Team

Greg Casagrande

Greg Casagrande

Founder and CEO

Greg is a serial Social Entrepreneur. He is the Founder of SPBD Microfinance Network, the leading microfinance institution in the South Pacific. Through SPBD, Greg has provided over US$160M in micro-enterprise financing plus small business training to over 75,000 poor but aspiring women micro-entrepreneurs in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Greg is also the founder of MicroDreams, a microfinance acceleration fund and Transformative Ventures LLC, a Microfinance advisory company.

Greg is also the Executive Chairman of Water Health International (of NY), an affordable clean drinking water solution marketed in India, Nigeria and Ghana.

Greg has served as a director on several impact-industry boards including: the International Association of Microfinance Investors (of NY), Microfinance Pasifika (of Fiji), Planet Finance (of Paris), and Plebys (of Irvine, CA) a “Base of the Pyramid” investment fund.

Greg was named “Person of the Year” in the Pacific Island nation of Samoa for his work in empowering poor families in that country; was honored to be a United Nations Global Advisor for its International Year of Microfinance, and was awarded the “Singapore Global Social Entrepreneur” Prize and the first ever “Colgate Impact Award” by his alma mater Colgate University.

Sandeep K Lohani

Sandeep K Lohani

Vice President

Sandeep has more than 16 years of experience in financial inclusion, impact investing, general management, business planning and corporate strategy. He developed and managed several innovative businesses, designed and rolled out new products, and developed distribution channels across diverse geographies with robust system, processes and controls.

Sandeep earlier served as General Manager for SPBD Microfinance Solomon Islands wherein he was instrumental in launching the operations. He also served as a member of the National Financial Inclusion Taskforce of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands. Prior to SPBD, Sandeep served as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer for two large microfinance institutions in India, apart from serving as Vice President with an impact investing fund. Sandeep served on the board and management committees of microfinance institutions in India, and he held strategic positions with AIG, ITC and L&T in early years of his career.

Sandeep has a MBA from Mumbai University, India and has further pursued an executive leadership program in microfinance from Harvard Business School and an executive program in financial inclusion from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Polly Kelekis

Polly Kelekis

Vice President

As Chief Executive Officer, Polly is charged with further developing the organization and growing its resource base with the ultimate goal of empowering poor micro entrepreneurs by providing them with meaningful economic opportunity so they can work their way permanently out of poverty. Polly is responsible for the day-to-day operations of MicroDreams, including new business development, stakeholder relationship management, marketing, outreach and fundraising.

Polly brings more than 22 years of both corporate and non-profit experience to MicroDreams, including 13 years in the microfinance industry. Her work in microfinance has taken her to diverse markets, including Tanzania, Honduras, Haiti, Armenia and the South Pacific (Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu). Prior to MicroDreams, Polly worked at FINCA International and consulted for the Financial Inclusion Practice Area (FIPA) of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). In 2003-04, she managed the Volunteer Team for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Previously, Polly held posts at Accenture and Booz Allen Hamilton and also worked at the Office of Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the Corporate Executive Board. Polly has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, an MA in International Economics and International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from Yale University.

Jonathan Reyes

Jonathan Reyes

Associate

Jonathan is an accounting specialist who brings more than 10 years of both corporate and non-profit experience to TVLLC. His knowledge of building efficient financial reports, budget forecasting and assistance with managing tax duties are essential to TVLLC. Prior to joining TVLLC, Jonathan served 7 years with Programs for Parents, a non-profit organization which promotes quality child care services in Essex County, NJ. His efforts in reporting their financial positions, management of the organization’s benefits programs, and assistance in obtaining state grant funding helped PfP become a leader in the child care service industry in Essex County.

Jonathan also holds an integral part with the SPBD Microfinance Network, having financial responsibilities with both SPBD Singapore and SPBD Delaware companies. He also deals with the accounting of The MicroDreams Foundation, a non-profit microfinance investor. Jonathan is a graduate of William Paterson University with a BS in Accounting.

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