 
Aparna Dalal
Sr Research Officer
Email: dalal@ilo.org

Hong Kong
Aparna leads the Facility's Research and Innovation initiative. She works primarily in mobile services, bundling insurance with other financial services, analysis and documentation. She has a decade of technology and business management experience in the public and private sector. Before joining the ILO, Aparna was the Director of Special Projects at the Financial Access Initiative at New York University, where she led microinsurance research projects.
Aparna holds a Master in Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Texas.

Speaks: English, Hindi
 
Alice Merry
Research Analyst
Email: merry@ilo.org

DWT/CO-Lima (Peru)
Alice works with our partners around the globe to test and analyse innovative solutions in microinsurance. She has five years of insurance and microinsurance experience. Before joining the ILO, Alice worked at Lloyd's of London and MicroEnsure, focusing on microinsurance, international operations and communication.
Alice has a MA in Classics from Cambridge University, an Executive Masters in Development Policy and Practice from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, as well as a Diploma in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Speaks: English, French, Spanish
 
Owais Parray
Chief Technical Advisor
Email:parray@ilo.org

Jakarta (Indonesia)
Owais Parray is the Chief Technical Advisor for the PROMISE IMPACT Project in Indonesia. He brings over 23 years of experience in international development. He has worked in the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Asia. He has been with the UN System for almost 15 years. In Indonesia he has worked for over 10 years between 1999 and 2009 and more recently with ILO from 2016. His technical expertize includes development economics, employment, and inclusive finance. He holds two master degrees in economics and economic policy from the University of New England and the Australian National University respectively.

Speaks: English, Indonesian, Russian, and Hindi

Interns

Petr Neugebauer
Knowledge Management Intern
Email: neugebauer@iloguest.org

Petr supports the knowledge management and communications activities of the Facility and the Social Finance Program. Before joining the ILO, Petr supported the public information activities at the Professorship of Computational Social Science of ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

He holds a M.A. in Political Science (University of Zurich, Switzerland) and B.A. degree in International Area Studies (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic).

Speaks: English, German, Czech