Cadasta Foundation Appoints Development Economist George Ombado to its Board of Directors

Cadasta Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of George Ombado as a new Director of the Board.

George comes to the Cadasta Board with 16 years of experience supporting financial inclusion and access initiatives. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the African Confederation of Co-operative Saving and Credit Association (ACCOSCA), an institution that supports the development of co-operative financial institutions in Africa. In this role, he has spearheaded strategic planning for a number of financial co-operatives in Africa.

George serves as a Board Member of the Africa Co-operative Development Foundation (ACDF). He is also the Current Director of Africa Development Educators Program and holds an I–CUDE designation. He is a part of the Executive team providing leadership on a Project funded by IFAD in Tanzania, Malawi, and Ethiopia known as “Improving Rural Financial Inclusion through Financial Co-operatives”  in partnership with the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada and the Irish League of Credit Unions Foundation. George has contributed to numerous financial publications, including in the International Co-operative Alliance Book: “The Capital Conundrum for Co-operatives” which was published and disseminated on October 2015.

“We are thrilled to welcome George Ombado to the Cadasta Board,” said Cadasta Board Chair Liz Blake, “His experience managing international organizations and projects will help support Cadasta’s growth, particularly on the African continent.”

Commenting on George’s appointment, Cadasta Chief Executive Officer Amy Coughenour Betancourt said, “George is highly respected for his experience and leadership in the cooperative and international development communities, not only in Africa, but around the world. His vast networks in government, business, and civil society across the continent will be invaluable to Cadasta as we scale our projects and impact in Africa and beyond. “

George joins eight elected Board members and one observer. Together they provide strategic and policy direction to Cadasta as it works to advance global land and resource rights to build stronger, more sustainable communities.

About Cadasta Foundation: Founded in 2015, Cadasta Foundation develops and promotes the use of simple digital tools and technology to help partners efficiently document, analyze, store, and share critical land and resource rights information. By creating an accessible digital record of land, housing, and resource rights, we help empower individuals, organizations, communities, and governments with the information they need to make data-driven decisions and put vulnerable communities and their needs on the map.

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