April 11th SVMN meeting: Damian von Stauffenberg, MicroRate



The next Silicon Valley Microfinance Network meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11th at Omidyar Network’s offices in Redwood City. Our speaker will be Damian von Stauffenberg, Founder and CEO of MicroRate.

‘A’ is for Alpha:

How to Size Up a MicroFinance Institution

Beta? AAA? Ba? Alpha? BB? Beta? It’s all greek to me! Come learn about specialized ratings agencies and how they evaluate microfinance institutions. What makes an MFI worthy of your investment dollars? What are the key positives and alarm bells to look for when assessing an MFI? Damian von Stauffenberg, founder and CEO of the leading microfinance rating agency, MicroRate, will walk us through trends in the industry and tricks of the trade.

UPDATE: meeting presentation slides are here: Tricks & Trends: A is for Alpha (MicroRate)

To register for the event, please click on the SVMN eVite here:


(more info below)

When: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

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

1991 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063
(directions here)


$20 includes event + dinner ($10 for students & non-profits)

Speaker Bio:

Damian von Stauffenberg is the founder and CEO of MicroRate, a rating agency for microfinance institutions. Before taking up the cause of commercial microfinance, Mr. von Stauffenberg worked for 25 years in the World Bank and its private sector affiliate, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he occupied a number of leadership positions and gained extensive experience in corporate finance and investment management. He was a board member at various financial enterprises, including Development Finance, Ltd. (Trinidad) with over $100MM in assets. For three years, Mr. von Stauffenberg was the Lecturer on Finance at the World Bank’s Economic Development Institute.

Currently, in addition to heading MicroRate, he is President of Seed Capital Development Fund (SCDF); Chairman of the Investment Committee of Profund, a fund specializing in equity investments in Latin American microfinance institutions; and member of the Executive Committee of the Latin-American Challenge Investment Fund (LA-CIF), a microfinance debt fund.

Through MicroRate, SCDF, Profund, LA-CIF and various corporate boards, Mr. von Stauffenberg promotes commercial funding for microfinance institutions and is one of the world’s most respected microfinance experts. His ultimate aim is to make microfinance services available to the largest possible number of poor people in developing countries.


One thought on “April 11th SVMN meeting: Damian von Stauffenberg, MicroRate

  1. Pingback: first SVMN podcast: MicroRate « The Silicon Valley Microfinance Network (SVMN.net)

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