Board of Directors

The Microinsurance Network's Board of Directors provides strategic guidance and oversight to the organisation 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 our Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 period:

Doubell Chamberlain (Cenfri), Chair of the Board (2017-2020); Board member (2015-2020).
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 offers value and play its role in supporting poverty relief and economic development.

Andrea Keenan (AM Best), Vice-Chair of the Board (2015-2020).
Andrea Keenan has 19 years of experience in the insurance industry at the only global ratings agency that specialises in insurance, AM Best. She started there as an economist and country risk analyst, as well as head of research, criteria, training and ratings relations. From 2013-2015, Andrea was on assignment to launch AM Best's first emerging market subsidiary in Mexico City and focused on microinsurance research in the Latin American region.  She is currently Senior Managing Director of Industry Relations. Andrea envisions that the sector will evolve to one that brings the low-income populations into the global financial system for a mutually beneficial outcome for all the stakeholders of financial and economic stability.

Mandla Shezi (Hollard), Board member and Secretary of the Microinsurance Network (2015-2020).
Mandla is CEO of Hollard International, having previously been Managing Director of Hollard Affinities and Direct, since 2007. He has significant experience in insurance and microinsurance. His focus for the Network is the development and roll-out of viable low-cost distribution methods across Africa and Asia. Mandla is very passionate about driving access to affordable insurance products for the poor and finding systemic insurance solutions that cover poor communities against natural disasters. He chairs the Financial Inclusion Megatrend Forum for Hollard.

Lorenzo Chan (Pioneer Life Incorporated), Board member (2017-2020) and Treasurer  of the Microinsurance Network (2019-2020).
Lorenzo is the President and CEO of Pioneer Life and Retail Organization and Head of the Pioneer Group in the Philippines. As a practitioner and leader, his dream is to empower the low-income sector by providing them access to insurance and the benefits it offers. He remains passionate about continuing innovations in insurance to enable more people and markets to experience its benefits. Lorenzo envisions a world where insurance will one day be among the top commodities of each household; that across socio-eco classes, it will be relevant and appreciated not only for its cost but for the value it brings and the continuity it provides during life's setbacks.

Kate McKee (Partnership for Economic Inclusion), Board member (2017-2020).
Kate is leading the start-up of the Partnership for Economic Inclusion (PEI), a World Bank-hosted initiative to accelerate scaling up, innovation and systems change for the “graduation approach” and other targeted interventions that expand economic opportunities for extreme poor and vulnerable people. Previously, she led CGAP’s work on consumer protection, responsible finance and graduation. Kate is an economist with broad policy, practitioner, and donor experience in enterprise development, women’s empowerment, agriculture and finance, through leadership roles at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Treasury Department, Self-Help in North Carolina, and the Ford Foundation.

Mathilda Ström (BIMA), Board member (2017-2020).
Mathilda is a co-founder of BIMA and has been responsible for driving the growth of the business into 16 countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia. Her work has given her a tremendous breadth of experience across a wide variety of regulatory environments, detailed distribution and operational expertise on how to build a sustainable and profitable microinsurance business, an understanding of the interplay between mobile technology and the provision of financial services and a closeness to the communities and customers that are buying insurance cover for the first time.

Francisco Astelarra (FIDES), Board member (2019-2020).

Francisco was born in Argentina and has worked in the insurance industry for the last 38 years. During the course of his career, he held positions as Vice-President and CEO of life insurance and non-life insurance companies in Argentina. From 1982 to 1994, Francisco also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Asociación Argentina de Compañías de Seguros (AACS), and led AACS as Executive Director and President from 2002 to 2017. He was the Superintendent in the Pension Funds Supervisory and a member of the FIDES Executive Committee as President of the South Region. In November 2018 he was elected Secretary-General of FIDES by the FIDES General Assembly, a position that he will develop full-time from Santiago, Chile.

Matthew Genazzini (ADA), Board member (2019-2020)
Matthew currently manages the Technical Support to MFIs unit at ADA, which aims to strengthen MFIs through the provision of financial support and technical assistance services. The unit focuses on a variety of topics including financial and social performance, risk management, governance and product diversification. He has 9 years of experience working in development finance, and started off by working for the Secretariat of the Microinsurance Network when it was still a project housed within ADA. Matthew has extensive experience managing capacity building and product diversification projects, with a particular focus on microinsurance.

Roshaneh Zafar (Kashf Foundation), Board member (2019-2020)
Roshaneh is the founder and Managing Director of Kashf Foundation, which she set up in 1996 to cater to the needs of women micro-entrepreneurs. The Foundation operates from 286 branches in 50 districts across all 4 provinces of Pakistan. Roshaneh is committed to creating an enabling environment for women micro-entrepreneurs and achieving positive change at the societal level. She writes regularly for various publications including Dawn, Tribune and Newsweek Pakistan and has represented Kashf and Pakistan at many international forums including the World Economic Forum. She has received many international and national awards, including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan’s highest civilian awards. Her work with the World Bank in the water and sanitation sectors inspired her to pursue her passion for improving the plight of women in Pakistan.

 

Previous Board members

The Microinsurance Network would like to extend a sincere thank you to all previous members of the Board who, through their expertise and insights, have helped the Network grow into the strong and diverse membership-based organisation it is today. In particular we would like to thank:

Chaig Churchill, Board member (2009 - 2014); Founding member of the Microinsurance Network and previous Chair of the Board; Chief of the Social Finance Programme at the International Labour Organization.

Brigitte Klein, Board member (2009-2014); Head of Sector Project Financial System Development at GIZ on behalf of BMZ.
Alexia Latortue, Board Member (2009-2013); Previous Deputy-CEO at the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP); Managing Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Richard Leftley, Board Member (2015-2016); Founder and CEO at MicroEnsure.
Brandon Mathews, Board member (2009-2013); Previously Head of Emerging Consumer at Zurich Insurance Company; CEO at Stonestep AG.
Michael J. McCord, Board member (2013-2016). Held positions as Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Board; President at the MicroInsurance Centre.
Bert Opdebeeck, Board member (August-December 2013); Previously Microinsurance Programme Coordinator at the Belgian Raiffeisen Foundation (BRS); now Founder of Microinsurance Master.
Sabbir Patel, Board member (2009-2011); Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at ICMIF.
 Sabrina Regent, Board member (2009-2011); Director of Microinsurance Programmes at Planet Guarantee.
 
Dirk Reinhard, Board member (2009 - 2013); Vice-Chairman at Munich Re Foundation.
Maria Victoria Sáenz, Board member (2009 - 2013); Lead Operations Specialist at Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

Thierry van Bastelaer, Board member (2014-2016); Vice President and Senior Fellow at Abt Associates.

Alejandra Diaz Agudelo Board member (2015-2018), Director of Financial Inclusion and Sustainability at Fasecolda.
Denis Garand, Board member and Treasurer of the Microinsurance Network (2015-2018), President of Denis Garand and Associates.
Francesco Rispoli, Board member (2015-2018), Previously Senior Technical Specialist; now Country Programme Manager - Rwanda/Tanzania at IFAD.

 

 

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