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Roland V. Pearson, Jr.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

  • Business strategy and planning
  • Small business banking /SME or MSME lending
  • Enterprise development & business support services
  • Product development and roll out
  • Capital structuring/strategy

 

CAREER-DEFINING EXPERIENCES

Volunteering to assist recently unemployed workers to start new businesses.

Living and working in Zimbabwe on SME finance in the early 90s.

Starting, growing, and exiting from two consulting firms in Africa.

Mentoring and maintaining relationships with dozens of inspiring professionals.

Witnessing democratic transitions in South Africa (1994) and Kenya (2003).

CURRENT LOCATION:

Washington, DC, USA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES:

Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe MENA, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Poland, United Kingdom, Haiti, The Bahamas, United States of America

LANGUAGES:

English, French, Spanish

EDUCATION:

Master of Arts with Honors in International Finance, Development Economics, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Law and Social Change, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Bachelor of Arts with Honors in International Relations, Brown University

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY:

Pursuing a life of balance and purpose has guided my professional and personal directions. Crafting solutions for banks to better serve SMEs, guiding a non-profit to sustainably enrich the lives of adolescent girls in Africa, or helping my daughter conquer her math homework all call upon and take inspiration from these fundamental principles.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Roland V. Pearson, Jr.
Title: Managing Director, Capacity Solutions and Practice Director, Inclusive Finance
Email: rpearson@encludesolutions.com