Girls running in rural Zambia

Our Leadership

Our Leadership

A Note From Our Board


The VisionFund International Board of Directors has been blessed beyond measure to oversee the work of our Network of 25 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 7,600 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 Bere
Chair, USA

Jim is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alta Resources, a global customer care organization...

Edgar S. Martinez, VisionFund International President & CEO
President & CEO, VisionFund International

Edgar S. Martinez serves as VisionFund International’s President and CEO effective January 2021. Edgar brings to VisionFund rich experience and broad...

Petronella Chigara-Dhitima
Board Member, Zimbabwe

Petronella is the Founder and Managing Director of Mustard Seed Advisory. She is a microfinance expert with over 26 years’ experience...

Chris Glynn
Board Member, USA

Chris provides oversight at World Vision US, for teams responsible for the acquisition and distribution of resources from corporations...

Luis Hermosa
Board Member, Ecuador

Luis is a financial consultant, entrepreneur and expert in business incubation in various industries thanks to his extensive experience in investment...

Board Member, UK

Jean Baptiste is Chief Field Operations Officer of World Vision International. In this role, he oversees World Vision's field work in 76 countries in...

Kate Lam
Board Member, USA

Kate is Managing Director at Ideanomics, a fintech and clean energy company, where she is responsible for capital markets activities and traditional...

Andrew Morley, President and CEO, World Vision International
President & CEO, World Vision International

Andrew became President of World Vision International on 7 February 2019, having been Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Collaboration Officer...

Emma Osborne
Board Member, UK

Emma has had extensive financial experience during her career focusing on investment, insurance, pension schemes and risk management...

Stephen Lockley
Board Member, UK

Stephen was appointed to his current role in February 2019, having been Chief Financial Officer of World Vision International since May 2015...

Tiffany T. F. Huang
Board Member, Taiwan

Tiffany is based in Taiwan with multinational law firm, Baker McKenzie, as Senior Partner and Head of the Energy, Environment & Infrastructure and...

Board Member Dennis Weibling
Board member, USA

Mr. Weibling is currently the Managing Director of Rally Capital LLC, a private equity firm founded in 2004 in Kirkland, Washington.

Senior Leadership Team

Leadership Team
Adrian Merryman, Chief Business Development Officer
Chief Business Development Officer

Adrian Merryman

Adrian serves as the Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO) for VisionFund, with a focus on scaling up business lines including FAST-Finance Acc

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Ljiljana Spasojevic, Regional Head - Africa
Regional Head - Africa

Ljiljana Spasojevic

Ljiljana Spasojevic became Regional Head of VFI Africa Region on 1 October 2018, having been WVI/VFI staff member since 1998.

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Regional Head - Eastern Europe

Toria Withams

Toria Withams is the Regional Head - MEER Region and has been in this role since 2019.

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Sally O'Neill
Chief Strategy, Impact & Services Officer

Sally O'Neill

Sally joined VisionFund International in June 2020 as the Chief Strategy, Impact & Services Officer.

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Edgar S. Martinez, VisionFund International President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer

Edgar S. Martinez

Edgar S. Martinez serves as VisionFund International’s President and CEO effective January 2021.

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Ricardo Calvo
Regional Head - Latin America

Ricardo Calvo

Ricardo Calvo is the Regional Head for Latin America and the Caribbean for VisionFund International. He joined VisionFund with 30 years of exp

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Barry Firth, VisionFund Chief Risk Officer
Chief Risk Officer

Barry Firth

Barry brings extensive UK and international experience as a risk management and finance professional.

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Global Director - Internal Audit

Tim Beard

Tim joined VisionFund in 2014 as the Global Centre Senior Audit Manager.

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Solymar Torres, VisionFund International Global People & Culture Director

Solymar Torres

Solymar services as VisionFund International's Global People & Culture Director.

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Elisabeth Maddden, VisionFund International, Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer

Elisabeth Madden

Elisabeth rejoined VisionFund International in August 2023 to serve as Chief Financial Officer.

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Luke Brerton, Chief Operations Officer, VisionFund International
Chief Operations Officer

Luke Brereton

Luke Brereton’s servers as Chief Operations Officer for VisionFund International effective 4 March 2024.  

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Jacinta Kamemba, VisionFund International, Chief Operating and Technology Officer (Interim)
Chief Operating and Technology Officer (Interim)

Jacinta Kamemba

Over the past two decades, Jacinta  has been a distinguished leader in digital finance and information technology within the microfinance sect

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 Rommel Caringal, VisionFund International, Regional Head - Asia (Interim)
Regional Head - Asia (Interim)

Rommel Caringal

Rommel has over 30 years of leadership experience in development work, with focus on financial inclusion.

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