Our Board of Directors

Accion's Board of Directors brings diverse experience from both the private and public sectors to the organization, including commercial and investment banking, corporate and nonprofit management, and international community development.


Diana serves on the boards of Citigroup, Brookfield Asset Management and Sotheby’s.  She also serves on several charitable boards. She chairs the boards of Accion, Hot Bread Kitchen and Hudson River Park Trust.   Other board memberships include the Mailman School of Public Health and the International Women’s Health Coalition.  She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York.

She earned her AB from Dartmouth College, her MBA from the Columbia School of Business, and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia.

Vice Chair

Ron Hoge serves as a director and consultant to several clean tech startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently Chairman of Pinnacle Engines, an ultra-efficient, low emission internal combustion engine design company. Mr. Hoge has over 40 years of business experience with executive leadership roles in seven different companies on three continents from Fortune 500 firms to venture-backed startups. He was President of Cummins Brasil S.A, President and Chief Executive Officer of Onan Corporation (now Cummins Power Generation), President and Chief Executive of Magnetek, and President of a $1.5 billion aerospace division of Allied Signal. Mr. Hoge has served on a dozen public and non-profit boards over the years. In addition to Accion, he is a Trustee of the EARTH University Foundation and on the Board of the Population Media Center. Mr. Hoge has a BA in Mathematics from Amherst College and an MBA in Marketing from Stanford University. He speaks Portuguese from his years living in Brazil.


Phillip leads RIESE & Others, an investment vehicle in which he focuses on growth stage companies in FinTech and Data Analytics globally. He frequently serves on the board of directors or as a mentor and advisor to portfolio company CEOs and their management teams. In a separate practice, he and his wife Tracey provide strategic facilitation to help leadership teams capture or create opportunities for growth, respond to competitive challenges, and set strategic priorities. Prior to RIESE & Others, Phillip spent 18 years at American Express, retiring in 1998 as President of the Consumer Card Group and Chairman of American Express Centurion Bank. Before American Express, Phillip was division executive in charge of the Merchant Processing Business at Chase. Prior to banking and credit cards, he consulted to and held executive positions in the clothing and textile industry. He holds a joint degree in textile engineering and economics from the University of Leeds, an MBA from the University of Cape Town, and a Masters Degree in Management from MIT.


Barbara Lucas is a securities and banking lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in law, business and government. A former partner and chairperson of the banking department at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Ms. Lucas has represented major U.S. and foreign banks, broker-dealers, primary dealers, derivatives companies and hedge funds on a wide range of banking, securities, corporate, compliance and governance issues. Prior to joining Cadwalader, she was general counsel to what was then known as Citicorp’s Investment Bank, with responsibility for oversight of all legal and compliance functions in Citi’s wholesale securities, commodities, derivatives, structured finance and foreign currency businesses in the U.S. and OECD countries. She also served as chief counsel to the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement and director of its Office of Policy Review, as well as special counsel to the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, in charge of its Corporate Governance Task Force and various regulatory initiatives, including actions culminating in passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. A pioneer in the derivatives business and a long-time adviser to all types of financial services companies, she is the author of numerous articles appearing in a wide range of publications. Ms. Lucas received her undergraduate degree in English from Cornell University and her JD from the Washington College of Law at American University.


Juliet Anammah is Jumia Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Chairwoman of Jumia Nigeria. Jumia is the largest eCommerce platform in Africa and the first African Tech start-up to be listed on the NYSE.

She is an experienced executive with 28+ years of professional experience including 7 + years at Partner / Chief executive level.

Before her current role, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Nigeria, the largest country operations in the Jumia group. She held this position for 4+ years overseeing the growth and transition of Jumia Nigeria from online Retail to full digital ecosystem comprising Marketplace, Logistics and Payments.

Before Jumia, Juliet spent 16 years at Accenture, a global Management Consulting company and was the Partner managing Accenture’s Consumer Goods Practice in West Africa before leaving for Jumia in 2015.

A qualified Pharmacist, she started her career with May and Baker (Sanofi-Aventis) in 1991 holding various roles in Sales and Marketing and Clinical Trial Management before joining Accenture as a Senior Strategy Consultant in 1999.

