REGULATION & SUPERVISION ♦ FINANCIAL INCLUSION POLICY ♦ DEVELOPMENT
Mr. De Jong has worked extensively with financial cooperatives in his native South Africa as the General Manager of the association of savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs), as the lead supervisor of the Cooperative Banks Development Agency and as a senior analyst at the South African Reserve Bank from where he recently retired. He has extensive experience starting, supervising and analyzing the operations of SACCOs and has worked with SACCOs in several markets in Africa. He is currently working with DGA on a project to assist the National Bank of Ukraine in its supervision of credit unions, training credit union supervisors in Eswatini and serves as the Director of Membership for the International Credit Union Regulators' Network (ICURN).
Mr. Fils-Aimé has 23 years of professional experience in the fields of financial inclusion, development and financing of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). He has previously work for the Inter-American Development Bank for 10 years focusing on money transfers and financial inclusion and has worked for a variety of development partners on programs in Haiti. Together with Dave Grace they are assessing the status of the credit union and microfinance sectors in Haiti to assist the Republic Bank of Haiti (i.e., central bank) in its oversight and supervision of the market. Mr. Fils-Aime has a Master's degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is fluent in French, Creole, Spanish and English.
Ms. Gouro Sall Diagne spent 15 years as a lead supervisor and Senior Director at the Financial Markets Authority in Quebec, Canada overseeing one of the largest credit union groups in the world -- Desjardins. A graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Rouen, France, Ms. Sall Diagne completed her MBA in Canada and was responsible for the Financial Market Authority's internal women’s leadership committee and the monitoring of new technologies in the financial industry. Prior to moving to Canada she worked in her home country of Senegal in commercial banking and for Coopers & Lybrand audit international development projects. She is a chartered accountant and governance expert and fluent in French and English.
A former central banker, as well as a senior vice president in charge of policy/advocacy with the World Council of Credit Unions and a co-founder/ Executive Director of the International Credit Union Regulators' Network (ICURN), Dave excels at helping governments, donors and financial institutions develop policy frameworks. Dave has represented the international credit union movement in discussions with the G20, European Union, Basel Committee and International Accounting Standards Board. He holds an Masters dgree in International Affairs and Finance from Washington University in St. Louis and graduated honors from St. Louis University in Economics and International Business. He has lived and studied in Italy and Spain, is fluent in Spanish and has worked in over 80 countries. Dave blogs for the Center for Financial Inclusion, CGAP and is a research fellow at the Center for Financial Security.