Presidium + Board Members

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Franky Depickere

President
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Etienne Pflimlin

Treasurer
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N.N.

Vice President

Since 2006: Managing Director of Cera and KBC Ancora and Chairman of BRS (Belgian Raiffeisen Foundation), Belgium

Since 2005: Member of the Strategic Committee of F. van Lanschot Bankiers, Netherlands

1999: Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of F. van Lanschot Bankiers Belgium and Group Director of F. van Lanschot Bankers Netherlands

1982: Entering at CERA group and several executive positions in the following years

Education: Master’s degree in Commercial and Financial Sciences, University of Antwerp (HHS-UFSIA), Belgium

 

Further functions:

  • Director and Chairman of the Risk and Compliance Committees of KBC Group, KBC Bank and KBC Assurances
  • Member of the KBC Group Nomination Committee and Director and Member of the Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee of CBC Banque
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of CSOB Bank
  • Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee of Euro Pool System International BV
  • Member of the Executive Committee of EACB (European Association of Cooperative Banks)
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Flanders Business School
  • Member of the Senate KU Leuven (Catholic University) and a Member of the Board of Directors of KU Leuven Kulak

Since 2010: Honorary President of Crédit Mutuel and President of the Crédit Mutuel Foundation, France

1985-2010: President of Crédit Mutuel, France
President of Crédit Mutuel Centre Est Europe and of Banque Fédérative du Crédit Mutuel (BFCM) in Strasbourg (1985)
President of the Confédération Nationale du Crédit Mutuel (1987)
Chairman of the supervisory board of CIC (1998)

1970-1984: Auditor and then Advisor at the Revenue Court, France

Education: Graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, France

 

Further functions:

  • Member of the Board of Directors (1988) and President (2002-2006) of the European Association of Co-operative Banks
  • Co-President and Member of the Board of Cooperatives Europe (2005-2013)
  • Vice-President of Groupement National de la Coopération (1991), meanwhile called Coop FR
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Dr. Hilmar Gernet

Presidium + Board Member
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Dr. Hans Groeneveld

Presidium + Board Member
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Guy Hoffmann

Presidium + Board Member

Since 2017: Director, Delegate for Politics, Cooperative and History (“Direktor, Delegierter für Politik, Genossenschaft und Geschichte“)

Further current functions:
Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB), Belgium
Vice-President of the International Raiffeisen Union (IRU), Germany
Vice-President of the Business Association of Cooperative Enterprises (IGG), Switzerland
Co-Head of the Coordination Domestic Banks (KIB), Switzerland

2015-2017: Director Communication & Politics at Raiffeisen Group, Switzerland

2008 – 2015: Director Politics & Society at Raiffeisen Group, Swizterland

Executive Comittee at EACB (European Association of Co-operative Banks), Belgium

Vice-President IRU (International Raiffeisen Union, Germany

and numerous other functions

2003 – 2008: Member of Executive Board of Hapimag, Switzerland

2003 – 2005: Director of the Institute for Business Communication & Marketing at Lucerne University for Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland

2002 – 2004: Member of the Executive Board Peter Bütikofer & Company AG, Switzerland

1997 – 2001: Secretary General Christian-democratic Party of Switzerland (CVP), Switzerland

1985 – 1997: Numerous national and international functions in the journalism and communication sector

Education:
Dissertation at University Fribourg, Germany
History and German Studies at University Vienna, Austria
Swiss History, Modern European History and German Linguistics at University Fribourg, Germany

 

Further functions:

  • Member of Adminsitrative Board of LZ Medien Holding AG (since 2016)
  • President of Adminsitrative Board of Surseer Woche AG (since 2010)
  • Business partner “kreisquadrat gmbh” (since 2013)

Today: Director International Cooperative Affairs at Rabobank

Since 2010: Senior Vice President Strategic, Governance and Organisational Issues

2007 – 2010: Head Sector Management SME at Rabobank

2006: Director Dutch Desks at Rabobank

2004 – 2005: Deputy Chief Economist at Rabobank

2003 – 2004: Manager Business Intelligence at Rabobank

2000-2003: Senior Consultant Corporate Strategy at Rabobank, Netherlands

1990 – 2000: Manager Strategy, Monetary and financial expert at the Dutch Central Bank, Netherlands

Education: PhD in Financial and Banking Economics

 

Further functions:

  • Chairman of the Think Tank on European cooperative banks
  • Member of the Co-operative Business Education Consortium
  • Professor ‘Cooperative Financial Services’ at Tias School for Business and Society, Tilburg University
  • Published extensively on financial topics, cooperative banks and organizations

