Kirsten has 20+ years of successful business and consumer experience in strategic and business development, marketing planning and execution, product and process design, project management and customer sales and service. Based in Vancouver, she currently consults and acts as a marketing strategist for numerous technology and financial services companies around the globe. With her undergraduate degree in Economics, Kirsten has a proven ability to grow revenues, increase market share and enhance customer experience by creating solutions and programs that deliver unique value propositions to customers all over the world. Previously, she held the roles of Chief Market Officer at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange and Global Marketing Vice President for Western Union Business Solutions. At Western Union, she led the NGO customer segment strategy and marketing programs, in which Western Union formally committed to at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012, to help solve the last mile challenge for delivering funds to regions who lack financial services infrastructure. Prior to that, she was the Director of Marketing at TELUS Communications. Kirsten continues to be engaged in a variety volunteer & fundraising opportunities with NGOs. As part of the Ashoka Executive in Residence in 2012, she traveled to India to work with the Mann Deshi Foundation supporting rural women entrepreneurs, and has seen first-hand the impact of access to education and financial services can have on a community.
Soledad Gompf serves as Senior Vice President and Philanthropy Adviser and has over 30 years’ professional experience with corporate and non-profit entities in Latin America and the United States in the areas of administration, strategic planning, budgeting, program design, project management, strategic initiatives and partnerships, resource mobilization and grant management. Before joining FINCA, she was a Founding Member of Conservation International where she served as its Director of Development. Previous to that, she served as the Director of Corporate Giving at the Nature Conservancy’s International Program, and with Centromin Peru, where she worked in different capacities within the Human Resources, Finance, Legal and Executive Departments. A native of Peru, Ms. Gompf holds a law degree from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.
Michael Green is an experienced high-tech executive and Angel Investor. He is currently running ObjectSharp, a software consulting firm that specializes in Microsoft technologies. Michael’s trips to FINCA’s programs in Ecuador, Guatemala and Uganda helped to fuel his interest in microfinance and Village Banking. Mr. Green directed and produced the short video “A Donor’s Perspective” that FINCA currently uses in its marketing and fundraising activities. Together with his wife Jacquie Green, they helped set up FINCA Canada and its fundraising operations in 2007.
Jacquie Green is a Toronto based teacher and visual artist. She holds a Masters’ in Education and is an Associate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has served as Board Chair of Bellwoods Centers For Community Living as well as Director of the Sans Souci and Copperhead Association. Jacquie has been actively involved in various speaking engagements on microfinance, including the Toronto International Microfinance Summit.
Linda Wolfond has been an active member of the FINCA Canada board of directors since its inception. She holds an MBA from McGill University as well as a degree from the University of Western Ontario. Linda served as a senior executive at Alliance Equicap, an investment company specializing in tax assisted investments as well as president of Cinegate Production Management Services for many years. She now devotes her time to her family and to philanthropic endeavors. Linda also chairs the board of directors of the Gesher Abraham, which governs The Toronto Heschel School.
Rupert Scofield is an agricultural economist with 40 years of experience in developing countries. He co-founded FINCA in 1984 with John Hatch and together they helped inspire and build the global microfinance movement. Their work was rooted in the belief that market-based principles, trust in individuals and involving women in local business activities were critical to the economic and social well-being of communities. Since 1994, Rupert has served as President and CEO of FINCA International, the majority-owner of 20 community-based microfinance institutions and banks across Africa, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia. Through this global network—known as FINCA Impact Finance—FINCA International is enabling access to responsible and innovative financial services for those living at the bottom of the pyramid. Under Rupert’s leadership, FINCA has grown from a credit-only, group-lending program—the original Village Banking™—with 60,000 clients and a loan portfolio of $5 million to a network of innovative microfinance institutions offering a range of financial services across five continents with two million clients and a loan portfolio of over $1 billion. After more than two decades of growing and scaling a global microfinance network, Rupert is now leading FINCA International on the next leg of its journey: supporting the rise of social enterprises delivering basic service and financial innovation. This work is expanding access to essential products in energy, water and sanitation, education, health, agriculture and fintech for the world’s poor. Combined, FINCA International’s work in microfinance and social enterprise catalyzes greater resilience and opportunity, and helps low-income families achieve a better standard of living. Beyond his leadership role in FINCA International, Rupert also serves on the boards of FINCA Canada and FINCA UK, two independent but affiliated charitable organizations. In 2011, Rupert helped champion the launch of the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion (formerly the Microfinance CEO Working Group), a collaborative effort of leading international organizations advocating for responsible financial services and promoting financial inclusion around the world. Rupert served as the organization’s Chair for seven years before stepping aside and assuming the role of Chair Emeritus. As a frequent keynote speaker on microfinance, social enterprise and impact investing, Rupert is passionate about inspiring the next generation of leaders who want to solve big problems like world poverty. His book, The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook: How to Start, Build and Run a Business that Improves the World (McGraw-Hill, 2011), tells the story of how FINCA was built, with practical advice for other entrepreneurs intent on creating large-scale, lasting social impact. Rupert is also the presenter of The Social Enterprise Podcast, a monthly audio series that explores the ins and outs of social entrepreneurship. Prior to FINCA, Rupert was the CEO of Rural Development Services, a consulting firm, and Country Program Director of the AFL-CIO’s Labor Program in El Salvador. He served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, where he made his first microloans in the early 1970s. Rupert has M.A. degrees in agricultural economics and public administration from the University of Wisconsin, a B.A. from Brown University and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Roehampton in the UK. Born in New York in 1949, Rupert resolved at an early age that he would never work for “the man” and would never, ever, have a career in banking. His accident-prone career has meant of lifetime of dodging revolutions, earthquakes and assassins across the developing world, and once running for his life from a mob in Mogadishu, Somalia. But it has also brought moments of such joy and satisfaction that can only be found in helping others to gain control over their lives, achieve financial independence, access life-enhancing goods and raise their standard of living.