Board of Directors

Don De Amicis, Independent, (Chair of MFX Inc. and MFX LLC)

Don De Amicis

Don De Amicis is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and is on the faculty at the International Law Institute. He is a member of tribunals of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Inter-American Development Bank, a senior advisor with Transnational Strategy Group, LLP and an Expert-Advisor to the Commercial Law Development Program of the U.S. Commerce Department. 

Don has also served as the Executive Director of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, a Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona Law School, a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and a Senior Lecturer at Leiden University.  From 2011 to 2014, he was General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. 

Prior to OPIC, he had been a senior partner at Ropes & Gray LLP and has long been active in the American Bar Association and its rule of law initiatives; he served as chair of the Section of International Law and is currently serving on the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative Board.  Don is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A.) and received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

Don De AmicisDon De Amicis is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and is on the faculty at the International Law Institute. He is a member of tribunals of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Inter-American Development Bank, a senior advisor with Transnational Strategy Group, LLP and an Expert-Advisor to the Commercial Law Development Program of the U.S. Commerce Department. 

Don has also served as the Executive Director of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, a Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona Law School, a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and a Senior Lecturer at Leiden University.  From 2011 to 2014, he was General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. 

Prior to OPIC, he had been a senior partner at Ropes & Gray LLP and has long been active in the American Bar Association and its rule of law initiatives; he served as chair of the Section of International Law and is currently serving on the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative Board.  Don is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A.) and received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

Jeffrey Hom, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Operations, Omidyar Network

Jeffrey Hom

Jeff is Senior Vice President of Portfolio Operations at Omidyar Network. Jeff oversees the workflow and related systems through which Omidyar Network conducts its programmatic activities. He works closely with the programs team and different functions such as legal, finance, learning & impact, and strategic communications. 

Jeff is a member of the firm’s risk committee and a non-voting member of the investment committee, and was previously Omidyar Network’s general counsel. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Jeff spent six years as an associate at the law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP where he advised technology startups on venture capital financing, intellectual property licensing, and other corporate matters. 

 Jeff earned his law degree from Stanford Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in 1997 and co-authored the article “Human Rights in Hong Kong: The First Year in the Transition” published by the American Bar Association.

Jeffrey HomJeff is Senior Vice President of Portfolio Operations at Omidyar Network. Jeff oversees the workflow and related systems through which Omidyar Network conducts its programmatic activities. He works closely with the programs team and different functions such as legal, finance, learning & impact, and strategic communications. 

Jeff is a member of the firm’s risk committee and a non-voting member of the investment committee, and was previously Omidyar Network’s general counsel. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Jeff spent six years as an associate at the law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP where he advised technology startups on venture capital financing, intellectual property licensing, and other corporate matters. 

Jeff earned his law degree from Stanford Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in 1997 and co-authored the article “Human Rights in Hong Kong: The First Year in the Transition” published by the American Bar Association.

Rita Van den Abbeel, Chief Financial Officer, Incofin (Board of MFX LLC)

Rita Van Den Abbeel

As an Agricultural Engineer, Rita has been working as a researcher at the Catholic University of Leuven for 3 years and spent 12 years in Africa managing and supporting SMEs & local MFIs. In 2003 Rita joined Incofin CVSO as investment manager, then CFO while taking various board positions including in the first three funds managed by Incofin, Akiba Commercial Bank (2004-14) and MFX Solutions since 2008. 

Rita is currently working as Chief Risk & ESG Officer for Incofin Investment Management (IIM), a Belgium-based investment management company. In that role she instils a strong risk sensitive culture in line with the AIFM licensed mandate of IIM by performing credit reviews of investment proposals, managing credit, market, country, financial, operational, ESG and compliance risks while also taking an active role in managing stressed transactions.

Rita Van Den AbbeelAs an Agricultural Engineer, Rita has been working as a researcher at the Catholic University of Leuven for 3 years and spent 12 years in Africa managing and supporting SMEs & local MFIs. In 2003 Rita joined Incofin CVSO as investment manager, then CFO while taking various board positions including in the first three funds managed by Incofin, Akiba Commercial Bank (2004-14) and MFX Solutions since 2008. 

Rita is currently working as Chief Risk & ESG Officer for Incofin Investment Management (IIM), a Belgium-based investment management company. In that role she instils a strong risk sensitive culture in line with the AIFM licensed mandate of IIM by performing credit reviews of investment proposals, managing credit, market, country, financial, operational, ESG and compliance risks while also taking an active role in managing stressed transactions.

