Funding and Financing

 

John Beckham

John Beckham

Chief of strategy microvest capital management, llc

Mr. Beckham has worked in international finance and development, primarily in Latin America, since 1991. He has broad experience with restructuring distressed investments, promoting SME and financial inclusion through financial institutions, structuring financing for renewable energy projects, and executing equity investments in growing mid-sized companies.

For 19 years he worked at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) where he held various position, including Chief of Debt, Chief of Equity, and Managing Director – Clients. During his tenure, he managed projects and led the teams that built a diversified portfolio of over US$1 billion in investments designed to support economic development throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

In 2016 he joined MicroVest, a private impact investment management company, as Chief of Strategy. His areas of responsibility include developing and executing on the firm’s commitment to invest capital in under-banked markets and provide access to financial services for rising middle class communities around the world. 

Mr. Beckham has a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Ohio State University. A native Spanish speaker, he has lived in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. He is active in community affairs through various volunteer, parish and alumni advisory boards.

Fawzia Naqvi

Fawzia Naqvi

Former Vice president, soros economic development fund

Ms. Naqvi is a former Vice President of Soros Economic Development Fund of Open Society Foundations where she had prime shareholder responsibility for SEDF’s investment portfolio in India as well as fund investments in Mexico and a Micro-Insurance fund which invests in Africa and Asia. In addition Ms. Naqvi co-founded Open Society Foundations Economic Policy think tank in Pakistan called Institute for Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), based in Lahore, and serves as a member of its Board. Prior to leaving OSF in December 2016, Ms. Naqvi worked with a team to build Open Society Foundation’s new Economic Advancement Program.

 Prior to joining OSF, Ms. Naqvi worked for Women’s World Banking for five years as a microfinance expert with responsibility for Pakistan in addition to other Asian countries.  Prior to joining WWB, she spent ten years with Citibank in New York, where she worked for the Financial Institutions Group for Emerging Markets, including Pakistan.

Ms. Naqvi has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree from The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Kathleen Yaworsky

Kathleen Yaworsky

Global Manager, Digital Solutions - Accion

Kathleen Yaworsky is Accion's Global Manager for Digital Solutions, responsible for delivering advisory services to financial institutions on strategy, implementation and management of digital financial services. She also leads Digital Solutions’s industry engagement activities, charged with developing its global research and learning agenda as well as managing the development and publication of knowledge products to build DFS capacity for financial institutions. Kathleen has more than eight years of international and project management experience, including strategy, design, and implementation of community-based development programs in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, on issues ranging from digital financial services, water and sanitation, to health and gender. Kathleen completed her M.A. in International Business and Development Economics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She holds a Certificate in Digital Money from Digital Frontiers Institute, a Certificate in Data Science from MIT, and a B.A. in International Relations and Romance Languages from Bowdoin College.