Team

Jenny Aker, Director
Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion
Professor of Development Economics,
The Fletcher School

Dr. Aker is an Associate Professor of Development Economics at the Fletcher School and Department of Economics at Tufts
University. She is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, a member of the Advisory Board for CDA,
Frontline SMS and the Boston Network for International Development (BNID). She also serves as the Deputy Director of the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs and is the Interim Director for the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP). After working for Catholic Relief Services as Deputy Regional Director in West and Central Africa between 1998 and 2003, Jenny completed her PhD in agricultural economics at the University of California-Berkeley. Jenny works on economic development in Africa, with a primary focus on the impact of information (and information technology) on development outcomes, particularly in the areas of agriculture, agricultural markets, adult education and financial inclusion; the determinants and impacts of agricultural technology adoption; and the impact of different mechanisms and modalities of social protection (cash and in-kind transfers). Jenny has conducted fieldwork in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, DRC, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Tanzania, as well as Haiti and Guatemala.

Melita Sawyer, Associate Director
Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion

Melita Sawyer is the Associate Director of the Fletcher Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion. Melita has worked in financial inclusion with commercial banks, microfinance banks, and NGOs in Africa, South and Central America, and Asia. In addition to working with the Fletcher Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion since 2011, she was part of the team that launched the Certificate in Digital Money program in partnership with the Digital Frontiers Institute. Prior to coming to Fletcher, Melita was Technical Advisor in Catholic Relief Services’ microfinance unit, working to expand savings groups for poor households. She has worked for banks such as Banco Solidario in Ecuador and Urwego Bank in Rwanda to develop and deliver savings and credit products for poorer clients. Melita earned her PhD from the Fletcher School, and her research focuses on the impact of financial services for the poor. Melita earned her master’s degree in international economics and international development at Johns Hopkins SAIS and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University.

 

Carlo Guicherit, Assistant Director
Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion

Carlo Guicherit joined the FLPFI program in 2015 and now serves as Assistant Director. In this capacity, Carlo is primarily responsible for grant management, workshop facilitation, implementing and developing the Program. Prior to joining FLPFI, Carlo worked in the Implementation Support Branch of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, The Netherlands, assisting with the organization of training courses and workshop for government officials
involved in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. A graduate from the University of Leiden and the Clingendael Institute, Carlo holds an MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maastricht.

 

 

Emma Galin-Attleson, Program Administrator
Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion

Emma Galin-Attleson is the Program Administrator for the Fletcher Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion. Before joining Fletcher, Emma worked in social services as a case manager and program manager in government and nonprofit organizations. She helped low-income populations gain access to shelter, food, healthcare, and employment training. Emma holds a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of California, San Diego.

 

Kim Wilson, Senior Technical Advisor
Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion
Sr. Lecturer,
The Fletcher School

Kim Wilson is Sr. Lecturer at The Fletcher School, while also serving on the board of the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs. Prior to joining Fletcher in 2005, she was Program Director for Catholic Relief Services in South Asia as well as Global Director for Microfinance. Since joining Fletcher, she has consulted widely to organizations like CGAP at the World Bank, United Nations Development Fund and many international NGOs. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she launched the Fletcher Leadership Program in Financial Inclusion, a nine-month program designed for financial regulators. While at Fletcher, she has taught courses in market approaches to development, financial inclusion, human security, poverty and development, and qualitative research methods. She has co-edited and authored books on microfinance and more recently has published on the financial aspects of transcontinental migration. Funds from GiZ, Open Society Foundations, the International Rescue Committee and Catholic Relief Services have allowed her to launch The Journeys Project – a web portal showcasing her own research and that of fellow masters and Ph.D. students on the financial journeys of transcontinental migrants and refugees.