Experience

My experience involves securing debt financing for a microfinance bank, researching impact investing alongside a recognized expert in the field, leading a successful grant application for a local micro-loans program, and analyzing the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh through a CIDA-funded internship.


KivaKiva.org
Portfolio Manager, Europe and Central Asia (ECA)
01/2015 to Present

 

  • Key point person for all field partners in ECA
  • Tracking financial and social performance as well as monitoring credit risk to ensure Kiva’s investments are impactful
  • Reviewing applications for new partnerships and conducting due diligence when potential partners are identified
  • Managing all Kiva Fellows assigned to work with partners in ECA

  • Independent Consultant
    07/2014 to 10/2014

    E.T. Jackson & Associates:

    • Carried out research for the firm’s thematic review for the MasterCard Foundation on economic opportunities for youth in Africa

    FINCA International FINCA International
    Executive Initiatives Intern
    06 to 08/2014

    • Modeled a spreadsheet to track 200 reports submitted to investors annually;
    • Assisted the Operations Team in developing dynamic Excel spreadsheets for reporting to management;
    • Developed a report on best practices in excess liquidity to inform the internal Analysts Working Group;
    • Used WordPress and learned HTML and CSS coding to develop an internal communications website.

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    AGA KHAN FOUNDATION CANADA, THE FIRST MICROFINANCE BANK TAJIKISTAN
    International Microfinance Fellow, Financial Management
     
    the first bankDushanbe, Tajikistan
    06/2013 to 04/2014

     

    The International Fellowship Program offers an extraordinary training program and an eight-month overseas placement to recent university graduates and young professionals who are 30 years or under.
    Aga Khan Foundation Canada

    • Managed investor relations and conducted requested financial analysis for the due diligence process required by major impact investing firms; secured USD $5MM in financing to date;
    • Modeled the 2014-2016 business plan, approved by board members and shareholders on first submission;
    • Developed a financial methodology for assessing the profitability of business segments;
    • Traveled to four cities in Canada as one of three speakers to audiences of 200-300 for AKFC’s “In My Lifetime” series;
    • Produced briefs on nonprofit involvement in impact investing.

    Take a look at my blog post about working at FMFB here.
    Watch my story at the Toronto In My Lifetime event:


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    Carleton Centre for Community Innovation
    Research Assistant
    01 to 05/2013

     

    • Co-authored a third-party funded report on impact investing in real assets in the United States;
    • Surveyed 40 newcomers to Canada;
    • Analyzed survey results using Excel and SPSS;
    • Developed recommendations to improve financial literacy workshops for the OCLF micro-loan project (mentioned below).

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    Ottawa Community Loan Fund
    Executive Assistant
    06 to 12/2012

    • Analyzed, compiled, and presented extensive data to justify the demand for microloans for startup businesses amongst immigrants in Ottawa; secured financing from the City of Ottawa;
    • Led a successful proposal for a $50,000 grant for a project that was recognized at the First Annual Ottawa Immigration Forum;
    • Single-handedly developed a detailed social return on investment (SROI) analysis for the successful funding proposal.

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    Analyst
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    01 to 04/2012

    • Selected for the Students for Development internship program administered by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA);
    • Completed field work sessions that involved working directly with clients and their loan-funded projects; compiled a report for Grameen Bank based on information obtained from field work and other observations;
    • Conducted a complete operational and financial analysis of Grameen America Inc. and Turkish Grameen Microcredit Program; composed a report for Grameen Trust with recommendations that were pursued by the Managing Director.

    International business student working with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Grameen Bank in Bangladesh


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    Carleton University Tutor Referral Service
    Financial Accounting Tutor
    10 to 12/2010

    • Assisted students in developing knowledge and understanding of accounting practices.

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    Carleton University
    International Business Teaching Assistant
    05 to 06/2010

    • Assisted the professor in relaying class material and supporting the students in their learning process;
    • Graded all assignments in detail and under time pressure.

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    Operations Assistant
    05 to 08/2009

    • Used Simply Accounting software to oversee all bookkeeping operations;
    • Analyzed company statistics to identify room for improvement in operations.

    Volunteering

    Lamis Crafts
    Developed the social media outreach and assisted in sales for a project set up by the Danish Refugee Council that employs and empowers Afghan refugee women living in Tajikistan.

    The Snowsuit Fund
    Worked with low-income Ottawans to find the perfect snowsuits for their children.

    Intiwawa
    Went to South America before my exchange year started to spend some time volunteering at a impoverished children’s school in San Isidro, Peru.

    Carleton Serves (Ottawa Food Bank, School); Terry Fox Run