Mayada Baydas

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Personal information

Executive General Manager, Executive Director

Contact information (work)

Emkan Finance; Emkan NGO
Executive Management
Sadat Str., Sadat Tower, 5th flr.
961 1 814901/2
961 1 814900
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Doctorate degree, Agricultural Economics, 1993, The Ohio State University, United States of America
Master's degree, Economics, 1988, The Ohio State University, United States of America
Master's degree, Agricultural Economics (International Development), 1987, The American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Bachelor degree, Agricultural Sciences, 1985, The American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Diploma, Agricultural Engineer, 1985, The American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Areas of Expertise

Economic Development
Financial Market Development
Economic and Financial Market Assessments
Financial Market Technical Assistance
Policy and Research on Economic, Financial and Gender Issues

Work history

Executive General Manager, 2011 - present, Emkan Finance Sal

Executive Director, 2009 - present, Emkan (non-profit organization)

Senior Vice president & Managing Director, 2005-2009, Development Innovations Group

General Manager, 1998-2005, Ameen Sal/CHF International

Associate Director for the Office of Development Finance, 2003-2005, CHF International

Director for the Training and Research Center, 2004-2005, CHF International

Professional Researcher and Lecturer, January-July 2001, University of California

Research specialist, 1994-1998, The Ohio State University

Post Doctoral Research Associate, 1993-1994, The Ohio State University

Research Associate, 1988-1993, The Ohio State University

Research Assistant, 1986-1987, The American University of Beirut


Publications highlights: 
  • Baydas, M. (2004). Market assessment for housing microfinance. In F. Daphis and B. Ferguson (Eds.),Housing microfinance: A guide to practice. Bloomfield, Connecticut: Kumarian Press.
  • Baydas, M. (1995). Informal finance in Egypt: Banks within banks.World Development, 23 (4), 651-661.
  • Baydas, M. (1994). Credit rationing in small scale enterprises: Special microenterprise programs in Ecuador.Journal of Development Studies, 31 (2), 279-308.
  • Baydas, M. (1994). Discrimination against women in formal credit markets: Reality or rhetoric. World Development, 22 (7), 1073-1082.
  • Baydas, M. (1993). Information problems in lending to small scale enterprises: Evidence from Ecuador.Small Enterprise Development, (4), 48-55.
Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 
  • Keynote speaker at microcredit and microfinance summits, Sanabel conferences, USAID, World Bank, and other donors' conferences and workshops, 1993 - present.
  • Workshop trainer on commercial banking and microfinance, 1995-present.
  • Microfinance lecturer at the Boulder microfinance program, 2005-2010.

Awards and Distinctions

Selected by the Arabian Business Magazine among the 100 most powerful women in the Arab world, 2011.

Selected by the Financial Times among 40 Arab Women in finance, 2009.

Outstanding Research Award from the Ohio State University for outstanding academic record and reserach publications, 1993.