LONDON – 28 February, 2017 - VisionFund International is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its board of directors; Tiffany T. F. Huang and Emma Osborne.
Both women have been members of distinguished entities and boards, and bring a wealth of experience to VisionFund’s leadership team. Ms Huang is currently based in Taiwan with multinational law firm, Baker & McKenzie, as Senior Partner and Head of the Energy, Environment & Infrastructure and Insurance Practice Groups. Ms Osborne was previously the Chief Investment Officer and President of Chubb Investment Services Ltd, based in the United Kingdom, and has also held senior management roles within the Credit Suisse group. She is currently working within Group Investments of QBE, an Australian insurance company.
“The VisionFund network continues to go from strength to strength, and as the industry evolves it is important we remain at the forefront of innovation, continuing to work with partners and colleagues to refine our products and impact more children. Both Emma and Tiffany have experience across areas of the corporate world that can be applied to our work, and we are looking forward to seeing how this expertise will ultimately help us change the lives of clients,” said Scott Brown, President and CEO, VisionFund International.
In 2016, VisionFund impacted the lives of 4.4 million children worldwide through microfinance. The network continues to expand and diversify its offering into products like insurance, savings and SME lending to grow this number.
“We are focused on reaching the world’s most vulnerable, targeting women in remote rural communities. Having purchased an MFI in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016, with plans to increase further into fragile contexts, we have challenges ahead. Tiffany and Emma will be an integral part of turning these into opportunities to help families improve their livelihoods,” added Mr Brown.
Ms Huang has served on the boards of World Vision International and World Vision Taiwan, and brings invaluable experience in complex projects and development to the VisionFund Board. Ms Osborne has been a member of many notable entities and boards including the Board of Governors of the Church Commissioners for England, the Church of England’s Pensions Board, the Finance Advisory Group of Salisbury Cathedral and the Council of the Institute for Quantitative Investment Research.
ABOUT VISIONFUND INTERNATIONAL
VisionFund International, World Vision’s microfinance arm, has been improving the lives of children in the developing world for more than a decade. By offering small loans and other financial services to families living in poverty, its clients develop successful businesses, enabling their children to grow up healthy and educated. In 2015, VisionFund International MFIs provided 1.3 million loans, with nearly three-quarters of these going to women, and over half to clients actively involved in farming. Repayment rates were 98%. Also in 2015, close to four million children were impacted through its MFI network located across more than 30 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Eastern Europe. For further information please visit www.visionfund.org
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