Research Team Anup Singh


Domain Head - Inclusive Finance and Banking - Africa

Anup Singh leads our Inclusive Finance and Banking domain and is a key contributor to research working group. With nine years of experience his expertise include strategy development; market research, scoping and segmentation; product and process design; product planning and roll out; BDS programme design and implementation; and enterprise focussed trainings. He has consulted over 50 institutions including SME focussed banks; commercial and microfinance oriented banks; non-banking financial corporations; and microfinance institutions in India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlandsand South Africa.

His key projects from SME portfolio include:

  • Developed and implemented SME finance programmes for Urwego Opportunity Bank in Rwanda, Opportunity Bank in Uganda, Opportunity Kauswagan Bank in the Philippines, Disha, UPF and Samunnati in India to design and develop the strategy, innovative products and delivery channels to foray into the MSME space.
  • Formulated SME finance programme for Bina Artha, Indonesia through a combination of institutional diagnostics, strategy review, secondary analysis, financial landscape analysis, and market research.
  • Led the team to develop training programme for SMEs on behalf of Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade in Kenya, IFC Global and Citi Foundation.
  • Conducted sectoral research in India to identify the financing constraints for women-owned MSMEs and the opportunity for financial institutions for IFC.
  • Contributed to review of Advans Bank in Tanzania for FSDT and 6 financial institutions in Sri Lanka and 2 in India under the MASSIF project review for FMO.

Prior to joining MicroSave, he worked as an Associate with the Centre for Microfinance, based in Chennai, advising financial institutions such as Fullerton, Cashpor and Spandana on the design and implementation of enterprise financing and value chain lending products. He also worked with agricultural finance and livelihood services providers such as BAIF, BILT to develop and re-engineer value chains. His value chains exposure ranges from dairy, fisheries, mentha farming, eucalyptus farming to handloom and handicraft.