Incorporated in 2008, Ayani is an international development consulting firm
specializing in inclusive finance.
Ayani takes its name from the Yoruba word meaning “to overcome” or “to grow from seed,” reflecting the firm’s focus on empowering people worldwide to overcome barriers and enhance their livelihoods, improve their living standards and spark broader economic growth.
Ayani and its global team provide technical and strategic support to increase access to inclusive financial services in emerging economies—especially among underserved groups such as small businesses, women and smallholder farmers.
Interest in this network: I am an economic development professional who is always seeking new partners and approaches to ending inequalities, empowering people, facilitating win-win solutions to local challenges and leveraging human potential to make the world a better place for all. Bio: Independent consultant with two decades of experience in economic development. Expertise includes strategic multi-sectoral linkages, inclusive finance, project management, business development. Highly skilled technical writer for white papers, research studies, business plans, funding proposals, how-to guides and advocacy pieces. Dynamic trainer, facilitator and speaker; English, French and Spanish language skills. Significant experience in Africa and Asia. Columbia MBA. Myka has consulted to CGAP/World Bank, USAID, MIX, SEEP, European Microfinance Platform, UN Capital Development Fund, Chemonics, ARD Inc., Grameen Foundation USA, FHI-360, New York Public Library, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Ayani Inclusive Financial Sector Consultants, the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) in the Philippines and others. She serves on the board of CARD MRI Development Institute in the Philippines. Myka spent six years at Freedom from Hunger, including as Vice President of Programs, Director of Microfinance and Health Protection, and Technical Advisor--providing technical assistance to financial service providers. She led a four-year project funded by the Gates Foundation to test innovative combinations of microfinance and health services on three continents, resulting in five pioneering models that have gone on to reach millions of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Myka spent two years at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a financial intermediary for underserved communities in the US. She worked at The Museum of Television and Radio, served as docent/architectural history guide at The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, served on the WNYC public radio board, and worked at a Euromoney subsidiary. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Thailand), a ballet dancer and a digital nomad. Her undergraduate thesis (Vassar College-Cultural Linguistics) on mixing of French and Wolof in Dakar, Senegal was based on extensive field research.
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