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Founder and CEO
Lemmy is an inclusive finance expert and has 20 years of professional experience in research, training and project management of financial inclusion projects with various international organisations. Lemmy provides technical assistance and management services to various international developmental organizations, insurance companies and other financial service providers. He has published numerous works on microfinance, microinsurance and small enterprise development. He has professional experience with various international organisations including the European Union, FSDZ, Financial Sector Deepening Trust Tanzania (FSDT), Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA), Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR), Care International, Mennonite Economic Development Associates, FinMark Trust, Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri), Microfinance Opportunities, International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Africa Development Bank, specialising in financial inclusion, microfinance, informal finance, microinsurance, digital financial services, private sector development, business development services, value chain development, market development and small enterprise development. He is an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School program, Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Innovation for Policy and Practice. His professional experience for long and short-term assignments has mainly been in North, South, Central and East Africa as well as Asia and Europe. He has a Master’s Degree (MA) in International Development from University of Manchester, United Kingdom and Bachelor’s degree (BA) in Economics and Demography from the University of Zambia.
Janice is a qualified actuary has worked in the areas of microinsurance and capacity building for insurance supervisors in Africa for more than 8 years. Janice also worked for A2ii coordinating A2ii’s regional implementation work in Sub-Saharan Africa, strengthening cooperation and supporting capacity building for supervisors in the region. Her experience covers the development of microinsurance regulations for several Southern African countries, capacity building for insurance supervisors in Africa and research into the business case for microinsurance. Janice is currently part-time lecturer at University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Associate Director - Business Development
Sarita comes with more than a decades experience in the field of Life Insurance - Product Development and Management. She has been associated with leading Life Insurance companies as Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Co. Ltd., ING Life Insurance (now Exide Life Insurance), apart from that she was associated with Wipro Technologies as well. She has worked on wide spectrum of both market linked and non-market linked plans such as savings, pension, micro-insurance and universal insurance schemes targeting the informal sector. Her job entails research and analysis of national and international insurance markets for creating ideas and concepts for innovative insurance plans and ensuring smoother launch of the plans with system and processes set-up. In her current role, she looks into strategizing the product road-map for the organization and works closely with the senior management for developing products based on client & market needs.
Associate Expert - Human Centered Design
Kim is Human Centered Design (HCD) expert. She is a nomadic user experience (UX) designer, behaviour change enthusiast, communicator, business analyst, problem solver, storyteller, facilitator, trainer, gofer, team nurturer and all-round optimist. With over 17 years' experience in human centred design and spanning multiple countries in Asia and East Africa, she has successfully led design initiatives aimed at understanding local user context and behavior, designing for social impact, and building capacity. Whether it's a 2-hour workshop, a weekend hackathon, week-long design sprint, an immersive design summit, or a year-long culture-shifting software build, she ensures that everyone emerges with positive experiences, celebrates successes, and stays attuned to the end goal of meeting user needs.
Financial Inclusion Specialist
Alice Merry is the Founder and CEO of Merry and Co Financial Inclusion Consultants. She is a consultant in inclusive and sustainable finance, and the host of the Feminist Finance Podcast. Alice has a decade's experience working with the United Nations, NGOs and the private sector towards a financial system that works for people and for the planet. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Executive Master in Development Policy and Practice.
Inclusive insurance Expert/Actuary
Barbara has actuarial training with 10 years’ experience in the insurance sector. She has gained extensive local and international exposure in applying actuarial techniques to microinsurance with over 8 years’ experience in microinsurance in Kenya. As lead consultant at AB Consultants, she builds microinsurance capacity through market research, actuarial consulting, strategy development, pricing and product development. She has led projects in health financing, pricing and strategy development, with special focus on the informal sector. She also has interest in InsurTech and is a co-founder in a solution designed to make insurance accessible to those who need it most through technology.
Data Analytics and Research Expert
Irma is the Founder and CEO of Yakini Development Consulting. She has more than 30 years of experience in social research and data analysis. Irma holds a master degree in Biometrical Genetics from the University of Pretoria as well as a bachelor’s degree majoring in applied statistics and mathematics from the same University. She founded Yakini Development in 2010. As executive director of Yakini, Irma has consulted extensively with a variety of clients regarding financial inclusion matters. Her strengths include management of large national surveys, instrument design, data analysis and presentation.
