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Palmer Center to Host CEO of Opportunity International


Pepperdine University's Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law will host a lecture with Kadita "A.T." Tshibaka, CEO of Opportunity International, on the topic of Microfinance: Giving the Poor a Working Chance, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Classroom D.

Opportunity International is comprised of regulated formal financial institutions and non-profit NGOs serving economically challenged families with microfinance. Their services include small loans, as little as $90, small savings accounts with a country average balance as low as $86, and microinsurance. Opportunity International has more than $900 million in assets serving poor families with microfinance, education, and training in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

Tshibaka was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he and his family experienced extreme poverty first-hand. He received his bachelor of economics degree from Dartmouth College and MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration.

Until his retirement in December 2007, Tshibaka was head of the Divisional Risk Management team for the Wholesale & International Banking Division of Lloyds TSB Group PLC. Prior to joining Lloyds TSB at the beginning of 2005, he spent 33 years working around the world in Citibank’s operations, Credit/Risk, Financial Institutions, Treasury, Corporate Banking, and Country Management, culminating in the role of head of Corporate Credit Risk for Emerging Markets at Citigroup, overseeing operations in 77 countries. Tshibaka is a passionate advocate for Africa and firmly believes in microfinance as a working solution to poverty. He has provided leadership and support to Opportunity International since 2003, and joined the Board of Directors in 2008.

Contact Jay Milbrandt at 310.506.4734 or for more information about the event.