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Board of directors

Our board

Our Board of Directors are leading experts in their field, representing our diverse membership in different regions. They bring a wealth of experience and represent multiple stakeholders, including insurers, non-profits, tech companies, supervisors and regulators, microfinance institutions and think-tanks. The directors are elected by Network members for a three-year term, most recently in November 2020 for the 2021-2023 period. 

Lorenzo Chan 

Chair of the Board (2021-present) Board member (2017-present)

President and CEO of Pioneer Life Inc, Retail Organization & Digital Transformation Head of the Pioneer Group in the Philippines, Lorenzo is considered one of the champions of microinsurance in the country. He brings decades of industry experience to the Network, having continually championed insurance for the middle and low income markets through products and distribution channels beyond the traditional.

Anne Kamau 

Board member (2021-present) 

Anne is an insurance professional with over 15 years’ experience designing, prototyping and managing distribution of inclusive insurance in Kenya and other Sub-Saharan countries. Anne has a deep perspective and understanding of the African microinsurance customer, gained from years of research and hands-on experience designing insurance solutions for them. She is a Co-Founder of AB Consultants, a consultancy firm in Kenya, and also a Co-Founder of CoverApp, an InsurTech solution that makes insurance accessible through mobile phones.

Carlos Boelsterli 

Board member (2021-present) 

Carlos is a Swiss-Colombian citizen, graduated in Economics and Business Administration, with 25 years of reinsurance experience working at Swiss Re where he mostly focused on Latin America. For the last six years he has been leading the Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO) to strengthen the resilience of the vulnerable and low-income population with appealing and affordable inclusive insurance. Carlos is currently based in the United States.

Laura Rosado 

Board member (2021-present)

Born in Mexico, based in France, Laura is a strategy and performance manager for AXA Emerging Customers, where she provides technical guidance in business development, consumer insights, and operational implementation to AXA subsidiaries. Laura has a global understanding of the inclusive insurance market in Asia, Africa, MENA, and Latin America, with experience in designing, developing and launching inclusive insurance products, as well as operational insights on the market and regulatory obstacles for product delivery.

Nilofer Sohail 

Board member (2022-present)

Nilofer is a result-oriented professional with 17 years of life insurance and banking experience. She has been with EFU Life Assurance Ltd since 2013 and is currently working as Deputy General Manager & Head of Channel Strategy & Execution. She is responsible for exploring new market segments and creating alternative distribution models, including digital distribution, focusing on financial literacy, insurance savings, and protection, leading to the larger goal of inclusive insurance. Additionally, she serves as an Independent Director for Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN).

Matthew Genazzini 

Board member (2019-present) 

Matthew leads the Smallholder Safety Net Upscaling Programme (SSNUP) within ADA, a Luxembourg-based NGO which aims to strengthen the autonomy of vulnerable people by leveraging inclusive finance to improve their living conditions.

Michele Grosso

Board member (2023-present)

Driven by the desire to restore insurance to its original purpose of providing mutual aid for those who
need it most, but can afford it least, Michele founded Democrance in 2015. Prior to that, Michele worked in strategy and distribution at global insurance powerhouses AXA and MetLife in France, Egypt and the UAE. He is a frequent speaker at microinsurance, entrepreneurship and social innovation events, as well as a frequent contributor to publications in the Middle East and wider region.

Paul Weber

Board member (2024-present)

Solène Favre

Board member (2024-present)


Previous Board Members

Sabrina Regent 

Board member (2009-2011); Director of Microinsurance Programmes at Planet Guarantee

Kate McKee 

View Katharine’s memorial page

Board member (2017-2022)

Roshaneh Zafar 

Board member (2019-2021), Founder and Managing Director of Kashf Foundation

Francisco Astelarra 

Board member (2019-2020), Secretary-General at Federación Interamericana de Empresas de Seguros (FIDES)

Mathilda Ström 

Board member (2017-2020), Deputy CEO at Milvik (BIMA)

Doubell Chamberlain 

Board member and HR Committee Chair (2015-2016), Chair of the Board (2017-2020), Managing Director at Cenfri

Mandla Shezi 

Board member and Secretary of the Microinsurance Network (2015-2020), previously CEO of Hollard International

Alejandra Diaz Agudelo 

Board member (2015-2018), Director of Financial Inclusion and Sustainability at Fasecolda

Francesco Rispoli 

Board member (2015-2018), Previously Senior Technical Specialist; now Country Programme Manager - Rwanda/Tanzania at IFAD

Richard Leftley 

Board Member (2015-2016); Founder and CEO at MicroEnsure

Denis Garand 

Board member and Treasurer of the Microinsurance Network (2014-2018), President of Denis Garand and Associates

Thierry van Bastelaer 

Board member (2014-2016); Vice President and Senior Fellow at Abt Associates

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 (2013-2014); Previously Microinsurance Programme Coordinator at the Belgian Raiffeisen Foundation (BRS); now Founder of Microinsurance Master

Craig 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

Dirk Reinhard 

Board member (2009 - 2014); Vice-Chairman at Munich Re Foundation

Brandon Mathews 

Board member (2009-2013); Previously Head of Emerging Consumer at Zurich Insurance Company; CEO at Stonestep AG

Maria Victoria Sáenz 

Board member (2009 - 2013); Lead Operations Specialist at Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

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)

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