The Microinsurance Network is the only global multi-stakeholder platform of microinsurance industry and experts committed to promoting the development and delivery of valuable insurance services for low-income people. We are a member-based organisation with over 80 institutional members from over 40 countries, stemming from the insurance industry, as well as governmental and development organisations. The Network is a non-profit organisation and has its legal base in Luxembourg.
The Microinsurance Network is led by the Board of Directors, which provides strategic guidance and supervision to the Network's operations, and to the Secretariat, which takes care of the executive management of the Network's activities, including the co-ordination of working group activities. A General Assembly, attended by the Board of Director, Secretariat and Network members, takes place annually on the day after the International Microinsurance Conference.
At the core of the Network's activities lie the working groups, discussion groups and task forces, which are comprised of Network members, and focus on specific activities advancing the learning and the distilling of good practices in key focus areas of the sector.
See the FAQs on the Network's Governance Model, here.
The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors provides strategic guidance and oversight to the Microinsurance Network to ensure it meets its goals in an effective and impactful manner. The Board is elected by the Network's members for a two-year term. The General Assembly met in November 2016 and approved the new Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term:
|Doubell Chamberlain (Cenfri), Chair of the Board (2017-2018); Board member (2015-2018).|
Doubell has extensive global experience in microinsurance as the founder and Managing Director of Cenfri. His work has lead him to a deeper understanding of the demand for and supply of microinsurance products within a broader financial sector context, and the impact that policy, regulation and supervision has on market development. His vision for the sector is to build an inclusive insurance industry that aligns the incentives of multiple stakeholders to offer value and play its role in supporting poverty relief and economic development.
Andrea Keenan (AM Best), Vice-Chair of the Board (2015-2018).
Lorenzo Chan (Pioneer Life Incorporated), Board member (2017-2018).
Alejandra Diaz Agudelo (Fasecolda), Board member (2015-2018).
Denis Garand (Denis Garand and Associates), Board member and Treasurer of the Microinsurance Network (2015-2018).
Kate McKee (CGAP), Board member (2017-2018).
Francesco Rispoli (IFAD), Board member (2015-2018).
Mandla Shezi (Hollard), Board member and Secretary of the Microinsurance Network (2015-2018).
Mathilda Ström (BIMA), Board member (2017-2018).
The Secretariat team
Katharine Pulvermacher, Executive Director
Katharine provides strategic and executive leadership to the Microinsurance Network, guiding the organisation in the implementation of its 5-year strategic plan (2017-2022), with a view to grow and strengthen the organisation’s impact and value to the sector. In her role, she draws upon a wealth of experience in leadership and management, organisational strategy development, multi-stakeholder engagement and coordination, as well as research and thought leadership, with a focus on market intelligence in emerging economies.
Annette Houtekamer, Microinsurance Expert
With a lifetime of experience in finance, insurance, reinsurance and development spanning across India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Senegal and South Africa, Annette is responsible for the identification of cutting edge and demand driven microinsurance topics for Network activities such as the Expert Forums and Consultative Forums, developing content, coordinating speakers, as well as representing the Network at regional and global events.
Jenny Glaesener-Nasr, Senior Development Coordinator
Jenny is an agricultural engineer, specialised in plant protection, environmental economics and journalism. She has worked for the United Nations Commission in Beirut, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome, an international NGO, and a Francophone newspaper in Lebanon, before joining the Microinsurance Network. She has a strong background in development, project management and communication of scientific findings to various audiences. In the Network, she coordinates Consultative Forums as well as the yearly edition of the State of Microinsurance, and carries out specific analytical tasks, whilst contributing news items and blogs to the website on a regular basis.
Nadia Vanuytrecht, Membership & Office Coordinator
Nadia leads the membership relations and office coordination functions of the Secretariat and ensures its operations are effective and professional. Leveraging her background in public relations and professional experience in administration and event management, Nadia helps members to navigate all aspects of their membership and provides them with the information and support necessary to join and make the most of their experience in our ever-growing and dynamic network of microinsurance professionals.
Meredith Lytle, Junior Membership Officer
Together with the Membership & Office Coordinator, Meredith supports the development and implementation of the retention and prospection strategies by engaging with existing and future members of the Microinsurance Network. With years of experience in client relations and account management, she looks forward to fostering conversations with individuals and organisations involved in microinsurance to continue a thriving and growing Network.
Annalisa Bianchessi, Senior Communications Manager
Annalisa oversees the Microinsurance Network’s media and communication activities and the design and management of key Network events. Through a professional approach rooted in social marketing, she supports the Network to reach its full potential in terms of reach, visibility and member value. In her role she draws upon her experience teaching on a Master in Communication from the University of Texas at El Paso, and advising on the design and implementation of communication campaigns for social marketing in developing countries across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
Hugo Fulco, Communications Officer
Hugo draws on his background in journalism and international relations to promote the work of the Network through the production of insightful and valuable content for the website and by supporting the management of its social media channels. He is responsible for the member-exclusive, fortnightly Network Exchange newsletter, and using his eye for detail, supports the Senior Communications Manager with the writing of the Network’s various communication outputs and the proofreading of its publications. In addition to his activities within the Communications team, Hugo also oversees the technical aspect of the Network’s online Expert Forums.
Cristina Suárez Bordón, Junior CRM & Administration Officer
With a background in languages and translation, Cristina supports the Network’s production and dissemination of effective multilingual communication outputs and provides general logistical support to the team in the organisation of events and administrative tasks. She draws upon her Spanish skills to support communication with our members from Latin America. With her organisational skills, she is responsible for keeping the Network CRM database up to date, and also supports with website maintenance tasks. Further, she takes care of tracking the distribution of Network publications.