Juliet also serves on Corporate and non-profit Boards in a non-executive capacity. She is currently on the Boards of Flour Mills of Nigeria Imperial Logistics South Africa as an Independent non-executive director. She is also an at large EXCO member of Consultative Action Group for the Poor (CGAP)

She holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, an MBA (Finance track) and is an alumnus of both Wharton College University of Pennsylvania (AMP) and Yale University.

She is a member of Institute of Directors and Capital Club Lagos Chapter and is the Chairperson of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce eCommerce chapter.

Bob Annibale is a Senior Fellow at the University of London, SOAS, focusing on social and inclusive finance, social entrepreneurship, and financial justice. He is most recognized as the founder and Global Director of Citi Inclusive Finance  (2005-2020) and his additional leadership of Citi Community Development, which is focused on financial inclusion, immigrant integration, affordable housing, and racial justice in the US. Since inception, Inclusive Finance has mobilized over $3.8bn in financing across 36 countries, developing new products with partner institutions and clients that are focused on serving the financial needs of underserved communities, working across Citi’s businesses and geographies. Bob has served on the boards of the Citi Foundation, CGAP (World Bank), the MIX, and the Financial Health Network. He currently serves on the boards of Accion, Grameen America, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp., and the advisory board of Center for Inclusive Finance. He served three terms on the FDIC Chairman’s Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion and was a founding member of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs Advisory Council on Financial Education and Inclusion. He was honored as a “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration for his work supporting immigrant integration and citizenship in the US, and by Euromoney as a “Global Impact Banking Champion.”

Thomas C. Barry is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Management, L.P., an emerging markets investment management company which he founded in 1994. Zephyr has sponsored thirteen specialized investment funds with approximately US $2 billion in committed capital. Zephyr Management has sponsored discrete funds for private equity investing in South Africa, Nigeria, Pan-Africa, Mexico, Korea, India and Sri Lanka.

Prior to founding Zephyr, Mr. Barry was President and CEO of Rockefeller & Co., the investment management arm of the Rockefeller family, from 1983 to 1993. Previously, Mr. Barry was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. from 1969 to 1982 where he was President of Rowe Price New Horizons Fund.

Mr. Barry received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1969 and an undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1966 where he majored in Latin American Studies. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Mr. Barry is active in numerous not-for-profit institutions.

Titus Brenninkmeijer is a social entrepreneur whose work has focused on assisting global entrepreneurs to grow sustainable businesses through the development of commercially viable applications. Titus’ decades long experience in international retail allows him to leverage deep knowledge of consumer behavior and trends to help his partners successfully target current and future consumer needs. Before entering the solar energy industry in 2003, he spent twenty-five years in the retail industry in the UK, Germany, Spain, Brazil and US.

In 2005, Titus founded Solgenix, LLC, to support solar energy entrepreneurs in emerging and developed markets around the world. He is also a co-founding member and sits on the Steering Committee of the REDCO Alliance (Rural Energy Delivery Companies), a group of thirteen solar energy entrepreneurs from Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Brenninkmeijer serves as Chairman of the Energy Access Foundation, which he co-founded in 2006. The EAF is a non-profit organization devoted to providing support and funding for innovation in clean energy delivery in the rural marketplace in emerging markets.

He is a board member of Accion a non-profit institution that helps to build a financially inclusive world and TechnoServe a non-profit which supports entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Titus Brenninkmeijer is also a board member of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and of the Orpheum Theatre in Chatham, MA. He is a member of the Sustainable Change Alliance in Santa Barbara, CA.

Mr. Brenninkmeijer holds a BA from Boston College, an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and resides in a solar-powered home in Santa Barbara, California.

Tara Kenney currently SVP for Boston Common Asset Management, an experienced investment manager and a leader in global impact initiatives dedicated to the pursuit of financial return and social change. Previously, she was a managing director for Deutsche Asset Management, Inc., and acted as a portfolio manager for Scudder’s Latin American equity product for over 15 years. Ms. Kenney’s group had approximately US $6 billion under management in Latin America. She was also named a co-manager of Scudder’s Emerging Markets equity products. Prior to joining Scudder, Ms. Kenney was employed by Bankers Trust in their Latin America Merchant Bank from 1987 to 1994 and began her career at the Chase Manhattan Bank. Ms. Kenney earned an MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1991. She holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and did post-graduate work in economics at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica in Peru.

