Event: Anne Hastings of Fonkoze to speak on effect of global food crisis [5/21, NYC]

Accompanying the Poorest Out of Poverty: The Effect of the Global Food Crisis
Date: Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
Time: 6:30-8:00PM
Location: Laura Parsons Pratt Conference Center, 281 Park Avenue South, NY, NY 10010
Cost: Free for MFCNY and WAM members, $10 for non-members.
RSVP: Please RSVP to mfclubny {at] gmail [dot} com to confirm your attendance.
Speaker:Anne Hastings, Executive Director, Fonkoze

Fonkoze office in Cap Haitien (January 2008)
Fonkoze office in Cap Haitien (January 2008)

Description:
Please join us for an evening with Anne Hastings, Executive Director of Fonkoze, Haiti’s largest microfinance institution. Under her leadership, Fonkoze has grown from 2 volunteer employees to over 560 full-time employees. The institution now has 30 branches throughout rural Haiti, with over 120,000 clients, more than 45,000 of whom have microcredit loans.

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 575 full-time employees. The institution now has 30 branches throughout rural Haiti, with over 120,000 clients, more than 45,000 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.

Hat tip Pablo H