Maxine McKenzie-Kellie is the Head of the People Partnerships Department at AccessHolding. She spent 13 years of her professional life working in South Africa and East Africa. Her background in emerging economies working in human resources, specifically; employment equity, broad based black economic empowerment, skills development, capacity building and diversity; led her to join LFS in 2017 as a consultant in Learning and Development. In 2019 Maxine headed up the merging of AH HR and Group HR into what we call today, People Partnerships.

Katharina Schachtner has been with our organization since 2003. Since returning to Berlin Katharina is leading AccessHolding’s PMO and is responsible for developing project management practice in the network banks.

Friederike Möllers is Head of Business Department at AccessHolding. After joining AccessHolding in 2009, Friederike worked as Credit Consultant in AccessBank Tanzania, Head of Micro Credits in AccessBank Liberia, Credit Manager and deputy CEO in AccèsBanque Madagascar and as Interim CEO in AccessBank Liberia. She also served on the Board of Directors of AccèsBanque Madagascar for five years.

If we can talk of the silver linings of the global pandemic, then implementation of mobile banking services in AccessBank Liberia and AB Bank Rwanda would be that.

Achieving portfolio growth, expanding physical presence, increasing efficiency and at the same time keeping the operating cost controlled is a guiding principle that has led the microfinance business model for years. Harmonizing all the aspects has proven to be difficult with the legacy approach, as it is a highly labour-intensive process conducted in environments that not seldom lack basic infrastructural developments.

The CEO of AB Bank Zambia, Cosmin Olteanu, has 18 years' experience in banking and microfinance. Cosmin started his career as a Loan Officer in a bank in his native Romania, followed by several years of operational management in countries in Africa. From 2011 until 2018, Cosmin managed several large-scale IT and business projects at AccessHolding.

Dr Rolf Reichardt joined the AccessHolding Management Board as Chief Finance & Risk Officer in August 2018. Previously, he worked as CFO and later as CEO of AccessBank Azerbaijan. His former professional experience covers various risk management functions in some of the largest German banks.

As employees are at the heart of AccessHolding´s Corona response strategy, we wanted to reach out to our colleagues around the network and share developments across the Group. With these meetings, we aimed to increase the sense of solidarity, empathy and understanding between AccessHolding and our network banks.