Geoffrey Thige, chief operations officer of Opportunity International Kenya, arrived at our Oak Brook, Ill. offices this week–his first stop in a U.S. tour that culminates as a guest speaker at Opportunity’s conference in San Francisco, Oct. 14-15. With over 15 years of experience in microfinance, COO Thige oversees Transformation, IT, Risk/Compliance and Special Projects at Opportunity Kenya, guiding his staff to directly impact the lives of clients through training programs that enable them to grow successful small businesses. Opportunity Kenya also has a successful partnership with cell phone company Safaricom, which implements M-PESA, a money transfer service that allows clients to make loan repayments, access cash and pay their small business vendors via their mobile phones.
Don’t miss your chance to meet expert international staff member Geoffrey at Opportunity’s conference. He’ll be speaking at several sessions, including two of our breakout sessions, “Fighting Poverty with Technology” and “Banking on Education.” For more on the conference and to register, go to opportunity.org/conference.
Geoffrey Thige invites you to the fall 2011 conference: