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Management Committee

Harold Rosen

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - WASHINGTON DC
Bio

In 2004, Harold Rosen founded and led IFC’s Grassroots Business Initiative, which spun off into the Grassroots Business Fund in 2008.

Prior to his work with GBI and GBF, Harold created and served as Director of the Small and Medium Enterprise department, a joint IFC/World Bank department established in March 2000. During his time at IFC, he also served as an Investment Officer in IFC’s Latin America and Africa Departments; IFC’s Manager for Financial Planning and Policy; a member of the task force starting IFC’s operations in the former Soviet Union; Manager in IFC’s Asia Department; and Director of IFC’s Central and Southern Europe Department. He has both funded and managed large investment portfolios, and he played a major role in starting IFC’s microfinance and SME activities, including creation and management of the Mekong and Southeast Europe Small Enterprise Facilities, two of the field-based, SME oriented technical assistance initiatives funded by the IFC and other donors and managed by IFC.

Harold joined the World Bank Group in 1978 through the Young Professionals Program. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard, and Bachelors and Masters in regional science degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jaime Ramirez

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER - WASHINGTON DC
Bio

In 2008, Jaime Ramirez joined part of the founding team of the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF). Jaime is responsible for managing GBF’s investment activities globally, including the delivery of Business Advisory Services. Prior to his current role as Chief Investment Officer, he served as GBF’s Portfolio Manager for the Latin America and Asia regions.

Jaime has over 15 years of experience in finance, project management, risk analysis and operations consulting in developing countries. He has helped develop GBF’s operations, standards and initiatives. Jaime became familiar with high impact businesses as a business associate for Gone Rural in the Kingdom of Swaziland, where he supported the management team through an assignment with MBAs Without Borders.

Jaime holds a BSc in Physics from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, an International MBA from EAE Business School and a specialization in Structured Financial Products from Institut d’Estudis Financers in Spain.

Jaime is fluent in English and Spanish and intermediate in French and Italian. Jaime has lived in Colombia, Peru, Spain, the Kingdom of Swaziland and is currently based in the United States.

Lilian Mramba

AFRICA REGIONAL DIRECTOR - NAIROBI, KENYA
Bio

Lillian leads the overall GBF strategy in Africa, including management of the investment portfolio, business advisory programs, and impact measurement activities, as well as business development and partnership building. Prior to GBF, Lilian worked as a Business Assurance Manager at Moss Adams LLP and as an Associate at African Development Bank in Tunis. Lillian received an MBA with honors from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of Idaho with a BS in Accounting and Finance; she is also a Certified Public Accountant. Lillian is fluent in English and Kiswahili, and conversational in Spanish and French. She enjoys running, exploring the world and most recently, adventure sports.

 

Natasha Barantseva

LATAM REGIONAL DIRECTOR - LIMA, PERU
Bio

Natasha is responsible for positioning GBF in the Latin America region while building partnerships, identifying and structuring new investment opportunities, and supervising GBF’s portfolio and BAS programs in Latin America. She is also in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Lima office. Natasha previously worked in international finance as a Transaction Leader for IFC’s Grassroots Business Initiative (GBF’s predecessor). She holds a BA in Economics from the International University in Moscow, an MA in Liberal Arts with focus on Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Georgetown University and a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from INSEAD. Natasha speaks Russian, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. She enjoys running, playing tennis, dancing salsa and traveling.

 

Team

Victoria Garzon

Operations, Legal and Compliance - Washington, DC
Bio

Victoria is responsible of providing legal advice, reviewing and drafting all legal agreements, and doing QA on compliance with donor requirements. Also, she supports overseeing the day-to-day management of GBF.  Victoria previously worked in British American Tobacco, Posse Herrera Ruiz, and Microsoft. She holds a bachelor’s in law from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and has a post-graduate degree in International Business Law at the same university.

Victoria is fluent in Spanish and English. In her free time, Victoria enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and cooking.

Karoney Jerotich

Investment Analyst - NAIROBI, KENYA
Bio

Karoney is an Investment Analyst in the Nairobi office. In her role, she conducts industry, market, and company research in the context of exploring investment opportunities, and assessing business risks in the region. She supports the team in conducting due diligence, including financial due diligence and modeling. She also supports the management of existing investments, including conducting financial analysis, developing and implementing business advisory projects, and assessing social returns on investments. Karoney also supports the Nairobi office’s donor-funded programs. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Financial Economics from Strathmore University. She has earned CFA Level I and is a CFA Level II Candidate.

