Inspired Solutions is owned and managed by Mr. William R. Crew (“Bill”), an SME credit and investment professional with over 20 years of hands-on experience as a practitioner in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the United States.
Prior to establishing Inspired Solutions, Bill was the general manager of the Intilaaqah SME Investment fund in Oman. The Intilaaqah fund is the flagship CSR (corporate social responsibility) vehicle of Shell Development Oman. The fund invests in local small businesses via debt and equity.
As Intilaaqah’s general manager Bill increased the growth rate of the portfolio while at the same time strengthening the underwriting criteria and risk management practices through on the job training.
During his tenure with Intilaaqah Mr. Crew realized the need for more dedicated SME consultancies, particularly in MENA-area financial institutions and larger corporations which have SME development as a CSR priority. As such he founded Inspired Solutions in December, 2011.
Founded under the Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Oman, Mr. Crew owns 100% of the company.
In addition to his Oman-specific experience, Mr. Crew brings the following to the management of Inspired Solutions:
Ability to form and lead experienced, highly qualified, and impact-oriented consultancy teams of local and expatriate consultants.
15 years of providing business advisory services to international SME financiers and other comparable organizations.
A long and successful history of working 1-on-1 with SMEs and entrepreneurs throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, and North America.
Extensive experience in the training and coaching of credit staff in a variety of financial institutions around the world.
Bill lives full time in Muscat, Oman and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.