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FSVC Volunteer Expert Lynda Swenson Conducts Workshops in Beirut, Lebanon

In May 2014, FSVC volunteer expert Lynda Swenson travelled to Beirut, Lebanon, to provide expertise on risk management for local microfinance organizations (MFIs).  She conducted a series of workshops over two days to introduce credit scoring techniques and present international best practices for identifying, measuring, controlling and monitoring risk. Ms.

FSVC Concludes Annual Global Staff Conference in Nairobi, Kenya

Over 25 representatives from FSVC’s headquarters and global field offices convened in Nairobi, Kenya this week to discuss local and international financial sector priorities and the expansion of FSVC’s global technical assistance programs.  FSVC also hosted a reception at the Norfolk Hotel for local financial sector counterparts and funding partners from the United States government.  The U.S.

Florida Bankers Association (FBA) Magazine Features FSVC Project for the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat

Alejandro "Alex" Sanchez, President and CEO of the Florida Bankers Association (FBA), wrote an article for the March 2014 edition of the FBA
Magazine about his experience as an FSVC volunteer expert.  In it, Mr.

FSVC Implements First Project Under the Domestic Finance for Development (DF4D) Program

In September 2012, FSVC entered into a partnership with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to provide technical assistance under its Domestic Finance for Development (DF4D) Initiative.  FSVC implemented the first project for this program in Cairo, Egypt during June 2013. 

FSVC and Carnegie Corporation of New York Host Symposium in Hong Kong, June 13-15, 2014

FSVC, with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, continues to host symposia gathering experts from China, India, Russia and the United States to discuss issues critical to the development of these countries and international relations.  The FSVC/Carnegie program is unique in seeking to address issues jointly faced by the United States, Russia, China and India.  The recent symposium built on the far-reaching and rich discussions that took place at the last FSVC/Carnegie symposium held in Beijing, Republic of China, June 8-10, 2013.  

Volunteer Val McDaniel Featured in Fraud Magazine

Val McDaniel, a Risk Management Consultant, was recently profiled in the Fraud Magazine where he discussed his work with FSVC to strengthen financial institutions in emerging markets.  In over a decade of working with FSVC, Val has completed 14 projects in Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Poland, Russia and Vietnam.

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FSVC and Carnegie Corporation Host Symposium in New Delhi November 30-December 2, 2012

FSVC, with funding from the Carnegie Corporation, is in its 20th year of hosting symposiums gathering experts on China, India and Russia to discuss issues critical to the economic development of these countries and international relations.  The FSVC/Carnegie program is unique in seeking to address issues jointly faced by China, India, Russia and the United States.

FSVC President Andy Spindler Interviewed in the Journal of Enterprise Risk Management

FSVC was featured in the December 2012-January 2013 issue of the Journal of Enterprise Risk Management, a publication of the Risk Management Association (RMA).  In an interview with FSVC President and CEO Andy Spindler, the article highlights FSVC’s history of building capacity among financial institutions in transitioning economies as well as FSVC’s current work around the world.  The RMA is a professional association with approximately 16,000 members, including many of FSVC’s volunteer experts. 

FSVC Co-hosts Conference on "Independence of Financial Regulators"

On October 31, 2012, FSVC and the Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) co- hosted an international conference on “Independence of Financial Regulators.”  The event was attended by senior Albanian government officials, high-level staff from the FSA and the Bank of Albania, and regulators from numerous European Union and Balkan countries.  FSVC arranged for two keynote speakers for the conference, Ms. Holly Bakke, former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, and Mr.

FSVC Recognized for Work with the Egyptian Banking Institute

FSVC took part in the July 2012 graduation ceremony for the Egyptian Banking Institute’s (EBI) Future Business Leaders Program, which was featured in the Egyptian media.  As part of the program, up to 30 rising leaders in the Egyptian financial community take part in a FSVC-organized study tour.

Volunteer Bill Cundiff Featured in Local Paper for Work with FSVC

Bill Cundiff, a senior consultant and trainer in insurance and risk management, was recently featured in his local Fredericksburg, VA newspaper for his service with FSVC.

