Greg Casagrande — Founder and Managing Director

Greg is the Founder and Managing Director of MicroDreams.  He is also the founder and owner of the SPBD Microfinance Network in the South Pacific and Transformative Ventures LLC, a microfinance advisory company.

Greg has served as a director on several microfinance industry boards including: the International Association of Microfinance Investors (IAMFI) of NY, Microfinance Pasifika, the United Nation’s International Year of Microcredit and Planet Finance.  He also serves as a board member for Plebys, a “Base of the Pyramid” investment fund, and Water Health International, an affordable clean water solution marketed in India, the Philippines and Ghana.  Greg was named “Person of the Year” for 2008 in the country of Samoa for his microfinance leadership in that country.  In 2010, he was awarded a Global Social Innovators Award for his work with MicroDreams and SPBD.

Greg also promotes hi-tech entrepreneurship and was a founding director of the Ice Angels, Australasia’s largest angel investor group.  He currently serves as Chairman of three New Zealand software firms: Biomatters Ltd, Calcium Solutions Ltd and English-To-Go Ltd.

Prior to these ventures, Greg recorded significant achievement with Ford Motor Company, Mazda Motor Company and Coopers and Lybrand in product development, manufacturing, marketing and financial management positions.  He led teams in the U.S., Japan and Europe, and while with Mazda was honored to be the youngest-ever Buchou (Division General Manager) of any major Japanese corporation.

Greg has an MBA from Kellogg, an MS from NYU Stern, a BA from Colgate University and is a CPA.

Read more about Greg’s inspiration in launching MicroDreams and SPBD in the Founder's Story.