Isabelle Guérin, projet leader and co- coordinator of the working package “environment”
Isabelle Guérin (born 1973, PhD 2000) is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Research Development/Paris I Sorbonne University (Research Unit “Development and Societies”). Her academic interest span from the political and moral economy of money, debt and labour to social economy, NGOs interventions, empowerment programmes and linkages with public policies.
She received her MA and PhD in Economics from the University Lyon II (France). She started her field work in the late nineties in West-Africa (Cameroon, Senegal). Since 2003 she focuses on south-India, where she spent two years and where she coordinates the research programme “Labour, finance and social dynamics” at the French Institute of Pondicherry. She is also leading the RUME project (rural employment and microfinance, www.rume-rural-microfinance.org).
Her latest publications include Microfinance, debt and over-indebtedness. Juggling with money (2013, Routledge), edited with Solène Morvant-Roux and Magdalena Villarreal; Labour standards in India, Special issue of the Labour Global Journal (2012, edited with Jens Lerche Breman and Ravi Srivastava). India’s unfree workorce. Old and new practices of labour bondage (2009, Oxford University Press, edited with Jan Breman and Aseeem Prakash)
She also regularly publishes in a wide range of development studies journal in English and in French such as World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Development and Change, Journal of International Development, Tiers Monde, Autrepart, Revue Française de Socioéconomie, etc.
Solène Morvant-Roux, Co-coordinator of the working package “Demand”
Economist, Workinf Package « Demand »/ Morocco, Dominican republic
PhD in economics (Lyon 2 University) is Assistant Professor from the department of political Economy, Fribourg University, Switzerland and research associate to the Cermi, Belgium. Her research interests include microfinance in rural areas with a focus on financing agricultural activities, debt, social institutions and migration. From a methodological perspective, her research relies on a combination of qualitative and quantitative tools. As a PhD candidate she lived one year in Mexico as a research fellow of the Centre d’Etudes mexicaines et centroaméricaines (CEMCA).
She also has short term field experience in various countries such as: Morocco, Togo, Guinea and Madagascar.
Fouzi Mourji, Co-coordinator of the working package “Demand”
Fouzi Mourji est professeur d’économétrie appliquée à la faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Economiques et Sociales de l’Université Hassan II-Aïn Chock- Casablanca et professeur invité de diverses universités (d’Auvergne/CERDI, de Rouen, de Paris 12 en France et de Montréal au Canada, et ponctuellement d’autres universités / Genève).
Il a été membre de CORUS (Comité de Coopération pour la Recherche Universitaire et Scientifique) – mis en place par le Ministère français des Affaires Etrangères entre 2004 et 2011, en qualité d’expert en sciences économiques et a en outre été le Coordonnateur du réseau « Analyse Economique et Développement » de l’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) – de Janvier 2003 à Décembre 2007.
F Mourji a une expérience de 8 années au cabinet du Ministre des Finances (1986 – 1993) où il était chargé de la prévision macroéconomique à court terme et des simulations de politique économique pour la préparation de la Loi de Finances.
Dans le domaine de la microfinance, F. Mourji a été avec son cabinet d’études D.I.S le « Fournisseur Local de Services Techniques », au côté de Save the Children, pour le programme Microstart mis en place par le PNUD entre 1997 et 2001, pour accompagner l’émergence et la consolidation de quelques institutions de microcrédit au Maroc.
Il a par la suite effectué plusieurs études et travaux, notamment pour le compte du PNUD, de la Banque Mondiale, du CGAP, de l’US-AID, de la Woemn’s World Banking de l’AFD et d’autres agences de développement. Outre l’évaluation et le conseil à des IMF, il a mené des études d’impact au Maroc, en Côte d’Ivoire, à Madagascar et au Sénégal.
Il est aussi membre du Conseil d’Administration de l’Association Al Amana pour la promotion des Microentreprises (Association qui distribue des microcrédits au Maroc depuis sa création en Mars 1997).
Ses recherches académiques portent sur les unités de production informelle, la microfinance, l’économie de l’éducation et du travail et de manière générale sur les questions de pauvreté (y compris au travers de la fiscalité). Elles ont donné lieu à diverses publications (revues scientifiques ou ouvrages).
Marc Labie, Co-coordinator of the working package “Supply”
Marc Labie is Associate Professor at the Warocqué School of Business and Economics of the University of Mons (UMONS) where he teaches organization studies and management. He is also visiting professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB). In the past, he has also been lecturing in various other universities including the Université de Liège (2004-2009) and Harvard University (FIPED Executive Program at the Kennedy School of Government – 1998-2011). He is one of the co-founder and co-director of the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) based in Mons and Brussels in Belgium. Professor Labie specializes in microfinance organizations. He has a B.A. in Economics and Social Sciences and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Mons. He has also studied for brief periods at the Universidad de Salamanca, at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, as well as at Harvard University. He has worked in Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mexico, Peru, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has co-authored numerous articles on microfinance.
His current research focuses on corporate governance issues in microfinance. In 2011, he has co-edited with Beatriz Armendariz “The Handbook of Microfinance” published by World Scientific Publishing.
Jean-Michel Servet, co- coordinator of the working package “environment”
Dr. Jean-Michel Servet, Professor emeritus of Lyon University, is currently professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and research fellow in the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (Paris), the French Institute of Pondicherry (India) and the CERMI (ULB). He teaches at graduate level in Geneva and in Lima (Peru) in the areas of Development Studies and Finance.
