The next Silicon Valley Microfinance Network meeting will be held on Monday, October 9th at Omidyar Network’s offices in Redwood City. Our speaker will be Gil Crawford, General Manager & Founding Director of MicroVest.
Wake Up Wall Street!
(… and Smell the Microfinance)
Gil will talk on how microfinance is emerging as a new commercial asset class, and how the financial community and capital markets are evolving to support this investment area both now and in the future.
To register for the event, please click on the SVMN eVite here:
UPDATE: Gil’s presentation is available here:
(more info below)
When: Monday, October 9th, 2006
6:00-6:30pm: Registration, Dinner & Networking
6:30-8:00pm: Speaker & Discussion
8:00-8:30pm: Networking & Wrapup
Where: auditorium on first floor below Omidyar Network offices
Redwood City, CA 94063
A brief bio for Mr. Crawford is provided below:
Gil Crawford has over 20 years experience with microfinance institutions and capital markets, and has worked extensively in Latin America and Africa, as well as in Asia.
Prior to MicroVest, he worked for the Latin American Financial Markets Division at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and focused on investments in microfinance institutions. Before joining IFC Gil created and ran Seed Capital Development Fund (SCDF), a US based non-profit firm involved in creating financial instruments and attracting funds to capitalize microfinance institutions in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Gil has also been a Member of ProFund’s Investment Committee and alternate member to the Board of Directors for many years. Before founding SCDF, he was the Assistant Project Director for Africa Venture Capital Project, a $7.1 million USAID contract designed to create risk capital firms in Africa.
Mr. Crawford received his bank training at Chase Manhattan Bank in the mid-80’s after working in Africa for the Red Cross and State Department. He graduated from SAIS at Johns Hopkins University in 1983 and Bates College in 1980.