A Note From Our Board
The VisionFund International Board of Directors has been blessed beyond measure to oversee the work of our Network of 28 microfinance institutions around the globe. Every day our financial inclusion work paves the way for life in all its fullness for vulnerable families on the journey out of poverty.
Since our founding in 2003 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of World Vision, VisionFund has grown to be the world’s largest Christian network of microfinance institutions, serving over one million clients every year. Livelihoods and economic empowerment are our ministry, and we seek to see lives transformed by Jesus Christ as He works through our lives, deeds and signs to bring tools to those marginalised by traditional finance mechanisms.
Our 7,400 staff work tirelessly to design and implement financial and livelihood solutions that ensure our most vulnerable clients have access to tools to build sustainable livelihoods out of poverty. From our field-based officers to our senior directors, all our staff are called to serve clients with care, compassion and commitment.
Our grassroots and community-based approach to change allows us to know the people, the problems, and the potential of each community we serve. Wherever we go, our local staff and particularly our community officers know and understand the community’s needs, supporting our clients to make the right decisions for their businesses, but more importantly for their families and children.
Through the tools of micro-credit, micro-insurance and micro-savings, we are continually innovating to ensure our products match the needs of our clients, whatever their situation. VisionFund is proud to have women make up 70% of our worldwide client base, and we take their specific needs into account in all that we do. When women are able to create their own incomes, their families are better cared for and we witness change in children’s well-being, both in childhood and throughout their lives.
With our Christian beliefs as our foundation, we are committed to securing futures for the world's most vulnerable children. VisionFund is ready to commit boldly to a future free from poverty.
Board of Directors
Jim is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alta Resources, a global customer care organization...
Suanne is President of Miedema’s Board Consulting where she helps non-profit boards improve their governance...
Petronella is the Founder and Managing Director of Mustard Seed Advisory. She is a microfinance expert with over 26 years’ experience...
Chris provides oversight at World Vision US, for teams responsible for the acquisition and distribution of resources from corporations...
Tiffany is based in Taiwan with multinational law firm, Baker McKenzie, as Senior Partner and Head of the Energy, Environment & Infrastructure and...
Jean Baptiste is Partnership Leader for Global Field Operations. In this role, he oversees World Vision’s field work in 74 countries...
Stephen was appointed to his current role in February 2019, having been Chief Financial Officer of World Vision International since May 2015...
Andrew became President of World Vision International on 7 February 2019, having been Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Collaboration Officer...
Emma has had extensive financial experience during her career focusing on investment, insurance, pension schemes and risk management...
Luis is a financial consultant, entrepreneur and expert in business incubation in various industries thanks to his extensive experience in investment...
Senior Leadership Team
Chris Laurent is the Chief Financial Officer of VisionFund International, responsible for all financial operations of VisionFund's microfinance net
Adrian serves as VisionFund’s Chief Development Officer and on serves on the Board of VisionFund Myanmar.
Launce is based in Singapore and completed his Bachelors in Engineering and Masters in Business Administration degrees in India.
Ljiljana Spasojevic became Regional Head of VFI Africa Region on 1 October 2018, having been WVI/VFI staff member since 1998.
Toria Withams is the Regional Head - MEER Region.
Annelise is an experienced human resources executive with global experience.
Stephen is the interim Co-President and CEO for VisionFund International and was appointed to his current role in February 2019, having been Chief
Jean Baptiste Kamate
Jean Baptiste is the interim Co-President and CEO for VisionFund International and is the Partnership Leader for Global Field Operations.