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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.

Andrea Keenan

Vice-Chair of the Board (2015-present)

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at AM Best, Andrea is an economist with expertise in country risk and emerging markets. Andrea brings her technical insurance knowledge as well as experience in international marketing and management to the board. She is based in the United States.

Kate McKee

Board member (2017-present)

Based in the United States, Kate retired from the World Bank in 2019. After many years leading work at CGAP on responsible finance, consumer protection and client-focused digitisation and innovation, she most recently led 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” to transition millions of households out of extreme poverty.

Matthew Genazzini

Board member (2019-present)

Matthew manages the technical support for microfinance institutions unit at ADA, a Luxembourg-based NGO which aims to strengthen MFIs through the provision of financial support and technical assistance services.

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).

Previous Board Members

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