Within the governance structure of AccessHolding, the Supervisory Board is responsible for the determination of the general business strategy, the appointment of the Management Board members, the monitoring of operational activities and the decision on all investments or divestments. The day-to-day operative business of the Holding and its investees is supervised by the Management Board.
Brief info about professional background of each Supervisory Board member can be found below:
Hywel Rees-Jones, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, was Managing Director at CDC with primary responsibility for global sector private equity funds, microfinance and debt. His entire career has been focused on the emerging markets where he has worked as a development economist, lender, private equity investor and fund of funds investor. Mr Rees-Jones has lived for more than 20 years in emerging markets both in Africa and Asia, and has been a director of businesses in the agribusiness, financial, FMCG, and property sectors.
Edvardas Bumsteinas is Head of Microfinance Unit at EIB’s Directorate for Operations, responsible for microfinance operations in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region. He is a member of governance bodies and investment committees of various microfinance investment companies. Prior to joining EIB in 2005, he worked as consultant and team leader in operative micro lending projects. Mr. Bumsteinas holds a M.Sc. in Transition Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Tryfan Evans is Director of the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund and responsible for investment strategy, and portfolio construction and management. Mr Evans also serves as Director of Investments in the Tufts University Investment Office where he is responsible for the endowment‘s international private equity program. He has investment experience in over 20 developing countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and South and Southeast Asia.
Michael Fiebig has accumulated over 17 years of experience in advising, managing, governing and investing in financial institutions in emerging markets. He currently serves as the Head of Financial Institutions Equity at responsAbility Investments AG, one of the world’s leading independent asset managers specializing in development-related sectors of emerging economies. Prior to joining responsAbility, Mr Fiebig worked in leading capacities at Bankakademie (now Frankfurt School of Finance and Management), a Slovenian-Kosovar bank and a Swiss-based private equity boutique investing in banks across Eastern Europe. He has served as non-executive director for 10 banks, finance companies and funds in Eastern Europe, Central and South-East Asia, as well as Africa. Mr Fiebig holds a Business Administration degree from Freie Universität Berlin.
Doris Köhn is an independent professional with broad experience in development finance and financial sector development. She holds MScs in Economics and Political Science and completed postgraduate studies at the German Development Institute. She joined KfW Development Bank in 1985 as a Young Professional. From 1989 to 1991 Ms Köhn directed a rural development project in Costa Rica. In 1998 she moved to the World Bank as Sector Director for Rural Development and the Environment in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2001 she returned to KfW to become Director for Europe and the Caucasus, serving simultaneously as Global Network Head for Financial and Private Sector Development. In this position she actively promoted financial sector development with a special emphasis on microfinance. In 2006 Ms Köhn was promoted to Director General at KfW first responsible for Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (2006-2009) and subsequently for Africa and the Middle East (2010-2014). She currently serves on the Supervisory Boards of Access Holding and of AATIF (Africa Agriculture Trade and Investment Fund).
Ritva Laukkanen has broad-based experience in investing in emerging markets as well as fundraising in international markets. She joined IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, in 1990 and held various technical and executive positions during her long career at IFC. During 2006-2011 she was Director, IFC Syndications, with a global responsibility to mobilize funding for IFC’s investments across all sectors, working closely with other development finance institutions and emerging market investors and financiers. Since 2012 Ms Laukkanen has been primarily acting as a non-executive director, including currently chairing the Board of the Finnish development company, Finnfund. She holds an Executive MBA from London Business School (Sloan Fellowship Program) and a Master’s degree in finance/business economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (nowadays Aalto University).
Bernd Zattler is Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of AccèsBanque in Madagascar, AB Microfinance Bank Nigeria, AccessBank Liberia and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AccessHolding. Before the foundation of LFS, Mr Zattler worked for a multinational firm and in institutions engaged in development finance. He founded LFS Financial Systems, AccessHolding’s strategic shareholder and technical partner in 1994, and has since then been Managing Director and majority owner of the firm.