Board of Directors


Chair of the Board of Directors

John is an experienced banker and consultant. After growing up in South Africa and Zimbabwe, he graduated from the University of London in Economics and Politics and subsequently received an MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

After a 21-year banking career in Israel and the UK, he has worked on some 30 banking consultancy projects in the UK and in CIS countries.  He has wide experience in all aspects of banking, including credit and lending, risk management, audit and strategy.

He has served on the Boards of Directors of several other banks and companies in the UK, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

John has worked with several micro-finance companies in their transformation into banks, including the conversion of Bai Tushum into a bank in the Kyrgyz Republic.


Member of the Board of Directors



Member of the Board of Directors



Member of the Board of Directors

Independent consultant representing ResponsAbility Social Investments AG (Switzerland) and Practice Leader Risk Management at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Germany). Joachim is an expert in Treasury, Credit and Operational Risk in emerging / developing markets. Since 2001, he has built up an extensive track record with microfinance institutions, banks and microfinance investment funds in more than 30 countries.

Joachim started his career in 1990 in the International Banking Division of Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt. In 1995 he accepted an international faculty appointment at Oregon State University in Corvallis. From 1999 to 2004, he worked for Deutsche Börse Systems, the IT division of the German stock exchange and international derivatives markets operator. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Vice President of the Deutsche Börse US subsidiary in Chicago.

Joachim holds a German MBA (Dipl.-Kfm), a doctorate in economics and is also a US Certified Management Accountant. Joachim is fluent in English, French, German and Russian.


Member of the Board of Directors

Senior Risk Manager, Expert Advisor and Consultant in the area of Risk Management, Treasury, and Efficiency Management for banks, funds, and MFIs. He is the Risk and Compliance Manager of Bamboo Finance, a Geneva based Private Equity Fund for impact investments with global presence.

Christian has over 25 years of experience in banking and has worked in several large international banks, primarily in the areas or Risk Management, Treasury, Credit Portfolio Management, and Investment Management in various locations. Between 1991 and 2005 he worked for Deutsche Bank where, among others, he was the Deputy Treasurer of Deutsche Bank in Spain, headed the Deal Management Team of the Bank’s Loan Portfolio Management Group and worked as an Assistant to the Management Board. At WestLB, he headed the Investment Management Team in the US and managed the Work-Out and Restructuring practice.

Since 2001, Christian also worked as consultant for Risk Management and Efficiency Management where he advised over 70 MFIs and banks as well as several international organizations. He has supported institutions with the implementation of Risk Management Frameworks and, Treasury operations

Christian is the founder and president of Proyecto Horizonte, a community development program in Bolivia, which serves over 800 children and their families with programs in education, health care and community services since 2004.

He graduated from Hochschule für Bankwirtschaft in Frankfurt, Germany with a Diploma in Banking and Finance is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM).


Member of the Board of Directors

Ms. Orsolya Farkas is a Regional Manager for Triple Jump B.V, one of the leading microfinance fund managers in the world. Ms. Farkas is responsible for a portfolio of debt and equity investments in microfinance institutions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Previously, she had worked for the Council of Europe Development Bank situated Paris as Country Manager for Bulgaria and Hungary. During that time she managed a portfolio of loans to commercial banks and governments aimed at financing environmental, social housing, municipal infrastructure and small enterprise projects. In her current position, she regularly performs due diligence missions covering strategy, governance, risk management, lending methodology and social performance. She sits on the board of three microfinance institutions in Africa and one in Central Asia.


Член Совета Директоров

Высококвалифицированный юрист. Имеет большой опыт работы с предприятиями малого и среднего бизнеса, финансовыми учреждениями, государственными и неправительственными организациями. В настоящее время является председателем правления «Центра политико-правовых исследований». Окончил Кыргызский Национальный Университет по специальности юриспруденция. Получил степень Мастера права (LLM) в Вашингтонском Колледже Права, Американского Университета (США). Кандидат юридических наук.