Elizabeth McCaul is a Member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank. Her areas of interest include supervisory strategy, risk, capital, internal governance, and consistency and quality across the SSM. She focuses on prudential implications in dynamic areas such as financial stability, climate change, FinTech and AML.

She joined the NY State Banking Department as First Deputy in 1995 and served as NY Superintendent of Banks from 1997-2003. She was elected Chair of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, served as a Member of the Federal Financial Institutions Examinations Council, on the Joint Forum for Financial Conglomerates, and as an Instructor for Financial Stability Institute at the BIS.

Before joining the ECB, she worked for Promontory Financial Group where she founded the New York office and served as the Partner-in-Charge, as CEO and Chair of Europe, and Global Head of Strategy. For the first decade of her career she was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs

Michael Miebach, President of Mastercard, is responsible for overseeing the sales, marketing, products, services, and technology organizations for the company. Mastercard’s Board unanimously elected Michael to succeed Ajay Banga as Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2021.

Michael brings deep expertise in digital innovation, emerging technologies, regulation, fintech, and financial services to forge innovative partnerships across the ecosystem. He has a wealth of insights and global experience from a 25-year career spanning payments and banking services and technology.

As Chief Product Officer, Michael helped transform the company’s offerings from consumer cards to providing a variety of multi-rail payment solutions. Michael has been a key driver in developing and executing the strategy to evolve and diversify Mastercard, leading the acquisition of Vocalink and the pending transaction with Nets — to address a broader set of payment flows.

His collaborative approach creates scalable and trusted solutions for the exchange of payments and data towards a more inclusive digital economy where everyone is connected, and everyone can thrive.

He previously led Mastercard across the Middle East and Africa and held senior roles at both Barclays Bank and Citibank.

He is a member of the digital advisory council of Fannie Mae, which makes sustainable homeownership and workforce rental housing a reality for millions of Americans, and a member of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Accion which gives people across the world the financial tools and services they need to prosper. Both roles give Michael the opportunity to pursue his passion for bringing more people greater opportunities in the formal economy. Michael is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House New York City, a charity that offers vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being treated by the world’s leading pediatric cancer hospitals.

Michael holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Passau in Germany. He lives with his family in New York.

Henry Miller has more than two decades of experience in communications and public affairs, managing the reputations, visibility and public policy issues of corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, both domestically and internationally. In addition, Mr. Miller has served as a managing director at Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart (now Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide), one of the top ten public relations firms in the world; as CEO of New York ’92, the nonpartisan nonprofit organization created to manage New York City’s hosting of the 1992 Democratic National Convention; and as deputy chief administrative officer of the City of Atlanta, responsible for external affairs. Mr. Miller holds MA and BA degrees in sociology from the University of Virginia.

Eraj Shirvani is Chairman — Emerging Markets at Credit Suisse. In this role, he works across all divisions to build, maintain and grow relationships and strategic dialogue with key clients, regulators and sovereign entities. Prior to his current role, he was Head of Global Markets in EMEA and Global Head of Solutions. During this period, he was a member of the Global Markets Management Committee, the bank’s UK IB Executive Committee, the UK Culture Steering Committee, as well as Senior Sponsor of the bank’s UK Family Network. He has served on the Board of Credit Suisse International (CSi) and Credit Suisse Securities Europe Ltd (CSSEL). Mr. Shirvani has at various times served as Head of Global Credit Products, Head of Emerging Markets, Head of Rates and FX, and Head of Equity Derivatives among other roles.

Mr. Shirvani served on the Board of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) for 12 years during the period 2004 to 2016. He has also served on the Board of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA). On the philanthropic front, he was previously a member of The Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation Board of Trustees and served on their Finance & Risk Management Committee. He is extremely committed to Credit Suisse’s Campus Recruiting efforts.

Mr. Shirvani joined The First Boston Corporation in 1988 as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Training Program. In 2015, he was awarded a CEO Leadership Award for Overall Outstanding Leadership. The Aeppli Prize is awarded to a senior manager for exceptional leadership over a sustained period of time who has created long-term value by working across teams and divisions and has strengthened the bank’s people and processes as well as the bank’s position in the market place as an integrated bank.

