Greetings — from all corners of the globe! Our team members may not share time zones, but we do share a passion for building a person-to-person microlending community that overcomes the barriers of location and circumstance to help deserving, driven entrepreneurs all over the world.

Some of us are full-time staff, but most of us are volunteers who either work with Zidisha from our own homes around the world or have actually relocated to developing countries to serve as ambassadors to current and prospective entrepreneurs.

Check out our Volunteer page to learn about our volunteer and internship opportunities.

  • Julia Kurnia
    Master's degree in International Economics. Developed grant projects in Africa for the US government and worked with Kiva and MyC4 field partner microfinance organizations before founding Zidisha. Enjoys practicing Indonesian martial arts.

Julia Kurnia   |   Director

Sterling, Virginia         LinkedIn

  • Rodrigo Reyes
    Master's degree in Computer Science. Rodrigo has been programming since he was 12 and has worked for startups all over the world for the last 10 years. He also worked as volunteer coordinator for HdC, an Ecuadorian NGO. Loves reading, movies and Yoga.

Rodrigo Reyes   |   CTO

Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • Alejandra
    Born in Mexico. Developed Payments for Ecosystem Services for communities in the tropical rainforest. Led operations team of a P2P transportation marketplace. Loves serving underprivileged families and scuba diving.

Alejandra   |   Operations Coordinator

Mexico City, Mexico

  • Aliz Crowley
    Master's degrees in Economics & International Relations. Has a background in banking and a passion for development finance and social responsibility. Spent several years in the Middle East. Enjoys traveling, sports & cooking.

Aliz Crowley   |   Anglophone Liaison

Budapest, Hungary

  • Arianna Miller
    Master of Public Administration with special interest in international development. Originally from Nashville, TN but a very mobile individual! Enjoys French, reading, brunching, and wine tastings.

Arianna Miller   |   Anglophone Liaison

Washington, D.C.         LinkedIn

  • Erin Stackowitz
    Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Chemistry. Current social entrepreneur fellow recipient and chief development officer for Smart Women's Securities. Has a passion for art and running. Hopes to attend medical school in the future.

Erin Stackowitz   |   Anglophone Liaison

Malverne, New York

  • Abdelkabir Mandili
    Master’s student in Political Economy at the University of Amsterdam. Participated as a Global Citizen fellow in Malaysia. Passionate about international development. Enjoys travelling and sports.

Abdelkabir Mandili   |   Anglophone Liaison

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Ronny Wijaya
    An engineer who worked in fin-tech & mobile payment fields in the Bay Area. Curious on what could happen if we help others to grow. Enjoys finding intriguing topics & basketball.

Ronny Wijaya   |   Indonesia Liaison

Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Novia Lawda
    Born in Indonesia, spent her formative years in Singapore & Australia. Holds a B.Com. in Finance & Accounting. Started volunteering with Zidisha to continue serving others upon coming back from her teaching gig in Cambodia.

Novia Lawda   |   Indonesia Liaison


  • Maria Magdalena Winarni
    Born and raised in Indonesia, studied in Singapore and USA. Biomedical Engineer by education but currently working as management consultant. Interested in nonprofit work since undergraduate.

Maria Magdalena Winarni   |   Indoneisa Liaison

Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Camille Smith
    Studying Finance and Spanish at Truman State University, studied abroad in Spain and Costa Rica. Interested in international development and microfinance, passionate about financial empowerment for women. Loves running, cooking, and reading.

Camille Smith   |   Anglophone Liaison

Kansas City, Missouri         LinkedIn

  • Rukmini Sarkar
    A management consultant who has been involved with microfinance since age 16. Grew up between Jakarta and Dubai. Passionate about economic development and animal conservation.

Rukmini Sarkar   |   Indonesia Liaison

Dubai, U.A.E.         LinkedIn

  • Reema Mukherjee
    Raised in India, Reema moved to the US recently. Keenly interested in meaningful & impactful contribution and understanding the myriad roles of finance in society. Relishes traveling, reading and meeting new people.

Reema Mukherjee   |   Anglophone Liaison

Orange County, California         LinkedIn

  • Shannon Dean
    Studying Business Management in Reno, Nevada. Passionate about international business and corporate social responsibility. Interested in nonprofit management and entrepreneurship. Enjoys swimming, trips to the beach, and traveling.

Shannon Dean   |   Anglophone Liaison

Reno, Nevada

  • Shohini Gupta
    Studying Economics and Political Science at UC Berkeley, with an interest in microfinance and development​al​ economics.

