Dr N. Jeyaseelan


With over two decades of experience in rural banking, Dr N. Jeyaseelan has piloted several microfinance initiatives in the banking sector, including the Indian Bank’s Special Unit for Microfinance Project. A PhD in Microfinance, he has done several assignments in self-help groups, microfinance and micro insurance programmes across several countries. He has served as consultant to the UNDP, UNOPS, GIZ, IFAD, Agricultural Finance Corporation, Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd, and Water Partner International (USA). He has been a part of the Hand in Hand’s Technical Assistance team in the projects funded by IADB (Inter American Development Bank) in Brazil and ADB (Asian Development Bank) in Madhya Pradesh, India. Dr Jeyaseelan has also headed the National-level study on Joint Liability Groups (May 2008) commissioned by GTZ-NABARD in India. He has also been involved in the UNDP study on “Pre investment Feasibility for Micro Insurance in India.” He has several publications to his credit and has presented papers in international conferences. He has developed the ‘Self-Reliance Group Training Manual’ for the UNDP/UNOPS project staff in Myanmar. He has won the United Nations “Micro Finance Knowledge Promoter Award 2007” from the UN Solution Exchange** for his contributions to the Micro finance community of Practice in India.
(**Solution Exchange is a joint initiative of all UN agencies in India)