Narinder Dhami

2008 / Burkina Faso
International Microfinance and Microenterprise (IMM)

narinder_dhami_1Do you have any anecdotes or insights to share about the one-month training program leading up to your Fellowship travels?

One of my fondest memories of the program was the great training we received before embarking on the Fellowship. The training was a great complement to my existing knowledge and experience base. The training program also allowed me to form strong bonds with the other fellows.

What did you do during your Fellowship?

I managed the migration of the management information system across a three-country network. I led 11 team members that included both local staff and external software developers. Additionally, I supported donor relationships and reporting requirements for Aga Khan Foundation USA and the US Department of Agriculture.


Did you eat something that was new to you? What was it?

There was a small local vegetarian spot in Ouagadougou, that offered all of the local cuisine without meat. From tofu brochettes to tô to riz gras and fufu, I enjoyed experiencing the vegetarian versions of Burkina’s cuisine.


Do you have any advice for future Fellows?

Work hard and make the most out of this unique experience. Collaborate with the local team. Listen first.


What are you doing now?

I am currently the Executive Director of the Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, which operates within The Boston Consulting Group. Also, I have designed and currently teach a course in microfinance and impact investing at the University of Toronto.