Adnan Akant, Independent, (Board of MFX, Inc.)

Adnan Akant

Adnan Akant led currency teams for more than 35 years at FFTW and BNP while also managing portfolios for more than 20 Central Banks.

Before FFTW, Adnan spent six years at the World Bank managing its liquidity portfolio, and as a loan officer for Afghanistan and Yugoslavia.  

From 2008 to 2019, Adnan co-chaired the NY Fed’s Foreign Exchange Committee, served on the MIT-Lemelson Prize committee, and the boards of the American Hospital of Istanbul and the Institute for Turkish Studies.  

He holds a PhD in Systems Science and degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Adnan AkantAdnan Akant led currency teams for more than 35 years at FFTW and BNP while also managing portfolios for more than 20 Central Banks.

Before FFTW, Adnan spent six years at the World Bank managing its liquidity portfolio, and as a loan officer for Afghanistan and Yugoslavia.  

From 2008 to 2019, Adnan co-chaired the NY Fed’s Foreign Exchange Committee, served on the MIT-Lemelson Prize committee, and the boards of the American Hospital of Istanbul and the Institute for Turkish Studies.  

He holds a PhD in Systems Science and degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Andrew Gunther, Independent, (Board of MFX Inc.)

Andrew Gunter

Andrew Gunther currently works as a consultant on strategy and on investment transactions for private sector clients and for multilateral development banks with a particular emphasis on emerging markets renewable energy, From 2011 to 2021, Andrew served as a Managing Director overseeing investments in infrastructure in Latin America for Darby, a global emerging markets private equity firm that is part of Franklin Templeton. 

Previously he worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank. From 2007 until 2010, he was the IFC’s Country Manager for Brazil based in Sao Paulo. In earlier stints he did emerging markets private equity investing for Emerging Markets Partnership (EMP) and Marine Midland Bank (part of the HSBC group). 

Andrew has an MBA in finance from the Wharton School and a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Andrew GunterAndrew Gunther currently works as a consultant on strategy and on investment transactions for private sector clients and for multilateral development banks with a particular emphasis on emerging markets renewable energy, From 2011 to 2021, Andrew served as a Managing Director overseeing investments in infrastructure in Latin America for Darby, a global emerging markets private equity firm that is part of Franklin Templeton. 

Previously he worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank. From 2007 until 2010, he was the IFC’s Country Manager for Brazil based in Sao Paulo. In earlier stints he did emerging markets private equity investing for Emerging Markets Partnership (EMP) and Marine Midland Bank (part of the HSBC group). 

Andrew has an MBA in finance from the Wharton School and a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Lynn Exton, Chief Risk Officer, MicroVest Capital

Mr. Young is the Managing Director of Business Development at MicroVest. He joined the team in 2006 and oversees all of MicroVest’s business development, investor relations, and marketing activities. Mr. Young is a member of the senior management team and the investment committee.

Mr. Young has served in various positions at MicroVest, including Chief Investment Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining MicroVest, Mr. Young was as a senior manager with the Ernst & Young Capital Markets Group in Santiago, Chile, where he managed Chilean cross-border transactions in the energy and banking sectors. Mr. Young also worked for Arthur Andersen in Baltimore auditing publicly-traded healthcare, broadcasting and technology firms.

Mr. Young received an MBA from the University of California – Berkeley, Haas School of Business and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Loyola University Maryland where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and is now an Affiliate Finance Professor. Mr. Young is fluent in English and Spanish.

Lynn Exton oversees key risk functions related to MicroVest’s investment and portfolio management processes.

Prior to joining MicroVest she started Exton & Partners Risk, Governance and Analytics, a consultancy firm focused on building technical expertise for impact investors, was Opportunity International Network’s first Chief Risk Officer, and worked for Moody’s Investors Service, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan Chase in the financial institutions area.

She received a BA in History and Political Science from Wellesley College and an MA from John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
She is fluent in English & Portuguese.

Carolyn Jackson, Partner, Katten Muchin, Rosenman LLP

Carolyn is a dual-qualified lawyer (England, New York) and specializes in helping her clients solve complex cross-border issues involving the regulation of financial institutions and financial products, including derivatives. 