Since 2011: CEO and President of the Management Board of Banque Raiffeisen S.C., Luxembourg

2007 – 2011: Banque Raiffeisen S.C.:
Member of Administrative Board
Member of Board of Directors
Consultant of Board of Directors

1987 – 2007: Banque Générale du Luxembourg S.A.:
Director Commercial Banking(2005-2007)
Member of Executive Board (2000-2005)
Head of Department “Enterprises” (2000-2005)
Head of Department “Large Companies” (1998-2000)
Deputy Head of regional headquarters Esch-Centre (1996-1998)
Head of Department “International Credits” (1995-1996)
Head of Department “Risk Management” (1990-1994)

Education:
Master of Business Administration, Financial Service Sector, Sheffield Hallam University, Great Britain
Next Generation Leaders Programme, IMD, Switzerland
Diploma in Financial Studies, London, Great Britain
Diploma of Académie Bancaire Européenne, Luxembourg

 

Further functions:

  • Member of the Executive Committee of EACB (European Association of Cooperative Banks), Belgium
  • Member of the Presidium and Board of Directors of International Raiffeisen Union, Germany
  • Member of the Administrative Board of the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association, Luxembourg
  • Member of the Administrative Board of different investment fonds of Raiffeisen Group Luxembourg
  • Member of the Administrative Board of Sparinvest SICAV, Luxembourg
  • Member of the Chamber of Commerce, Luxembourg
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Dr. Walter Rothensteiner

Presidium + Board Member

Since 2012: Chairman at Austrian Raiffeisen Association, Austria

Since 1995: Chief Executive Officer at Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG, Austria

1995: Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG, Austria

1991 – 1994: Member of the Board of Management at AGRANA-Beteiligungs-AG, Austria

1992 – 1994: Deputy Chairman at AGRANA-Beteiligungs-AG, Austria

1987 – 1995: Member of the Board of Management at Leipnik-Lundenburger Industrie AG, Austria

1975 – 1990: Member of the Board of Management and other functions at Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien AG, Austria

Education: Business Studies at Vienna University of Economics, Austria

 

Further functions:

  • Multiple board of directors’ seats
  • Member of the General Council  at the Austrian National Bank
  • Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Singapore in Austria
  • Vice President of the German Chamber of Commerce in Austria
  • Vice President  of the Austrian Red Cross

Board Members

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Selahattin Külcü

Board Member
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Dr. Heiner Nicolussi-Leck

Board Member
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George Ototo

Board Member

Since 2016: Member of the Board of European Cooperative, Turkey

Since 2016: Head of the Board of Turkish Agricultural Credit Cooperatives, Turkey
Member of the Board (since 2015)

2015: Foundation of the Federation for Protecting Farmer Goods and Irrigation Association, Turkey

2011: Elected for İnegöl County Councellor of the Justice and Development Party, Turkey

2005: Foundation and Presidency of Deydinler Development and Irrigation Cooperatives in İnegöl, Turkey

2004: Elected for Bursa Municipality County Counsellor, Turkey

2004-2009: Village head man in Deydinler/İnegöl, Turkey

Education: Farming and Agriculture, Turkey

 

Further functions:

  • Member of the Board of Directors of IRU, Germany
  • Member of Agricultural Commission of İnegöl City Hall, Turkey
  • Head of Board of Balikesir Regional Union of Turkish Agricultural Credit Cooperatives, Turkey

Since 2016: President of the Supervisory Board of ConfCooperative, Italy

Since 2014: Member of the Board of Directors of IRU, Germany

2013 – 2015: Member of the Board of Iccrea Holding S.p.A. (Iccrea Banking Group), Italy

2010 -2015: Member of the National Council of ABI (Association of Italian Banks), Italy

2005 – 2015: Member of the Chamber Council of the Chamber of Commerce of Bozen, Italy

2003 – 2015: Member of the Presidential Council and the National Council of Confcooperative (Italian Confederation of Cooperatives), Italy
Member of the Executive Board and the National Council of Federcasse (Italian Federation of Credit Cooperative Banks), Italy
Chairman of the Raiffeisen Federation of South Tyrol, Italy

Since 1992: Auditor/chartered accountant

Since 1973: President of the supervisory board of Raiffeisenkasse Bruneck, Italy

Since 1970: Lawyer with own chambers in Bruneck, Italy
Member of the committee of the bar association

Education: Doctorate of Laws, University of Innsbruck, Austria

 

Further functions:

  • Chairman of several co-operatives, e.g. Jai, Mutter Teresa and EOS-Cooperative for development, orientation and solidarity

Since 2003: Managing Director, Finance Manager and Chief Accountant at KUSCCO Limited, Kenya

Management Accountant at Sony Outgrowers Company Ltd.