Karoney is fluent in English and Kiswahili; she loves running, biking, baking, and hanging out with family and friends.

Darshan Dhakan

Investment Officer - NAIROBI, KENYA
Bio

Darshan leads investment activities and client supervision for India and Africa portfolio.  Prior to GBF, Darshan worked as a Senior Associate in the Advisory Department in Grant Thornton’s Kenya office, where he was involved in due diligence, valuations, financial modelling, internal audits and forensic audits. He holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from City University, London and a Master’s degree in Finance & Investment from Nottingham University.  His hobbies include travelling, reading and occasionally hiking.

Fiorella Capristan

LatAm Administrative Assistant - Lima, Peru
Bio

Fiorella helps coordinate all office operations for GBF’s LatAm office. Prior to GBF Fiorella has worked in service companies in charge of cash management, in sales and in customer service. She is studying Marketing at San Ignacio de Loyola Institute and is also working towards a Digital Marketing program at Biia Lab, Perú. She speaks Spanish (native) and English. In her spare time, Fiorella enjoys spending time with family and traveling.

Favorite aspect about GBF: “Learning and working with such a friendly team.”

Julio Ayca

LATAM PORTFOLIO MANAGER - LIMA, PERU
Bio

Julio manages the day-to-day portfolio activities and supervises BAS performance and E&S compliance. Julio was as a Senior Investment Officer in CASEIF, a venture capital fund focused on Central America, and as a researcher at INCAE, where he wrote more than 35 academic documents published in Revista de Empresa, the Journal of Business Research, the European Case Clearing House, and Harvard Business Online. Julio holds an MBA from INCAE Business School and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad De Lima. He has lived in Central America for 11 years and is fluent in Spanish and English. He enjoys running, outdoor activities and spending time with his wife and two kids.

Favorite aspect about working at GBF: “I like GBF’s mission and the commitment of the staff, which has achieved challenging targets during the last year.”

Laila Kassam

INVESTMENT ANALYST - NAIROBI, KENYA
Bio

Laila supports the Africa investment team in supervision and portfolio management. Her main roles include updating models, preparing quarterly financial and operational reports for investees, and supporting the valuation process. She plays an important role in global portfolio management supporting the CIO in preparing investor reports and responding to investor requests. In addition to her investment role, Laila supports the Nairobi office and DC office in finance and administrative matters. Laila graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Finance at the United States International University with a completion date of 2020.

Laila is fluent in English and Kiswahili; she loves studying, exercising, spending time with family and her dogs

 

Olga Egorova

INVESTMENT OFFICER - LIMA, PERU
Bio

Olga supports the analysis of potential investments and the supervision of GBF’s Latin America portfolio. She has worked previously in macroeconomic research and data analysis, having conducted corporate strategy development and modeling of international energy markets for a major Russian oil company. She also has worked as an Investment Banking analyst. Olga holds a BS and a MA in Economics from Moscow State University, and an MBA from University of Michigan. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Russian. In her free time Olga enjoys going to concerts, cooking Russian food and traveling.

Favorite aspect about working at GBF: “Working with purpose in a super friendly and collaborative environment.”

Rose Galamgam

FINANCE OFFICER - WASHINGTON, DC
Bio

Rose handles GBF’s Accounts Receivable and prepares cash flow planning, capital calls, month-end reports and data entry for tax filing. In addition, she coordinates with the accountants on a daily basis and handles audit work. Rose worked as a consultant for the IFC and IBRD consulting on finance projects. Prior to consulting, she served as a Finance/Budget Officer at IFC and as a Budget Analyst at the Asian Development Bank in Manila. Rose holds a post-graduate Certificate in Finance from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila. She is fluent in English and Tagalog, and she enjoys gardening and going out of town with family and friends.

Favorite thing about GBF: “My favorite thing in GBF is when reflows come in 100% and in a timely manner. I’m also excited about GBF’s next (larger) phase – couldn’t wait to prepare the first capital call.”