Inclusive Insurance Expert
Bert is the founder of Microinsurance Master, the first leadership programme designed for the microinsurance sector. Microinsurance Master wants to inspire and strengthen microinsurance leaders with best-practice learning techniques, customer-centric insights and practical frameworks and tools that will reduce the vulnerability of low-income communities and make leaders and their organisations thrive. Although independent organisation, Microinsurance Master partners with FinProbity Solutions on some inclusive insurance work.
Specialist- Financial regulation, supervision and policy, Micropensions
Bopelokgale Soko is a Financial Sector Regulator with 22 years’ experience in financial regulation, supervision and policy development. She has worked as a regulator and supervisor of both banks and non-bank financial institutions including asset management, custodian, pension funds, pension funds administrators and the securities market players etc. In addition to the above, she has also held senior and executive positions in two Securities Exchanges (the Stock Exchange and the Derivative and Commodities Exchange) and the Social Security institution. She has done short term consultancies for the World Bank and the African Union Commission in the areas of capital market regulation, financial integration, and other related areas. She has also been instrumental in the financial sector policy development initiatives in the region. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Botswana, Bachelor of Business Management and Administration (Honors) from the University of Stellenbosch Business School and a Master of Business Management and Administration (Finance) from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Financial Inclusion Expert
Liz has 20 years of experience in international development with extensive experience in leading, designing, implementing, reporting and presenting research and evaluation results to a wide range of public and private stakeholders. Her areas of specialisation include inclusive finance, women’s economic empowerment, digital and financial literacy, youth financial inclusion, and SME development. He has MA and BA in Economics. Liz also has analytical software skills in MaxQDA, EPI-Info and SPSS.
Inclusive Insurance Expert
Justina is an insurance expert with more than 10 years’ work experience in the insurance industry in Zambia. She has held various senior positions and managed various projects within her job roles including Health insurance, Bancassurance & Alternative distribution and Microinsurance. Her strengthens are in strategic planning, marketing and project management. She has proficiency in new product development; market research, prototype development and sales. Justina has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Heriot Watt University, Bachelor’s degree in Science in Natural Resources from the University of Zambia, Diploma in Insurance and a Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation. Justina is a philanthropist and supports philanthropic activities. She served on the Board of Directors for the Zambian Governance Foundation for Civil Society from 2012 to 2018 and is a member of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace and a member of the Zambia Institute of Marketing. She is currently serving within the insurance industry in Uganda.
Anne is an insurance professional with a mission to make insurance accessible to those who need it most. She is passionate about inclusive insurance. she is an innovative thinker and entrepreneur who brings life to financial services. She brings the end-users face to every product, reminding financial service providers that there is a real person behind every number crunched and revenue collected. She is contagiously enthusiastic and passionate about matters inclusive insurance. She has over 15 years’ experience designing, prototyping, and managing distribution of inclusive insurance solutions in Kenya and other Sub-Saharan countries. She also served in the National microinsurance steering committee hosted by the Insurance Regulatory Authority, that developed the national microinsurance policy and regulation in Kenya.
Dr. Simeon Numbem
Agricultural Finance Expert
Dr. Simeon Numbem is an agronomist, a banker and expert in development finance who has in the past 20 years been at the forefront of market-oriented and investment-led promotion of agricultural finance and investment promotion using the value-chain based-approach in various sectors like agriculture, agribusiness, nutrition and livelihood, forest management, ecotourism and non-timber forest products, water distribution, and rural electrification. With over a decade of management-level banking and small enterprise finance experience with pioneering Ag-finance bank Afriland First Bank in Cameroon, Dr. Numbem brings expertise in the use of debt, venture and risk capital, guarantee instruments and has also established specialized funds investing in SME and agriculture with the Value Chain-based Approach. Dr. Numbem has spent over 10 years “teaching banks to think like farmers” and has facilitated trainings, especially TOT (training of trainers) in agricultural finance. Dr. Numbem today, consults with various international organizations including the World Bank, FAO, AfDB, Adam Smith International, BRL-France in the formulation and implementation of agribusiness projects and programs using the value chain-based approach in more than 20 English and French speaking countries in Africa. He has provided technical support to agricultural intensification through sustainable soil fertility, land evaluation and land use management; erosion control and water resources management working for IRAD (the national Institute for Agronomic Research), IITA (International Institute for Tropical Agriculture), and post-graduate research at USDA and assisted governments with renewable energy, carbon finance, and CDM (clean development mechanism). Dr. holds a PhD from Cornell University in New York, USA, a Master degree in Agronomy with concentration on Land-use systems from the University of Ghent, Belgium, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance from the Middlesex University London, UK; and many professional diplomas on Environmental Finance from the World Bank, IMF and FMO.
