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Sam Mendelson

2012 DFID/Citi CSFi Development Fellow

2012/13 DFID/Citi Development Fellow.

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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2012 DFID/Citi CSFi Development Fellow

October 2011 to Present

Arc Finance, Ltd

Knowledge Specialist

November 2012 to Present

CGAP/ World Bank Group

Co-author Microfinance Banana Skins

January 2009 to Present

Sam Mendelson's Education


LL.M Public International Law

2004 to 2005

The University of Western Australia

LL.B Comparative Law international development

1998 to 2003

The University of Western Australia

B.Sc (Psych) Psychology

1998 to 2000

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Heading up multi-stakeholder research programme to narrow the gap between private sector and DFIs in area of client needs, product design, capability and outreach.

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Renewable energy finance and financial inclusion expert and current DFID/Citi CSFI Development Fellow. Head up Knowledge and Sector Linkages at Arc Finance, working with project partners to gather impact data on Arc's small-scale energy finance pilot projects around the world. Currently also the 2012-13 DFID/Citi Development Fellow, a position which seeks to engage the private financial services sector in best practice in financial inclusion. Since 2009, co-author of Microfinance Banana Skins, the gold standard annual survey that ranks the risk perceptions of more than 500 practitioners and close observers of the microfinance industry in over 80 countries - as well as the lead author of the inaugural EFSE Survey. Co-founder of SPA - a small Social Performance consultancy offering bespoke SPM audit, analysis and advisory services to Tier 2 and 3 MFIs. Prior to this, Senior Consultant in the Emerging Markets practice at ESL & Network for four years, and before that Programme Director at the Centre for the Study of Financial Education, a London-based economics think-tank. Widely published, including several dozen articles in Financial World magazine, as well as Americas Quarterly, Prospect, the Guardian, Africa Investor, In-Debate and several other finance or development publications. Currently Consulting Editor to Microfinance Focus, and nominated in 2011 for a Foreign Press Association award in the Feature of the Year category. Recent chapter on Hurdles in Microfinance published in a Globe Law and Business text on Microfinance, and written briefing papers for institutions such as Chatham House and CINI-UK. Keynote or panel speaker at several conferences around the world on Financial Inclusion, energy, MF risk and geopolitics. Undergraduate degrees with Distinction in Psychology and Laws from UWA, and a Master of Laws (in Public International Law) from University College London. Travel a lot but, nominally, live in London.2012 DFID/Citi CSFi Development Fellow @ Heading up multi-stakeholder research programme to narrow the gap between private sector and DFIs in area of client needs, product design, capability and outreach. From October 2011 to Present (4 years 3 months) Knowledge Specialist @ Knowledge and content production, sector linkages, and M&E of various international programmes run by Arc Finance and partners in field of affordable energy access for poor communities in developing countries. From November 2012 to Present (3 years 2 months) Co-author Microfinance Banana Skins @ Co-author with David Lascelles of annual Banana Skins survey of microfinance industry risk - the gold standard report of its kind in the sector From January 2009 to Present (7 years) Lead author, 2012 Stakeholder Survey @ Lead author of survey on risks, opportunities and responsible finance initiatives among MFIs and commercial banks in ENR and SEE countries. Presented in Tblisi. From February 2012 to Present (3 years 11 months) Ex-deputy editor and current freelance contributor @ Deputy and acting editor for a year, and currently contributing writer, on issues of microfiance, social lending, emerging markets and miscellanous other subjects. From May 2006 to Present (9 years 8 months) Co-founder & Director @ From November 2010 to Present (5 years 2 months) Consulting editor @ From August 2011 to January 2015 (3 years 6 months) UK Business Editor @ From February 2010 to January 2015 (5 years) Senior Consultant @ Work with financial services clients, providing monitoring and intelligence services on EU Directives, macroeconomic trends, specific political questions in different countries, and – more recently – analysis of the eurozone crisis. Political and risk analysis of emerging markets. From January 2009 to February 2013 (4 years 2 months) London, United KingdomFreelance writer @ Writing on African tax havens and OECD policy, and microfinance risk in Africa. From May 2009 to March 2012 (2 years 11 months) Contributing writer @ Qatar- Shifting Sands feature From January 2011 to July 2011 (7 months) Freelance contributor @ From February 2010 to June 2010 (5 months) M&E Manager/Communications @ From 2009 to 2010 (1 year) Microfinance training consultant @ Travelled to Kenya Jan-Feb 2009 to report on member training at Jamii Bora Trust, and make recommendations. From July 2008 to July 2009 (1 year 1 month) Contributing author @ Chinese FDI in Africa From November 2008 to February 2009 (4 months) Contributing author @ From August 2008 to December 2008 (5 months) Programme Director @ Ran the research programme of round-tables and reports, on all espects of financial services, macroeconomics and environmental and development issues. From December 2005 to August 2007 (1 year 9 months) LL.M, Public International Law @ UCL From 2004 to 2005 LL.B, Comparative Law, international development @ The University of Western Australia From 1998 to 2003 B.Sc (Psych), Psychology @ The University of Western Australia From 1998 to 2000 Sam Mendelson is skilled in: Microfinance, Research, Social Impact Assessment, Public Speaking, International Development, Macroeconomics, Micro Insurance, Financial Risk, Africa, International Relations

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