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Curriculum Vitae

Surname Mersland
First name Roy
Date, place of birth 28.04.65, Farsund, Norway
Marital status Married to Nina
Children Elida, Louise, Bendik and Johannes
Address Langeneskilen 30, 4640 Søgne, Norway

Private                 +4738167695
Office                   +4738141787
Mobile                  +4792434333
Fax                      +4785035216



Web page www.microfinance.no

Main experience and qualifications

Extensive international management, consulting, and research experience working with international and cross cultural teams from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Especially competent in micro-entrepreneurship, microfinance, rural finance, microfinance in conflict areas, self helping microfinance systems (SHGs, ROSCAs, ASCA etc.), marketing, community development, organisational structures and development, corporate governance, fundraising and economic empowerment of special groups (disabled people). Extensive experience with pilot and feasibility studies, project design and reviews, evaluations, and research.


     2009      PhD, International Management, University of Agder, Norway.
                    Research area: Microfinance Governance

2001     Higher diploma, Management of NGOs, TEC Monterey, Mexico, campus Ecuador.

1998     MBA, Master of Business Administration, Federico Santa Maria, Chile, campus Ecuador.

1994     Higher diploma, Development studies, Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham, England.

1989        MBM, Master of Business and Marketing, Oslo Business School, Norway

Language skills

fluent written and oral (mother tongue)
      Spanish fluent written and oral
      English fluent written and oral
      Portuguese good reading knowledge
      German limited



Work experience

2009 - present            UNIVERSITY OF AGDER, Researcher (Post Doc)

2009 - 2010                ALLIANCE MICROFINANCE AS, Country representative in Ecuador and responsible for the process of establishing a new microfinance bank in the country.

2004 – 2009               UNIVERSITY OF AGDER, NORWAY, Ph.D. candidate
Research project: “Corporate governance and ownership in microfinance organizations”

2003 – present           MICROFINANCE.NO, Own consulting practice.  

2003 – 2004               MISSION ALLIANCE IN ECUADOR - Microfinance program D-MIRO
Initiated a transformation process into a regulated finance institution and President of the interim board.

2002 – 2003               KOLIBRI KAPITAL. Finance company
Regional representative, Latin America.

2000 – 2002               MISSION ALLIANCE IN ECUADOR
In charge of all new projects, institutional development and new income generation projects.

1999-2000                  MICROFINANCE.NO, Own consulting practice. 

 1995 – 1999               MISSION ALLIANCE IN ECUADOR
                                   - Country representative / Executive director

                                   - Established Mission Alliance in Ecuador. Built up the

                                   - Designed and implemented the community development
                                     program DECO

                                   - Designed and implemented the microcredit program

 1995                           MISSION ALLIANCE IN BOLIVIA
            Spanish studies. Internship within microfinance and 
            community development programs.

1992 – 1994               VART LAND, Newspaper, NORWAY, chief marketing officer 

1991                           VART LAND, Newspaper, NORWAY, advertising manager

1990                           VART LAND, Newspaper, NORWAY, product manager

1986 – 1990               FRIUNDERVISNINGEN, NORWAY, Institute for professional
Professor, 15 hours weekly for four years.


An updated CV covering all research and consultancy efforts is available upon request: roy@microfinance.no