Board Chairman

Christoph Diehl

Mr. Diehl joined LFS in 2000 and was responsible for LFS projects in Africa. With the foundation of Access Holding in 2006, he was seconded to the Management Board of the Holding. In this capacity, he serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AccessBank Tanzania, AB Bank Zambia and AB Bank Rwanda; he is also a member of the Audit Committee of AccessBank Azerbaijan. Mr. Diehl has over 20 years of experience in senior management and team leader positions in MSME and housing finance institution building projects in various countries. He served as General Manager of a former...

Board Member

Richard Balenzi

Richard is a Partner with Trust Law Chambers, a leading law firm in Rwanda. His practice focuses primarily on corporate finance and banking. Richard holds a Corporate and Finance Law Masters from the University of Glasgow (First Class Honours) and is a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship for future political and business leaders. He also holds a BA Hons Law with French from the University of Nottingham (UK) and the Universite de Nantes (France) in addition to a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre (Uganda). Richard is an accredited Arbitrator with...

Board Member

Julika Breyer

Julika Breyer has been a Director of the Supervisory Board of AB Bank Rwanda since December 2014. She was nominated by AccessHolding Microfinance AG. Ms. Breyer is Senior Consultant at LFS Financial Systems and has been working for LFS since 2008. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as Chief Credit Officer at AB Bank Zambia. Before that, she was part of the LFS Advisory Services Team at LFS Head Office and fulfilled Credit Advisory Roles at AB Microfinance Nigeria and AccessBank Tanzania. Prior to joining LFS, she worked 3 years as Technical Officer in the Social Finance Unit of the...

Board Member

Markus Baer

Markus Baer has been a board member since January 2016. Before joining the Board, Markus was a Principal Project Manager at KfW (based in Frankfurt) from 2011 to 2015, managing equity investments in the field of micro finance, micro insurance, micro pensions and other impact sectors, holding several board seats. Before that he had worked over 12 years for Commerzbank’s asset management, investment banking and investor relations divisions. He also coordinated African subsidiaries for a German pharmaceutical company. He is currently serving as the Director of KfW’s office in Kigali. Markus...

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