Petronella Chigara-Dhitima is a Microfinance expert with experience in 17 African countries and other developing countries in Asia and Latin America. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Mustard Seed Advisory.
A seasoned professional, Petronella is armed with over 24 years of experience in Microfinance, SME Development, and Organizational Development in East, West and Southern Africa. She has been instrumental in spearheading green field operations for Accion in West Africa (specifically Ghana and Nigeria), and setting up microfinance divisions in two different banks in Zimbabwe (CBZ and Kingdom Bank).
Furthermore, Petronella has shown her ability to transfer skills and knowledge to counterparts, colleagues, and subordinates in several varied cultural and organizational settings. Apart from full time positions, she has worked as a development finance consultant, undertaking short term assignments in more than 17 African countries. She has delivered services beyond Africa in Bolivia, Ecuador, China, India, and Colombia.
Within MSA, she focuses on Microfinance Consulting and Financial Education. Petronella serves as the ITCILO MMW Master Trainer responsible for trainer certification; she is a certified SMART Assessor and certified CGAP Trainer. She has taught at the Boulder Microfinance Training Program for the past 17 years; she is also Associate of MFO and ILO.
Petronella holds an Honours’ Degree in Business Science from The University of Zimbabwe and a Master of Business Administration from University of Liverpool as well as other industry specific qualifications.
Petronella is also a Conference Speaker, Mentor and Facilitator of the Global Business Roundtable.