Members' Council

The Members’ Council (MC) is a consultation and advisory body which is broadly representative of Oikocredit’s member organisations. It meets between the annual general meetings (AGM) of members and is elected by the members to reflect and defend their interests. The MC was set up in 2016, initially with six people, with the intention to grow to a total of nine.

Ulrike Chini (Chair)

Germany Oikocredit Westdeutschland Support Association

Ulrike Chini has enjoyed a long relationship with Oikocredit since the early 1980s. In 1982 she was elected to the board of Oikocredit West... Read more

Ulrike Chini has enjoyed a long relationship with Oikocredit since the early 1980s. In 1982 she was elected to the board of Oikocredit West Germany. From 1994 to 2015, she held the position of Managing Director of the Support Association, and was involved in various Oikocredit committees at national and international level. By way of example, together with others she initiated the SAturn process and the process of designing Oikocredit’s gender policy. She also served for six years on the Nomination Committee.

Ulrike Chini holds an MA in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and has a degree in Romance languages, philosophy and geography.

Ueli Burkhalter

Switzerland Oikocredit Deutsche Schweiz

Ueli Burkhalter is an ordained minister in the reformed church of Berne, Switzerland. He has been associated with Oikocredit since 2001 and... Read more

Ueli Burkhalter is an ordained minister in the reformed church of Berne, Switzerland. He has been associated with Oikocredit since 2001 and has been a member of the board of the Oikocredit Support Association of German-speaking Switzerland since 2002, including eight years as its president. He has attended many international Oikocredit meetings and served as Confidentiality Officer of the Oikocredit Support Associations.

In 2013 he completed a three-month internship at Oikocredit’s regional office in San José, Costa Rica to learn more about the organisation’s outflow network.

Polisi Kivava Baudouin

DR Congo Communauté Baptiste au Centre de l'Afrique

Polisi Kivava is the Head of Diakonia (service of others) and Development in his church in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A teacher by... Read more

Polisi Kivava is the Head of Diakonia (service of others) and Development in his church in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A teacher by profession, he was seconded to the United Evangelical Mission, an international organisation of churches, where he served for 12 years as program officer and then as Executive Secretary for Africa. He was in charge of the implementation of joint programmes, including initiatives for poverty alleviation with a special focus on small credit associations.

Polisi Kivava holds a master’s degree in education, and is currently doing an MA programme in organisational leadership in Nairobi, Kenya.

Huub Lems

The Netherlands Protestantse Kerk in Nederland

Huub Lems is currently Treasurer of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN). He as been an investor in Oikocredit since the... Read more

Huub Lems is currently Treasurer of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN). He as been an investor in Oikocredit since the Oikocredit Support Association Netherlands started, both institutionally and privately. Since 1989 as a representative of PKN he has attended most of Oikocredit’s annual general meetings around the globe.

Huub Lems worked for the mission of his church, first in Indonesia and later on as its finance officer. He has been involved in many working groups and task forces of Oikocredit over a period of more than two decades. He also participated in the Members’ Council (MC) working group, up to the MC being established.

Emmanuel Muhozi

Rwanda Eglise Presbytérienne au Rwanda

Emmanuel Muhozi is a pastor within the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda (EPR). He has initiated several savings and credit associations in... Read more

Emmanuel Muhozi is a pastor within the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda (EPR). He has initiated several savings and credit associations in various parishes. From 2010 to 2014 he was a programme manager for Christian-Muslim Relations in Rwanda. He has been managing the Presbyterian Pastors initiative for Development (PPID) since 2012. Since March 2014 he has been responsible for church growth and the deputy legal representative of Kigali presbytery.

Emmanuel Muhozi holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Protestant University of Rwanda and is doing research for his Master of Business Administration from Jomo Kenyata University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

Hans van Nie

Canada United Church of Canada

Hans van Nie has worked as an ordained minister in congregations, a seminary lecturer in Canada and Africa, and a global ministries... Read more

Hans van Nie has worked as an ordained minister in congregations, a seminary lecturer in Canada and Africa, and a global ministries facilitator. He was involved in the administration of Oikocredit Canada in its early years, and then spent 10 years on the Board of Directors of First Oikocredit Canada and five years as its President. Hans has served on many committees in the United Church administrative structure and on executive bodies, with a focus on global partnerships, social justice and ecumenical relations.

Delle Tiongson-Brouwers

Philippines Asian Social Institute (ASI)

Delle Tiongson joined Oikocredit in 1997 as a Project Support Officer for Asia. Oikocredit then adapted its recruitment policy to include... Read more

Delle Tiongson joined Oikocredit in 1997 as a Project Support Officer for Asia. Oikocredit then adapted its recruitment policy to include international staff from the Global South who not only had an understanding of people’s development issues, but also had direct experience of the related objectives, processes and methodologies. Delle held the position of Deputy Director, Loans and Investments in the international office until her retirement in 2012.

Before joining Oikocredit, Delle had decades of experience in evaluating the social development relevance of projects in the Philippines. These were undertaken for various European development funding agencies who wanted to ensure that their assistance would go to grassroots communities whose role in social change and transformation were clear.

Delle holds a bachelor’s degree in social service from Maryknoll College in Quezon City Philippines and pursued her master’s degree in social work at the University of the Philippines.