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Petronella Chigara-Dhitima is the Managing Director for Mustard Seed Advisory - a development finance advisory firm. She has more than 27 years of experience in 17 African countries and 5 other developing countries in Asia and Latin America. Some of the current major clients include UNCDF, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and International Labour Organization (ILO). She was the gender expert on the recently concluded FSDA Management and Analytics Capabilities (DMAC) program which was implemented by OPM from 2017 to 2019 in Zambia, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone. She is a certified Smart Assessor and has conducted institutional assessments in Uganda, Ghana, and India.  Prior to setting up Mustard Seed, Petronella was ACCION’s Africa Hub Manager and Project Manager, leading the technical assistance team for EB - ACCION and heading the Africa Training Centre based in Ghana. She has been instrumental in spearheading microfinance banks’ greenfield operations in West Africa, and setting up microfinance divisions in two different banks in Zimbabwe. She has held operational, managerial, and senior advisory positions at both retail and wholesale levels, in institutions such as ACCION, International Labor Organization (ILO), CARE Zimbabwe, and Zambuko Trust. Furthermore, she has shown an ability to transfer her skills and knowledge to counterparts, colleagues, and subordinates in several varied cultural and organizational settings.

Petronella has been teaching at the Boulder Microfinance Training Program for the past 19 years. She is an accredited trainer with MicroSave, a Master Trainer for ILO Financial Literacy program and the ITC-ILO Making Microfinance Work courses.

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