The Social Finance Programme team

The Social Finance Programme operates through a central team based in Geneva, Switzerland, with a few colleagues based in the country offices. In addition, a global Social Finance Network - working in different technical units at headquarters and in field offices around the world - further extends the work of the Social Finance Programme.

Craig Churchill
Craig has more than two decades of social finance experience in both developed and developing countries. In his current position as the chief of ILO's Social Finance Programme, he focuses on the potential of financial services and policies to achieve social objectives.

Craig has authored and edited over 40 articles, papers, monographs and training manuals on various topics including microinsurance, customer loyalty, organizational development, governance, lending methodologies, regulation and supervision, and financial services for the poorest of the poor.

Craig holds an M.A. from Clark University and a B.A. from Williams College, both in Massachusetts.

Speaks: English and French
Ines Bentchikou
Junior Technical Officer
Ines works on the financial inclusion of refugees as part of the PROSPECTS project, and supports the development and promotion of Social Finance’s international programme on financial education. She has experience in SME and value chain development, socio-economic inclusion in fragile settings, systemic approaches and monitoring and evaluation. Before joining the ILO, Ines worked in trade-related technical cooperation to support emerging African designers and develop fashion manufacturing in Africa at the International Trade Centre.

Ines holds an MSc in Emerging Economies and International Development from King’s College London, and a dual B.A. in Global Business Management from NEOMA Business School and Dublin City University.

Speaks: French, Arabic, English.
Valerie Breda
Senior Technical Officer
Valerie leads the ILO’s efforts to promote the transition from cash to digital wage payments and coordinates the Global Centre on Digital Wages for Decent Work. She has over 10 years of experience in financial inclusion and worked on a range of topics including access to finance for workers, digital payments, financial cooperatives and their apexes, and financial education. Before joining the central team in Geneva in 2016, Valerie worked in several ILO offices in Asia and Africa.

Valerie holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Versailles/Saint Quentin and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, France.

Speaks: French, English and Spanish
Nalina Ganapathi
Senior Administrative Assistant
Nalina joined the ILO in 2000 and has been working with the Social Finance Programme for the past 17 years as Senior Administrative Assistant. Apart from the ILO, she has also worked for the World Meteorological Organization and for the United Nations Office in Geneva for 13 years in the area of Administration and Finance.

Nalina holds a Ph.D. in Management and an MBA in Human Resources Management. With a keen interest in research and writing, she has several management-related articles to her credit.

Speaks: English, French, Tamil, and Malayalam.
Yousra Hamed
Senior Technical Officer
Yousra leads the Social Finance's international programme on financial education, financial inclusion for migrant workers, refugees in fragile settings as well as access to finance through employers' associations. She also acts as the coordinator of the Social Finance Network. She has 15 years of experience in access to finance as a researcher and technical specialist. Her research interests include the issues of impact assessment, social performance, microfinance and decent work.

Before joining the ILO, Yousra taught economics and finance at the universities of Le Maine and Reims (France) and worked as a consultant and researcher with NGOs and consultancy firms.

Yousra holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from Université Paris XII, and a B.A. in Financial Management from ISG-Tunis.

Speaks: Arabic, French, English and Spanish
Fadia Jradi
Financial Inclusion Expert
Fadia is the financial inclusion and entrepreneurship officer in the MENA region, where she focuses on Iraq as part of the ILO’s PROSPECT project. She has more than 17 years of experience in financial inclusion. Prior to joining the ILO, Fadia led the operations of social financial service providers and served at the United Nations, leading various microfinance and SME development initiatives. She also founded an NGO dedicated to women and youth empowerment and she is a master trainer in financial education.

Fadia holds a master’s degree in International Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University in the United States, in addition to a B.A. in accounting and a B.A. in Business Administration, both from Beirut Arab University in Lebanon.

Speaks: English, Arabic and French
Margarita Lalayan
Senior Programme Officer
Posted at the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, Margarita is in charge of capacity building and the ILO’s Making Microfinance Work training programmes. She has 19 years of experience in finance and development. Margarita worked with a number of training and research projects focused on organizational development and strategic planning, product development, market research and other aspects of social finance. Prior to joining the ILO, she served as the COO of a grassroots MFI in Armenia.

Margarita holds a degree in Economics from the Armenian State University of Economics.

Speaks: English, Russian and Armenian
Ola Nilsmo
Senior Technical Specialist
Ola works on the ILO’s collaboration with guarantee providers to enhance job creation. This includes the facilitation of capacity building of financial institutions and their clients. He has more than 30 years of professional experience, 25 of which were in international development and focused on private sector development and growth in underdeveloped markets. Prior to joining the ILO, Ola worked with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency on loans and guarantees.

Ola holds an MBA in Business Economics from Uppsala University.

Speaks: Swedish, English and Spanish
Mansour Omeira
Research and Knowledge Management Officer
Mansour is Research and Knowledge Management Officer at the ILO's Global Centre on Digital Wages for Decent Work. His research interests include gender, equality, innovation and sustainability. He has provided research, policy advice, capacity development, technical assistance and resource mobilization services to international organizations, government institutions, businesses, trade unions and non-governmental organizations.

Mansour holds a BA and MA in Economics from the American University of Beirut and a PhD in Management from the University of Neuchâtel.

