Supervisory Board

Oikocredit International’s operations are managed by a two-tier board. An 10-member Supervisory Board oversees the company and an executive board, the Managing Board, handles the day-to-day operations. Members of the Supervisory Board are elected to hold office for a period of three years and are eligible for re-election for one term. 

Mr Karsten Löffler

Germany Chair of the Supervisory Board

Current position: Co-Head of the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre)... Read more

Current position: Co-Head of the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre) at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

Mr Karsten Löffler has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since June 2013 and a member of the board of Oikocredit International Share Foundation since 1 July 2008. From 2004 to 2010 he also served as a board member of Oikocredit Förderkreis Hessen-Pfalz e.V. After working at Allianz Group for 28 years, he now co-heads the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance and is Managing Director of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany e.V. 

Mr Löffler is a member of the Supervisory Board’s Risk Committee, Governance Committee, and Personnel Committee.

Ms Annette C. Austin

Australia Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board

Current position: Director, ACA Assignments Limited.Ms Austin has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20 June... Read more

Current position: Director, ACA Assignments Limited.

Ms Austin has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20 June 2014. With over 30 years’ experience in the banking and financial services sector, Ms Austin is currently engaged in providing support to the industry. Ms Austin completed her education at St George Technical College, Sydney Australia. Ms Austin’s expertise and skills include, banking and financial services, leadership, strategic and operational management and programme delivery.

Ms Austin is a member of the Supervisory Board’s Members Relations Committee and Governance Committee.

Mr Eduardo Cabral Jimenez

Philippines

Current position: Microfinance Advisor, Bangko Sentral Pilipinas, Manila, Philippines. Mr Jimenez has been a member of the Supervisory... Read more

Current position: Microfinance Advisor, Bangko Sentral Pilipinas, Manila, Philippines.

Mr Jimenez has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 9 June 2016. Mr Jimenez is the Microfinance Advisor at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas since 2001, focusing on policy and regulatory issues affecting the practice of microfinance and financial inclusion in the banking sector. He is also concurrently the President/Trustee of Kabalikat para sa Maunlad na Buhay (KMBI), Inc. He has served as the Regional Coordinator for Asia at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and his graduate studies focused on public administration and policy at the University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines, and at Carleton University, Canada.

Mr Jimenez is a member of the supervisory board’s audit committee and members relations committee.

Ms Daira Gómez Mora

Costa Rica

Current position: Executive director of CEGESTI, Costa Rica. Ms Daira Gómez Mora has been a member of the Supervisory Board of... Read more

Current position: Executive director of CEGESTI, Costa Rica.

Ms Daira Gómez Mora has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 14 June 2013. Ms Gómez serves as Executive Director of CEGESTI, Costa Rica. She is an expert on management, economic development, social responsibility and sustainable development. She has in-depth experience in the management of international cooperation projects for capacity building in Latin America focused on small to medium enterprises, producer associations and cooperatives. She actively promotes responsible investments, sustainable public procurement and the respect of human rights by businesses. She holds a master’s degree in industrial management from the Catholic University of Louvain-La Neuve, Belgium.

Ms Gómez is a member of the supervisory board’s credit committee, governance committee and strategy committee.

Mr Joseph Patterson

Canada

Current position: Social Entrepreneur & Financial Management Consultant. Joseph L. Patterson was elected to Oikocredit’s... Read more

Current position: Social Entrepreneur & Financial Management Consultant.

Joseph L. Patterson was elected to Oikocredit’s Supervisory Board on 15 June 2017. He provides financial leadership in Canada, Jamaica and the UK and is the Founder-President of PCG International Inc., a small cap venture financing and management consulting firm. Mr Patterson also serves as the Financial Controller for the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) which has members in over 120 countries and promotes communication as a basic human right for social justice. Mr Patterson is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree and more than 20 years’ experience in business, finance and leadership. Mr Patterson is currently Co-Chair of the Banking & Finance Committee for the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions (Toronto, Canada) and has served on numerous not-for-profit and private sector boards. He is also the Founder-President of both the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica and the Youth Enterprise Society of Jamaica.

