Nov 17, 2020
Chris Linder & Krishna Thacker
Microlending programs in India and Africa

Chris and Krishna will discuss the following topics:

  • Microfinance overseas – what is it and what is the state of it right now curing COVID-19
  • Microfinance in the US and Canada - what is it and what is the state of it right now curing COVID-19
  • Rotary’s role in microfinance


Krishna Thacker

Director – Asia Region, Metlife Foundation


Krishna leads a Fortune 40 Corporate Foundation’s work in Asia - managing a $65MM financial health grants portfolio as a single member team in the region. He has well-rounded experience in working with the whole spectrum of organizations starting with field work for a grassroots not-for-profit, researcher with MIT (US) & IFMR India, and digital finance consultant for several programs funded by the Gates Foundation, the UN & Asian Development Bank across the Asia region.  He is a subject matter expert in financial health, Fintech, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Social-Entrepreneurship, Livelihood and Skills development. His technical expertise  is in go to market strategies (getting from idea to scale), product development, training design and delivery, process design and re-engineering as well as risk management and internal audit. He has extensive work experience across more than 12 developed and developing countries in Asia as well as United States and a strong network of public and private sector relationships across the region.


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