Senior Global team

Patrick Kelley serves as director of housing finance and market development for Habitat for Humanity International’s work in more than 90 countries worldwide. His responsibilities include directing Habitat’s global strategy for market driven initiatives, including sustainable housing finance and the development of retail product linkages with banks and other retail financial service providers. He is also responsible for sourcing capital to bring housing solutions to scale. Under his leadership, the MicroBuild Fund was created and the Center for Innovation in Shelter and Finance was launched. He oversees the global strategy for the provision of advisory services, research and knowledge management and peer learning that is implemented through the CISF.

Prior to Habitat for Humanity, Mr. Kelley worked extensively in Africa supporting MFIs and national microfinance networks. He served as executive director of URWEGO LLC, the largest MFI in Rwanda, and initiated the start-up of Turame in Burundi, as well as Hekima in the DRC. Both URWEGO and Turame were awarded “Best MFI in Country” by the UN Year of Microcredit Campaign. Mr. Kelley also introduced a non-mortgage housing finance product in Rwanda, and has previous housing development experience for low income populations in Latin America.

Mr. Kelley is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a master’s in international public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He is proficient in English, Spanish and French. He is based in Atlanta, USA.

Sandra Prieto-Callison serves as the associate director of advisory services and knowledge management for the housing finance and market development team. She is responsible for overseeing and advancement of the global operations of the Center for Innovation in Shelter and Finance.

She brings with her more than 17 years of proven experience in international development, working with microfinance, financial and nonprofit institutions, under projects funded by DFID, USAID and MIF/IADB. For more than eight years she worked at Opportunity International Network, providing technical assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean to microfinance institutions, on operations, management and governance; and as executive director of the OI partner in Colombia.

She also worked for FONKOZE, in Haiti, as the market research and social performance monitoring unit director, where she led the strategy to establish the social performance monitoring system, highly recognized, among the international microfinance sector. She has dedicated at least 11 years to market research and product development for microfinance and financial institutions.

The last six years she has been dedicated to lead, and implement projects in housing finance, and housing value chain analysis. She has directed and/or implemented projects in more than 25 countries, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia.

Mrs. Callison holds a double master’s degree in nonprofit management and social economics from the University of Barcelona, a diploma in management of organizational culture and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is proficient in Spanish, English and is fluent in Portuguese and Haitian Creole. She is based in Atlanta, USA.

Patrick McAllister serves as director of housing finance for Asia and the Pacific region. For the past three years, Mr. McAllister has led the AP region’s strategy in housing finance, including promotion of innovative investment vehicles, microfinance, savings and financial education. He oversees the operations for the Center for Innovation in Shelter and Finance, and the institutional technical assistance to financial institutions accessing to the MicroBuild Fund in the AP region.

As part of his direct engagements for The Center, he has functioned as project director for an assignment with IFC to design a housing microfinance toolkit for India, technical advisor for the project Transforming Access to Housing Finance in India, and as project director for the Citi-Habitat Home Improvement Microsavings Project.

Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity, he worked at the consulting firm he founded to advice clients on financial inclusion, consumer protection and market development.  He was director of microfinance at CRS, overseeing microfinance programs in 30 countries.  He has worked in retail banking and with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, creating alternatives to foreclosure for low-income borrowers and securitization of mortgage assets.

Mr. McAllister holds a certification in housing finance and securitization from Wharton Real Estate Center. He holds a master’s degree in development studies from University College, Dublin, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin. He speaks English and French. He is based in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Maria Teresa Morales serves as director of housing finance and market development for Latin America and the Caribbean region. As part of her role she oversees the operations of the CISF, and the institutional technical assistance to financial institutions accessing to the MicroBuild Fund in the LAC region. She is also charged with mobilizing non-philanthropic capital for the social housing sector in the region and supporting the development of alliances and linkages with different actors. Previously, she worked as the investments manager for HFHI’s LAC, in charge of establishing alliances with social investors interested in the subject of housing, and as part of her direct engagements for the CISF she was the director for the project strengthening the financial systems for housing microfinance in Peru and Bolivia, implemented in partnership with the Multilateral Investment Fund/IADB.

She has more than 22 years of professional experience in corporate finance, microfinance and development of strategic partnerships. She has occupied several managerial positions: in KPMG Peat Marwick, she was manager of consulting in the area of corporate finance and business transformation; and in Unisys Corporation, her last role as a controller included the management of the accounting and financial activities of the firm, as well as preparing and presenting reports regarding the firm’s financial operations. 

Mrs. Morales is a certified public accountant, and holds a master’s degree in management technology from the University of Maryland. She is proficient in Spanish and English. She is based in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Ezekiel Esipisu serves as director of housing finance for Africa and the Middle East region. He leads the Africa and the Middle East region’s strategy for housing finance, and oversees the operations of the CISF and the institutional technical assistance to financial institutions accessing to the MicroBuild Fund in AME region. As part of his engagements for the CISF, he is managing a five-year, $6.6 million housing microfinance capacity building project in partnership with MasterCard Foundation, “Building the Shelter of the Poor,” in Ghana, Uganda and Kenya. 

Mr. Esipisu has more than 19 years of experience conducting assessments and designing and implementing microfinance related projects in Africa. He has previous experience advising program placement for development organizations including K-Rep, Practical Action Kenya, Plan International and ECLOF International. He is widely experienced in designing microfinance, enterprise development and housing microfinance projects. He is a microfinance/rural finance specialist and has, during the last eight years, been highly involved in the design and management of housing microfinance programs. He has delivered Housing Microfinance Training to stakeholders in several parts of Africa and is a faculty member at the Wharton Business School of graduate studies specializing in housing microfinance.

Mr. Esipisu undertook his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Nairobi in sociology. He has received advanced training in microfinance from Boulder, Colorado, and Springfield Centre, Durham. He is proficient in English and Kiswahili. He is based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Jyoti Patel works as associate director of capital markets in the market development and housing finance division, in charge of coordinating the activities in regards to MicroBuild Fund.

Ms. Patel began her career in the United States with Fidelity Investments in 1998, working in the equity trading department for seven years as a quantitative trade analyst. She spent the next three years in the buy-side asset management working in quantitative analytics with Putnam Investments, Boston and Nuveen Investments in Chicago. In 2008, Jyoti joined ACCION Investments as a director of the global investments department, overseeing investments in India. She also led a technology project in parallel to create financial and social performance metrics database and investment scoring models. As a consultant, Jyoti has worked extensively with Calvert Foundation conducting credit appraisals of the foundation’s international portfolio.

Jyoti has a master’s degree in international business and finance from Southern New Hampshire University, and a diploma in computer technology from Clark University. She is proficient in English and three Indian languages, and speaks intermediate German.