Oikocredit appoints Laura Pool as chief risk officer

Wednesday 13 September 2017

Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Social investor Oikocredit today announced that Laura Pool is to become its chief risk officer with effect from 18 December. She will head Oikocredit’s risk department and join the managing board.

Laura Pool comes to Oikocredit after holding a series of senior positions in banking and finance, most recently as managing director of risk and finance, and management board member, at impact investor Triodos Investment Management. Prior to this, Pool was chief financial officer and chief risk officer at Dutch insurance company Nationale Borg, following several roles with ING Group. Pool, a Dutch national, has a master’s degree in tax law and a master’s in financial economics.

“I am delighted to be joining Oikocredit,” said Pool. “Oikocredit’s strong track record in development finance is very impressive and I am looking forward to the opportunity to specialise in this field and to make a contribution to the organisation by further developing the risk function.”

Commenting on Pool’s appointment, Oikocredit’s managing director Thos Gieskes said: “Oikocredit is very pleased that Laura Pool with her vast experience will be filling this position and joining the managing board. As chief risk officer she will play a key role in ensuring that Oikocredit continues to address risk holistically and to balance growth and innovation with risk management and mitigation in an increasingly complex operating environment.”

About Oikocredit

Oikocredit has over 40 years’ experience in funding partner organisations active in inclusive finance (including microfinance), agriculture and renewable energy. Oikocredit’s loans, investments and capacity building aim to enable people living on low incomes to sustainably improve their living standards. Oikocredit finances around 800 partners in 70 countries, with total outstanding capital of € 971.5 million.

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For more information, please contact Ulrike Haug, communications manager, Oikocredit International: telephone: +31 6 25 65 53 75 or email: uhaug@oikocredit.org

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