BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lee-Anne Pitcaithly | Executive Chairperson
Ms. Lee-Anne Pitcaithly comes to First Finance as the Executive Chairperson following seven years international experience in Mobile Financial Services. Working globally with the provision of financial services to the poor. Coming from a commercial management background and a career spent mainly in commercial banking, utilities, and telecommunications. Lee-Anne has previously held executive roles in WING Cambodia (Cambodia) and Grameen Foundation (Uganda). Residing in Cambodia Lee-Anne brings a wealth of knowledge in banking and innovation to First Finance. Lee-Anne continues to work as a consultant to the World Bank group globally for Digital Financial Services.
Talmage Payne | Director
Mr. Talmage Payne is a social entrepreneur and INGO leader. He is the founder of First Finance and a number of other social ventures. Talmage has lived in South East Asia most of his adult life serving in both non-profit and for profit social impact sector. He was global CEO of Hagar International (protection and recovery of survivors of human trafficking), and helped establish Hagar in nine countries using their integrated non-profit and for profit model.
Talmage was the Country Manager for World Vision Cambodia and the founding Chair of VisionFund Cambodia. The royal Cambodian Government has recognized his humanitarian work numerous times, twice awarding him the People’s Medal, as well as the Royal Order of the Sahametri. Talmage has BA in Economic Development from Wheaton College.
Ong Teong Hoon | Director
Mr. Ong Teong Hoon has over 30 years of banking experience in Asia and some years of experience in the microfinance sector. Mr Ong is a senior executive at Phillip Capital, one of Asia’s leading financial houses and is currently a Director for Phillip Bank Cambodia and a Director at Kredit microfinance Plc Cambodia. He is Chairman of the Methodist School in Cambodia and has held senior leadership roles in youth and detention rehabilitation programs. Mr Ong is also a founding board member of First Finance Plc and has journeyed with us through our rapid growth, challenges and successes.He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in London.
Monisophorn Noun | Director
Ms. Monisophorn Noun joined the First Finance Board in 2014. Sophorn is an experienced finance and investment professional in emerging markets. She has worked for Frontier Investment and Development Partners and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Currently Sophorn is the Investment Officer for Emerging Markets Investments (EMI) in Cambodia and participates on the Board of Directors for selected EMI investees.
Sophorn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and she completed her MBA in International Finance from Brandeis International Business School in the United States after winning a Fulbright Scholarship.
Nicholas Lazos | Director
Mr. Nicholas Lazos is Co-founder and Director of Insitor Impact Asia Fund. Nicholas has worked in South and Southeast Asia for the last nine years, supporting social enterprises through their start-up stages. Nicholas leads all major equity investments and sits on the Board of Directors of portfolio companies. Prior to Insitor, Nicholas was General Manager of the first low-income housing solutions company in Cambodia, where he managed the startup and development of the company until it became fully operational. He holds dual degrees in Mathematical Methods in the Social Science program at Northwestern University.
Brad Jones | Independent Director
Mr. Brad Jones has worked in senior management and executive roles in the banking and payments industries in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Australia. His experience includes establishing start-up businesses in challenging developing markets to operations management in multinational banks. Brad is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Wave Money, a mobile money joint venture in Myanmar with Telenor and Yoma Bank as shareholders. Previously he was the founding Managing Director for WING Cambodia and has also held senior leadership positions in mobile innovation for Visa. In addition to Brad’s extensive corporate experience he has previously consulted to the World Bank Group, Grameen Foundation and DFID in the field of digital financial services.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University in Australia, and Post Graduate business qualifications from the University of Queensland.
Paul Freer | Independent Director
Mr. Paul Freer has more than 20 years senior-level experience in international banking as well as a successful background in project management, education and the not-for-profit sector in Cambodia. Paul spent his initial banking career in the UK before investing a further 15 years of his career working in Cambodia and the Lao PDR in senior management positions in both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. Paul was previously CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in Cambodia, MD of Phongsavanh Bank in the Lao PDR and Head of Retail Banking with ANZ Royal Bank (Cambodia). He was also responsible for the entry of Maruhan Japan Bank into the Cambodian market place where he was employed as Vice President and General Manager. Paul sits on the Finance and Facilities Committee of the International School of Phnom Penh and now undertakes independent banking and MFI consultancies with The World Bank and other organisations.
Paul holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Southampton Business School in the UK.
Joshua Morris | Observer
Mr. Joshua Morris is the founding Partner and Managing Director of Emerging Markets Investments (EMI), a Cambodian-based Investment Advisory business that manages the Cambodia-Laos Development Fund. Prior to founding EMI, Joshua was actively involved in private sector development and business consulting in Southeast Asia through his role as a co-founder of EMI’s sister company, Emerging Markets Consulting.
Before relocating to Cambodia in 2004, Joshua held senior management positions in marketing and corporate development for technology start-ups and a NASDAQ-listed e-commerce business.
Joshua holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (1998) and a BA cum laude from Harvard University (1992).