ENGELHARDT, Thomas (Chairman of the Board, appointed Feb. 2019)

Nationality: German

 

Mr. Engelhardt is AccessHolding’s Chief Operations Officer. He joined LFS Advisory GmbH as a Partner in 1996 and has served on the AccessHolding management board since its foundation in 2006. He was also the first General Manager of AccessBank Azerbaijan and held other managerial positions in Berlin and abroad. Mr Engelhardt has an M.Sc degree in Economics, and speaks German, English, Russian and Serbo-Croat.

SCHWIETE, Mark (Member of the Board, appointed Dec. 2014)

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 speaks English and French.

MAINHARDT, Johannes (Member of the Board, appointed June. 2018)

Nationality: German

 

Mr. Johannes Mainhardt is an expert in investment, risk and financial advisory, he has worked in the banking industry for more than 11 years. He has worked with Deutche Bank (Germany), MSME Finance Consultant with AccessBank Azerbaijan, SME Advisor & Branch Manager with AccessBank Liberia, Financial & Operations Manager of AccessBank Tajikistan, Chief Credit & Operations Officer/ Deputy CEO of AB MFB Nigeria for 2 years, Senior Banking Advisor at LFS and Finance & Risk Director at JSC Credo Bank, and is currently the Head of an Investment Unit at AccessHolding of which he has held the position for 8 years now. Mr. Yohannes also has experience in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) loan Management, Product Development and Implementation, Retail Banking, Strategy and Business as well as Marketing.

ROHLER, Martin (Member of the Board, appointed Feb. 2019)

Nationality: German

 

Martin has worked in small business and green finance for the past 18 years. He has held a range of senior positions as manager, advisor and board member and disposes of a proven track record in change management and strategy adjustment. He looks at problems from an opportunity angle and has a demonstrated ability to work under stress, tight deadlines and in challenging conditions in cross-cultural environments. Martin holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Minnesota. He has worked for LFS Financial Systems (the managing company of AccessHolding) since 2000 and has become a staff member of AccessHolding as of 2018. He was Credit Manager and Acting CEO of Socremo Banco de Microfinanças in 2003-2007, Manager of Advisory Services at LFS from 2007 to 2012 and Rural Finance Manager for AccessGroup from 2012 to 2017. In early 2018 to end of 2018, Martin was CEO of AccessBank Tanzania. Since 2014 he is also sitting on the Board of AB Microfinance Bank Zambia.