Speaks: Arabic, English and French
Victor Hugo Sanchez Valverde
Secretary and Administrative Clerk
Victor supports the Social Finance Programme’s administrative and operational activities. He has over 20 years of experience working for the National Bank of Costa Rica as service clerk, accounts manager and accountant. Before joining the team, he worked as a text operator at the ILO TRAITEXT Spanish department, preparing documents for the ILO’s different meetings (International Labour Conference, Governing Body meetings, and regional meetings) and publications.

Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.

Speaks: English and Spanish
Joost Tijdink
Communications and Knowledge Management Officer
Joost supports the programme’s communications and knowledge management activities. Before joining the ILO, Joost worked for the local Dutch government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as NGOs in Moldova and the Netherlands to support communication strategies.

Joost holds an M.S. in political science and international relations from the University of Amsterdam and a certificate in microfinance from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. He completed his bachelor's degree in international communication at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands) and the University of Málaga (Spain). 

Speaks: English, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and French

Sustainable investing

Mónica Mariño
Project Junior Officer
Mónica supports the Social Finance work on innovative finance, providing background research and mapping potential funders. She also supports the work on sustainable investing and social and environmental risk management. Before joining the ILO, Mónica worked in impact investing, development cooperation and as a researcher at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.

Mónica holds a B.A. in Environmental Engineering, a B.A. in Biology from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and an M.A. in Aquatic Tropical Ecology from the University of Bremen, Germany.

Speaks: Spanish, English and German
Fernando Messineo Libano
Technical Officer
Fernando joined the ILO in 2019 and he works on issues related to sustainable investing and social and environmental risk management, particularly with the Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund (AATIF). He previously worked at UNEP Finance Initiative and has several years of experience working in corporate finance, investment banking and private equity in Brazil.

Fernando holds a Master's degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, in addition to a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of São Paulo and an MBA in International Relations from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Speaks: Portuguese, English, French and Italian
Patricia Richter
Senior Technical Officer
Patricia leads the programme’s work on sustainable investing and innovative finance. A development finance professional with twenty years of experience, her expertise covers the areas of social and environmental risk management, social performance, impact measurement, and rural finance with a regional focus on Africa and Asia & Pacific.

She has authored publications on topics including social and environmental management systems, impact measurement as well as on innovative finance. She serves on the Technical Review Committee of the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) and the Steering Committee of the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investing Network (SAFIN). Before joining ILO, Patricia researched financial system development and microfinance in East Africa, served on the Board of the Melton Foundation, and worked as advisor on economic development at a regional parliament in Germany.

Patricia holds a PhD in economics and an M.A. in intercultural management and business administration.

Speaks: German, English and French

Impact Insurance Facility 

Edgar Aguilar
Technical Officer
Based in Côte d’Ivoire at the ILO Regional Office for Africa, Edgar is the focal point for market development in Africa. He is also providing technical support to the ACCEL Africa Project on financial innovation.

Edgar has over five years of field experience developing financial services for smallholder farmers and related value chain actors. Before joining the team, he supported the Impact Insurance Facility designing holistic risk management solutions for agriculture value chains. He also worked with private financial institutions in Ghana and Mozambique in the microfinance industry.

Edgar holds a master's degree in rural development for southern countries and an engineer diploma in agriculture, both from Montpellier SupAgro in France.

Speaks: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese
Aparna Dalal
Senior Research Officer
Based in Hong Kong, Aparna leads the Facility's Research and Innovation initiative. She works primarily on mobile services, bundling insurance with other financial services, analysis and documentation. She has a decade of technology and business management experience in the public and private sector. Before joining the ILO, Aparna was the Director of Special Projects at the Financial Access Initiative at New York University, where she led microinsurance research projects.

Aparna holds a master’s degree in public administration from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas.

Speaks: English and Hindi
Camyla Fonseca
Knowledge and Capacity Building Officer
Camyla leads the Facility's knowledge and capacity building initiative, as well as the Facility’s insurance education work. She is a Certified Knowledge Manager with more than eight years of experience in inclusive insurance and has extensive experience in instructional design and adult learning methodologies. Before joining the Facility team, Camyla worked in international cooperation for education at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo in Brazil, and in urban poverty reduction at the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty of the United Nations Development Programme in Geneva, Switzerland.

Camyla holds a MA in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and a BA in International Relations from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.

Speaks: Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Polish
Lisa Morgan
Technical Officer
Lisa provides expertise on insurance and other risk management solutions in the public and private sectors. She has more than 20 years of actuarial and related experience in Europe, Africa and Asia. Her experience includes pricing, reserving and budgeting for private and national health insurance schemes, as well as developing and managing inclusive insurance projects. Before joining the ILO, Lisa worked in Milliman’s London Health Practice and at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Lisa serves on the board of the International Actuarial Association Health Section and coordinates the Microinsurance Network’s Best Practice Group on Health and Financial Inclusion.

Lisa is a qualified health actuary and Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK. She has a diploma in actuarial management from Cass Business School, London and a B.S. in actuarial science from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Speaks: English and Afrikaans
Pranav Prashad
Senior Technical Officer
Pranav provides technical expertise on agriculture insurance, alternative distribution and mobile services. He is the focal point for market development in Asia. He has more than two decades of experience in insurance and business management. Pranav has initiated and taken to scale agriculture and health insurance projects amongst low-income households in India, utilizing a diverse set of distribution channels and enabling the projects with technology.

Pranav holds an MBA and a bachelor's honours degree in economics, both from the University of Delhi in India.

Speaks: English and Hindi