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Mirjam ‘t Lam joins Oikocredit as Director of Finance & Risk

Mirjam ‘t Lam joins Oikocredit as Director of Finance & Risk

09 November | 2020

Mirjam 't LamAmersfoort, the Netherlands – Mirjam ‘t Lam is joining social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit as Director of Finance & Risk, effective 16 November 2020.

She joins Oikocredit from African investment company Arise, where she spent nearly four years as Chief Financial Risk Officer (CFRO) and played a leading role in the creation of the organisation, which was founded by FMO, Norfund, Norfinance and Rabobank.

Mirjam has nearly 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, including positions like CFRO for Rabo Development and Director at several member banks of the Rabobank Group. She was also part of Rabobank’s Food & Agri strategy team and has international experience, working in both mature and emerging markets. 

At Oikocredit, Mirjam will provide leadership and expertise in finance and risk at a strategic level for the whole organisation. She will also lead the functions of the Integrated Reporting & Control department.  

In accepting the position at Oikocredit, Mirjam said: “I strongly support Oikocredit’s mission to improve the lives of low-income people through investing in and developing them.I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to Oikocredit and to supporting the cooperative’s important work in improving the lives of people on low incomes.”

Thos Gieskes, Managing Director of Oikocredit, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Mirjam to Oikocredit. Her experience in development finance across the globe will be highly valuable to us. We look forward to building on our achievements and moving into the future with Mirjam as our Director of Finance & Risk.”

Mirjam’s appointment follows the announcement of the resignation of Laura Pool from her current role as Oikocredit’s Director of Finance & Risk.

Commenting on Laura’s departure, Thos said: “We’re thankful to Laura for the invaluable contributions she has made over the past three years, particularly the work she has done to strengthen our Integrated Reporting & Control functions. On behalf of Oikocredit, I wish Laura all the best with her future career.”

About Oikocredit

Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit has 45 years of experience funding organisations active in financial inclusion, agriculture and renewable energy.

Oikocredit’s loans, equity investments and capacity building aim to enable people on low incomes in Africa, Asia and Latin America to improve their living standards sustainably.

Oikocredit finances close to 690 partners, with total outstanding capital of € 1,301 million (at 30 June 2020). For more information:


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