Mrs. Diana Cazacu-Jamieson is a banking executive, advisor and entrepreneur with vast experience in the financial sector and technology. She has a passion for financial inclusion of micro and small entrepreneurs, including small holder farmers. She held executive positions in 3 microfinance and SME banks in Kenya and Mozambique, started 5 microfinance banks and conducted more than 45 consultancy projects in her 22 years career. She is currently managing Advision Finance and Avrio Impact, two consulting and technology companies that focus on sustainable solutions for entrepreneurs, financial institutions and investors. She is a member of the Board of Directors, member and founder of Digital financial services committees for two microfinance banks in Malawi  and DRC, and Technology and DFS Advisor for the Board of Directors of an international impact investor based in Norway.

Mrs. Cazacu-Jamieson lived on the African continent for 14 years (Malawi, Mozambique and Kenya) and worked in more than 20 countries. She has a Master Black Belt Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University and a Design thinking certification with more than 20 business process improvement and innovation design projects completed in the last 15 years.

“Supporting the right kind of entrepreneurial activity can unlock the potential of a country’s economy. Small and micro businesses are quicker to adapt to change and more likely to explore new ideas and bring innovation to the market. They create diverse jobs and incentivise investments for experimenting proof of concepts. A country’s economy needs both small and large businesses. The larger firms are well positioned to create business scale and serve large numbers of consumers, invest in research and development and influence policy. A proportionate ratio between micro/small businesses and larger businesses is important to be maintained for the economic growth not to suffer.” – Diana Cazacu

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