Supervisory Board

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 Patterson

Jamaica/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. 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.

Ms Åsa Norell

Sweden

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 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 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.

Ms Gaëlle Bonnieux

France

Current position: Agriculture Impact Investing Consultant. Ms Bonnieux has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20... Read more

Current position: Agriculture Impact Investing Consultant.

Ms Bonnieux has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20 June 2019. With over 13 years’ international experience in impact investing and agriculture, she is an adviser to investors on generating financial and impact returns through investment in sustainable agriculture supply chains.

Ms Bonnieux was head of Agriculture Debt Investments at ResponsAbility Investments where she managed two large funds. Previously Ms Bonnieux has held positions at PlaNet Investment Services, Max Havelaar and BAOBAB.

Ms Bonnieux holds an MBA from the ESSCA School of Management, as well as a master’s in finance from the ESSEC Business School in France.

Dr Tsitsi Dozwa-Choruma

Zimbabwe

Current position: Commissioner in the Public Service Commission of Zimbabwe. Currently Dr Dozwa-Choruma is a member of the Public Service... Read more

Current position: Commissioner in the Public Service Commission of Zimbabwe.

Currently Dr Dozwa-Choruma is a member of the Public Service Commission tasked with reforming the Zimbabwe Civil Service. Prior to this she was CEO for Fairtrade in Africa, tasked with promoting agriculture and trade across Africa and the Middle East. Before working with Fairtrade Africa she worked as Global Gender Adviser for Fairtrade International, regional and country director with Oxfam, ActionAid and Progressio. Dr Dozwa-Choruma is currently a board member of: Graca Machel Trust and the Zimbabwe Organisation for Policy Analysis and Development.

Dr Dozwa-Choruma holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University and an MPA from the University of Zimbabwe.

Ms Myrtille Danse

The Netherlands/Costa Rica

Current position: Director Latin America and the Caribbean, Hivos. Ms Danse has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since... Read more

Current position: Director Latin America and the Caribbean, Hivos.

Ms Danse has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20 June 2019. She has worked with Hivos for the last four years, an international humanist organisation that strives for a free, fair and sustainable world.

With 25 years’ experience Ms Danse is an internationally recognised expert on inclusive business, public private partnerships and global impact strategies. She obtained her experience as a project leader of numerous international business development strategies in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Ms Danse is also a board member of Holland House Costa Rica, the Dutch-Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce.

Ms Danse holds an MBA from the Erasmus University, the Netherlands.

Mr Nitin Gupta

India

Current position: Board Director and internet entrepreneur. Mr Gupta has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20 June... Read more

Current position: Board Director and internet entrepreneur.

Mr Gupta has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20 June 2019. He has worked at CEO level in financial services, payments, fintech and retail internet. He is a board director at the Indian life insurance joint venture with Prudential Financial of the US.

During his executive career Mr Gupta has served as CEO for MasterCard South Asia, President of GE Capital India and President of Rediff.com, one of Asia’s earliest internet companies. As President of Rediff.com, he helped lead the company to its successful listing on the Nasdaq. He began his corporate career at Unilever India. As a technology entrepreneur, Mr Gupta is a co-founder of Faircent, India’s first P2P lending company. He was also cofounder of Lets Buy, one of India’s early e-commerce start-ups.

Mr Gupta holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, a law degree and an honour’s degree in economics.

Ms Cheryl Jackson

USA/Switzerland

Current position: President, Oikocredit Suisse Romande. Ms Jackson has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20 June... Read more

Current position: President, Oikocredit Suisse Romande.

Ms Jackson has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20 June 2019. With 10 years of inflow network experience with the Suisse Romande Oikocredit support association in Switzerland, Ms Jackson brings a support association perspective to the board.

In her time as a volunteer with Oikocredit Suisse Romande, she also served for six years as a member of the Oikocredit Network Cooordination Committee. Ms Jackson’s professional career in the US was as a legal and tax adviser to small businesses.

Ms Jackson holds a master’s degree in tax law from Georgetown University Law Centre and a juris doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law. Her first degree was in business administration from the University of Florida.

Ms Maya Mungra

Suriname/The Netherlands

Current position: Financial Inclusion & Risk Management Consultant. Ms Mungra has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit... Read more

Current position: Financial Inclusion & Risk Management Consultant.

Ms Mungra has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit since 20 June 2019. She has over 20 years of experience in audit, finance, corporate governance, risk management and compliance.

She started her professional career in the financial services practice of EY and has held senior management positions at ABN Amro Bank, ASR Nederland and Oikocredit International. Ms Mungra also served on the board of the Micro Insurance Association Netherlands and on the advisory board of Oikocredit’s Dutch support association. She is currently a trustee board member and chair of the finance, and audit committee of FrontlineAids, a UK-based international NGO.

Ms Mungra holds a master’s degree in economics and a post master’s degree ‘Registeraccountant’ of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as well as professional qualifications as certified internal auditor and certified fraud examiner.