Africa

Karoney Jerotich

Investment Analyst - NAIROBI, KENYA
Bio

Karoney is an Investment Analyst in the Nairobi office. In her role, she conducts industry, market, and company research in the context of exploring investment opportunities, and assessing business risks in the region. She supports the team in conducting due diligence, including financial due diligence and modeling. She also supports the management of existing investments, including conducting financial analysis, developing and implementing business advisory projects, and assessing social returns on investments. Karoney also supports the Nairobi office’s donor-funded programs. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Financial Economics from Strathmore University. She has earned CFA Level I and is a CFA Level II Candidate.

Karoney is fluent in English and Kiswahili; she loves running, biking, baking, and hanging out with family and friends.

Darshan Dhakan

Investment Officer - NAIROBI, KENYA
Bio

Darshan leads investment activities and client supervision for India and Africa portfolio.  Prior to GBF, Darshan worked as a Senior Associate in the Advisory Department in Grant Thornton’s Kenya office, where he was involved in due diligence, valuations, financial modelling, internal audits and forensic audits. He holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from City University, London and a Master’s degree in Finance & Investment from Nottingham University.  His hobbies include travelling, reading and occasionally hiking.

Laila Kassam

INVESTMENT ANALYST - NAIROBI, KENYA
Bio

Laila supports the Africa investment team in supervision and portfolio management. Her main roles include updating models, preparing quarterly financial and operational reports for investees, and supporting the valuation process. She plays an important role in global portfolio management supporting the CIO in preparing investor reports and responding to investor requests. In addition to her investment role, Laila supports the Nairobi office and DC office in finance and administrative matters. Laila graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Finance at the United States International University with a completion date of 2020.

Laila is fluent in English and Kiswahili; she loves studying, exercising, spending time with family and her dogs

 

Lilian Mramba

AFRICA REGIONAL DIRECTOR - NAIROBI, KENYA
Bio

Lillian leads the overall GBF strategy in Africa, including management of the investment portfolio, business advisory programs, and impact measurement activities, as well as business development and partnership building. Prior to GBF, Lilian worked as a Business Assurance Manager at Moss Adams LLP and as an Associate at African Development Bank in Tunis. Lillian received an MBA with honors from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of Idaho with a BS in Accounting and Finance; she is also a Certified Public Accountant. Lillian is fluent in English and Kiswahili, and conversational in Spanish and French. She enjoys running, exploring the world and most recently, adventure sports.

 

Latin America

Fiorella Capristan

LatAm Administrative Assistant - Lima, Peru
Bio

Fiorella helps coordinate all office operations for GBF’s LatAm office. Prior to GBF Fiorella has worked in service companies in charge of cash management, in sales and in customer service. She is studying Marketing at San Ignacio de Loyola Institute and is also working towards a Digital Marketing program at Biia Lab, Perú. She speaks Spanish (native) and English. In her spare time, Fiorella enjoys spending time with family and traveling.

Favorite aspect about GBF: “Learning and working with such a friendly team.”

Julio Ayca

LATAM PORTFOLIO MANAGER - LIMA, PERU
Bio

Julio manages the day-to-day portfolio activities and supervises BAS performance and E&S compliance. Julio was as a Senior Investment Officer in CASEIF, a venture capital fund focused on Central America, and as a researcher at INCAE, where he wrote more than 35 academic documents published in Revista de Empresa, the Journal of Business Research, the European Case Clearing House, and Harvard Business Online. Julio holds an MBA from INCAE Business School and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad De Lima. He has lived in Central America for 11 years and is fluent in Spanish and English. He enjoys running, outdoor activities and spending time with his wife and two kids.

Favorite aspect about working at GBF: “I like GBF’s mission and the commitment of the staff, which has achieved challenging targets during the last year.”

Natasha Barantseva

LATAM REGIONAL DIRECTOR - LIMA, PERU
Bio

Natasha is responsible for positioning GBF in the Latin America region while building partnerships, identifying and structuring new investment opportunities, and supervising GBF’s portfolio and BAS programs in Latin America. She is also in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Lima office. Natasha previously worked in international finance as a Transaction Leader for IFC’s Grassroots Business Initiative (GBF’s predecessor). She holds a BA in Economics from the International University in Moscow, an MA in Liberal Arts with focus on Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Georgetown University and a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from INSEAD. Natasha speaks Russian, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. She enjoys running, playing tennis, dancing salsa and traveling.

