The Grameen Australia Board and CEO have attracted a highly capable team to establish Grameen microfinance activities in Australia. Each of these leaders drive key functions that are critical to our first phase of establishment and underpin the delivery our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan.
Chief Executive Officer
Returning to Australia following almost 20 years abroad, Jamie Terzi is a passionate advocate for the profound effect microfinance has on the lives of women and their families.
Jamie brings 20 years of experience working in international development and poverty eradication and 10 years of work in gender equality and women’s health in Australia. She has strong expertise in women’s economic empowerment working with refugees and migrants worldwide.
As Vice President- Program Partnerships and Learning at CARE USA, Jamie led a team of over 150 people supporting US$600 million in global programming. She was a member of CARE USA’s executive management and leadership team working with high-profile corporate partners such as Pepsi, Walmart, GAP and Target, along with high-net-worth individuals.
Jamie was Country Director of CARE Bangladesh, managing annual program budgets of up to US$42 million and a team of 900 people from diverse backgrounds. In addition, she has been involved in microfinance in Afghanistan and Bangladesh, and through CARE’s global work with Village Savings and Loans Associations.
Jamie has a strong understanding of the Grameen model and sees the enormous potential of microfinance to support migrant and refugee women on low incomes to generate incomes and meaningful livelihoods.
Chief Operating Officer
Md. Harun-or-Rashid has a wealth of experience in improving the socio-economic conditions of marginalised communities.
With an 18-year tenure at Grameen Bank, he has been instrumental in implementing microcredit programs that empower rural and semi-urban women.
Additionally, he worked for four years with the UNDP in Zambia where he applied the Grameen Bank model to enhance the lives of vulnerable women. As a Program Officer at UNHCR, Harun assisted refugees and collaborated with implementing partners for effective support. During his 10 years at Integrated Development Foundation (IDF) in Bangladesh, he was responsible for strategic planning, leadership training, performance management, monitoring and evaluation, and facilitation of training and exposure visits.
Head of Finance
Srini has over 30 years of experience in corporate Australia with global and multinational companies in financial services, retail, not-for-profit and local government sectors. His expertise includes providing specialist management services including governance, strategic planning, financial management, risk management and IT and transformation projects.
His last assignments have been in a senior management capacity with a national retail chain and local government. He is also involved with a not-for-profit organisation as a Director and Chair of the Audit committee.
Srini has responsibility for strategic planning, forecasting, board and management reporting and helping develop strategies for continuing growth and development. Srini is a qualified CA, CPA and an MBA.