First Workshop on Rural Financial inclusion

on the topic of

Deliver rural financial inclusion sustainably

Beijing, China

7-8 December 2017​


​Tim Liu
Tim has over a decade of experience in microfinance and financial inclusion. Prior to CAFI, he worked at ACCION International as a lead specialist, managing Accion Global Training Center in China 2012-2014. Tim has rich experience working in provincial government and a world leading investment corporation. He was a core member of World Bank Institute for microfinance training programs initiated in China, served as a member of the Expert Committee for China Banking Association Micro-Entrepreneurship Award 2011-2015. As a reporter and editor of New China News Agency (known as Xinhua), he focused on the research of urban economy reform and state-owned enterprises transformation at mid-1980. His in-depth reports on Werner Gerich, first western managing director of state-owned factory since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, exerted widely influence on China’s open and reform policy. Early this year, Tim was granted a scholarship by Harvard Business School and attended ACCION-HBS Strategic Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion. ​

Samantha Carter​
Sam Carter is a Policy Associate at J-PAL Global, where she supports J-PAL’s Finance sector, Government Partnership Initiative (GPI), and cost-effectiveness analysis. She is also a liaison to the J-PAL Latin America & the Caribbean office with a focus on J-PAL’s work in Brazil. As a member of the Policy group, Sam works with governments, international and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to develop new research projects and to help encourage decisions based on rigorous evidence. She also writes evaluation summaries and policy publications to help communicate technical research to a wide range of audiences.
Before joining J-PAL, Sam graduated Phi Beta Kappa from a five-year BA/MA program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she studied Latin America and International Economics. During her studies, Sam worked with the World Bank's research team on understanding financial capability and its implications for financial inclusion efforts, interned with USAID's Latin America bureau, and spent a summer at the US Embassy in Lima, Peru. She also worked as a teaching assistant for two econometrics courses at SAIS.​

Dirk Lebe
Mr Lebe has a cooperative banking, regional development banking, savings bank and microfinance background and has been working for more than 20 years in the financial sector in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Currently he is Deputy Program Director of the Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP) in Indonesia. As Financial Services Specialist together with his team he is implementing the Agribusiness Financing Facility (AFF) and promoting responsible Access to Finance (A2F) for 165,000 cocoa farmers.
He works with a range of stakeholders on loans, savings and micro-insurance, as well as on research.
Mr Lebe holds a PhD in economics.

Kimathi Githachuri
Mr Githachuri is a Digital Financial Services (DFS) Consultant, with over ten years' experience, and currently supporting WSBI as the Local Technical Specialist for the Anglophone African countries under the Making Small Scale Savings Work Program that is funded by the MasterCard Foundation.

Mr Githachuri has gathered his DFS expertise through work practitioner experiences from Safaricom Kenya where he was among the very first team that deployed the, now famous, M-PESA mobile money service. He also went on to head new mobile financial service deployments such as Airtel Money in Kenya and Warid Pesa in Uganda. He was the pioneer head of the Helix Institute of Digital Finance through which he supported and consulted for a number MNO's, banks and other DFS providers in Asia and Africa.

Mr Githachuri is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Administration at The University of Nairobi and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the same university.

​Badal Malick
Mr Malick is CEO at Catalyst, a USAID seeded platform to test, learn, and build last mile models in inclusive digital finance. He has a deep industry background in financial services, digital payments and online commerce. Previously, he was a  Vice President at Snapdeal, where he built ​a Omni-channel business from ground up; ​a Group Product ​Leader at Intuit's Quickbooks business unit​​; a Consultant at McKinsey's financial services & payments practice;​ and ​an ​Economist & Operations Analyst at the World Bank's ​Water & Sanitation program​. He is a technology enthusiast, an active angel investor in Fin-tech and B2B technology space in the US and India, and an advisor to pi Ventures, an AI dedicated venture fund​.

Neha Bhatia Ramdas 
Ms Ramdas is a Global Director of Sales at Juntos which is a Fintech start up that works in the payments space. In markets around the globe, hundreds of millions of new customers are opening digital financial accounts for the very first time. Typically, however, 60-90% of these accounts fall inactive within the first months of use.  Juntos’ automated conversation platforms are used by leading banks and mobile money operators to demonstrably increase account activity & revenue.