Shohini Gupta   |   Anglophone Liaison

Berkeley, CA

  • Raquel Salgado
    BA in Business Administration, attended the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management certificate program in Microfinance. Traveled to over 13 countries and has lived in India and Taiwan, recently got married in Italy.

Raquel Salgado   |   Accountant

Orange County, CA

  • Zack Burt
    Businessperson and technologist who embraces practical solutions for providing community.​ Loves art and learning new things.

Zack Burt   |   Country Expansion Lead

New York, New York

LinkedIn         Website

  • Claudia Pagano
    Master's degree in Physics and PhD in Engineering, working as researcher in Italy with short secondments in UK and USA. Teaches Italian as volunteer and manages the website of a non-profit organization. Loves traveling, reading and movies.

Claudia Pagano   |   Anglophone Liaison

Milan, Italy

  • Joseph Abell
    Master of Economics from the University of Queensland. Has a keen interest in development economics. Enjoys football, travel, and hiking.

Joseph Abell   |   Anglophone Liaison

Brisbane, Australia

  • Grace Bachman
    Studying Economic Development and Finance at Messiah College. Passionate about poverty alleviation and expanding financial literacy. Loves to travel. Has lived in Panama, the Gambia, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and the United States.

Grace Bachman   |   Anglophone Liaison

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

  • Emily Johnson
    Born and raised in Texas, but currently spending time in Idaho and Taiwan. Pursuing a a bachelor's degree in history and nonprofit management. Passionate about supporting and empowering children and families. Loves hiking, skiing, and reading.

Emily Johnson   |   Anglophone Liaison

Taipei, Taiwan

  • S​ara Haire
    Graduated from the University of Alabama with majors in Economics and International Studies and a minor in Italian. Pursuing a career in international development and/or microfinance. Avid book reader, traveler, and striving to be a polyglot one day.

S​ara Haire   |   Anglophone Liaison

Athens, Georgia

  • Evan Metzner
    Twenty years old from Connecticut in the US. Loves music and being outside.

Evan Metzner   |   Anglophone Liaison

Storrs, Connecticut

  • Aleena Saha​​
    A (mad) cognitive scientist turn designer discovering how to empower creative human success. Revels in strategically welding minds and ideas for a more sustainable and equitable society. Reads voraciously and dances ballet.

Aleena Saha​​   |   Media Outreach

Cupertino, California

  • Jwalin Joshi
    Currently attending EVHS, hoping to major in Economics. Nationally ranked debater, loves yoga, basketball and music.

Jwalin Joshi   |   Anglophone Liaison

San Jose, California

  • Andrea Guevarra​
    Born and raised in the Philippines, but currently working in Singapore in a tech startup. An Economics and Development graduate looking to use her knowledge for microfinance.

Andrea Guevarra   |   Accountant


  • Kavitha Ashwin​​
    Born in India. Mother of two boys who previously worked in advertising. I enjoy creative and artistic pursuits, and am keen to help people help themselves through Zidisha.

Kavitha Ashwin​​   |   Anglophone Liaison

Sydney, Australia         LinkedIn

  • Mai Nguyen
    Born in Vietnam, educated in the US. Currently a CPA working for a healthcare company in Nashville. I'm passionate about solving problems through economic freedom and equality. I enjoy reading, traveling, cooking.

Mai Nguyen   |   Accountant

Nashville, Tennessee

  • Cameron Picket​
    Pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Economics and International Affairs at James Madison University. Grew up in various European countries. Interested in development economics, travel and history.

Cameron Picket​   |   Anglophone Liaison

Harrisonburg, Virginia

  • Pooja Kumar
    Studying Business Administration and Economics at UC Berkeley. Passionate about microfinance and helping internationally-focused nonprofit organizations.

Pooja Kumar   |   Accountant

Berkeley, California

  • Abdoulaye Tandia
    Young finance professional from Senegal who moved to Toronto in 2010. Spent most of youth travelling and saw firsthand the disparity of opportunities across the first and third world.

Abdoulaye Tandia   |   Francophone Liaison

Toronto, Canada

  • Kahhow Lee
    M.S. Applied Economics Candidate at Johns Hopkins University. Born and raised in Singapore, interested in Education and Economic Development.

Kahhow Lee​   |   Anglophone Liaison


  • Betsy Ramser Jaime

Betsy Ramser Jaime   |   Entrepreneur Story Writer

Gainesville, Florida

  • Siddharth Shankar
    Economics/Law student at UNSW Sydney. Passionate about development economics and entrepreneurship. Cricket nerd who loves traveling, art and photography.

