Md. Shafiqual Haque Choudhury co-founded ASAI International in 2007 and has been its Chairman since. In 1978, he founded ASA NGO Bangladesh and remains President of the organisation. He has over 38 years of experience in the microfinance industry and has held numerous senior committee or advisory positions including in the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh in 2007 and at several international microfinance organisations including CGAP-World Bank and UNDP Microstart. He is also a Managing Director of Catalyst Microfinance Investment Company, which he co-founded in 2006.
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.
Guy Dawson has been a Non-Executive Director of ASA International since 2013. His extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director includes The BOC Group and Alliance Boots Holdings Limited. Currently, he holds the position at Egerton Capital Limited, Citywire Holdings Limited and Ridgeway Partners Holdings Limited. He is also a Founding Partner of Tricorn Partners LLP. Guy previously held Vice-Chairman and Chairman roles at Nomura International plc and Merrill Lynch, and served as Head of Corporate Finance and Co-Head of Investment Banking at Morgan Grenfell.
Ms Hanny Kemna has been a Non-Executive Director of the Group since 2018. She is a Non-Executive Director of BinckBank an online bank for investors and savers where she also serves as the Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of Risk and Product Committee. Ms Kemna is also the Chair of the Audit Committee at Menzis, the Chair of the Audit Committee at the National ICT Institute for Healthcare in the Netherlands, a member of the Audit Committee at the Dutch Finance Department and a member of the Audit Committee at the Dutch Department of Justice and Security. 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 also has experience working with Aegon N.V., the European Central Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, UBS AG and various smaller Dutch banks.