Our Team

Arvind Ashta, Holder of the Chair, has published many articles on microfinance. He participates in major conferences in this field and teaches regularly at foreign universities in the United States, Belgium and Germany. He is a member of the research networks such as "European Microfinance Platform," "European Microfinance Network" or the CERM (Centre for European Research in Microfinance)."

Professor Djamchid Assadi, is a specialist in strategy and online marketing. His research focuses on the impact of non-economic factors on the buying behavior and strategic behavior and "Peer-to-Peer" relations including "social lending". He teaches the course "Microfinance Strategy and Marketing."

Professor Laurence Attuel-Mendes, Doctor of Law and expert on legal aspects of business, co-authored numerous articles in international journals. She participates in major conferences in this area and is interested in regulatory issues such as those relating to the usury rate and the history of microfinance in different religions.

Professor Cornelia Caseau, PhD, University of Vienna (Austria), researcher, German professor at the ESC Dijon (Burgundy School of Business) and at Sciences Po Paris (Central and Eastern European Campus) and head of the Languages and Cultures Department of the ESC Dijon. Recently she has specialized in research on Turkish immigrants in Austria. She has participated in international conferences about diasporas and the economic integration of immigrants in Austria and published articles about the same topic. Her most recent research has focused on the Raiffeisenbank of Vienna, and its philosophy of integration of the Turkish community, and the development of microfinance in Austria.

Mawuli Couchoro is professor at the University of Lomé in Togo. PhD in economics from the University of Poitiers, his research generally focuses on the microeconomics of microfinance applications. He is very active in issues related to the development of microfinance in Togo.

Gloria Estapé-Dubreuil

Glòria Estapé-Dubreuil is professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain. With a degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics and Business Administration, her usual teaching subjects are on quantitative methods of management. Her present research interests lie in the areas of social credit, and on the development of models and applications of quantitative analysis to decision-making issues. She has a number of publications both in national and international journals, and actively participates in international conferences.

marek hudon

Marek Hudon has a PhD in economics and is management professor at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, after some research experience at Harvard University. He works n ethical issues in microfinance. His current research topics focus on the concepts of public policy on microfinance. He teaches business ethics.

Zaka Ratsimalahelo

Zaka Ratsimalahelo teaches and researches at the University of Franche-Comté-Besançon. His research is on applied and theoretical enonmetrics, development economics and microfinance. He is member of the Applied Econometrics Association (AEA)

Samanthala Hettihewa

Samanthala Hettihewa is Senior Lecturer in finance at the University of Ballarat, Australia. She has taught in Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka and New Zeeland, and is extensively published in academic journals, including such venues as the Journal of Business Ethics, Small Business Economics and Journal of International Business Studies. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Financial Planner Australia (FPA).

Chris Wright

Chris Wright has a multi-disciplinary PhD from Simon Fraser University with concentrations in Financial Accounting, Micro-economics, and Marine Ecology. Currently, he is the Professor of Accounting and the Convenor of the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) and the Bachelor of Professional Accounting (BPA) at the Holmes Institute (Australia). Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide, the Professor of Accounting and Head of the School of Business at the Melbourne Institute of Technology, and the Professor of Accounting at Lincoln University (New Zeeland). His research interests are in accounting theory, micro & small business, microfinance, corruption, teaching, and finance.

Vitalie Bumacov joined the team in 2010 for research on the application of credit scoring and scoring of poverty in microfinance institutions. He also works on the concept of gender inequality in access to financial services. He has extensive field experience in various microfinance projects in Asia and Eastern Europe.

Hayyan Alia conducts research on online loans and microfinance. Before joining the team of the Chair, he graduated from the European Master in Microfinance at the Free University of Brussels and has a Master in Financial Markets from the Arab Academy in Syria. His research interests also focus on social entrepreneurship and CSR.

Saleh Khan. At PwC Luxembourg, Saleh is responsible for working with the International Development Assistance and Impact Investing Practices which involves the formulation and implementation of numerous projects with supranational bodies. Saleh has over ten years of experience in the design, management and evaluation of development projects of large-scale cooperation with some of the largest development aid. Various missions in Southeast Asia and West Africa have enabled him to gain considerable experience in the field. Saleh has also directed two microfinance institutions in leading West African.

Isabelle Demay, holds a Master in Finance from University Paris IX Dauphine. After teaching management control, she now runs the Corporate Relations Department of the Groupe ESC Dijon-Bourgogne. She has participated in several training and research projects in Togo, as part of the activities of the Chair.

Geoff Archer is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management and the Director of the Eric C. Douglass Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC Canada. Additionally he holds elected executive roles with the International Council for Small Business and the Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship. His research and practical work in microfinance is focused on understanding the entrepreneurship of microfinance.

Nadiya MARAKKATH is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She teaches courses in finance, microfinance and quantitative research methods to masters students at TISS. She has earnred her PhD in microfinance and published in this area. Currently researching on inclusive finance models, legitimacy and sustainability challenges in social enterprises and social financing issues.

Yaya Koloma is professor and researcher at ISTOM, a School of International Agro-development. He teaches Development Economics (Development Macroeconomics, Development Microeconomics), His research in the domain of Development Economics notably focuses on Poverty, Microfinance, Microinsurance, Agriculture, Gender, Vulnerability, Youth, Microenterprise in African area.