Siddharth Shankar   |   Anglophone Liaison

Sydney, Australia         LinkedIn

  • Mary O'Connor
    A rising senior at George Mason University, majoring in Global Affairs with a concentration in Human Security. Became interested in Zidisha after taking an Environmental Policymaking class focused on developing countries.

Mary O'Connor   |   Anglophone Liaison

Fairfax, Virginia

  • Ruth Prosko
    Pursuing an MBA at Ohio University. Interested in technology and developmental economics. Enjoys traveling, cooking, and sports.

Ruth Prosko   |   Anglophone Liaison

Athens, Ohio

  • Linda Billotti
    Masters in Global Studies and International Relations with a concentration in development in Latin America. Lived and worked for a year in Guatemala. Enjoys traveling, painting, and running.

Linda Billotti   |   Anglophone Liaison

Boston, Massachusetts         LinkedIn

  • Leah Silverman
    Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy and a minor in Health and Wellbeing at the University of Virginia. Passionate about Public Health and promotion of plant-based diets.

Leah Silverman   |   Francophone Liaison

Charlottesville, Virginia

  • David Deng
    Raised in Idaho, bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Economics from Duke University. Interested in economic development and social policy. Enjoys reading, music, and hiking.

David Deng   |   Anglophone Liaison

Chicago, Illinois

  • Christina Sobota Kovacs
    Master’s degree in Refugee & Forced Migration Studies from Oxford. Background in human rights and particularly the rights of displaced persons. Interested in the language of rights, development and progress.

Christina Sobota Kovacs   |   Accountant

New York, New York         LinkedIn

  • Rebecca Wolfe
    Born and raised on America's West Coast. Studied sociology and social history. Passionate about amplifying the voices of the unheard. Loves running, reading, writing, and cooking.

Rebecca Wolfe   |   Entrepreneur Story Writer

Folsom, California

  • Ada Yeoh
    Bachelor's Degree in Finance. Currently working as a finance executive in the automotive industry. Wishes to pursue a career as a digital nomad. Has a heart for the marginalised. Enjoys travel and meeting people.

Ada Yeoh   |   Anglophone Liaison

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia         LinkedIn

  • Hongji Wu
    Born in China, now studies in UK for master’s degree in Development Finance. Tried to start a P2P program in China but failed. Curious about everything fresh. Enjoys movie, reading, chess.

Hongji Wu   |   Anglophone Liaison

Manchester, UK

  • Amanda Treppmann
    Master's in Business Administration. Worked for a microfinance network providing technical assistance and fundraising support to microfinance providers. Loves reading, the outdoors, and spending time with family.

Amanda Treppmann   |   Accountant

Berlin, Germany

  • Liliane Cheung
    Master's degree in Finance, working in banking with a passion for social entrepreneurship and microfinance. Participated in the social entrepreneurship train journey Jagriti Yatra in India. Enjoys travelling, cooking, wine and cheese.

Liliane Cheung   |   Francophone Liaison

Paris, France         LinkedIn

  • David Mayhall​
    Bachelor's degree in Political Science and History. Most recently worked to elect Hillary Clinton. Firm believer in an individual's ability to change the world. Loves to travel, water ski, and eat the best food.

David Mayhall​   |   Media Outreach

Rome, Italy

  • Ammar Ali
    Engineering student interested in writing, cinematography and code. Joined Zidisha as soon as he heard about it so that he can play a small role in changing someone's life. Spends his time writing, coding and creating videos.

Ammar Ali   |   Anglophone Liaison

Karachi, Pakistan

  • Tony Liao
    Born in Beijing, now working in corporate strategy for Canadian financial institution. Passionate about financial empowerment in developing nations and all things microfinance and always looking for ways to contribute in international development.

Tony Liao   |   Anglophone Liaison

Toronto, Canada         LinkedIn

  • Aditya Jayanthi
    From outside Washington D.C., currently working as a strategy consultant in Germany. Interested in meaningful contribution towards fostering international development. Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Aditya Jayanthi   |   Anglophone Liaison

Frankfurt, Germany         LinkedIn

  • Emily Wu
    Presently pursuing a law degree. Previously worked in non-profit management and health research and policy. Passionate about traveling, music, and photography.