Carolyn’s depth of knowledge and practical approach are shaped by her first-hand experience: she managed the New York trading desk of several investment banks and was formerly the executive director of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. Trading firms, banks, asset managers, clearing houses and trading venues rely on her to find creative-yet-sensible solutions.

Carolyn JacksonCarolyn is a dual-qualified lawyer (England, New York) and specializes in helping her clients solve complex cross-border issues involving the regulation of financial institutions and financial products, including derivatives. 

Carolyn’s depth of knowledge and practical approach are shaped by her first-hand experience: she managed the New York trading desk of several investment banks and was formerly the executive director of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. Trading firms, banks, asset managers, clearing houses and trading venues rely on her to find creative-yet-sensible solutions.

Terrance Gallagher, Head of Financial Inclusion, IDB Invest

Terence Gallagher

Terence Gallagher is a British national, based in Washington, D.C.. He began his career as an investment banker at Citigroup, where he spent 9 years supporting emerging market governments and corporates access the international capital markets, working from London, New York and São Paulo. 

Since 1999, he has dedicated himself to Microfinance, initially working as a consultant for diverse organizations such as Accion International, Development Alternatives Incorporated, and PlaNet Finance. He joined the IFC in 2008 in Rio de Janeiro where he spent 10 years as a Specialist for Micro and Small Enterprise Finance, responsible for investments in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

As of April 2018, Terence moved to Washington to join IDB Invest as head of Financial Inclusion. He has a Masters degrees in Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Terence GallagherTerence Gallagher is a British national, based in Washington, D.C.. He began his career as an investment banker at Citigroup, where he spent 9 years supporting emerging market governments and corporates access the international capital markets, working from London, New York and São Paulo. 

Since 1999, he has dedicated himself to Microfinance, initially working as a consultant for diverse organizations such as Accion International, Development Alternatives Incorporated, and PlaNet Finance. He joined the IFC in 2008 in Rio de Janeiro where he spent 10 years as a Specialist for Micro and Small Enterprise Finance, responsible for investments in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

As of April 2018, Terence moved to Washington to join IDB Invest as head of Financial Inclusion. He has a Masters degrees in Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Alex Qian, Senior Investment Officer, Accion Global Investments

Alex Qian

As a Senior Investment Officer for Accion Global Investments, Alex Qian supports the team’s investments and portfolio management activities globally, with a particular focus on Asia and Africa. He also works closely with Accion’s advisory team to provide strategic support to our portfolio partners. 

Alex brings to Accion experience in the investment and banking industry. He holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hong Kong.

Alex QianAs a Senior Investment Officer for Accion Global Investments, Alex Qian supports the team’s investments and portfolio management activities globally, with a particular focus on Asia and Africa. He also works closely with Accion’s advisory team to provide strategic support to our portfolio partners.

Alex brings to Accion experience in the investment and banking industry. He holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hong Kong.

Michalakis Kyriakos

Michalakis Kyriakos

Michalakis Kyriakos currently works as a Senior Investment Manager at Triodos Investment Management focusing on financial inclusion clients in Latin America, in the fields of MSME finance, agriculture finance, climate finance, and fintech. Additionally, he works at Triodos Regenerative Money Center focusing on social inclusion, natural regeneration, circular economy, and other high-impact investments with a primary focus on western Europe. 

During his employment in Triodos Investment Management, he also worked for the finance & control and business analysis teams. Before joining Triodos, he participated in an assignment for the Statistical Authority in Greece and had a traineeship with the Capital Market Commission in Greece. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Athens, a Master of Science in Accounting & Finance from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and he is a CFA candidate (Level II). He speaks Greek, Spanish, English, and basic Dutch.

Michalakis KyriakosMichalakis Kyriakos currently works as a Senior Investment Manager at Triodos Investment Management focusing on financial inclusion clients in Latin America, in the fields of MSME finance, agriculture finance, climate finance, and fintech. Additionally, he works at Triodos Regenerative Money Center focusing on social inclusion, natural regeneration, circular economy, and other high-impact investments with a primary focus on western Europe. 

During his employment in Triodos Investment Management, he also worked for the finance & control and business analysis teams. Before joining Triodos, he participated in an assignment for the Statistical Authority in Greece and had a traineeship with the Capital Market Commission in Greece. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Athens, a Master of Science in Accounting & Finance from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and he is a CFA candidate (Level II). He speaks Greek, Spanish, English, and basic Dutch.

 

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