Supervisory Bodies

DR. CLAUDE FALGON

Dr. Falgon has been working as consultant for developmental financial institutions, commercial banks, and microfinance institutions for more than 20 years, in France and other countries. The specific fields of expertise include: financial, operational and institutional audits of banks and microfinance institutions; microfinance regulation; transformation of micro credit systems into sustainable MFIs. Dr. Falgon has directed or participated to studies or consulting missions in the financial sector in more than fifteen countries in the Mediterranean Region, Africa and Asia.

STEVEN DUCHATELLE

Steven Duchatelle has eighteen years of experience in financial services, of which fifteen in micro-finance. Through his various positions in world-class financial institutions and consulting firms he gained a solid practical knowledge of both retail banking and micro-finance operations from different perspectives: strategy, governance, operations, business development, organization, internal controls, risks.

HUGO MINDERHOUD

Honorary Consul of The Kingdom of Belgium (April 2012 – present)

Honorary Consul of The Netherlands in Uzbekistan (2000 – present)

President of the Tashkent Diplomatic Consul Club (2005 – present)

Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan (2001 – present)

ELKO BRONKHORST

Eelko Bronkhorst is a Partner at emerging markets finance firm Financial Access Capital Partners, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mr. Bronkhorst has extensive experience in both the profit and non-profit sector,with particular focus on development finance, turnaround management and building businesses in the financialsector. He is particularly active in the Microfinance, Agrifinance and Renewable Energy Finance area in various geographies. In joint cooperation with various NGOs, donor organizations, development banks and private sector banks Mr. Bronkhorst has successfully developed and implemented various initiatives and PPP programmes to improve access to finance to these sectors in East Africa and Asia.

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 In addition, Mr. Bronkhorst guides small and medium-sized financial institutions in developing markets to scale up, transform and professionalize their operating businesses and prepare them for sustainable growth.Before joining Financial Access Mr. Bronkhorst has worked in various commercial and senior executive roles for ABN AMRO Bank in The United States, Asia and Europe. As Country Head for ABN AMRO in Korea he was instrumental in transforming the bank during Asia’s financial crisis in the late 1990’s. In 2001 Mr Bronkhorst became responsible for ABN AMRO’s energy finance business in Asia Pacific and the Middle East and from 2004 to 2006 Mr. Bronkhorst served as CEO of ABN AMRO Bank Switzerland SA and as ABN AMRO’s Regional Head of Private Banking Emerging Markets. In 2006 Mr. Bronkhorst founded Terra Development Partners (TDP), a venture capital firm investing in small-scale renewable energy projects in Southeast Asia. TDP was acquired by aprivate investor in 2009. Mr. Bronkhorst holds a Masters of International Law Degree from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, France.

EMMANUEL ARIS

Emmanuel Aris has nine years of experience working in business administration and international investment: After graduating from a French business school with a Masters in Finance and Management, he joined an international microfinance network to participate in the creation of a business unit dedicated to SME finance in Mozambique.

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At the end of this assignment, Emmanuel Aris pursued his career in Mozambique and became the operational and financial manager of the local subsidiary of a worldwide leader in the area of freight forwarding and international removal. Emmanuel then joined the investment department of Advans International in May 2010. Since then he has dedicated himself to the development of the Advans Network of microfinance institutions, successively holding the positions Investment Analyst and, since March 2013 Investment Officer.Emmanuel has worked on several Greenfield projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, performing on-site market research, feasibility studies and fundraising, as well as working on complex regulatory and legal issues. Between 2011 and 2016, Emmanuel was entrusted with the overall responsibility of the design, creation and supervision of Advans Tunisie. In 2015, he negotiated the restructuring of Advans Bank Tanzania and its subsequent transformation into Letshego Bank (T).Emmanuel currently serves at the Board of La Fayette Microfinance Bank (Nigeria), Advans Cameroun, Advans Banque Congo and Letshego Bank (T) Limited (Tanzania). As a supervisor of these institutions, he is the direct counterpart of top managers on the ground, interacting with them on a daily basis and making sure they are provided with support and guidance from the group on all strategic issues.

MARIE KRUGLER

Marie Krugler holds a Master degree in Management of HR & work relationships -CIFFOP Assas Paris .She started his career from Oct 2003 as a apprentice,project manger  in SCOR (Reinsurance)-La Defense and served in different positions in HR related assignments in different groups.

MASOOD KARIM SHAIKH

Masood Karim Shaikh is a seasoned banker with  30+ years of C level experience as Group Head international banking ,COO,Country Head of Corporate / Investment banking,CFO in large Commercial banks and Islamic banks.He served on Boards of banks,Financial Institutions and other corporations as independent and Non Executive director/chairman.