Management Team

The experts below are active in long-term management and consulting roles with Microfinance Strategy - and many have played key roles in launching, implementing, and developing MSME projects in commercial banks as well as in MFIs.

Dinos Constantinou - Managing Director / Business Development Europe

Dinos Constantinou has eighteen years experience in banking, microfinance and management consulting. He began his professional career in corporate credit and international banking with Barclays Bank in Paris and Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt. Joining Internationale Projekt Consult (IPC) in 1995, he went on to lead major long-term micro and small business credit projects for EBRD and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in Russia and Ecuador respectively. From 2000 to 2002, Dinos worked as a strategy consultant with Gemini Consulting (now part of CapGemini) and Cell Consulting. He co-founded Global Microfinance Group (GMG) in 2004 and Microfinance Strategy in 2007.

Dinos holds an MBA from IMD International, Switzerland; an MA in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe, Belgium; and. a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Bristol, England. He speaks eight languages, including English, Spanish, German, Russian and French.

Mikhail Cherkas - Director / Business Development CIS, Central and Eastern Asia

Mikhail Cherkas brings to the team broad expertise in micro and SME finance, retail banking, loan collection and information technology. His career spans over a decade as a consultant for IPC with the EBRD’s Russia Small Business Fund, as well as senior management positions with Citibank, Renaissance Capital and KMB. He was the first General Manager of KMB Leasing, a subsidiary of KMB, which he initiated and developed between 2001-2 to a five-branch operation ranked 35th largest in Russia.

Mikhail holds an MBA from IMD International, Switzerland; a Masters degree in Business from Novosibirsk State Technical University, Russia; and a B.Sc. degree in Technical Trade from the Harbin Institute of Technology, China. He speaks Russian, English and Mandarin Chinese – and is currently learning Spanish.

Rantej Singh - Strategy / Business Development Southern Asia

Rantej has seven years of experience in entrepreneurship, SME/supply chain finance and corporate banking. Rantej founded a company to source and execute deals for offshore manufacturing of light engineering products in India and China, which he exited through a successful acquisition. Later he worked with ICICI bank and with Bank of America in SME financing, trade finance and credit product structuring.

Rantej holds an MBA from IMD - Switzerland, a Masters in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, and a Bachelors Degree in Technology from The National Institute of Technology (formerly called REC) – India. Rantej also authored ‘Practitioners book on Trade Finance’, the recommended course book at the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. Rantej speaks English, Hindi and Punjabi.

In addition to the Managment Team, Microfinance Strategy has a team of 15 short–term and long−term consultants and project managers. We do not present profiles of our managers and consultants here for reasons of competition. Our team members will be introduced to you as we begin preparation for a project.

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