Oikocredit International’s operations are managed by a two-tier board. The 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 Joseph PattersonJamaica/Canada Chair of the Supervisory Board
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 Annette C. AustinAustralia 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.
Ms Åsa NorellSweden
Current position: Strategist and Facilitator with Hyper Island and The Collaboration Lab. Ms Norell has been a member of the... Read more
Current position: Strategist and Facilitator with Hyper Island and The Collaboration Lab.
Ms Norell has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20 June 2014. Ms Norell was Director and Head of R&D of the world renowned school Hyper Island, and is now a member of its board. Ms Norell’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 Norell is a member of the Supervisory Board’s Personnel Committee.
Ms Ruth WaweruKenya
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 KokNetherlands
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 in the Netherlands and an HBS-B. He has 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.
On 20 June 2019 six new members of the Supervisory Board were elected at Oikocredit’s Annual General Meeting. Photographs and biographies will be provided shortly.
- Ms Gaëlle Bonnieux (France)
- Ms Tsitsi Choruma (Zimbabwe)
- Ms Myrtille Danse (the Netherlands/Costa Rica)
- Mr Nitin Gupta (India)
- Ms Cheryl Jackson (USA/Switzerland)
- Ms Maya Mungra (the Netherlands)