 

Olga Egorova

INVESTMENT OFFICER - LIMA, PERU
Bio

Olga supports the analysis of potential investments and the supervision of GBF’s Latin America portfolio. She has worked previously in macroeconomic research and data analysis, having conducted corporate strategy development and modeling of international energy markets for a major Russian oil company. She also has worked as an Investment Banking analyst. Olga holds a BS and a MA in Economics from Moscow State University, and an MBA from University of Michigan. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Russian. In her free time Olga enjoys going to concerts, cooking Russian food and traveling.

Favorite aspect about working at GBF: “Working with purpose in a super friendly and collaborative environment.”

USA

Victoria Garzon

Operations, Legal and Compliance - Washington, DC
Bio

Victoria is responsible of providing legal advice, reviewing and drafting all legal agreements, and doing QA on compliance with donor requirements. Also, she supports overseeing the day-to-day management of GBF.  Victoria previously worked in British American Tobacco, Posse Herrera Ruiz, and Microsoft. She holds a bachelor’s in law from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and has a post-graduate degree in International Business Law at the same university.

Victoria is fluent in Spanish and English. In her free time, Victoria enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and cooking.

Harold Rosen

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - WASHINGTON DC
Bio

In 2004, Harold Rosen founded and led IFC’s Grassroots Business Initiative, which spun off into the Grassroots Business Fund in 2008.

Prior to his work with GBI and GBF, Harold created and served as Director of the Small and Medium Enterprise department, a joint IFC/World Bank department established in March 2000. During his time at IFC, he also served as an Investment Officer in IFC’s Latin America and Africa Departments; IFC’s Manager for Financial Planning and Policy; a member of the task force starting IFC’s operations in the former Soviet Union; Manager in IFC’s Asia Department; and Director of IFC’s Central and Southern Europe Department. He has both funded and managed large investment portfolios, and he played a major role in starting IFC’s microfinance and SME activities, including creation and management of the Mekong and Southeast Europe Small Enterprise Facilities, two of the field-based, SME oriented technical assistance initiatives funded by the IFC and other donors and managed by IFC.

Harold joined the World Bank Group in 1978 through the Young Professionals Program. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard, and Bachelors and Masters in regional science degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jaime Ramirez

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER - WASHINGTON DC
Bio

In 2008, Jaime Ramirez joined part of the founding team of the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF). Jaime is responsible for managing GBF’s investment activities globally, including the delivery of Business Advisory Services. Prior to his current role as Chief Investment Officer, he served as GBF’s Portfolio Manager for the Latin America and Asia regions.

Jaime has over 15 years of experience in finance, project management, risk analysis and operations consulting in developing countries. He has helped develop GBF’s operations, standards and initiatives. Jaime became familiar with high impact businesses as a business associate for Gone Rural in the Kingdom of Swaziland, where he supported the management team through an assignment with MBAs Without Borders.

Jaime holds a BSc in Physics from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, an International MBA from EAE Business School and a specialization in Structured Financial Products from Institut d’Estudis Financers in Spain.

Jaime is fluent in English and Spanish and intermediate in French and Italian. Jaime has lived in Colombia, Peru, Spain, the Kingdom of Swaziland and is currently based in the United States.

Rose Galamgam

FINANCE OFFICER - WASHINGTON, DC
Bio

Rose handles GBF’s Accounts Receivable and prepares cash flow planning, capital calls, month-end reports and data entry for tax filing. In addition, she coordinates with the accountants on a daily basis and handles audit work. Rose worked as a consultant for the IFC and IBRD consulting on finance projects. Prior to consulting, she served as a Finance/Budget Officer at IFC and as a Budget Analyst at the Asian Development Bank in Manila. Rose holds a post-graduate Certificate in Finance from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila. She is fluent in English and Tagalog, and she enjoys gardening and going out of town with family and friends.

Favorite thing about GBF: “My favorite thing in GBF is when reflows come in 100% and in a timely manner. I’m also excited about GBF’s next (larger) phase – couldn’t wait to prepare the first capital call.”