Asia Pacific consultants

Jennifer Oomen serves as housing finance and market development manager for the Asia and Pacific region. She is overseeing the development of the CISF activities in Asia and Pacific. As part of her engagements for the CISF, she is the current project coordinator and technical advisor for the Cambodia Housing Microfinance Capacity Building Project in partnership with SCBF. She also served as a technical advisor for the module Responsible Finance for the IFC Housing Microfinance Toolkit Development in India. Ms. Oomen is a certified financial education facilitator.

Ms. Oomen has been involved in housing and community development for 10 years including conducting research on the housing priorities of IDPs residing in Kampala, Uganda and working on community based solutions to end homelessness in the U.S. Ms. Oomen holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. She is based in Manila, Philippines.

Jennifer Sabianan serves as technical services coordinator, Asia and the Pacific region. As part of her work with the CISF, she has served as project technical coordinator for the Citi-Habitat Home Improvement Microsavings Project pilot in collaboration with the Citi Foundation.

Prior to working with Habitat, Jenny worked for 12 years in microfinance both on operations management and consultancy and technical service. She has worked with community and microfinance development programs for the European Union, Plan International, TSPI Development Corporation, Chemonics/USAID and Vision Fund in the Philippines. She is an experienced bank trainer for new products and an adept practitioner of the adult-learning methodologies. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from St. Mary’s University. She is based in Manila, Philippines.

Rajan Samuel serves as national director, Habitat for Humanity India. Prior to that, he held the position of housing finance manager for the Asia and Pacific region for seven years where he focused on developing alternative financial instruments to tap into capital markets. As part of his engagements for the Center for Innovation in Shelter and Finance he has served as project director for the Cambodia Housing Microfinance Capacity Building Project in partnership with SCBF; has provided technical advice for the project Cambodia Sanitation Finance for ADB; and has served as area technical lead for Transforming Access to Housing Finance in India in partnership with USAID.

Mr. Samuel has been involved in finance and community development for more than 27 years and has undertaken assignments in 25 countries. He has worked for EFICOR, Opportunity International, World Bank, Khula Finance, DFID, IFAD, CARE, World Vision, Danida and others.

Mr. Samuel has a master’s degree in commerce and business administration and is a CGAP certified trainer. He has presented his Ph.D. thesis on microfinance and transiting economics at Azerbaijan State Economic University. Rajan speaks Hindi, Tamil and Kannada. He is based in Mumbai, India.

Henry Waller serves as director of housing microfinance at Technical Assistance Center that works as an arm of the Center for Innovation in Shelter and Finance in India to provide institutional technical assistance to financial institutions interested in improving or developing housing finance products with housing support services. As part of his engagements for the CISF he served as program manager for the project Transforming Access to Housing Finance in India in partnership with USAID, and has worked as housing microfinance coordinator for the development of a Housing Microfinance Toolkit in partnership with IFC.

Prior to Habitat, Mr. Waller worked for 20 years with World Vision International where he focused on shaping and pioneering microfinance and enterprise development programs in Asia, including establishing an operationally sustainable microfinance program in Myanmar.

Mr. Waller is a certified member of ASTD and holds an advanced certificate in microfinance from Boulder Microfinance Institute. He has a master’s degree in economic development from Eastern University, an MBA in human resources from XLRI  in Jamshedpur, India, and a master’s degree in commerce from Loyola College - Chennai. Henry serves as an adjunct faculty member in Eastern University teaching a graduate level course in microfinance in Africa. Henry speaks Tamil, Hindi and Vietnamese. He is based in Chennai, India.

K. Davidson serves as product development manager of housing microfinance at Technical Assistance Centre in India. In his role Davidson plays a key role in providing institutional technical assistance for MFIs launching housing microfinance products. His expertise includes market research, product design and development, training, capacity building and institutional preparedness. As part of his engagements for the Center for Innovation in Shelter and Finance, he has served as product development manager on USAID-funded Transforming Access to Housing Finance in India, toolkit content developer for IFC Housing Microfinance Toolkit for India as well as supporting Microbuild India investees scale up their housing products. He is a certified financial education trainer and has developed training materials and toolkits for delivering financial education.

Davidson holds 16 years of expertise is in credit, operations, risk management, product development and portfolio management for the retail banking, insurance and microfinance and housing microfinance sectors. Davidson has an MBA in finance from University of Madras a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He is based in Chennai, India. 

Mark Van Steenwyk provides intermittent support in the areas of housing microfinance and affordable housing market mapping. Mr. Van Steenwyk has more than 30 years of international economic development work experience, including work-related travel in more than 35 countries worldwide and 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. He has extensive background in public and private sector development, SME promotion, agribusiness, affordable housing, value chain enhancement, rural institutional development, value chain finance, microfinance and development banking in his 28 years of residency in Asia. He has completed more than 90 long- and short-term work assignments worldwide for private sector clients and bi-lateral/multi-lateral funding organizations, including USAID, AusAID, GiZ, JICA, FAO, EC, IFC and ADB. Mr. Van Steenwyk holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and has completed masters-level coursework in agricultural economics from Oregon State University. He is based in Davao City, the Philippines.

Sonali Chowdhary serves as an independent consultant involved with coordinating operations under the Center for Innovation in Shelter and Finance in Asia Pacific. Sonali is an economic development professional with more than 14 years of experience in managing large-scale, complex programs in the area of inclusive markets and value chains, financial services and livelihoods. 
Ms. Chowdhary has been an independent consultant since 2012, where she led evaluation of projects, studies and discussions for Habitat for Humanity, World Bank, GIZ, Access Development Services and USAID. Between 2007 and 2012, Sonali worked with SEEP Network, USA, a global network of international development organizations. While there she provided leadership to the Enterprise Development practice area and directed a Gates Foundation funded multi-country action research and capacity building program on increasing the competitiveness of pro-poor value chains. Prior to SEEP, Sonali worked with BASIX, one of India’s leading microfinance and livelihood promotion organizations. There she managed field level microfinance operations and led large scale institutional development projects for five years. She is based in India.