Mr Dawson has been a Non-Executive Director of ASA International since 2013 and was appointed Chairman of the Board as of 1 January 2021. Mr Dawson will continue to chair the Nomination Committee and the Independent Directors Committee. Mr Dawson has extensive experience as a Non- Executive Director and previously served in that capacity on the Boards of The BOC Group plc and Alliance Boots plc. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Egerton Capital and Citywire Holdings. He was a founding partner of the independent corporate advisory firm Tricorn Partners, and prior to that held senior investment banking positions in London at Nomura, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank.
Dirk Brouwer co-founded ASA International in 2007 and has since served as the company’s Executive Director. He is also the Managing Director of Catalyst Microfinance Investors, which he co-founded in 2006. With over 20 years of experience in investment banking, and 11 in microfinance, he has held several senior and supervisory positions, having acted as a board member of CMI and Founder and Managing Director of Sequoia which he founded in 2002. Prior to this, he spent 14 years working at Merrill Lynch and PaineWebber.
Aminur Rashid is currently the Executive Director of ASA International. Since joining in 2011, he has held the positions of Chief Coordinating Officer and Director. Prior to this, Aminur was a Director of ASA Bangladesh from 1992, closely associated with the company’s micro-finance program. Before joining ASA, Aminur worked at Grameen Bank, a fully regulated specialized bank for microfinance. With over 28 years of experience in microfinance, he has held multiple senior industry positions, and worked in extremely varied developmental contexts including Tajikistan, India, Mexico, and Nigeria.
Praful Patel has been a Non-Executive Director of ASA International since 2013. He is also a Non-Executive board member of IMAGO Global Grassroots and an independent Non-Executive director of CMI. Prior to this, he served as a board member of both the Africa Capacity Building Program and the African Center for Economic Transformation, as well as Chairman of the Appeals Board of the Global Fund and President of the Centennial Group’s African and Middle East Wing. From 2010-2012, Praful was the Leading Expert Panellist for the Program of Infrastructure Development for Africa. From 1974-2008, Praful held several senior leadership roles within the World Bank.
Gavin Laws has been a Non-Executive Director of ASA International since 2013, a position he also holds at Travelex Holdings Limited. He also serves as the Non-Executive Chair at Union Bank UK plc, Berkhamsted Schools Group and Liverpool FC Foundation. Prior to this, he was a Director of Nidebsa Limited and a Trustee of Trans Antarctic Winter Traverse. Until 2012, Gavin worked at Standard Chartered Bank for over 30 years. During that time, he served in several executive roles, both in London and overseas, including Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Regional Head of Governance.
Ms Hanny Kemna has been a Non-Executive Director of the Group since 2018. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Dutch pension provider and asset manager MN. Ms Kemna is also the Chair of the Audit Committee at insurer Vivat – Athora NL, at healthcare insurer Menzis and at the National ICT Institute for Healthcare in the Netherlands. Since 2020 she is serving as a deputy member of the Board of the Dutch Court of Auditors. Ms Kemna worked for Ernst & Young for twenty-two years and she is one of Ernst & Young’s former Global Lead Partner of Operations and IT audit. Ms Kemna has a broad experience in working with international financial and government institutions.
Dr Ahmed is a Non-Executive Director of the Group since 7 December 2020. He is a citizen of Bangladesh and presently is a Professor at Graduate School of Management, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is an Independent Director of Grameenphone Ltd., the largest mobile telecommunications operator in Bangladesh. He is also on the advisory bodies of several government and non-government agencies in Bangladesh and a member of the Board of Trustees of three universities and a postgraduate institute. Dr Ahmed was the Governor of the Bangladesh Bank (Central Bank) between 2005 and 2009, where he was responsible for formulating monetary policy and its implementation as well as regulating the banks and financial institutions. Prior to this he was the Managing Director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), set up by the government of Bangladesh and funded by the World Bank, the apex funding agency of microcredit operations in Bangladesh. He has worked as a Consultant for many international agencies and the World Bank and has authored more than 90 books, reports and journal articles, which have been published in Bangladesh and abroad. Dr Ahmed obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from McMaster University, Canada in 1978. He was a Professor in the BRAC Business School from January 2014 to September 2020.