Dr. AJAY VERMA
Agricultural Insurance Expert
Dr. Ajay Verma, Founder and Director, ARTHGRAM Agri & Business Services Pvt. Ltd. and a veteran of General Insurance, has 40 years of diversified experience. He has served the academic institutions (Agriculture Universities, Gujarat and MP States of India), Govt. Veterinary Department, Public and Private Insurance Companies (Oriental Insurance and Future Generali), and an International NGO (Swisscontact Worldwide) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Verma invested his 35 years in the General Insurance industry. He was business head for Rural, Micro, and Agriculture Insurance Business in Future Generali India Insurance Co. for a long time. He set up an entire business vertical to design products, develop processes, business development, and claims management. He implemented the Crop Insurance Program for the company successfully throughout India. He participated in various Govt. sponsored schemes, tied up with Common Service Centres, MFIs, NGOs, and Rural banks to distribute low ticket size products to their customers. He led an SDC sponsored project on the crop, livestock, and disaster insurance in Bangladesh as an International Team Leader for implementing the pilots in 2017-18. Dr. Verma laid the foundation of ARTHGRAM to extend a wide range of consultancy services like training, crop health monitoring, crop claims management, crop loss assessment, to name a few, to various insurers, reinsurers brokers, technology service providers, banks, and the Governments institutions in respect of crop, microinsurance, and rural insurances. He is a visiting faculty to the Insurance Institute of India, a premier insurance training institute for Agriculture and Rural Insurance. He has conducted international training programs in India and Bangladesh. He is an advisor to the board of Dvara E-Dairy Solutions Pvt Ltd, a company under Dvara Trust.He is Post Graduate of Veterinary Science and holds a Diploma in Management. He is an Associate of Insurance Institute of India. Publications of a couple of scientific research papers and authored articles are to his credit. He is a regular attendee and speaker to various forums of Agriculture and Microinsurance.
Agriculture and climate insurance Expert
Enock Sing’oei is an agriculture and climate insurance consultant with experience in design, distribution innovation and evaluation of Agriculture and Climate insurance in Africa and Asia. Enock is a Microinsurance Master 2020 alumni, Fellow from ILO Impact Insurance Facility and currently working as inclusive insurance consultant. In recent past, Enock has been involved in ILO’s Impact Insurance trainings in Africa and Agriculture and climate insurance country assessment/evaluation work in Uganda, Cambodia, and Indonesia using the 3-D Client Value Assessment Tool. Using the same tool Enock has done assessment of Acre Rwanda crop and livestock insurance and provided a high-level recommendation on how to improve client value at scale, more details are available here. Enock is also working as a consultant supporting Microinsurance Master in current evaluation of Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) Insurance Client-Centric Cycle (I3C) project. Over the last 9 years Enock has worked on various inclusive insurance projects in Africa and Asia with: Kilimo Salama now Acre Africa in Kenya & Rwanda, Kifiya Financial Technology in Ethiopia, WorldCover in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, CNAAS Assuarance in Senegal, ILO-GIZ trainings in Zambia, Syngenta foundation feasibility studies in Sudan and Morocco amongst many other advisory roles across Africa and Asia. Enock is passionate in supporting projects that decrease risk and improve wellbeing of the global poor.
Dr. Nyamwaya Munthali
ICT4D expert | M&E for social enterprises specialist
Nyamwaya is an Information and Communication for Development (ICT4D) expert and adept researcher. In the last 10 years, she has worked on and managed a number of ICT4AG projects as well as published scientific articles on ICTs (social medias’) role in African extension service delivery. Her experience in the agricultural sector also extends to other types of projects. Over the years, she has contributed to the development and implementation of practical monitoring, evaluation and communication systems on livelihood enhancing, and business and social enterprise development projects, affiliated to varied development organisations (United States Agency for International Development, Mennonite Economic Development Associates, Netherlands Development Organisation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Nyamwaya obtained her PhD from Wageningen University and is a part-time thesis supervisor/researcher at the University of Lusaka. Her research interests and expertise - that involves field work in Zambia, Tanzania, India and mostly recently Ghana - relate to the social situatedness of (ICT) technology and the potential and role of strategic/digital communication mechanisms to foster agricultural development as well as the pervasive nature of these innovations.