The Members' Council (MC) is part of Oikocredit's governance structure. 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.
Christiane RiffaudFrance Oikocredit Franche-Comté Bourgogne Support Association
Christiane Riffaud has been involved with Oikocredit since 2008 as an investor and volunteered as a Franche-Comté Bourgogne Support... Read more
Christiane Riffaud has been involved with Oikocredit since 2008 as an investor and volunteered as a Franche-Comté Bourgogne Support Association (SA) board member. She also served as the vice-president for Burgundy, in charge of the links with Oikocredit International and the French National Support Office. Additionally, over the last 10 years, she has been involved in the collaboration of the French SAs and strongly believes in the power of cooperation and mutual empowerment.
Peter OhligschlägerGermany Oikocredit West German Support Association
Peter Ohligschläger is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia, and has worked in the field of international... Read more
Peter Ohligschläger is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia, and has worked in the field of international cooperation and global partnerships for more than 25 years. He has worked as a lecturer in Southern Africa, as facilitator for global ministries and as head of the Institute for Mission, Ecumenism and Global Responsibility.
Since the early 1980s he has been committed to Oikocredit and has served in the West German Support Association as board member and in various other roles, at present as a public speaker.
Anita ClemonsUSA Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation
Anita Clemons is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Investments for the Presbyterian Foundation. Anita joined the Presbyterian... Read more
Aglaë HaggAustria Austrian Support Association
Aglaë Hagg is vice president of Oikocredit’s Austrian Support Association and has been involved with the support association... Read more
Aglaë Hagg is vice president of Oikocredit’s Austrian Support Association and has been involved with the support association since 2013. She draws on her past work on social impacts in various countries and uses her communication skills in promoting Oikocredit, in serving on the support association board and, since 2021, also in the Members’ Council.
Aglaë has participated in social as well as church related activities for many years and has a strong commitment to Christian values. As a long-time supporter of microfinance, she founded a rural cooperative for women that undertakes inclusive finance work in Cameroon, Kenya and Ghana.
Peter Koona TefoLesotho Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA)
Peter Koona Tefo is an ordained minister of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA), a member of Oikocredit. After having... Read more
Peter Koona Tefo is an ordained minister of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA), a member of Oikocredit. After having worked for six years as a pastor in Thaba-Bosiu parish, he was appointed by LECSA to head its administration office as treasurer general in 2013. Peter has been involved with Oikocredit since attending his first Oikocredit AGM, in Ghana in 2017.
Peter holds a master’s degree in theology from the South African Theological Seminary and is a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria specialising in biblical studies.
Malu PadillaThe Netherlands/Philippines Oikocredit Dutch Support Association
Malu Padilla was an Oikocredit International staff member from 2012 to 2021, starting as Capacity Building Programme Officer and later... Read more
Wilfried SteenGermany Oikocredit Support Association Niedersachsen-Bremen
Wilfried Steen is an ordained minister of the of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Saxony. He served for 18 years as Managing Director,... Read more
Guido ForsthuberArgentina Fundación Protestante Hora de Obrar
Guido Forsthuber leads fundraising for the Fundación Protestante Hora de Obrar in Buenos Aires, which supports social and environmental... Read more