Archive for the ‘Appointment’ Category

Subir Gokarn joins RBI as Deputy Governor

Microfinance Focus, Nov. 25, 2009: Dr. Subir Vithal Gokarn has been appointed Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India for three years. He will be the fourth Deputy Governor, the other three being Smt. Shyamala Gopinath, Smt. Usha Thorat and Dr. K.C. Chakrabarty. As Deputy  Governor,  Dr. Gokarn will look after the Monetary Policy Department, Department of Economic Analysis and Policy, Department of Statistics and ... Full story

UN appoints Dutch Princess Maxima as microfinance advocate

UN appoints Dutch Princess Maxima as microfinance advocate
Microfinance Focus, Sept. 23, 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dutch Princess Máxima as a special advocate on Inclusive Finance, which he said can spur poverty reduction. “Your extensive knowledge and expertise makes you a perfect choice for this important undertaking,” Mr. Ban said on Monday. “You will be able to work for ... Full story

Citi Group’s Michael Schlein to head ACCION International

Microfinance Focus, Sept. 11, 2009: ACCION International, a global leader in microfinance, has named Michael Schlein as its new President and CEO. Schlein, President of International Franchise Management at Citigroup, will succeed María Otero, who was recently appointed U.S. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, said a statement. Full story

Former Accion chief Maria Otero moves over to US State Dept

Former Accion chief Maria Otero moves over to US State Dept
Microfinance Focus, Aug. 12, 2009: Former CEO of the major microfinance organization, ACCION International, Maria Otero, has taken charge as the US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. She oversees and coordinates the work of the Bureaus of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Oceans, Environment and Science; and Population, Refugees and Migration; and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Full story

C. Rangarajan to head PM’s Economic Advisory Council again

By Naagesh Naaraayana Microfinance Focus, Aug. 12, 2009: Former RBI governor and head of the committee on financial inclusion C. Rangarajan has been reappointed as chairman of Indian Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (EAC) for the second time, said a government statement on Tuesday. Rangarajan headed the committee on financial inclusion before becoming a member of the Rajya Sabha, upper house of parliament, last year.  His reappointment will revive the hopes of microfinance community in India to expedite the work on microfinance legislation that is long due. Full story

Nilekani takes over as head of India’s Unique Identification Authority

Nilekani takes over as head of India's Unique Identification Authority
MicrofinanceFocus, July 23, 2009: Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani took over as head of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIAI) on Thursday with a mandate to create a national database of identity details of citizens. The task ahead of Nilekani is to provide a unique indentification card to every citizen of India. This card will contain all details like the name, sex, address, marital status, photo, ... Full story

Craig Newmark joins Palestine-centric microfinance institution

MicrofinanceFocus, July 22, 2009: Craig Newmark, Internet entrepreneur and founder of the classified advertising website Craigslist, announced on Wednesday that he has joined the advisory board of a new microfinance website which helps users to make loans to specific entrepreneurs in the West Bank. Full story

ACCION names Diana Taylor to head its board

MF Focus, July 1, 2009: ACCION International, a private, nonprofit organization, has appointed Diana Taylor as its new chair. Taylor, a fomer managing director at Wolfensohn & Co., a New York-based investment banking firm, has also served as superintendent of banks for the State of New York, from 2003 to 2007. Between 1996 and 2003 she held various positions in the New York state government, including CFO of the Long Island Power Authority and deputy secretary to the governor for housing and finance. Prior to her government work, Ms. Taylor was an investment banker at Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Full story
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