Growing and Expanding The Business of Microfinance
|Geoff Wooley||Jonathan Lewis|
Join us for a lively & in-depth discussion of the controversial issues surrounding the commercialization of microfinance. SVMN board member Sean Foote will lead and moderate a discussion by these experienced industry leaders.
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(more info below)
When: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
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
in advance: $20 regular attendee | $10 students & non-profits (w/ ID)
at the door: $25 regular attendee | $15 students & non-profits (w/ ID)
(includes dinner + drinks; there is no “non-dinner” option… so eat up!)
Geoff Woolley, Unitus
Geoff Woolley is founding partner of Dominion Ventures, Inc., which he founded in 1985, Chairman of European Venture Partners, and Chairman of MACC Private Equity. He is also a board member and Treasurer for Unitus, as well the Chair of the Unitus Capital Markets Committee.
For more than 25 years, Geoff has been involved in financing more than 300 emerging growth companies, including Ceina, Coinstar, Hotmail, and Human Genome Science, while managing more than $1.5 billion in cumulative assets. His nonprofit experience includes being the founding chairman of the NAMES Project Foundation, (the AIDS Memorial Quilt) and working with foundations to empower the less fortunate. He founded and chairs University Venture Fund at the University of Utah, the nation’s largest and most successful student-led venture fund.
Geoff holds a B.S. in business management from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A from the University of Utah.
Jonathan Lewis, MicroCredit Enterprises
Jonathan C. Lewis is Founder and CEO of MicroCredit Enterprises, where he works full-time on a pro bono basis to addres global poverty issues. MicroCredit Enterprises is an innovative, open source, not-for-profit venture which leverages private capital to make tiny business loans primarily to impoverished women in developing countries. The MicroCredit Enterprises model takes advantage of economic guarantees in the developed world to provide capital for microcredit.
Previously, Mr. Lewis was founder and President of the Academy for International Health Studies and also founded the International Summit on Public-Private Health Sector Partnerships. He has served as CEO of the California Assoc. of HMOs, Chief Budget Advisor to the President of the California State Senate, Member of the Cabinet of the California Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Chief of Staff for three California commissions in the fields of health, education and tax policy. He was the founding Chair of Freedom from Hunger’s distinguished Ambassadors Council and a founding Initiator of the Alliance for Fair Microfinance. He is currently a Member of the Advisory Boards for the Global Philanthropy Forum, the International Center for Corporate Accountability and several social entrepreneur companies. He has also been the founder/owner of a public policy consulting firm, real estate investment company, public interest citizens’ group (tax reform) and contemporary art gallery.