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 (2017-2018); 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 building an inclusive insurance industry that aligns the incentives of multiple stakeholders to offer value and play an important role in supporting poverty alleviation and economic development.

Andrea Keenan (AM Best), Vice-Chair of the Board (2015-2018).
Andrea Keenan is an economist and the Senior Managing Director of Industry Relations at AM Best, having launched AM Best's first emerging market subsidiary in Mexico City. She has also acted as an advisor in international regulatory efforts towards financial inclusion and performed her own research on the business potential of microinsurance and on the contribution of microinsurance to overall economic growth.

Lorenzo Chan (Pioneer Life Incorporated), Board member (2017-2018).
Lorenzo is the President and CEO of Pioneer Life and Retail Organization and Head of the Philippines Pioneer Group, which strives to provide flexibility in product development and outstanding service to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and their clients.  He brings to the Board years of practical experience in both insurance and microinsurance and his direct involvement in the business operation provides the Board with a realistic and practical perspective on what truly works and how to best manage the market, in terms of pricing, distribution partnerships, or product design.

Alejandra Diaz Agudelo (Fasecolda), Board member (2015-2018).
Alejandra has extensive experience in designing and implementing strategies for the development of microinsurance markets as well as agricultural insurance, financial education and social responsibility programmes. With regards to the Network, she is committed to the idea of creating a regional body to periodically discuss best practices and lessons learned in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Alejandra also promotes the dissemination of social performance indicators among providers in the region, as well as the development of a code of best practices for consumer protection, in order to achieve effective and meaningful financial inclusion.

Denis Garand (Denis Garand & Associates), Board member and Treasurer of the Microinsurance Network (2015-2018).
Denis has long-term experience as an actuary in the insurance and microinsurance sectors, and brings a wealth of expertise on mutuals and cooperatives. His current focus for the Board is finding ways to increase sharing of information amongst all actors in the microinsurance field to ensure the development of a sound sector whilst minimising duplication of efforts. He will also be focussing on the informal and cooperative insurance sectors so as to increase their participation in the Microinsurance Network. 

Kate McKee (Partnership for Economic Inclusion), Board member (2017-2018).
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.

Francesco Rispoli (IFAD), Board member (2015-2018).
Francesco is a Senior Technical Advisor on Rural Finance at the International Fund for Agricultural Development where he has been leading the organisation’s work on agricultural insurance, and has been responsible for setting up the IFAD-WFP Weather Risk Management Facility (WRMF), which is the first UN partnership on the subject. Francesco has broad technical experience in risk management and agricultural insurance, including index insurance, and his focus for the Network is to encourage cost-effective public-private partnerships in agricultural insurance that increase the resilience of rural households as part of their broader agricultural risk management strategy.

Mandla Shezi (Hollard), Board member and Secretary of the Microinsurance Network (2015-2018).
Mandla is the Managing Director of Hollard Affinities and Direct since 2007 and the Chair of Hollard’s Financial Inclusion Megatrend Forum. He is passionate about driving access to affordable insurance products for the poor and finding systemic insurance solutions that cover poor communities against natural disasters. Mandla’s focus for the Network is the development and roll-out of viable low-cost distribution methods across Africa and Asia.

Mathilda Ström (BIMA), Board member (2017-2018).
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. She has a great breadth of experience in a variety of regulatory environments and detailed distribution channels, as well as operational expertise in building a sustainable and profitable microinsurance business. Her work has also given her an understanding of the interplay between mobile technology and the provision of financial services, as well as a closeness to the communities and customers that are buying insurance cover for the first time.


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 (2012-2013); 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); Founder at 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.




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