MSC., MRES, BSC., CFE., PHD
Thelma has over 15 years of banking experience and a wealth of expertise in several areas including corporate banking, retail banking, commercial banking, cash management services and customer service.
Thelma very recently completed a doctoral research programme with a focus on microfinance and financial inclusion. This was borne out of a firm belief that microfinance is a veritable tool for poverty alleviation and the economic growth of any nation.
A self-motivated individual with a passion for financial services, marketing, research and development, Thelma holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science. She also holds a post graduate certificate in research methods and has a particular interest in qualitative research methodology.
Having conducted several research projects from proposal to completion Thelma has a strong knowledge of research skills (both quantitative and qualitative).
As a Graduate Trainee Assistant at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), Thelma has supervised several undergraduate dissertations. This entails some measure of research and has provided her with the opportunity to gain insight into other subjects outside of her core areas of competence. In addition, she lectures on a part time basis.
Alongside her academic pursuits, Thelma is a certified Financial Education Instructor and currently volunteers as the Financial Inclusion Officer for DAWSUN(Diaspora African Women's Support Network CIC). Thelma is also responsible for engaging with local communities. Her remit involves developing strategic relationships with other organisations and the local community to deliver best results that meet the need of individuals. Thelma volunteers with MCR Pathway, an organisation concerned with mentoring young people across secondary Schools in Scotland.
- Improve child poverty and financial exclusion within our community
- Challenge female genital mutilation practices
- Challenge domestic and sexual violence
- Reduce gender inequalities in employment, wages and leadership roles
- Support and mentor young girls and women
- Promote life-long learning and well-grounded education for men and women
- Research economic, social and developmental challenges
- Promote African cultural heritage through events and documentaries
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