Ms Åsa Silfverberg

Sweden

Current position: Strategist and Facilitator with Hyper Island and The Zone. Ms Silfverberg has been a member of the Supervisory... Read more

Current position: Strategist and Facilitator with Hyper Island and The Zone.

Ms Silfverberg has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20 June 2014. Ms Silfverberg was Director and Head of R&D of the world renowned school Hyper Island, and is now a member of its board. Ms Silfverberg’s areas of expertise include designing and facilitating development programmes for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and human rights activities worldwide. She focuses on shifting mind-sets, behaviours and systems by integrating people’s full potential and transformative technology.

Ms Silfverberg is a member of the Supervisory Board’s Personnel Committee.

Ms Carla Veldhuyzen van Zanten

The Netherlands

Current position: Regional Coordinator for the Andean Region for Fairtrade International. Ms Carla Veldhuyzen van Zanten has been a... Read more

Current position: Regional Coordinator for the Andean Region for Fairtrade International.

Ms Carla Veldhuyzen van Zanten has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 14 June 2013. Ms van Zanten is the Regional Coordinator for the Andean Region for Fairtrade International. She holds a master’s in industrial design engineering from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. Ms van Zanten’s areas of expertise include economic development projects,  fair trade and socioeconomic development.

Ms van Zanten is a member of the Supervisory Board’s Strategy Committee.

Mr Vincent De Waele

Belgium

Current position: Change Management Specialist at Changing World Mr De Waele has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit... Read more

Current position: Change Management Specialist at Changing World

Mr De Waele has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 9 June 2016. Mr De Waele is president at Oikocredit Belgium. He is also concurrently a change management specialist at Changing World: developing strategies and programmes, providing training and coaching, and speaking at conferences on change management. In previous roles, he worked as a business transformation director and fix programme director at Orange. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Université Catholique de Louvain.

Mr De Waele is a member of the Supervisory Board’s Audit Committee and Members Relations Committee.

Ms Ruth Waweru

Kenya

Current position: Executive Director at Liaison Consulting Limited in Kenya, a consultancy firm focused on research, capacity building... Read more

Current position: Executive Director at Liaison Consulting Limited in Kenya, a consultancy firm focused on research, capacity building and organisational development in Africa. She is also the founder and director of Brookhurst International School.

Ms Ruth Waweru has been a member of Oikocredit’s Supervisory Board since 12 June 2015. Ms Waweru is an experienced financial management and institutional development consultant. She has more than 18 years of experience in supporting organisations in areas such as financial management, strategic plan development, staff and board capacity building, organisational assessments, audits and research. Ms Waweru has supported a number of microfinance organisations as well as banks to develop their institutions and grow their businesses. Ms Waweru is also a Director of the Family Bank, Kenya Orient Life Assurance Company and partners Worldwide-USA.

Ms Waweru holds a Masters and PhD in Business Administration from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa. 

Ms Waweru is a member of the Supervisory Board’s Strategy Committee and Audit Committee.

Mr Eltjo Kok

Netherlands

Current position: Retired Chairman KLM Pension Funds since 2018 Mr Kok has been a board member of Oikocredit Netherlands since... Read more

Current position: Retired Chairman KLM Pension Funds since 2018

Mr Kok has been a board member of Oikocredit Netherlands since 2011.

Mr Kok worked for KLM as Chairman of Pension Funds from 2010 to 2018. He has served in various board member and advisory positions not only for Oikocredit, but also for organisations such as Access Holding and PUM. Before working at KLM, Mr Kok held several positions at ABN AMRO Bank including Senior Executive Vice President positions in several departments such as Human Resources, Group Finance, Business Unit Loan Products, and Global Structured Finance. Prior to these positions he worked at ABN AMRO in other leadership roles, responsible for various regions and countries including Africa and some countries in Asia, where he worked in management, risk management and finance.

Mr Kok holds an MBA in Civil Engineering from TU Delft, the Netherlands and an HBS-B. He also attended a course in Leadership at the Centre for Creative Leadership, Colorado, USA.

Mr Kok is a member of two Supervisory Board committees: the Credit Committee and the Strategy Committee.