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Launched in 2005 and now spanning more than 30 countries, the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards programme highlights the contributions of microentrepreneurs and microfinance institutions (MFIs) to their local economies. Through the programme, the Citi Foundation has invested more than $12 million in microfinance networks and MFIs to convene thousands of key stakeholders that influence sector-wide policy and regulation and encourage innovation around the world.

The programme was launched in the UK in 2013. The Citi Foundation is working in partnership with the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) to celebrate the achievements of the community finance sector.

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About the CDFA
The CDFA is the voice for providers of fair and affordable finance. We represent and support a national network of community development finance institutions or CDFIs.

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About CDFIs
CDFIs lend money to businesses and people who struggle to get finance from high street banks.  They are social enterprises that invest in customers and communities.
CDFIs create jobs and help businesses to start and grow. They help people to pay bills, meet unexpected expenses or improve their home. They help people who may otherwise use high cost credit, such as payday lenders.
They provide support as well as finance, giving extra help and advice where it’s needed.
They are about people. They get to know their customers; they help viable enterprises and people who can afford to repay.
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About the judges

The judging panel for the second UK Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards was made up of:

 Nick O’Donohoe
Nick O’Donohoe is Chief Executive Officer of Big Society Capital. BSC was established in 2012 by the UK Government as the world’s first social investment wholesaler. It is capitalised with £600m from dormant bank accounts and from the four largest UK Banks. Before helping to set up Big Society Capital, Nick was at JP Morgan, latterly as Global Head of Research. He was a Member of the Management Committee of the Investment Bank and the Executive Committee of JP Morgan Chase, as well as the senior sponsor for JP Morgan’s Social Finance Unit. Nick co-authored “Impact Investments: An Emerging Asset Class”, published by JP Morgan and the Rockefeller Foundation in November 2010. Prior to JP Morgan he worked at Goldman Sachs. He is a board member of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), Chairman of the WEF Social Innovation Council and Chairman of the G8 UK Social Investment Advisory Group. He has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Mathematical Economics and Statistics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Ed Mayo
Ed Mayo is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, the trade body that campaigns for co-operation and works to promote, develop and unite co-operative enterprises. He is a long-term co-operator with a track record of innovation and impact in his work to bring together economic life and social justice.

As Chief Executive of the National Consumer Council, he was instrumental in mergers leading to the creation of Consumer Focus, the statutory consumer champion, in 2008. Ed rose to prominence as director of the New Economics Foundation, Chaired the Jubilee 2000 campaign and was part of the team that founded the Fairtrade Mark. The Independent described Ed as "the most authoritative voice in the country speaking up for consumers", while the Guardian nominated him as one of the top 100 most influential figures in British social policy.
Cathy Jamieson MP
Cathy is the Labour & Co-op MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun and is currently the Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
Prior to her election to the UK Parliament in 2010, Cathy was MSP for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley and served in the Scottish Cabinet as Minister for Education and Young People, and Minister for Justice.
In opposition, Cathy also served as Labour's Parliamentary Business Manager, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Housing and Regeneration.
She was Deputy Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament from 2000 until June 2008.
Prior to her political career, Cathy worked as a frontline social worker and on specialist projects for young people in trouble.  She was Principal Officer of Who Cares? Scotland, the advocacy organisation for children and young people in residential care, from 1992 to 1999.
Outside of politics, Cathy is a football fan, holding a season ticket at Kilmarnock FC, and also follows her local junior club Auchinleck Talbot FC.
Robert A. Annibale
Bob Annibale leads Citi’s initiatives and partnerships supporting community development and microfinance through financial inclusion, education and asset building; neighbourhood revitalisation; small business and microenterprise development. He leads Citi’s global commercial relationships with microfinance and community institutions, to expand access to financial services, with a particular focus on developing innovative platforms for scaling access to finance and savings through partnerships and correspondents.
Currently based in London, since joining Citi, Bob has held a number of senior treasury, risk and corporate positions in Athens, Bahrain, Kenya, London and New York  He currently is a member of the Policy Committee of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford and he represents Citi on the Boards of the Microfinance Information Exchange, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CSFI), the US FDIC Chairman’s Committee on Economic Empowerment, the Citi Foundation and the Executive Committee of CGAP (World Bank).
James Pickford
James Pickford is deputy editor of FT Money, the Financial Times’s personal finance section. He writes on property and mortgages as well as broader issues of personal finance. Previous FT roles include London and Southeast Correspondent, editor of Business Life and deputy editor of UK News. He has worked at the newspaper since 1998, beginning with the FT Mastering Management unit, and edited a number of related part-work series and books including Mastering Investment, Mastering Management 2.0 and Mastering Risk. He previously worked
at Wired magazine, the technology magazine, and Routledge, the publisher.
The awards night

The second Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards ceremony took place on

4th March 2015
Grand Connaught Rooms, London.

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