Meet Jesse and Stewart: Building Economic Resiliency and Independence Through Financial Inclusion by Linda Ryan
With the launch of the Building Banking on Values,Â a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests. Listen to the show episodes right here!
Jesse is the General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, based in Geneva. The underlying objectives of AKAM are to reduce poverty, diminish the vulnerability of poor populations and alleviate economic and social exclusion. AKAM aims to improve the quality of life of people by helping them to improve their incomes, become self-reliant and gain the skills needed to graduate into the mainstream financial markets.
From AKAM founding in 2005, AKAM institutions in nearly a dozen key emerging markets have served over 2.5 million low-income households and small business clients with credit, deposits and other needed financial services, intermediating and disbursing over $2.2 billion in real economy investment into primarily rural and fragile-state environments, many in active state of extended crisis.
Jesse holds a Masterâs in Public Management with a concentration in International Economic Development from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a certificate in Finance from the Edinburgh Business School. He is former Vice Chair and member of the Board of Oikocredit USA, a member of the Board of SEEP, a former member of the Advisory Board of Arrow Global Capital, and has taught as Adjunct Faculty at the George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC.
Meet Stewart Anderson, Manager, Community Investment-Indigenous Partnerships, Vancity (Vancouver City Savings Credit Union), Canada.
Stewart grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and attended Dalhousie University, before travelling, doing his Masters degree in International Development in Arizona, and relocating to Vancouver.
He has worked in the financial services sector for the last 25 years, and has a strong background in economic development, project finance, and corporate lending, as well as a keen awareness of the importance of relationship building. His clients have included Aboriginal Social Service agencies, First Nation Governments, Aboriginal and First Nation Development Corporations, and First Nation/Private Sector Joint Ventures.
In his current role as Manager, Indigenous Partnerships, Stewart works to broaden and deepen the Credit Union’s involvement with Aboriginal communities in and beyond the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people where Vancity is located.
Vancity is based in the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people. As a financial services co-operative,Â the credit unionÂ works in partnership with First Nation government and Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations to help build stronger communities.
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