Board of Directors

Waterhealth Board Members

Greg Casagrande

Executive Chairman at WaterHealth International, USA.
Greg is a serial social entrepreneur and founder of SPBD microfinance network, the leading microfinance institution in south pacific. In this Venture, he has financed over $165 million to micro-enterprises and provided training over 80000 women entrepreneurs in countries like Samoa, Tonga, FIJI, the Soloman island, and Vanuatu. He is also the founder of MicroDreams, a microfinance acceleration fund and Transformative Ventures LLC, a Microfinance advisory company.
He was named “Person of the Year” in the Pacific Island nation of Samoa for his work in empowering poor families in that country; was honoured to be a United Nations Global Advisor for its International Year of Microfinance, and was awarded the “Singapore Global Social Entrepreneur” Prize and the first-ever “Colgate Impact Award” by his alma mater Colgate University.
Greg also served as a director on several impact-industry boards including the International Association of Microfinance Investors (of NY), Microfinance Pasifika (of Fiji), Planet Finance (of Paris), and Plebys (of Irvine, CA) a “Base of the Pyramid” investment fund. Before these ventures, he recorded significant achievements with Ford Motor Company and Mazda Motor Company in product development, manufacturing, and financial management positions. He led teams in the U.S., Japan, and Europe, and while with Mazda was honoured to be the youngest-ever Buchou (Division General Manager) of any major Japanese company. Greg began his professional career as an external public auditor with Coopers and Lybrand in New York City.
He speaks extensively at conferences and universities around the world on the topics of microfinance, social entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, and impact investing. He is the author of five business case studies about the work of SPBD (Harvard Business School, Kennedy School of Government, and Kelley School of Business at Indiana University). He also promotes hi-tech entrepreneurship and was a founding director of the Ice Angels, Australasia’s largest angel investor group, and serves as Chairman/Director of three New Zealand software firms: Biomatters Ltd, Cumulo9 Ltd and English-To-Go Ltd.
Greg has an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School at North western University, an MS in Accounting from NYU Stern, and a BA with Honours in Economics from Colgate University. Greg is also a CPA and a member of MENSA.