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The Team

 

The Executive Team includes:

Duncan Power is the Group CEO. Duncan is a banker who has developed Microfinance Projects and Social Businesses in Asia, Australia and Europe over a 20-year period.

Duncan joined British registered Bank Mercury Provident (now known as Triodos Bank) in 1989 as CEO following a career in Accountancy in New Zealand. The bank specialised in making loans to organisations that were for community benefit as well as being financially viable. During the 5 years he was at the helm of this bank, the balance sheet grew over 600%. After 5 years in the role and overseeing the successful merger with Triodos, he was appointed by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in London as Manager responsible for establishing a social investment loan fund for Charities.

Duncan returned to Australia to establish CAF Australia, which during his 10-year tenure facilitated over A$120m of grants in Australia and Asia. Annual donations facilitated in Australia amounting to nearly 1% of total Australian tax deductible donations by 2009.

Duncan was a co-founder of SEFA, a Social Enterprise Loan Fund in Australia established to provide tailored finance to social enterprises on commercial terms together with targeted business advice and support. Duncan established Dana Asia in 2011 as a specialist organisation supporting philanthropists to donate in the Asian region in a transparent and sustainable manner.

 

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Katrina Dunn is the CEO Australia and Group Deputy CEO of Grameen Australia. Kat started her career as a lawyer at Clayton Utz, was on the senior leadership team and Diversity Council at Perpetual Limited and most recently served as COO of tech media company, Ideapod.

She is the creator of F-OFF: Fear of Failure Forum, and publically advocates the need to overcome our national fear of failure in order to innovate. She is on the expert panel of new media disruptor Cockatoo Co. Lab, which showcases innovation and entrepreneurship from rural Australia.

Kat is passionate about empowering humans rich or poor to grow their potential.

 

Michelle Sawyer is the Operations Director. She more than twenty-five years experience in both Australia and Singapore as a Research Analyst and Project Manager predominately for Macquarie Group, one of Australia’s leading banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services providers with offices across the world. In the research role, Michelle analysed Australian listed resources stocks whilst in the Project Management position Michelle coordinated the development and implementation of a number of global IT systems.

Michelle has also worked for an Aboriginal Native Title Consultancy, a Communications and Marketing Group and an Executive Search firm.

Michelle has always had a keen interest in the Asian region having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Asian History and Anthropology at the University of Sydney.

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAJaAAAAJDhjOWU1YWUwLWU3YTQtNDNkOS1hYTliLTlhOWIzNjAzZTRjMAPrometheus Siddiqui is the Projects Director. He is a development professional who was academically trained in economics with a significant range of experiences including economic research studies, financial analysis, business plan formulation, project management, external relations and communications. As a member of the executive and management team Prometheus promotes the organization into the corporate and donor market and to the expanding Grameen network, formulates strategies and action plan for the Grameen Australia group and manages and provides support to social business, microfinance and other special projects in Australia and other regions (such as Bangladesh, the Philippines and Cambodia). 

Prometheus commenced his career at a multinational investment bank (NDB Capital Limited, with HQ in Colombo Sri Lanka) as a management associate and went on to serve as a volunteer consultant in the Inclusive Finance team of UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) at the regional headquarters of United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand. He has been working with the Grameen family of companies chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus since 2012. As the Coordinator of the Social Business Unit and a management team member of Grameen Telecom Trust, he managed a wide range of income generation and livelihood social business projects.
 
Prometheus completed his Bachelor of Science in Economics (minor in finance and accounting) from North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, with academic distinctions (summa cum laude) while working as a teaching assistant. He is the first Bangladeshi recipient of an international scholarship, the Chevron International REACH Scholarship. He has completed the Master of Business degree at Victoria University with High Distinction average and tutors in the University’s Masters program and at the Asia Pacific International College. Prometheus is a published writer for newspapers and magazines, and has served in international and national voluntary organisations and philanthropic causes.