Lisa Thomas
Lisa Thomas

Adjunct Lecturer of Finance

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Lisa G. Thomas is Director of Investments – Asia for Equator Capital Partners LLC (ECP), a fund management company for social impact private equity funds focused on investments in microfinance institutions and small business banks in developing economies. Ms. Thomas is responsible for sourcing and managing attractive investment opportunities that fit the company’s social mission. She also serves as a Board Director for Khushhali Bank Limited, the largest microfinance bank in Pakistan.

Prior to joining the investment team, Ms. Thomas was Vice President of Capacity Building and Operations for CapitalPlus Exchange, ECP’s capacity building partner. In this role, she was responsible for developing the infrastructure of socially-oriented financial institutions in Asia and Africa to meet profitability and impact goals. She has also worked in investment banking, research and consulting in New York and Chicago.

Ms. Thomas holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS (Honors) in Finance from the University of Oregon. In addition, Ms. Thomas was selected in 2013 for The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2015.

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MBA, 2006, International Business and Economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
BS: Business Administration, 2000, Finance Concentration, University of Oregon, Honors

Other Professional Experience
Director of Investments - Asia, Equator Capital Partners, LLC, 2012-present
Vice President, CapitalPlus Exchange, 2007-2012
Manager, Chicago Strategy Partners, 2006-2007
Research Associate, CRT Capital Group LLC, 2003-2004
Analyist, Merrill Lynch & CO., 2001-2003

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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Microfinance & the Role of Financial Institutions in Development (FINC-937-A)

This course counts toward the following majors: Finance, International Business, Social Enterprise

This short course is designed to provide an introductory understanding of microfinance institutions (MFIs) and their role in providing financial services to hundreds of millions of poor people. The course will examine the commercial, operational and developmental aspects of microfinance, including in-depth reviews of some of the largest, most successful MFIs in the world. In addition, students will learn about ways that other types of financial institutions, including traditional commercial banks, can contribute to the economic and social well-being of the communities they serve.