Meet the team

Our staff

Peter Ryan – CEO & Founder

Born in Plymouth, Peter was educated at Kelly College in Devon, taking a year off to travel november_0886prior 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 OperationsMateo

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 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 Organization. In 2008, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer till he started with MLF as a consultant.

Kenson Chiphaka – CEO ZambiaKenson

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 leanding institution. Kenson then went onto repeat this success by starting MicroLoan Zambia from scratch after 2007.

Corrie Mulder – CEO MalawiCorrie

After an early career in the army, Corrie went on to a successful career in the corporate sector, winning the Gold Award from Arch of Europe while at BMW, one of only three Africans to win to date. Corrie has been employed by Microloan as a Change Management Consultant since December 2014.

Andre Harriman – CEO ZimbabweAndre

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 until he started at MLF.

Claudia Esseen-Jayes – Marketing and Communications

Claudia joined MicroLoan in 2015 as Marketing and Communications Officer. Claudia worked in marketing and advertising before joining the charity sector, working on campaigns for large international brands. She studied International Relations at the University of Birmingham, specialising in Middle Eastern and African politics. Claudia works with the fundraising team on campaigns, branding, events marketing and all things digital and is working towards raising the profile of MicroLoan.

Dr Alex Evan-Wong – Director, ScotlandAlex+Evan-Wong

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.

Elisabeta Pashaj – Finance AssistantElisabeta

An experienced finance assistant and expert with numbers, Elisabeta joined in 2014 and works alongside Rebecca Ryan. Prior to working at MicroLoan, Elisabeta worked for M&S for over three years whilst she was studying. Elisabeta also studied an AAT at Hammersmith and at West London College.

Malin Rosenkvist – Senior Fundraising Managernovember_1006

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 Developmental from SOAS and has lived, worked and travelled extensively in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rebecca Ryan – Interim Group Finance Manager

Rebecca first joined MicroLoan in October 2013 as a volunteer, working as the Acting Finance Manager for our operations in Zambia. Prior to this Rebecca worked in various corporate accounting roles in Sweden and in the UK across industry sectors including; pharmaceuticals, packaging and property development finance. In recent years she has worked in the charity sector for Care International UK and the Royal British Legion. Rebecca is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has overall responsibility for the financial management of our operations.

Lesley Talbot – Head of Corporates, Trusts and Foundations

Lesley has a successful track record of creating and managing strategic partnerships with companies, trusts and foundations, statutory, and institutional funders. She also has experience in creating, implementing and evaluating programmes and campaigns designed to deliver impact within challenging timeframes and budgets. Prior to her career in the voluntary sector, Lesley worked as a business-to-business public relations consultant designing and managing marketing and communication campaigns on behalf of a range of companies. Lesley manages our long-term partnerships with grant-making institutions and business clients as well as leading a team at MicroLoan who are building relationships with and generating income from corporates, trusts and foundations.

 Madeleine Van Hilten – Trusts & Foundations Fundraising Officer

Madeleine joined MicroLoan in August 2015 after working for Greenhouse Sports, Plan UK, and ActionAid as a generalist fundraiser. She also gained experience as an intern in fundraising teams at Cancer Research UK and Missing People. Before embarking on a career in the non-profit sector Madeleine volunteered for many different organisations such as an animal shelter in Cairo and a children’s hospital in Houston, while maintaining an international career as a petroleum geologist. Her expertise lies in raising funds from Trusts and Foundations, but she has also enjoyed working with corporate partners and supporting events. Being passionate about the subject, Madeleine obtained a certificate in International Development from the University of British Columbia in 2014 through an online study programme. In her current role Madeleine manages our relationships with small and medium-sized trusts & foundations and European funders.