<div style="line-height: 20px;">President and CEO ESAF Small Finance Bank<br><span style="font-size:13px;">India</span></div>
Kadambelil Paul Thomas, Founder of ESAF Group of Social Enterprises and MD & CEO of ESAF Small Finance Bank, is an Indian social entrepreneur acknowledged for his unique approach to addressing the socio-economic problem through financial inclusion based on cooperative principles. Driven by the purpose of creating the social impact that aims to address the partiality of prosperity, Paul founded several Group of Social Enterprises that run interventions in the areas of financial inclusion, livelihood generation, water management, sanitation improvement, providing healthcare support and children education in some of the most backward regions of India. Qualified in Business Management, Paul, in his 26 years of serving the cause, has created impact in the lives of over 2.5 million households across the 12 States of India. Paul holds positions in industry bodies such as Sa-dhan, CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) and also is a speaker in various national and international forums such as Harvard Business School, The European Microfinance Platform-Luxembourg, International Labour Organization (ILO)-Geneva. Paul’s commitment has received several national and international honors, recent as a finalist in the European Microfinance Award-Financial Inclusion through Technology 2018.
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