Associate Consultant at Deloitte & Touche

Education: MBA in Finance and BA in Education (Mathematics & Economics), University of Nairobi, Kenya
Certified Public Accountant (CPA-holder)
Currently undertaking LL.B, University of Nairobi

 

Further functions:

  • Member of the Board of IRU, Germany
  • Member of the Board of WOCCU, USA
  • Member of the Board of ACCOSCA, Kenya
  • Member of the Board of Co-operative University of  Kenya
  • Member of the Board of Institute of Risk Management
  • Association of  Kenya Credit Providers (AKCP), Kenya
  • Jury at the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries, Kenya
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Edwin Reimer

Board Member
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Dr. Chandra Pal Singh Yadav

Board Member

Since 2014: President of the Board of Directors of Federación de Cooperativas de Producción (FECOPROD) Ltda., Paraguay
Member of the Board of Directors (2014)

Since 2010: Bancop S.A., Paraguay
Auditor (since 2015)
First Deputy Director (2010-2014)

2006-2014: President of the Board of Directors, Cooperativa Multiactiva Neuland Ltda., Paraguay

2000-2005: Executive Director of Vocational Training Center of the Mennonite Colonies, Paraguay

1986-2005: Cooperativa Multiactiva Neuland Ltda., Paraguay
President of the Cooperative Education Committee (2004-2005)
Adviser of the Data Processing Department (2000-2005)
President of the Supervisory Board (1986-1999)
Vice President of Board of Directors (1986-1999)Head of the IT Department (1986-1999)

Education: Diploma in Physics, National University of Asunción, Paraguay
Programmer, Acounting NCR, Paraguay

 

Further functions:

  • Member of the Board of Directors of IRU, Germany

At present:
President of National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI), India
Chairman of Krishak Bharti Cooperative Ltd., India
Vice Chairperson of International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) – Asia Pacific Region, India
Member of the Board of International Raiffeisen Union (IRU), Germany

Political activities:
Member of Rajya Sabha the Upper House of Parliament, India
Representation of various committees of Parliament
Member of Parliament in the Lower House (2004-2009)
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh

Education: M.Sc., B.Ed., L.L.B. and Ph. D. degrees, India

 

Further functions:

  • Member of the Board of National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India
  • Member of the Board of National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation, India
  • Member of the Board of National Federation of Urban Coop. Banks & Credit Societies, India
  • Member of the Board of Cooperative Bank of India
  • Member of the Board of National Federation of State Coop. Banks, India
  • Chairman of Bundel Khand Vikas Nigam of Uttar Pradesh, India

Special Invitee (Gender)

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Dr. Nandini Azad

Special Invitee (Gender)

At present: President of the Indian Cooperative Network for Women (ICNW), India

Member-Secretary of the Independent Commission for People’s Rights and Development, a national advocacy coalition of 900 NGOs in 21 states of India

Board member of the Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK), National Women’s Credit Fund, India

Vice Chairperson of the Governing Body, Ministry of Women  and Child Development, India

2012: Chairperson of plenaries at the Global Microcredit Summit, Spain

2008: Chairperson of the plenary session on women at the Asia-Pacific Microcredit Summit, Bali

2004-2007: Work in the Finance Ministry on taxation related committees, India

2005: Setting up and heading the Outcome Monitoring Division in the Planning Commission of the Indian Government, India

2002: Co-chair of the E-Group on Women and Microcredit (set up by the Prime Minister’s office), India

1986-2000: Preparation of the National Policy on Women in India, e.g. the National Perspective Plan for Women, India

1994: Developing of the draft Beijing Status of Women Report for the Government of Cambodia (after the war), Cambodia

1993: Work with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Labour Organization (ILO) in Cambodia for creating new credit institutions during the war on gender and small enterprise, Cambodia

1986-1990: Director General of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Asia’s largest government program for non-student rural youth (early 90s)

Setting up of India’s first technical division to professionalize women’s programs within the Government of India

Technical Advisor to official SAARC women and development committees, India (late 80s)

Education: M.Phil, PhD. in Gender Studies/International Development Planning, Maxwell School of Citizenship/Syracuse University, USA

 

Further functions:

  • Special Invitee (Gender) of IRU, Germany
  • Worked with the Asian Development Bank on a Regional Study to Combat Trafficking of Women and Children in South Asia
  • Worked on financial inclusion for women in Nepal, Maldives, Cambodia, India and South Asia with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP), Dutch Development Cooperation and many other international agencies

Secretariat General

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Andreas Kappes

Secretary General
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Mandy Pampel

Coordinator Secretariat General