One of our strong supporters, since the very beginning of our initiative in April 2015, has been Roy Budjhawan. Actually, he was the first microfinance expert we dared to share our ideas with on assisting Cuban (starting) entrepreneurs with setting up and improving their small enterprise and the necessary (access to) micro credits. We stayed in close contact and from time to time we met for a coffee or lunch to touch base with our ideas and the progress of Stichting Credit4Cuba. He has always been very enthusiastic on our dream of supporting small and growing entrepreneurs in the evolving Cuba and making a difference to their lives. During our conversations he has been very willing to provide us with the necessary personal advice, on microfinance but also a great listening ear with respect to the development of our non-profit foundation.
Roy is internationally well-known as a microfinance professional and expert. He is active in the microfinance sector since 2006 during which he built significant experience in lending, education and research. He frequently is invited as a guest speaker and moderator at international events sharing his experience, expertise and insight on microfinance as well as on how to assist the people at the bottom of the pyramid in improving their lives. His contribution to poverty alleviation in developing countries in combination with his early personal engagement in our initiative, his open character and of course his knowledge made us pop the question to him to join our Advisory Board. And he accepted! We are very honored to announce that Roy Budjhawan is our fifth, although informal he was our first, member to our Advisory Board. Welcome Roy!
Roy Budjhawan, international banker and microfinance expert. Roy is active in the microfinance sector since 2006 during which he built significant experience in lending, education and research. Next to microfinance he is also active in impact finance in general. He has 22 years of banking experience in Marketing, Retail and Corporate banking, Risk management and Strategy. He is an active member of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, as well as member of the Social Investor Working Group of SPTF. Roy is committed to create social impact for the excluded. In private he holds several board memberships in the cultural sector. He studied Economics and Law in Groningen, the Netherlands and started at ING Bank as management trainee after graduation.