His researches deal with social finance, local exchanging trading systems, financial globalization, the history of economic thought and interdisciplinary methods. He is one of the members of the members of the French Red Cross Comity for social credit.
Eveline Baumann, member of the UMR 201 Développement et Sociétés (IRD — Université Paris I-Sorbonne), holds a PhD in African Studies (Université Bordeaux I, Centre d’Etudes d’Afrique noire) and a master’s degree of political science (Université Lyon-Lumière). Austrian by origin, she has a bi-cultural background.
She has spent about ten years spent in Sub-Saharan Africa (Senegal, Mali, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Mauritania), where she has collaborated with local researchers and trained students. More recently, E.Baumann has turned towards the post-Soviet space, doing field research in urban and rural Georgia.
Besides micro-finance, her domains of scientific interests include social protection, ageing, employment, agriculture, and small-scale fisheries. From the very beginning of her career, she has been accustomed to interdisciplinarity and working with both social scientists (sociologists, anthropologist, demographers, geographers) and biologists.
Eveline Baumann is member of the editorial board of the Revue française de socio-économie. For her publications, see: http://recherche-iedes.univ-paris1.fr/membres/membres-permanents/baumann-eveline/article/publications-426.
Bert D’Espallier (PhD) is Associate Professor at Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB) and guest-lecturer at Antwerp Management School (AMS) where he teaches courses within the broad area of corporate finance, accounting, business analysis and valuation. In his teaching he emphasizes alternatives to profit-maximizing paradigms currently dominating the finance field. Such alternatives include the development of sustainable financial institutions, equitable financial markets and social businesses. His main research interests involve corporate finance, corporate governance and microfinance. He is member of the research group Finance, Accounting and Tax (FAcT) at HUB and affiliate researcher at the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi, ULB), the Norwegian Center for Microfinance Research (NOCMIR) and the Faculty of Business and Economics at KU Leuven. He has published in a range of economics, finance and development journals such as the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of International Development, Applied Economics, among others. Ongoing research projects include the impact of subsidy uncertainty on MFIs, the influence of female management in MFIs, and the development of proxies for investment opportunities for unlisted SMEs.
Mouhamedoune Abdoulaye Fall
Mouhamedoune Abdoulaye Fall is PhD in social and historical Anthropology (EHESS de Paris) and in Sociology (UGB de Saint-Louis). Post-doctorate researcher on the DEVGLOB project (ANR-07-Suds-013-DEVGLOB), he is currently Assistant Professor Researcher and Head of the Languages and African Cultures Department of the School of Civilizations, religions, Arts and Communication (CRAC) at Gaston Berger University (Senegal).
Associate member of the UMR 201 Development and Societies (IRD/Paris 1), he is interested in questions related to modernity in Africa within the globalization context. Prizewinner in the essay contest: Decolonizing the social sciences in Africa: an incomplete program (CODESRIA Interventions series, 2007 Edition), he is correlatively carrying out a critical thinking on the issue of the appropriation of social sciences in Africa. His work field application has so far been the informal economy, more precisely, handicraft activities in Senegal including the practices of microfinance through the savings and credit companies.
Mr Fall also worked as in charge of the program for promotion of local economy at the District development Agency (ADC) of Saint-Louis (Senegal).
Cyril Fouillet successfully defended his PhD Thesis in Economics and Management in October 2009 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). He was then granted a Wiener-Anspach fellowship for a two-year post-doctorate position at the University of Oxford (Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme, UK). Cyril is currently working as a lecturer and Head of the Economic Section at the ESSCA Business School (France).
As a research fellow at the French Institute of Pondicherry (program “Labour, Finance and Social Dynamics”), he spent three years in India conducting his doctoral fieldwork on economical, spatial and political dimensions of microfinance. Cyril Fouillet’s research interests include the spatial dimensions of financial inclusion in South Asia, Latin America and Africa. He has an interest in the economic geography of monetary and financial practices, and he tracks the ideas and ideologies in development policies.
He also worked for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (Rural Finance Group), the Foundation for world agriculture and rural life (FARM) and the Financial Sector Deepening Trust, Kenya.
Cristian Gonzalez is an econometrician and economist interested in the evaluation of microfinance and public and private projects. He worked as researcher, economist and statistician at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Health Organization, the International Road Federation and for consulting firms on applied economics and data assessment.
He is an active member of the Task Force on Investments on public projects at the OECD/International Transport Forum and also he worked as econometrician and statistician advisor to the Microfinance for Decent Work initiative at the International Labour Organization.
Jean-Yves Moisseron is a socio-economist at the French Research Institute for developing countries (IRD). He obtained his PhD at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1993 and its Habilitation to tutor research teams at the University of Grenoble in 2005. His researches focus on Arab World Economics and more recently on the Democratic Transition after the Arab Spring. He teaches at the University Pantheon-Sorbonne and different Universities including the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale.
He is an expert for International organisation as FAO, EU, and French Government. He was Director of the IRD Centre in Egypt (2002-2006) and he is currently Deputy Director of the International College of Territory Sciences (Paris 1-Paris 7-CNRS). He is Chief Editor of the Review Maghreb-Machrek. He won the 2007 award of the French Society of Geography.
Virginie Trachsel has successfully obtained her Master degree in economics, with specialisation in quantitative methods and economic theory, in 2012 at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).
She has been working in collaboration with Solène Morvant-Roux and Marc Roesch during a field work on indebtedness in Casablanca in 2011.
She is currently working as a research assistant on the “financial inclusion in crisis” project on the Moroccan case study. Her research interest are related to migration in developing countries, microfinance, and labor economics in general.