Today, Anne Hastings Executive Director of Fonkoze Haiti will be receiving the Women Together Award from the UN. On Wednesday May 21st she will be making a speaking at Microfinance Club of NY and WAM NY at a conference titled “Accompanying the Poorest Out of Poverty: The Effect of the Global Food Crisis”. Please see below invitation for Wednesday.

Fonkoze has been having a positive impact in Rural Haiti for almost 13 years now and I think it would be interesting to hear more about this organization and the leaders behind it.

WAM invites those interested in microfinance to hear Anne Hastings, Executive Director of Fonkoze, Haiti’s largest microfinance institution. Under her leadership, Fonkoze has grown from 2 volunteer employees to over 750 full-time employees. The institution now has 36 branches throughout rural Haiti, with over 165,000 clients, more than 50,000 of whom have microcredit loans.

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
TIME:  6:30-8:00PM
WHERE:  Laura Parsons Pratt Conference Center, 281 Park Avenue South, NY NY 10010

This event is free for MFCNY and WAM members. There is a fee of $10 for non-members.

Please RSVP to mfclubny@gmail.com to confirm your attendance.

Speaker Bio:
Anne Hastings has been the Executive Director of Fonkoze – Haiti’s largest microfinance institution – since May 1996. Under her leadership, the institution has grown from 2 volunteer employees to over 750 full-time employees. The institution now has 36 branches throughout rural Haiti, with over 165,000 clients, more than 50,000 of whom have microcredit loans. In July 2004, Fonkoze spun off its financial services component to form a commercial financial institution. Anne serves on the board of directors of that institution. She also continues to manage the foundation, which is now devoted to monitoring the impact of microfinance on the lives of clients, eliminating illiteracy among its clients, incubating new branches that reach ever poorer and more rural clients with microfinance services, and continually testing and developing innovative new products for the clients of both the commercial entity and the foundation. She is the recipient of the 2005 Pioneer in Microfinance Award of the Grameen Foundation USA. In 2006, she was honored in the First Annual Chiapas Project Recognition Dinner in Dallas, Texas.

Before coming to Haiti, Anne had fifteen years of experience in providing strategic management services to executives and in managing young organizations for high performance and steady growth.  She was Senior Partner and Managing Director of Scanlon and Hastings, a management consulting company in Washington DC, from 1985 to 1996 and a Senior Analyst at Advanced Technology in Reston, Virginia from 1982 to 1985.  Anne holds a PhD from the University of Virginia and an Honorary Doctorate in Business Leadership from Duquesne University.  She completed research fellowships at the Brookings Institute and the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, both in Washington, DC.

Please RSVP to mfclubny@gmail.com to confirm your attendance.

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