• 2012 Experimenting with concepts for Sevak Solutions' next ventures
  • 2009 Continued acceleration in financial and non-financial sectors
  • 2008 Partnered with IFC to establish its mobile financial service business
  • 2007 Began providing acceleration services to emerging market companies
  • 2006 Developed consulting arm to address growing demand
  • 2005 Demonstrated client demand and uptake for agent services during pilots
  • 2003 Defined architecture for next generation financial service delivery to the poor
  • 2002 Led consortium to address challenges of scale in microfinance delivery
  • About US
    Janine Firpo, Co-Founder, President

    Daryl Skoog, VP MIS Services Opportunity International
    Daryl Skoog

    Currently and over the past 12 years Daryl is a leader in pioneering the deployment of world-class banking technology at microfinance institutions. As the head of technology for Opportunity International's global network, he led the move to bring modern banking technology solutions to the growing network of Opportunity's banks. He is a vocal leader in the world of technology for microfinance and development, serving on the board of NetHope, on the board of Sevak Solutions, and as the Chairman of the Microfinance Technology Council. For 22 years prior to joining Opportunity, Daryl held various technology and logistics leadership roles at Federal Express (FedEx), culminating in his role as Chief Information Officer for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) from 1991 through 1998.

    Ingrid Goodspeed, Chief Director, Financial Sector Development, National Treasury in the Financial Sector Policy Unit, South Africa
    Ingrid Goodspeed

    Ingrid Goodspeed has over 25 years banking and financial market experience in the areas of treasury, risk management, compliance, investment analysis, economic research, internal audit, information technology and management information. She joined the National Treasury from her role as Head of Operation Risk at Absa Wealth, a division of Absa Bank. Prior to that, Ingid held various positions including Enterprise Risk Manager and Head of Market Risk Framework at Ned Bank. She also served as an Associate Director in the Financial Services Team of Deloitte and Touche, and worked with Teba Bank, a South African micro-finance institution. Ingrid is also a dissertation supervisor for students of the MBA degree at De Montfort University, UK, and a part-time lecturer of Risk Management at University of Johannesburg's Diploma in Advanced Banking. She is a Governor of the Board and fellow of the South African Institute of Financial Markets as well as a member of other distinguished financial organizations. In 2001, Ingrid was appointed by the Minister of Finance as a member of the Standing Committee for the Revision of the Banks Act, 1990. She has LLB, MBL (cum laude) and BCom Honours (Economics) degrees from the University of South Africa (Unisa), and has published several books.

    Richard Parenteau, Managing Partner, QuickCycle Consulting
    Daryl Skoog

    For the past ten years, Richard leads a consulting firm that provides operating experience to startups and corporations that are restructuring their businesses. The firms' special skills include identifying and resolving issues critical to the success of products, business models, launch and sales growth, organization restructuring or M&A integration. These engagements often include QuickCycle consultants serving actively in executive roles within client companies. Prior to starting QuickCycle, Rich was the Founder & President of gForce Systems, an enterprise software company founded to deliver a scalable web-based solution for rapid corporate training and communications across distributed workforces and sales channels. Rich has also served in executive roles in Cisco Systems, Novell, and Tandem Computers. He started his career as a Systems Specialist and Project Leader at Ford Motor Company's Finance Staff in Dearborn, Michigan. Sevak Solutions has received significant counsel and oversight from Rich since its inception.

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