World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU)
A financial inclusion and microfinance expert with over 20 years of experience. Oscar Guzmán is currently the Representative of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) for Colombia and Ecuador, Head of the Financial Inclusion and Agricultural Micro Lending Projects under the auspices of the Banca de las Oportunidades, for the implementation of financial-inclusion methodologies/products that encompass microsavings, microcredit, value chain finance, technology and financial literacy.
He was WOCCU Rural Programs Manager, supervising projects in countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia financed by USAID, the Gates Foundation, and USDA. He was also the Project Director for consolidating savings and credit cooperatives in Ecuador, implementing microfinance products, transactional networks, training programs in microfinance, regulation and supervision, commercial, financial and expansion planning, and project evaluation methodologies. He has been Executive President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Red Transaccional Cooperativa – Coonecta and WOCCU, Services in Ecuador, the ASOF Foundation and Pagos Virtuales in Colombia. These organizations promote financial expansion to rural areas through the use of technology. He has worked with Swisscontact, IDB and Corporación Financiera Nacional (CFN) financing projects and SMEs.
Oscar Guzmán is a Commercial Engineer and holds a Masters in Finance from the Instituto Universitario de Posgrado of Spain. He has been faculty for several universities and for the Boulder Institute of Microfinance. The author of several publications on financial inclusion and an international consultant in Peru, Mexico, Kenya, Colombia, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Argentina, Nicaragua, Ruanda, Uganda and Tanzania.