Miranda Beshara joined CGAP in 2012. She has been editor of the Arabic FinDev Gateway (formally Microfinance Gateway) since 2014. She is in charge of content development and promotion, manages knowledge exchanges and partnerships with key institutions, and organizes online peer learning webinars for financial inclusion practitioners and policy makers in the Middle East and North Africa.
Ms. Beshara has over 15 years of experience in international development, working worldwide with a range of institutions in microfinance, institutional development, child protection, and women's empowerment. She was part of the first management team of Sanabel, Microfinance Network for Arab Countries, where she was responsible for a capacity building program for financial services providers across the Arab region. Ms. Beshara is also a gender consultant with Women's World Banking, where she conducts gender training and provides technical assistance to partner institutions. She is a Certified Microfinance Expert from the Frankfurt School for Finance and Management and a trainer on the Social Performance Task Force/UN Refugee Agency Global Guidelines for the Financial Inclusion of Refugees.
Ms. Beshara has a Master’s in Economic and Social Development from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor’s in Economics from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is fluent in Arabic (native) and French