Board of Directors

CHRISTIAN RUEHMER,

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Chief Investment Officer for Bamboo Capital Partners, an Asset Manager for debt and equity investments in the impact space.

Christian is the Co-Founder of Q-Lana, a digitization platform that implements knowledge-based credit risk management and digitization of the lending and investment process for banks and funds.

Christian has 30 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. Christian has worked in various countries including the US, Germany, Mexico, and Spain.

Between 1989 and 2013, before joining Bamboo, he worked for Deutsche Bank and WestLB, where, among others, he was the Deputy Treasurer of an affiliate, headed the Deal Management Team of the Bank’s Loan Portfolio Management Group and worked as an Assistant to the Management Board. 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 100 FIs as well as several international organizations..

In 2004 Christian founded Proyecto Horizonte, a community development program in Bolivia, which today serves over 3000 children every year with programs in education, health and community services.

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).

   

LIDA VARDANIA,

Member of the Board of Directors

 Lida has more than 15 years working experience in Microfinance and Banking including 10 years in management, among which five years on top management positions in banks. She was responsible for different areas of operations such as credit, savings, branch network development and finance.

Before being elected a member of the Board of Directors in Bai-Tushum Bank CJSC, she worked as a Senior Investment Officer/Regional manager for Caucasus and Central Asia at Triple Jump BV, Netherlands. Lida worked as a Senior Consultant for number of MFIs and Banks in Eastern Europe and CIS providing advisory services in different areas with special focus on lending operations. Formerly Lida worked for 10 years in management team in ProCredit Banks in Georgia and Moldova. She has extensive experience in business and credit analysis, due diligences in the microfinance sector, setting up and improving internal control systems, capacity building and product development.

 

 

 

JOACHIM BALD,

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.