Title: Founder, President
Company: SPBD Microfinance Network
Location: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Gregory Casagrande, Founder and President of SPBD Microfinance Network, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in finance and marketing.
Mr. Casagrande has an extensive and successful corporate financial background that has taken him to work all over the world. In his line of work, he has been most interested in the Pacific Islands and with specifically the idea of helping the economies of developing nations. Mr. Casagrande commenced his career pursuits by first earning a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Colgate University in 1985. He continued at New York University, receiving a Master of Science in accounting in 1987. Following this, he earned an MBA in finance and marketing from Northwestern University in 1990. He started his career as an auditor and Certified Public Accountant for Coopers & Lybrand and as an analyst for Colgate Palmolive. From 1990 to 2005, Mr. Casagrande worked with the Ford Motor Company holding myriad general management and financial positions. He considers this period to be one of the most enlightening periods of his career in terms of skill development.
While he was working overseas in Japan, Mr. Casagrande quit his corporate jobs and decided not to return to the United States. He wanted to take some time and figure out what exactly was the next step in his career. During this time, he went to New Zealand with a visitor’s Visa. His younger brother was working for the World Bank and subsequently introduced him to microfinance work, which was a relatively new idea. Mr. Casagrande had heard of a bank in Bangladesh, Grameen Bank, that won a Nobel Prize for their work in microfinance and in empowering women. He decided to spend some time in Bangladesh with this bank to learn from them. In the following months, he was invited to a conference in Africa with microfinance professionals. Inspired by everything he learned at the conference, Mr. Casagrande took his knowledge back to New Zealand and began building his business. His career is currently tailored to work specifically with female micro-entrepreneurs. In 1999, he founded the SPBD Microfinance Network, and has since launched Menlo Park Capital with MP Solutions and Transformative Ventures LLC. Furthermore, he holds director roles with Water Health International, Cumulo9 Limited English-To-Go, Biomatters and The MicoDreams Foundation.
Mr. Casagrande built a very strong foundation of skills through schooling and work experience before he left to venture into the social entrepreneur industry. He found himself getting comfortable with any problem that was thrown at him. He was willing to work hard and had a broad range of relevant business experience that helped him get to where he is today. He is truly passionate about the work he does and strongly believes in his company’s ideology. In 2005, he served on the United Nations Board of Advisors during the International Year of the Microcredit. His alma mater, Colgate University, bestowed him with the President’s Club Impact Award. Furthermore, Mr. Casagrande is a member of the MENSA Society. Looking toward the future, Mr. Casagrande wants to continue to grow his business and prepare the leadership team beneath him. He endeavors for the business to be a permanent fixture and impact the industry positively.
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