Zaher Al Munajjed is Chairman of Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd. and Advisor to Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, President of the ALJ Group in Saudi Arabia. His career spans over 25 years of international business experience in the field of General Management. As Advisor to Mohammed Jameel, he has been at the forefront of establishing corporate community geared social developmental programs, especially in the areas of vocational training and microfinance. His latest contributions were in setting up Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd. which assists and develops the microfinance sector in the MENA and Turkey region. Zaher is the holder of an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s in French International Law from St. Joseph University.
After graduating from Sophia University in Japan, Fady Jameel joined the Abdul Latif Jameel Group, where he has held a number of senior positions in the areas of vehicle sales, marketing and investment management. Fady is currently the President of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Iniatives-International, and the Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel in Turkey. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd.
Alex Counts founded Grameen Foundation and became its President and CEO in 1997, after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years. A Cornell University graduate, Alex’s commitment to poverty eradication deepened as a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh, where he witnessed innovative poverty solutions being developed by Grameen Bank. He trained under Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Alex has propelled Grameen Foundation’s philosophy through his writings, and in 2007 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Horace Mann School. Alex is a board member, and the immediate past Chair, of Fonkoze USA and co-chairs the Fonkoze Family Coordinating Committee – two governance bodies related to the largest microfinance institution in Haiti. He is also immediate past Chair of Project Enterprise, a New York City microlender, and board member emeritus. He sits on the Advisory Council of the Center for Financial Inclusion, and the Steering Committee of the Seal of Excellence for Poverty Outreach and Transformation.
Joshua Tripp is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Grameen Foundation. He joined Grameen Foundation in 2007 and currently leads fund development, marketing, finance/accounting, operations, and IT—working to ensure that the organization’s internal operations and external communications effectively support Grameen Foundation’s programmatic work. Before joining Grameen Foundation, Joshua was a Vice President at Community Wealth Ventures (CWV) where he worked with dozens of innovative nonprofit organizations, helping them to assess, plan and launch for-profit business ventures to increase their sustainability. Previously, Joshua was a Project Manager for GS Telecom, a start-up satellite telecommunications company in Ghana, and worked in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank. Joshua holds an MBA from the George Washington University School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Williams College. He also serves on the board of the Fairtrade Access Fund.
Jim Greenberg currently serves on Grameen Foundation’s Board of Directors, and is the founding Chairman of Grameen Capital India. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Grameen Jameel Microfinance Ltd. Not only has Grameen Foundation benefited from Jim’s valuable knowledge, seasoned insight and strategic direction, but he and his wife also helped to launch the India Initiative. Jim has a rich executive and management background in international business in Europe, Asia, and the MENA Region. In 1995 he became the founding partner of DevCorp International B.S.C. (c), a Bahrain-based venture development and investment company with active projects spanning shrimp farming, petrochemicals, light manufacturing, and telecomm/IT. Jim is currently Chairman of DevCorp and its Aquaculture affiliate, AquaFarms Corporation. He holds a BS (Engineering)-USMA (West Point), MBA-Harvard Business School, MA (International Relations)-University of Southern California, and is a former Military Pilot and Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Rif Abou Richeh is a Member of the Board of Directors of Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd. He carries a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, USA. Rif held several key positions with various business groups in Kuwait, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Chief among them were as Vice President of the Al Faisaliya Group in Saudi Arabia, and as President & CEO of the Dhabi Group in the U.A.E.
Rif has been with Abdul Latif Jameel Group since 2001 as Vice President, in charge of International Automobile Operations, After Market Operations and Media Operations.