Irma Cosico, Chief Executive Officer, ASKI Global Ltd.
Irma is the Chief Executive Officer of ASKI Global Limited, which is the recipient of the ASIA CEO Awards – Heart for OFWs Company of the Year for 2015. She has been in the micro-finance industry in various capacities for almost fifteen years, was Managing Director of ABS-CBN Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship & Human Resource Development until March 2010. She headed the Micro-finance Operations of the ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation from 2003 to 2005 and the Client Services Group from 1999 to 2002.
Irma also served as Consultant to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2002 where she assisted in the design of the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction Project – Philippine Business Initiatives in Rural Development. She was commissioned by Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank Corporation (HSBC) in 2006 to do a study on Franchising Micro-finance. Irma was one of the pioneers of the Alliance of Philippine Partners in Enterprise Development, a network of Philippine Christian-based MFIs and was seconded as Project Coordinator of the Micro-finance Council of the Philippines in 1998.
She took her MS Development Communication in the University of the Philippines Los Baños and Master in Public Administration in Carleton University Canada as a CIDA scholar. She also holds a Master in Entrepreneurship degree from the Asian Institute of Management.