01-01-2016 by 
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In order to foster and promote new research on topics related to financial inclusion and recognize the work of young researchers, University Meets Microfinance, (UMM) rewards and publishes outstanding student research each year. The UMM Selection Committee composed of qualified academics and practitioners working in the financial inclusion domain evaluate the master’s theses and select the award winners. The 1st place award winner receives a cash prize of 500 Euros and is invited to present their research during European Microfinance Week in Luxembourg.

Among the three winners is Abdul-Nasiru Iddrisu Alhassan, a finance and accounting professional who has worked as the Head of Finance and Administration at Grameen Ghana since 2008. He has long standing and proven experience in microfinance, development work and management of non-governmental organizations. Abdul-Nasiru holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Corporate Strategy and Economic Policy, a Bachelor’s degree with combined majors in Accounting and Economics and a Higher National Diploma in Accounting. He is currently a final level (Level III) student of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG) and a Part II student of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK.

About University Meets Microfinance (UMM)

UMM is a European initiative which fosters cooperation between European universities, students and microfinance practitioners to promote microfinance and financial inclusion education and innovation through research. UMM is active in the domains of microfinance education, research, documentation of information, professional exchange & dissemination of information. All UMM activities are carried out under the umbrella of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) in the frame of the e-MFP UMM Action Group. From 2009 to 2015, more than 5,481 students, academics and practitioners have benefitted from UMM activities.

Source: University Meets Microfinance