Manuel Alegre - LAC Regional Manager is a banking and finance specialist with over 15 years of experience both in consulting and in the banking and investment fund industry, conducting financial analyses, risk assessment and the structuring and disbursing of short, medium and long-term loans, quasi-equity and equity for SMEs, corporate enterprises and real estate developers. As SBI’s LAC Regional Manager, supervising a variety of projects involving small business lending and housing finance solutions in the region. Mr. Alegre joined SBI in 2004 as Fund Manager of Fondo Capital Guanajuato (FOCAP), an investment fund created to support SMEs in the state of Guanajuato-Mexico administered by SBI from 2002 to 2006. Previously, he worked for Banco Santander Peru as a business banking Loan Officer and Credit Officer for more than 6 years. Mr. Alegre has an MBA from the Universidad de Piura in Peru and a Master of International Management with a specialization in International Development from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He is a Peruvian national fluent in Spanish, English and conversant in French.
Amjad Arbab - Head, SBI Pakistan, where he is charged with overall responsibility for ShoreBank's technical and business development operations across the country, as well as within the broader region on a strategic basis. Mr. Arbab is a long-standing friend and colleague to many at SBI, most recently in his role as CEO of the Microfinance Investment Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA), which has set the global standard for best-practice in developing an effective "capital plus" wholesale and technical assistance facility in the microfinance and SME arenas for post-conflict reconstruction. Prior to this role, Mr. Arbab was a founding member of the executive management team of the Bank of Khyber (BOK), where he also served in several executive roles including as strategic architect and Head of BOK's microfinance division in the mid-late 1990's. Mr. Arbab has also served in senior positions with the Agha Khan Rural Support Programme and the Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan, and holds a Masters in International Relations from Johns Hopkins/SAIS as well as a Masters in Political Science from the University of Peshawar.
Ian Callaghan is Head of the TAS Practice and brings nearly 20 years of expertise - as a business owner, consultant and banker - to the areas of SME finance, microfinance and finance for other “base of pyramid” products and services. From 2005 to 2008 he led the investment bank Morgan Stanley’s efforts in the field of microfinance, latterly as head of its Microfinance Institutions Group. During this period he arranged some $250 million in loans for some 35 microfinance institutions in 20 countries, including the two largest transactions ever completed in the sector. During this time he also worked with many other MFIs and microfinance networks worldwide on strategic and corporate organization issues, and was involved in other areas of development finance for “base of pyramid” products and services such as clean water and distributed energy. During 2008/09 Mr. Callaghan was Senior Director of Investments at the Omidyar Network.