Advisory Board

The Advisory Board consists of individuals who are in a position to assist in the growth of the company as a virtue of their rich experience, relevant skill sets and broad contact networks.

Dr. Arvind Ashta

Dr. Arvind Ashta is Senior Professor in Finance, Control & Law at The Burgundy School for Business and holder of chair in Microfinance. He began his academic career at Stephen’s College, University of Delhi in economics, post-graduated in Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, followed by a LL.B. at the Law Center-2, University of Delhi and a D.S.U. in Political Science at the University of Paris 2 where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Law. Arvind has research and teaching experience in various universities, business schools and other institutes in the USA, France, Germany and Belgium. His research interest spans from ethical questions such as interest rate ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility to microfinance regulation and technology.

Arvind is author and co-author of some 30 articles in academic and professional journals and more than 90 papers. Arvind’s students received the Best Mémoire prize for 2004, 2005 and 2006. He speaks English, French and Hindi.

Christian Andersen

Christian Andersen has held senior management positions in emerging markets since 1997 and is currently heading a Asia-Pacific business unit for a US industrial company.

He has been active in business development in South East Asia and Vietnam in particular for several years. Christian’s entrepreneurial instincts have led him to successfully launch an import and distribution business for children’s apparel in Japan – and to be a business angel to several start-ups. Through his investments, he has in recent years become involved in the microfinance arena and is currently assisting Microfinance Strategy in developing its consulting activities in Southeast Asia.

Christian holds an Executive MBA from IMD International (Switzerland) and a degree in Marketing Management from Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). He speaks Danish, English and Japanese


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