Florin Lila is FINCA Impact Finance’s Vice President and Regional Director for Eurasia, where he leads the network’s operations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Based in Pristina, he oversees a loan portfolio of nearly USD 300 million, with the six banks and microfinance institutions under his leadership providing responsible finance to more than 320,000 clients.
Florin joined the company in 2012, first as Deputy Regional Director for Eurasia and then as Chief Executive Officer of FINCA Kosovo before becoming Vice President and Regional Director in 2017. He is a member of the Management Team (MT) of FINCA Impact Finance (FIF) and Chair of the Boards of Directors for Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Florin spearheaded successful financial turnarounds at FIF subsidiaries in Kosovo and Tajikistan, with the former achieving profitability during his tenure as CEO and the second under his leadership as vice president & regional director. He has also overseen the implementation of a number of innovative digital financial solutions to increase efficiency and better serve clients. Most recently, FINCA Bank Kyrgyzstan launched a mobile wallet and FINCA Bank Georgia and FINCA Armenia launched online and mobile banking.
He brings a wealth of banking experience and a distinguished academic background. Prior to joining FIF, he had 13 years of experience in the banking sector including multiple roles at the Executive Management and Board of Directors level in Kosovo and in Ghana.
Florin holds an MA degree in Economics for Business Analysis from Staffordshire University, United Kingdom.
Fisnik Kepuska joined FINCA Kosovo in 2016, initially as Chief Financial Officer and currently, he’s in the role of Chief Operating Officer. In addition to this, he serves as Regional Lead for Eurasia by providing support to Executive Management teams in FINCA’s subsidiaries of Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. He has 18 years of experience in the banking sector in Kosovo, working for international banks such as Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo, NLB Bank in various management positions including branch management, Risk, and finally as Head of Internal Audit. He also served as Deputy CEO in a Banka Ekonomike for four years.
Other work experience includes working as a Teaching Assistant of Marketing course in the University of Prishtina, serving as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Kosovo Banking Association, Chair of the Board of Directors at the public-owned waste management company as well as Audit Committee member in the Insurance company SIGURIA in Kosovo. His initial working experience started as Consultant for the USAID project Kosovo Business Support (KBS) and he continues to offer his pro-bono consulting services to CEED for young entrepreneurs.
Fisnik has a Master of Science (MSc) degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000. Prior to that, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Economics in the University of Prishtina in 1997. Fisnik speaks fluent Albanian, English, Serbian, and Croatian.
For more than two decades, Jerrold has worked in Africa, Caucuses, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East with a focus on institutional development, financial performance, risk management, process optimization and business model reengineers.
Jerrold has been responsible for driving strategic development with finance institutions engaged in rapid growth economies, and has led structural turnarounds to offset a host of countrywide operational challenges that included economic recession, significant local currency devaluations, and high levels of sector wide non-performing loans.
He has been recognized by the United States of America President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for support of financial sector development in Azerbaijan, as well as IFC and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for his contributions in establishment of the first National Credit Bureau of Tajikistan.
Jerrold has attended universities in Austria, France, Sweden, and the United States; with an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Sridhar is a financial services expert with nearly 30 years of experience at Citigroup across Asia, Africa and Europe. During this period he built, grew and transformed businesses, holding key country and regional executive positions including CEO for three countries, Corporate Bank Head for India, Transaction Services Head for Africa and Bank Services Group Head for Central, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. After his time with Citi, Sridhar joined Oliver Wyman as Partner and India Head, and is currently a senior advisor at the leading global management consulting firm. With strong personal integrity, passion, and relationship skills, he has built several winning teams comprising people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
He is now an established non-executive board director/advisor with companies ranging from startups to the largest corporations in India. His deep experience and track record helps him to work with CEOs and boards in areas such as management strategy, business transformation, governance, shareholder interests, risk, and regulatory compliance. He is also an active angel investor and mentor for early stage startups.
