Gwen van Berne appointed as Oikocredit’s Director of Finance & Risk
Amersfoort, the Netherlands - Social impact investor Oikocredit has appointed Gwen van Berne as its Director of Finance & Risk from 9 May 2022.Gwen has 23 years’ experience in the financial services sector and is the former Chief Financial Officer of RIPE NCC, an internet registry that supports internet operations across the globe.
Previously, Gwen fulfilled a variety of roles within ABN AMRO Bank as Head of Capital and Risk Reporting (ABN AMRO Bank NV), Global Manager Business Development (ABN AMRO Clearing Bank NV) and Manager Private Banking (ABN AMRO Mees Pierson Wassenaar).
Before joining Oikocredit, Gwen served as a Supervisory Board member and chaired the Risk and Audit Committee for International Card Services, a payments provider in the Netherlands.
As a volunteer leader Gwen is the Chair-Elect of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and has also supported the Delft Chamber Music Festival as member of its Board and Treasurer.
In her new role as Director of Finance & Risk at Oikocredit, Gwen will be part of the Management Board of Oikocredit, responsible for the finance, treasury and risk management activities of the whole organisation. She will lead the teams positioned in the Integrated Reporting & Control department.
Mirjam ‘t Lam, Managing Director of Oikocredit, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Gwen in our team and to Oikocredit. Her experience in leading a combined finance and risk function, her experience as executive and non-executive acting in a multistakeholder environment, in combination with her motivation and passion for making positive social impact will add value to our cooperative”.
On taking up this position, Gwen said: “I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to Oikocredit in order to support the cooperative’s important work of empowering low-income people and strengthening the resiliency of global communities”.
Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit has 46 years of experience and funds organisations active in financial inclusion, agriculture and renewable energy.
Oikocredit's loans, equity investments and capacity building aim to enable people on low incomes in Africa, Asia and Latin America to improve their living standards sustainably.
Oikocredit finances 527 partners, with a total development financing capital outstanding of € 876 million (as 30 September 2021). For more information see: www.oikocredit.coop.
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