Board of Directors

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Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chair

Grameen Bank Founder

Nobel Laureate

Professor Yunus, the “father of microfinance,” founded the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh on the premise that the poor are creditworthy. In 2006, Professor Yunus and the Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.” Professor Yunus is only one of six people in history to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal. Professor Yunus published his work on microfinance and social business in his books Banker to the Poor, Creating a World Without Poverty, and Building Social Business. Professor Yunus serves on the Board of Grameen Research, which provides research, training and support in the field of microfinance, as well as Sing for Hope, an organization dedicated to transforming underserved communities through arts outreach programs.

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Michael D. Granoff

Pomona Capital, L.P.

Founder & CEO

Mr. Granoff is founder and CEO of Pomona Capital. He previously served on the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, and the 1992 Department of Treasury Presidential Transition Team. He is Chairman of the Boards of the Albanian-American Enterprise Fund, and Albanian American Development Foundation, and received the Order of Mother Teresa Medal from the Albanian President. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and World Economic Forum, and has lectured at Harvard Business School and Wharton School of Business. He received his JD from Georgetown University and BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Antonia Hernández

California Community Foundation

President & CEO

Antonia Hernández is President and CEO of the California Community Foundation. The California Community Foundation's mission is to create greater equitable opportunity, prosperity, health and well-being for the residents of Los Angeles County. Previously, Ms. Hernández worked at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the L.A. Center for Law and Justice, and the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Ms. Hernández is a trustee for the Rockefeller Foundation and a member of the Boards of the American Constitution Society and the American Automobile Association. She currently serves on the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's JFK School of Government, and the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors. Ms. Hernández holds a B.A. in history from UCLA and a law degree from the UCLA School of Law.

 
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Vidar Jorgensen

World Health Care Congress

Chairman

Mr. Jorgensen was the principal proponent and organizer of Grameen America and Grameen PrimaCare and currently serves as the President of Grameen Research. He is also the majority owner of three industry based conference and research companies, which in turn own and manage over 200 conferences and several membership-based research groups. Mr. Jorgensen’s companies include Cambridge Healthtech Institute, Corporate Research Group, and The World Health Care Congress that was launched in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal and CNBC. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Whole Planet Foundation. Mr. Jorgensen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Harvard University.

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Andrea Jung

Grameen America

President and CEO

Andrea Jung is the President and CEO of Grameen America. She is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, Inc., where she served as CEO from 1999 to 2012, and as Chairman from 2001 through 2012. Throughout her career, Ms. Jung ranked consistently among the top leaders on lists including Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business," Forbes’ "Most Powerful Women in the World," and the Financial Times' "Top Women in World Business." Ms. Jung is a graduate of Princeton University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Inc., Unilever, Rockefeller Capital Management, and Wayfair Inc. She previously served on the boards of General Electric and Daimler AG.

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Hope Knight

Greater Jamaica Development Corp.

President and CEO

Hope Knight is the President and CEO of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (CDFI). Prior to GJDC, Ms. Knight was COO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and Vice President in the Institutional Equities, Strategic Planning and E-Commerce Divisions at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Knight began her career as a Director for the City of New York and moved into the Financial Institutions Group at Accenture. Ms. Knight serves on the Board of Trustees of Marymount Manhattan College, North Country School, as well as Morgan Stanley New Markets Corporation and Carver Community Development Corporation. Ms. Knight holds a B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College and an M.B.A. from Chicago Booth.

 
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Professor H.I. Latifee

Grameen Trust 

Retired Managing Director 

Professor Latifee is an economist and the former Managing Director of Grameen Trust, the international outreach affiliate of Grameen Bank. Professor Latifee is one of Grameen Bank’s founding members. Before joining Grameen Trust in 1994, Latifee was a Professor of Economics at the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. Professor Latifee is a highly regarded expert on microfinance. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Dhaka University in Bangladesh as well as a M.A. from Boston University. He is a winner of Business Week's Stars of Asia Award in 2001 for his leadership in the field of microcredit and poverty alleviation.

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Mahmoud Mamdani

Morgan Stanley

Vice Chairman & Managing Director

Mr. Mamdani is a Vice Chairman in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division. He led the Emerging Market Private Investments initiative and the Global Emerging Markets Private Equity Fund. He has over 23 years experience across a range of transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, privatizations, and hostile defenses. Mr. Mamdani is on Morgan Stanley’s Microfinance Advisory Board, is a Board member of Arab Bankers Associations of North America, and a participant in U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University with a BA in Economics and MBA from Stanford University. He was raised in Kenya and Tanzania.

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John Megrue

Apax Partners, L.P.

Chairman

Bridgewater Associates, L.P.

Co-Chairman

Mr. Megrue is Chairman of Apax Partners U.S., which he joined in 1988 and rejoined in 2005 from Saunders, Karp & Megrue. John is a member of Apax Partners Global Executive Committee and Global Investment Committee. He is on the boards of Advantage Sales & Marketing, Bob’s Discount Furniture, and Rue21. He is a Trustee of the Apax Foundation, and is actively involved in community development through organizations including Ashoka, Emmaus, and Bridges Community Ventures. Mr. Megrue holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Karen Pritzker

Seedlings Foundation

President

Ms. Pritzker is President of the Seedlings Foundation, which supports programs that nourish the physical and mental health of children and families, as well as institutions that foster an educated and engaged citizenship. She serves on the board of Grameen PrimaCare, a non-profit organization that provides affordable primary care and a health promotion program to immigrant women. Ms. Pritzker is a Principal of the Pritzker/Vlock Family Office.

 

 

 

Directors Emeriti

 

 
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Ray Dalio

Bridgewater Associates, L.P.

Founder, Chairman, &

Co-Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Dalio is the founder, CEO, and CIO of Bridgewater Associates and has over 35 years of experience in the financial field. Mr. Dalio was Director of Commodities at Dominick & Dominick, a Wall Street brokerage house, in 1973. In 1974, he joined Shearson, Haydon Stone where he was in charge of the Institutional Futures department. In 1975, Mr. Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates and grew the company to manage over $75 billion in assets. He received a BA from C.W. Post College University and a MBA from Harvard University.

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Sila M. Calderón

Sila M. Calderón Foundation

Former Governor of Puerto Rico

Sila M. Calderón, former Governor of Puerto Rico (2001-2005), chairs the Sila M. Calderón Foundation, which focuses on issues of poverty, women and social responsibility in Puerto Rico, as well as the Center for Puerto Rico. She is President of Inter-American Global Links, Inc., Trustee of the NY Public Library, and served on the boards of Banco Popular, Pueblo International, and the Government Development Bank. She was previously Secretary of the Governorship and of State and Mayor of San Juan. She has received honorary doctorate degrees from several stateside universities, holds a BA in Government from Manhattanville College, and did her post-graduate studies at the Graduate School of Public Administration of the University of Puerto Rico.