Emily Wu   |   Anglophone Liaison

Vancouver, Canada

  • Paige Klunk
    Dual-masters student at in Public Administration and International Development. Her interest areas are economic development, global health, and agriculture. Likes reading, listening to music, and playing the balafon in her free time.

Paige Klunk   |   Francophone Liaison

  • Emily Silber
    Bachelors in International Business at University of Connecticut, Masters of Accountancy at GWU in DC. Passionate about travel, music, going to the beach, international relations/finance, photography, and her pets.

Emily Silber   |   Accountant

Arlington, Virginia

  • Jessica Scazzero
    Studying Economics, Statistics, and Italian at Harvard College. Interested in social entrepreneurship and financial empowerment of women. Loves traveling, hiking, and cooking.

Jessica Scazzero   |   Anglophone Liaison

Boston, Massachusetts

  • Alex Smith
    Funds management accounting graduate with a passion for economic development. Enjoys travelling, running and an awesome podcast or two.

Alex Smith   |   Anglophone Liaison

  • Abhisek Sahoo
    Studying intended business administration and English at the University of California, Berkeley. From California. Interested in poker, basketball, and spending time with his friends.

Abhisek Sahoo   |   Accountant

Berkeley, California

  • William Hickman
    Majoring in Business Administration, plans on pursuing a career in the nonprofit world. I love people, and hope to bring hope and joy to their lives.

William Hickman   |   Anglophone Liaison

Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Martha Fleury
    Web Designer/Graphic Designer for nonprofit organizations. Interested in microfinance and international development, enjoys gardening, traveling, biking, and spending time with family.

Martha Fleury   |   Anglophone Liaison

Washington, D.C.

  • John Fay
    Social entrepreneur focused on clean energy solutions for low-income communities. Holds a PhD from University of Cape Town, an MBA from Cornell Johnson School and B.A. from Duke University. Enjoys sports, particularly ice hockey and lacrosse.

John Fay   |   Trustee

Lusaka, Zambia         LinkedIn

  • Ronald Cheng
    Software engineer at Dropbox, previously worked at Facebook and Samasource, a social enterprise that connects people living in poverty with life-changing work opportunities via the Internet. Graduate of Computer Science at Columbia University.

Ronald Cheng   |   Trustee

California         LinkedIn

  • Whitney Holmes
    Partner with Dorsey & Whitney specializing in securities law. Helped pioneer legalization of P2P lending in the US as legal counsel to Prosper.com. Formerly Chair of the Securities Law Subsection of the Colorado Bar Association's Business Law Counsel.

Whitney Holmes   |   Legal Adviser

Denver, Colorado         LinkedIn

  • Yun-Fang Juan
    Entrepreneur, data scientist and software engineer, expertise in social networks, machine learning, social impact and crowdfunding. Creator of Facebook Ads, now CEO of Fundastic, a company devoted to bringing transparency to small business lending.

Yun-Fang Juan   |   Adviser

Cupertino, California         LinkedIn

  • Paul Graham
    Cofounder of Y Combinator and Viaweb (today Yahoo! Store), essayist and author of On Lisp, ANSI Common Lisp, and Hackers and Painters. Invented the algorithm that inspired today's email spam filters. PhD in Computer Science from Harvard.

Paul Graham   |   Adviser

Mountain View, California         LinkedIn

  • Kevin Hale
    Partner at Y Combinator and advises their companies on user experience and design. Cofounded Wufoo, one of the earliest Y Combinator companies ranked by Jakob Nielson as one of the best application UIs of 2008 and later acquired by SurveyMonkey in 2011.

Kevin Hale   |   Adviser

Mountain View, California         LinkedIn

  • Eric Wu
    Cofounder and CEO of Opendoor.com, an online real estate technology company. Previously, Eric founded Movity.com, which was acquired by Trulia.com in 2011 and is an advisor and investor to nonprofits and startups throughout San Francisco.

Eric Wu   |   Adviser

San Francisco, California         LinkedIn

  • Haroon Mokhtarzada
    Cofounder of Webs.com, now VP of Digital Innovation at Vistaprint. Angel investor with a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. Serves on American Express Open’s Digital Advisory Board and UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council.

Haroon Mokhtarzada   |   Adviser

Washington, D.C.         LinkedIn

  • Paul Duan
    Cofounder & Chief Scientist at Bayes Impact. Formerly Lead Data Scientist at Eventbrite and cofounder of Obelisk Technologies. He has been featured in the WSJ, Kaggle and Healthcare Data Consortium.

Paul Duan   |   Adviser

San Francisco, California         LinkedIn