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Established in 1999, Microfinance.no is an independent consultancy and research company owned and managed by Roy Mersland (PhD). Along with this practice, Roy is an associate professor at the University of Agder (www.uia.no), Norway’s fourth largest university, where he is forming a research team within microfinance management and governance.

His diverse work experiences include, among others, serving for three years as the Chief Marketing Officer for the newspaper Vårt Land (www.vl.no). While working as the legal representative for the Norwegian Mission Alliance (www.misjonsalliansen.no) in Ecuador, Roy was part of the skilled team who established the organization in the city of Guayaquil. This organization has now grown and become the community development organization Mision Alianza (www.misionalianza.org) and the Microfinance Institution D-MIRO (www.d-miro.com). With the Norwegian Mission Alliance, Roy spent seven years in Ecuador and one year in Bolivia.

For research and consultancy assignments Roy draws upon several academic resources as well as a wide international network. When needed, experienced consultants are brought in on a contractual basis to carry out assignments. Among others, the resources consist of a unique self-constructed database made up of detailed information from nearly 400 MFIs worldwide.

Roy and his wife, Nina, live with their four children in a suburb of Kristiansand which is located on the southern coast of Norway. Nina takes an active part in the administration of the company and also in some of the consultancy assignments. She has a bachelor degree in social work from Diakonhjemmet University College in Norway and works part-time as a child welfare officer in the municipality of Søgne.


www.microfinance.no  //  Roy Mersland  //  roy@microfinance.no  //  Phone: +47 92434333   //  Fax: +47 85035216

Design and development:
Kristina Jeanette Rolseth & Dag Jomar Røsler