Sridhar lives in Mumbai, India. He is a graduate of Delhi University and is also a Chartered Accountant.
Zar Wardak is currently FINCA Impact Finance’s Vice President & Division Director for the East region, where she leads the network’s operations in 7 countries from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia regions. Prior to becoming Division Director, Zar served as Regional Director for the Middle East and South Asia Region, where among other accomplishments she notably helped launch the mobile wallet app “SimSim”, currently used by over 100,000 bank clients of FINCA Pakistan. She also served as CEO of FINCA Afghanistan. Prior to joining FINCA, Zar worked as a financial services industry consultant in Afghanistan and also served as the Texas Regional Sales Integration Director for Citibank in the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Southwestern College in Kansas and a Master of Science in Peace Operations from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
FINCA Azerbaijan Management Board
Our management board brings vast experience, professional skills and expertise from various industry backgrounds.
Timothy Tarrant joined FINCA Azerbaijan in December 2013 as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Before joining FINCA Azerbaijan, Tim worked the last 12 years as CEO for 3 FINCA subsidiaries, including FINCA Siberia, FINCA Georgia, and the combined FINCA Russia (ZAO FINCA). He has also served on various FINCA subsidiary Boards and Audit Committees.
Prior to FINCA, Mr. Tarrant worked as a Director at the American Business Center, an organization that provided consulting and market research services to Western companies operating in the Russian market. He also worked as a Business Analyst in the Corporate Finance division of MCI, a global telecommunications company. Mr. Tarrant has over 20 years of management experience in Russia and the CIS countries.
Mr. Tarrant holds a MBA with a focus on International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in International Relations from the University of Memphis. He also completed the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 2007. He speaks English and Russian.
Muhammad Mobeen Yaqoob joined FINCA Azerbaijan in September 2014. He has more than 16 years of years’ experience in Banking and non-banking industry. Before joining FINCA Azerbaijan he served as a Deputy CFO in FINCA Microfinance Bank Ltd. Pakistan. He was part of management team in acquisition of bank (Kashf Microfinance Bank) by FINCA in Pakistan. He was also part of management team, as financial controller, in successful transformation of Kashf (NBCO) into Kashf Microfinance Bank.
Prior joining FINCA, he worked for few large commercial banks, MCB bank Ltd. and ABN-AMRO Bank Ltd. (formerly Prime Commercial Bank Ltd.) in Pakistan at senior positions in central Finance & Accounts functions for more than 6 years. Besides banking industry, he also acquired 4 years’ working experience in engineering and textile industry of Pakistan.
M.Mobeen holds MBA in Banking & Finance from University of Punjab, Pakistan.
Yadulla Rahimov joined FINCA Azerbaijan in March 2016 as a Senior lawyer, as of June 2016 he has begun to act as a General Counsel, as of November 2016, he was promoted the positon of Head of “Legal Support and High Level Litigations” division of the Legal Department. Effective from January 01, 2020 he was appointed General Counsel and member of the Management Board of the Company.
Before joining FINCA Azerbaijan, Mr. Rahimov worked the last 5 years in public and private sectors including Assistant judge in the Baku Appellate Court, Senior advisor of the International Relations Department in the Ministry of the Transportation of Azerbaijan Republic, Corporate lawyer in the Vision Fond “AzerCredit”, “Caspian İnvestment and Development” and “AAC” Limited Liability Companies.
Mr. Rahimov holds a degree with a focus on International Law from Kafkaz University. He has successfully passed short term courses on “Legal documentation” in the USA, on “Contact law” in the Great Britain. He also holds rank of civil servant”. He speaks English and Russian.
FINCA AZERBAIJAN SUPERVISORY BOARD
Our Board of Directors brings a breadth of expertise and dedication to providing access to responsible financial services.
FINCA IMPACT FINANCE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP
The FINCA Impact Finance leadership team manages a global organization of more than 12,000 employees
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