FSVC Reginal Director for Russia and the CIS, Tim O'Brien, Takes Part in an AML Panel Discussion at the US Embassy

The US Embassy in Moscow hosted a discussion on the current status of anti-money laundering compliance in Russia on March 29, 2012. The panel consisted of Richard Smith, Director of Compliance for Citibank Russia, the CIS, Israel and Cyprus; Dmitry Rulev, Head of Compliance for Barclays Capital Russia; Victor Dostov, President of the e-Money Association, and FSVC's Russia Country Director Tim O'Brien.  Panelists provided short presentations which was followed by a 30 minute question and answer session.  The event was for the sections in the

FSVC Kicks Off Financial Sector Development Program in Tirana

A reception was held to inaugurate FSVC’s latest Financial Sector Development Program in Albania on February 9, 2012.  FSVC has partnered with the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance to implement a four-year, $3.4 million program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  FSVC has been providing technical assistance to strengthen the Albanian financial sector since 1999.  At the reception, FSVC’s President and CEO, J.

FSVC CEO Andy Spindler Presents at FSI Meeting in Cape Town

FSVC’s President and CEO, J. Andrew Spindler was a presenter at the Bank for International Settlements’ Annual Meeting attended by the heads of bank supervision in Africa, held in Cape Town, South Africa on January 26, 2012.   FSVC Board Member Josef Tošovský chaired the event, which was organized by the BIS’ Financial Stability Institute.  Mr.

FSVC Receives $2 million to Improve SME Financing in Egypt

The U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) selected FSVC to run a two-year program to promote the development of an innovative and competitive class of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Egyptian market.

FSVC Receives $250,000 to Support AML/CFT Supervision at the Central Bank of Kenya

The U.S. Department of State selected FSVC to run a one-year technical assistance program to support Kenya’s implementation of local anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) initiatives.  Whether actual or alleged, money laundering and terrorist financing pose serious concerns to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and the Kenyan Government.

FSVC Welcomes Newest FDIC Secondee

FSVC is pleased to welcome David Koder as its newest secondee from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).  Mr. Koder is a Case Manager in the FDIC’s Chicago Office.  He has over a decade’s experience as both an examiner and case manager.  During his six month secondment, Mr. Koder will be working with FSVC’s counterparts on projects related to bank supervision, problem loan workout, and risk management.
 

FSVC Recruiting for Beirut-based Regional Director

Position:     Regional Director for Iraq and Other Middle East Programs 
Location:     Beirut, Lebanon
Salary:        Competitive and commensurate with experience
 

FSVC's Tim O'Brien Co-authors Article on SME Finance for Central Bank of Russia

The article was authored by David Snyder (Vice President, Risk Management Manager at Wells Fargo) and by Tim O’Brien (FSVC Russia Country Director) and was published in October in the Central Bank of Russia’s publication, “Dengi i Kredit.” In it, the authors discuss credit scoring as a useful tool to increase credit extension to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  In particular, the authors flag some potential problems with using it, especially in a situation where there may not be sufficiently well-trained staff.

FSVC Participates in the 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Week

FSVC is proud to have participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which took place from November 14–24, 2011.  The worldwide event, with 123 nations represented, celebrates entrepreneurs and initiatives to promote and support private enterprise.  On behalf of FSVC, Regional Director Mark Dempsey and Program Officer Danyelle Gerges organized a day-long event in South Lebanon to expose students to entrepreneurs in their area and provide guidance on starting a small business.

FSVC Receives $1.5 million to Support Regional Financial Integration within the East African Community

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) selected FSVC to run a three-year program beginning in July 2011 to promote regional financial sector deepening and integration among the East African Community (EAC) member states.  The EAC is comprised of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi.

FSVC Receives $1.8 million to Work on Improving Access to Finance for Tunisian Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and U.S. Embassy Tunis selected FSVC to run a two-year program beginning July 1.  To promote private-sector development in Tunisia, FSVC will deliver technical assistance focused on working with banks to increase lending to small businesses, developing the venture capital sector, and improving the legal and regulatory environment for financing entrepreneurs.

FSVC Organizes Conference on Global Finance and Energy Challenges in Shanghai

Participants representing the public and private sectors in the United States, Russia, China, and India gathered June 3-5 to address the repercussions of the global financial crisis and continuing lack of action on countering climate change.  They noted that Russia, China, and India had recovered from the crisis must faster than the United States and Europe but that, despite the crisis having originated in the United States, the free market model has not been discredited.  Other conclusions of the conference included that, while the

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