Board of Directors

Christoph DIEHL (Chairman of the Board, appointed Jul. 2007)
Nationality: German

Mr. Diehl has been working with LFS since 2000, mostly as a key Senior Advisor in numerous short and long-term MSME finance projects in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and especially Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also responsible for LFS projects in Africa and has three years of experience as General Manager in a LFS-managed bank in Mozambique. Since August 2006 Mr. Diehl is a Member of the Management Board of Access Microfinance Holding AG (AccessHolding), the lead shareholder of ABT and the controlling parent company of the AccessBank Group. Besides being Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AccessBank Tanzania, he serves on the board of AB Bank Zambia. Mr. Diehl holds a M.Sc. degree in Economics from the University of Frankfurt.

RUBAMBEY, Grace (Member of the Board, appointed Dec. 2011)
Nationality: Tanzanian

Ms. Rubambey is an economist and a rural microfinance practitioner with 40 years of experience in areas including regional integration, program coordination, institution building, financial markets, rural finance and microfinance. Currently she works on contract after her retirement in 2006 from the Central Bank of Tanzania as a Director in a Governor’s office. Before that she was working with the Central Bank  for 28 years in different roles including Director of Microfinance (1998-2005), Director of Banking (1997-1998), Director of Financial Markets (1995-1997), Director of Administration (1994-1995), Director of Rural Finance (1992-1994), Secretary General of AFRACA (1984-1989) and Manager Banking commission (1989- 1991). She has also served as member of the Tanzania National Economic Empowerment Council, advisory board of the President’s Empowerment Fund and board of Pearl Microfinance Ltd (Uganda). Ms. Rubambey holds a BS and M.Sc. in Economics from Kent State University, Ohio, USA.

SCHOENEBORN, Patrick (Member of the Board, appointed Jun. 2012)
Nationality: German

“Mr. Schoeneborn is the Head of the Investment Unit of AccessHolding, the majority shareholder of ABT. Between 2008 and 2011, he served in the Management Team of AccessBank Tanzania, first as Credit Manager/Deputy CEO and subsequently as CEO. For AccessHolding, Mr. Schoeneborn was involved in the establishment of Greenfield microfinance banks in five different countries and led the acquisition of two other portfolio institutions. Mr. Schöneborn has a M.Sc. in Industrial Strategy from University of Manchester.”

MIHAYO, Hon. Justice T. Mihayo (Member of the Board, appointed Aug. 2012)
Nationality: Tanzanian

Justice Mihayo is a retired judge who has been working in the law industry for more than 35 years. Starting his career as a Resident Magistrate in Tanzania, he has held several law-related roles in various organizations in Tanzania including Registrar with the High Court of Tanzania, Principal Corporation Counsel with Tanzania Legal Corporation, Registrar with Lart Recovery Tribunal and 6 years as Judge with the High Court of Tanzania. Justice Mihayo has served as board member with several institutions in Tanzania including the Media Council of Tanzania, Tanzania Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) and SINOTASHIP. He is also the president of the Tanzania Retired Judges Association (TARJA)

MARK, Schwiete
Nationality: German

Dr. Schwiete has been working with KfW for more than 12 years since he joined as a manager for projects on urban upgrading, renewable energies and financial sector development in the Middle Eastern and North African region in 2001. Currently he is the head of Division position of Eastern Africa, Africa Union and Democratic Republic of Congo. And he has already held different senior positions at KFW. Dr. Schwiete began his professional career with the Hypo-Bank in Germany  in 1984 and   late 1997, he joined the Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt , serving for three years as the Senior Economist for country risk analysis in the emerging markets division of the bank. His post combined professorial and public relations duties with methodological work on the improvement of country risk analysis.        Dr Schwiete holds several memberships in supervisory boards of microfinance funds and banks, including the Global Microfinance Facility, La Fayette Investissement, Access Microfinance Holding and Pro Credit Bank Macedonia. Dr holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Economic Studies and a Ph.D. in Economics on the topic of financial sector reform in eastern Europe from the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Nürnberg. He is speaking English and French.