During the week of August 27th, Mary O’Keffe will be sharing her experience working to advance financial inclusion. Join the conversation!
Mary O’Keefe is a Microfinance expert with over 20 years experience in the Mexican popular finance sector serving as researcher, consultant and practitioner. She’s had leading roles in financial inclusion studies in Mexico and written on the topic. Her most recent research activity seeks to identify most appropriate products and delivery channels for populations on the verge of financial inclusion. She has also conducted in-depth qualitative research to determine the state of development of financial services of microfinance market and application of the relevant regulatory framework.
Besides her research and publications, Mary established the microfinance institution FINCA Mexico and was the co-founder and operations’ director of CAME. She co-founded and later directed the leading professional development association ProDevelopment: Finance and Microenterprise (ProDesarrollo: Finanzas y Microempresa).
Mary has also served as independent advisor and board member for bilateral development, popular finance, educative and health institutions. She has participated in expert panels to assess strategy of development programs and for financial inclusion, to analyze regulatory and supervisory processes, and to design financial education programs. In conjunction with a group of Mexican experts, Ms. O’Keefe developed a tool to analyze the conditions and actions, both private and public, to achieve financial inclusion.
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