Organization

Management

Christian Andersen

CEO

Christian has spent most of his career in business management in Asia and has been involved in Microfinance since 2005. 
He is the co-founder of BOPA and passionate about helping smaller responsible MFI’s getting access to equity and grow efficiently. He has visited personally more than 50 MFIs in Asia in the search of the best equity portfolio partners for BOPA.
Christian has a MBA from IMD in Switzerland, is a World Bank and Asia Development Bank certified Microfinance Trainer of Trainers (MFTOT – with distinction) and has participated in several workshops and trainings at the Boulder Institute of Microfinance, BRAC and CGAP.

Niroshani Sawanawadu

COO

With an original background as an IT professional and initial career in IT Management, Niroshani has been involved in Microfinance field focusing on IT and MIS implementation since 2007. She has developed a strong operational track record in the microfinance industry and recently she has been responsible for building one of the leading microfinance companies in Myanmar – from greenfield to sustainable operation within a short time span of 2 years. Niroshani is also a CGAP certified trainer and have obtained solid experience in Social Performance Management through several social audits of MFIs in Africa and Asia during her time with EDA Rural Systems (India).

Tatyana Lavrenyuk

Special Projects

Tatyana has comprehensive understanding of all aspects of microfinance operations, as she has started her career as loan officer and progressed up through the ranks to most recently become Deputy Director of a major MFI in Central Asia. Tatyana is particularly strong in areas of Risk Management, Financial Management, Due Diligence, SME Lending and HR development in Micro Finance sector. She has participated in several trainings including Boulder Institute of Microfinance, American Banker Associaton and holds a MBA from Lomonosov Moscow State University. Tatyana was in 2013 awarded a medal of “Honoured Financier” from Kazakhstan Financiers Association.

Board Members

Michael Steen Lunde

Chairman of the Board

Michael is a business owner and entrepreneur who has spent the majority of his career in senior management positions in developing economies. He is a dedicated supporter of sustainable private sector development in frontier markets. 

Otto Vinther Christensen

Director

Otto is investment director in Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), a Danish DFI with several investments in the microfinance sector.
He brings with him a solid track record from the financial sector and has significant corporate governance experience through his work on several corporate boards.

Olaf Kasten

Chairman of the Investment Commitee

Olaf is a professional trainer and executive coach.
He has 20 years experience in the banking sector, including the Pan-Asia Executive Committee for BNP Paribas, and has a thorough understanding of risk frameworks, hedging instruments and human resource development in the financial sector.

Torben Nordal Clausen

Director

Torben is CEO of NC Holding, a venture company, which invest in post revenue entrepreneurs primarily in Fintech and IT.
From his career in corporate senior management, he brings to the BOPA board strong knowledge of strategy implementation, risk management and a passion for IT and entrepreneurship.

Kristian Pedersen

Board and Investment Committee Member

Kristian is the co-founder of BOPA. His long international career spans over finance and operations management positions in early-stage ventures and global digital media companies such as Reuters. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and has been instrumental in formulating strategy and raising capital to start-ups.