Mr. Shirvani received his B.A. in International Relations and French from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Directors Emeriti

Michael Chu is the co-founder and managing director of Ignia, an investment firm, and a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School, joining the Initiative on Social Enterprises. Previously, Mr. Chu was president and CEO of Accion for six years. Prior to joining the staff, he served on the Board of Accion since 1989. Mr. Chu has extensive private-sector experience and serves on the board of various private companies. He graduated with an AB from Dartmouth College and received an MBA with highest distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School.

Robert Helander is currently managing partner at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. From 1965 to 1976 he worked for International Basic Economy Corporation (IBEC), where he served as group vice president, general counsel, and president and director of several companies associated with IBEC. Mr. Helander is affiliated with a number of organizations with international interest, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Fund for Multinational Management Education. Mr. Helander is also director of the Pan American Society, the Fundacion San Martin de Porres, the Americas Society and the International Center. Mr. Helander graduated from Amherst College and Harvard Law School.

Daniel Martin is an adjunct associate professor at Pace University in New York. He was formerly the president and COO of Milestone Scientific and the president and CEO of E-Z-EM Corporation. Prior to E-Z-EM, Mr. Martin was the president of Sterling Latina and Sterling Europe, with Sterling Drug, Inc. in New York. Before that he also was president and 50 percent owner of the Howland Martin Corporation in New York. Mr. Martin is a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Colombia and Peru, as well as the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Peru. Mr. Martin received a BA in economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Rodríguez Arregui is the founder and chief executive of Ignia, an enterprise building investment firm based in Monterrey, Mexico, focused on investing in and developing commercial enterprises serving the base of the socio-economic pyramid. Formerly, he served as CFO of Vitro, one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world, and of Grupo Salinas’ retail arm, Elektra. He is one of the founders of Banco Azteca, among the two largest banks in Mexico in terms of coverage, and also worked at Accion. Mr. Rodríguez Arregui sits on the boards of Banco Compartamos, an Accion partner microfinance institution; Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; LASPAU; IMEF (Mexican Institute for Finance Executives); and UNIDOS Lo Lograremos, A.C., a Mexican nonprofit dedicated to the social integration of mentally and physically disabled persons, where he also serves as chair. Mr. Rodríguez Arregui holds a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in economics from the Instituto Technológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). In 2005, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

John Scott is a retired corporate vice president of CPC International, where he was employed for forty years. While there, he was responsible for the company’s capital expenditures as well as the coordination of its computer systems worldwide. Earlier, he managed businesses for the company in many Latin American countries. Mr. Scott is a graduate of Princeton University.

Nancy Truitt is senior advisor to the Tinker Foundation Inc. and president of Truitt Enterprises Inc., a development consulting company. Ms. Truitt has more than 35 years of experience in economic and political policy issues in the developing world, working with both multinational corporations and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Truitt received a BA from Stanford University and an MBA in management and international business from New York University. She serves as chair of the Board of the Collaborative Arts Project 21 and as a director of the Yorktown Land Trust.

Advisor to the Board

Sean Foote has been a venture capitalist investing in early stage companies since 1998. He was most recently a Managing Director at Labrador Ventures, investors in more than 100 technology companies including Hotmail and Pandora. Before venture investing, Sean was a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group, working in a wide range of industries such as telecom, computers, healthcare, banking, and automotive on topics ranging from strategic alliances to Internet strategies. Sean also worked as a systems engineer for AT&T Bell Laboratories, developing artificial intelligence systems for testing the most complicated telecommunications networks. Philanthropically interested in education, social investment and microfinance, Sean is founder of Community Promise, an educational focused nonprofit. He is on the boards of directors of Freedom From Hunger and Silicon Valley Microfinance Network, and is the co-founder of Toniic, an angel investor group for impact investors, and Village Capital, a combination of YPO style entrepreneur support and business plan competition style equity investment. Sean is also on the Center for Financial Inclusion Faculty Council and the Frontier Investments Advisory Council. Sean is on the Professional Faculty of the University of California’s Haas School of Business. He teaches Venture Capital and Private Equity as well as the Ashoka Innovation award winning Microfinance Simulcast, which is broadcast in real time to more than 75 business schools around the country. He has also taught classes on entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan’s Business School, University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Sean received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri Rolla (1988), and his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business (1993), where he received the Shermett Award granted to the top 3% of students. He has been on the US National Amateur Triathlon Team and is a singer songwriter (www.myspace.com/seanfoote). For random blog entries, you can visit his blog at http://seanfoote.wordpress.com.

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