Peter Ryan – CEO & Founder
Born in Plymouth, Peter was educated at Kelly College in Devon, taking a year off to travel prior to entering Greenwich University where he obtained a BA (Hons) in International Marketing. His initial career was focussed on marketing and setting up production for consumer goods products, toiletries – ‘Old Spice’, ‘Imperial Leather Soap’ and ‘Duracell Batteries’ to Africa, and parts of Europe. This experience triggered an interest in gaining a better understanding of the realities of Africa and in particular the lives of the poor who would never be able to afford the products that he was marketing.
He then started a number of UK businesses in the food, traceability and parking services area before founding the MicroLoan Foundation in his spare time – a microfinance charity that provides business training, mentoring and small business ‘start-up’ loan capital to poor women in rural sub Saharan Africa – a project to which he is now dedicated full time. Peter is a frequent speaker on microfinance, with a special interest in Africa and blending the need for financial professionalism and social change. He is married to a psychotherapist and has two children.
Mateo Zanetic – Director of Operations
Mateo joined the Charity in July 2014 as a consultant. From January 2015 he took a permanent position as Regional Director for Africa. Mateo graduated with a degree in Management Accounting and Corporate Finance from Wits University. After that he spent a few years as a business consultant. In 2005, he joined The Small Enterprise Foundation, a leading micro-finance institution in South Africa as an Administration Manager. He went on to assume various senior management roles in the organization. In 2008, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, a role he did until he started with MLF as a consultant.
Kenson Chiphaka – CEO Zambia
Kenson is the first employee and CEO for the MicroLoan Foundation in Africa. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and 17 years of experience in microfinance. Kenson started MicroLoan Malawi from scratch in 2002 and managed it until it grew and received recognition as a major lending institution. Kenson then went on to repeat this success by starting MicroLoan Zambia from scratch after 2007.
Corrie Mulder – CEO Malawi
Corrie Mulder was born in Krugersdorp, South Africa and matriculated at Monument High School. He joined the South Africa Army and graduated from the Military Academy, a branch of the University of Stellenbosch. He left the Defence Force in 1997, as a senior officer, and started a second career in business consulting. In this period he consulted extensively to microfinance institutions including MicroLoan Foundation. He joined MLF Malawi as CEO in August 2015.
Andre Harriman – CEO Zimbabwe
Andre joined the charity in February 2015 as a Risk Management Consultant and Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Officer. He became Head of Operations for MLF Malawi in June 2015. In April 2016 he became the CEO for MLF Zimbabwe. Andre graduated with a degree in Economics and Geography from the University of Sheffield in 2009, while working part-time for the Financial Times. He has since worked exclusively in the microfinance sector, spending 2010 with BRAC Bangladesh as an Operations and Risk Management Assistant. In 2011 he joined The Small Enterprise Foundation in South Africa as an Operations Assistant. In 2013 he was appointed Senior Operations Coordinator before joining MLF.
Dr Alex Evan-Wong – Director, Scotland
Alex is a medical consultant who worked in Malawi in 2005 through Rotary International Doctor Bank. He has been involved with fundraising and providing medical equipment since then, remaining very involved with Malawi. Alex joined MicroLoan Scotland as Director (Honorary) in December 2012 and will be helping us raise funds and the profile of MicroLoan Foundation in Scotland. Alex’s other interests include care home and holiday property construction and management companies.
Nneka Akwaeze – Interim Group Finance Manager
Nneka joined MicroLoan Foundation in October 2017. Prior to this, Nneka worked as Head of Finance for British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon (BAPRAS) Secretariat. This was after working 11 years for Friends of Moorfields Eye Hospital charity.
She began her accountancy career in practice, auditing accounts, and has a first degree in Economics where she majored in money and banking. She has family experience of micro finance. Nneka is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has overall responsibility for the financial management of our operations.
Malin Rosenkvist – Head of Philanthropy and Communications
Malin has ten years of experience of fundraising for organisations in the international development sector including Book Aid International, Starehe UK, Uganda Society for Disabled Children and Able Child Africa. Her expertise is major gifts and partnership fundraising, and she has a track record of setting up successful major donor programmes. She has a degree in International Politics and Development from SOAS and has lived, worked and travelled extensively in sub-Saharan Africa.
Laliesha Ali – Fundraising & Communications Officer
Laliesha joined MicroLoan in May 2017 after completing an internship at the charity APT Action on Poverty. Prior to this she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and her Master’s Degree in International Development and Education. Laliesha has spent time working and volunteering overseas in Kenya, Tanzania and Sierra Leone. As an ambassador for an education NGO, she has successfully developed relations with donors and supporters, skills she feels will help her in her role with us.
Hannah Ronald – Fundraising & Communications Intern
Hannah joined the charity in April 2017 after working for an education NGO in Rajasthan, India. Prior to this she graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Politics and Sociology. Hannah has experience in communications, fundraising and project work and has worked and volunteered for a number of charities in the UK and abroad, including in sub-Saharan Africa.
Madeleine van Hilten – Head of Trusts and Foundations
Madeleine joined MicroLoan in August 2015 after working for Greenhouse Sports, Plan UK, and ActionAid as a generalist fundraiser. Before changing careers to the non-profit sector Madeleine worked as a geologist and volunteered for various organisations such as an animal shelter in Cairo and a children’s hospital in Houston. Being passionate about the subject, Madeleine obtained a certificate in International Development from the University of British Columbia through an online study programme. For two years Madeleine successfully managed relationships with a varied portfolio of trusts & foundations and corporate partners, organised events and took on the challenge of climbing Mount Mulanje in Malawi. In her current role she manages our long-term partnerships with grant-making institutions and leads a team of dedicated fundraisers – many of them volunteers – who generate income from trusts and foundations from the UK, Europe and the USA.
Alexandra Mateer – Trusts and Foundations Officer
Alexandra joined MicroLoan Foundation in November 2017. After earning a degree in Psychology and Sociology from Trent University, she left Canada and moved to the United Kingdom in order to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Disaster Management at the University of Manchester. Over the course of her degree, she worked as an intern at the European Interagency Security Forum and at Retrak. Having recently completed her degree with the submission of a research project exploring the qualitative experiences of LGBT aid and development workers, Alexandra is now supporting MicroLoan as Trusts and Foundations Officer.