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.

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.

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).

Neak Niporn

CFO

Niporn has spent his career in Cambodian banking and microfinance sector, latest as Head of Finance in LOLC Cambodia, a large deposit taking microfinance institution in Cambodia. He has a Master Degree in Financial Management and a bachelor degree in Banking.  In BOPA, Niporn is focusing on areas of financial management, risk and internal controls.

Niporn is based in Phnom Penh and is active on board audit and risk committees of BOPA portfolio Companies in Cambodia, East Timor and Myanmar.

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.

 

 

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.

Olaf Kasten

Chairman of the Investment Commitee

Olaf is based in Hong Kong and Founding Partner at Ophir, a Family Office Advisory Business. He is an investor, Executive Coach and an elite Ironman. His previous career spans over 20 years first in Banking, at BNP Paribas and Macquarie Bank, where he was responsible for all trading activities in Asia, then in Wealth and Asset Management as a Managing Partner of a boutique Firm and finally as Founder of Newstate, an Executive Coaching and Consulting firm. Olaf understands risk, hedging instruments and is passionate about sports and human resources strategy.

Antti Fredrik Urvas

Director

Antti is an associate director at Finnfund (Finnish Fund for Industrial Development), a Finnish DFI with several investments in financial institutions and in the microfinance sector. Antti brings with him a broad buy and sell side experience in financial services including market risk management, asset management, debt capital markets, corporate banking and development finance.

Otto Vinther Christensen

Director

Otto is Vice President 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.