Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

SCBF owes much of its leadership, support, and confidence to its Board of Directors. Encompassing the mission and vision of SCBF, our Board is a diverse group of professionals that are all committed to advancing our work, maximizing our impact, and incorporating many points of view.

Olga Speckhardt

Board Chair
Syngenta Foundation

Olga Speckhardt has many years’ experience in international reinsurance and insurance. She holds a degree in law and has a solid background in underwriting and in the development of regulatory strategies for international insurance supervisory standards. Olga is responsible for developing the Syngenta Foundation insurance / financial inclusion initiatives globally, together with international reinsurance / insurance partners, microfinance institutions, governments, stakeholders and investors. Olga is also a Member of the Board of ACRE Africa.

Mario Wilhelm

Vice Chair
Swiss Re

Mario Wilhelm is Head Middle East & Africa with Swiss Re’s Public Sector Solutions team, a unit dedicated to supporting governments, development banks, international organisations and NGOs with their resilience strategies. Mario addresses risk management needs by co-creating innovative insurance solutions within a PPP framework. Mario joined Swiss Re in 2011 and until recently, he was leading the global microinsurance team. He is a prime mover in microinsurance and is advocating a private sector approach in financial inclusion.

Reto Grüniger

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Reto Grüninger is Head of Division, Latin America and Caribbean at the SDC since April 2016. Reto joined SDC in 2002 in the Development Policy Unit, where he was responsible for government and parliamentary affairs of SDC and for SDC’s relations with the OECD development assistance committee. Then he worked for six years in SDC’s Central America Office in different positions. He went on to work in the Swiss Executive Directors Office at the World Bank Group in Washington. His prior engagements include work with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Nasser Bakr Alkahtani

Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND)

Nasser Bakr Alkahtani serves as Executive Director of Arab Gulf Fund for Development (AGFUND) and is the Chairman of its Investment Committee. Alkahtani built development partnerships with Arab financial institutions, UN organisations and the private sector, in order to contribute to the SDGs. Currently, he is heading a team that establishes 15 financial inclusion banks across Africa and holds various board seats with microfinance banks in the Middle East region.

Klaus Maurer

Independent Board Member

Klaus Maurer has worked in financial inclusion in almost 50 developing and transition countries. Most of his professional career he spent as independent consultant for multilateral and bilateral development organisations, but also as a fund manager of microfinance investment vehicles. For the past 10 years, he has chaired the board of Finance in Motion (FiM), an alternative asset management company based in Frankfurt / Germany. Klaus holds board seats with various institutions, including SCBF since 2019.