Our team

  • inspiring development is organized to deliver high impact results efficiently.
  • Our Principal and Senior Bankers have served as managers and senior executives in MSME-oriented financial institutions before joining inspiring development. Most began their careers at the specialist level in branches and head office, together covering all key technical areas. This background gives them a deep and practical understanding of how institutions work and can work better. The typical profile of our team member is a result-oriented manager, and as such we are motivated by the success of our clients and their institutions.
  • Our structure allows our clients to benefit from knowledgeable on-the-ground support combined with excellent strategic and technical support from the head office.
  • The central support team consists of the managing partners and a core group of experts. Their role is project supervision and central support.
  • Regional teams: The bulk of our team members are based in our focus regions. They know the regions well. They can be placed in an institution for short-term projects or mid-term management assignments.
Stephan Boven, Managing Partner I.D. inspiring development

Stephan Boven

Managing Partner

boven@inspiring-development.com

Role at inspiring development
In charge of the company’s divisions of Investment & Restructurings and Finance & Financial Risk Management

Professional Background

Experience in development finance combining a strong finance background with SME lending experience, project management skills and a proven track record in guiding the development of financial institutions in high-level corporate governance roles.

Head of Group Finance, ProCredit Holding (2004 – 2014)

Principal Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1999 – 2003)

Senior Consultant, Internationale Projekt Consult (1994 – 1999)

During the period 2001 – 2014, Mr. Boven served on supervisory boards and audit committees at a number of banks in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Lecturer at the ProCredit academies in Germany and Macedonia.

Michael Kowalski, Managing Partner I.D. inspiring development

Michael Kowalski

Managing Partner

kowalski@inspiring-development.com

Role at inspiring development
In charge of the company’s division of Banking for MSMEs

Professional Background

Experience in banking and development finance, primarily in Eastern Europe and with a focus on general management, (credit) risk management and business development.

Head of Group Credit Risk Department, ProCredit Holding (2008 – 2014)

CEO, ProCredit Bank Romania (2005 – 2008)

Consultant, Internationale Projekt Consult (2001 – 2004); assignments in Albania and Romania

Served on audit committees and supervisory boards of ProCredit banks in Eastern Europe and Africa. Lecturer at the ProCredit academies in Germany and Macedonia.

Dr. Philipp Pott, Managing Partner I.D. inspiring development

Dr. Philipp Pott

Managing Partner

pott@inspiring-development.com

Role at inspiring development
In charge of the company’s division of Management Services

Professional Background

Executive positions in development finance in Eastern Europe, with a focus on general management, business development and personnel.

Head of Group Business Development, ProCredit Holding (2010 – 2013)

Manager, ProCredit Academy Germany (2011 – 2013)

CEO of ProCredit banks in Moldova (2003 – 2005), Georgia (2006 – 2010)
and Ukraine (2012)

Consultant, Internationale Projekt Consult (2001 – 2003)

From 2006, served on supervisory boards and audit committees at a number of ProCredit banks in Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

Pedro Arriola

Pedro Arriola, Manager Latin America I.D. inspiring development
Manager Latin America

Focus areas
General management and management advisory, management of distressed institutions and performance-enhancing strategies

Language skills
Spanish (native), English (fluent)

Background
Experienced consultant and MSME bank manager who has served in various executive and non-executive roles in financial institutions in Latin America, including as CEO of banks in Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.

Barbara Asumadu

Barbara Asumadu, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME business development and credit risk management, training and staff development

Language skills
English (native)

Background
MSME banking manager with extensive experience in various branch and head office positions at financial institutions in East and West Africa, with a strong focus on training and staff development

María Inés Bianco

María Inés Bianco, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Institutional analysis, reporting and financial analysis, financial forecasting, asset-liability management

Language skills
Spanish (native), English (fluent)

Background
Executive manager with extensive experience in general management, finance and financial management

Christina Bitter

Christina Bitter, Office Manager I.D. inspiring development
Office Manager

Focus areas
Project administration, accounting and office management

Language skills
German (native), English and French (fluent)

Background
Multilingual accountant, analyst and office manager

Ketevan Burduli

Ketevan Burduli, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
MSME and retail business development, credit risk management, operational efficiency, training and staff development

Language skills
Georgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

Background
Executive bank manager with extensive experience in retail and MSME banking, including roles as COO and CCO at banks in Georgia

Marco Changuan

Marco Changuan, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME lending, credit risk management, loan recovery, training and staff development

Language skills
Spanish (native), English (fluent)

Background
Experienced MSME banking manager who has held various branch and head office positions at banks in Ecuador

David Gabelashvili

David Gabelashvili, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Finance, asset and liability management, risk management, institutional analysis

Language skills
Georgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

Background
Executive finance manager with extensive experience in accounting, reporting and analysis, and financial risk management

Tamar Ganugrava

Tamar Ganugrava, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME business development, lending and credit risk assessment, operational efficiency, training and staff development

Language skills
Georgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

Background
Experienced SME banking manager and credit analyst

Carmen Geil

Carmen Geil, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Training, staff and leadership development, marketing and distribution strategies

Language skills
German (native), English / French / Spanish / Russian (fluent)

Background
Experienced trainer, co-active coach, marketing and HR manager, and consultant with work experience in Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia

Tamar Geradze

Tamar Geradze, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME banking, credit risk management, branch network and performance management, training and staff development

Language skills
Georgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

Background
Experienced MSME banking and credit risk manager with a successful track record in several branch and head office roles at a bank in Georgia

Mariam Ghudushauri

Mariam Ghudushauri, Associate Banker I.D. inspiring development
Associate Banker

Focus areas
Reporting and financial analysis, financial forecasting, financial modelling

Language skills
Georgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

Background
Experienced analyst with strong track record in bank financial analysis, forecasting, financial modelling, and statistical analysis

Mahmudali Guseynov

Mahmudali Guseynov, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
MSME banking, credit risk management, loan recovery, turnaround management

Language skills
Russian (native), English / German / Turkish (fluent)

Background
MSME bank manager with senior and executive management experience in Georgia, Ukraine and Germany

Vanessa Inácio

Vanessa Inácio, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
Credit risk management, MSME lending methodology, portfolio analysis, statistical analysis, risk modelling, scoring and loan loss provisioning

Language skills
Portuguese (native), English and Spanish (fluent)

Background
Experienced credit risk manager with a successful track record in MSME lending methodology and credit risk analysis, including scoring and other risk management tools, at financial institutions in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Latin America

Jonela Ketri

Jonela Ketri, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
MSME lending methodology, credit risk management, training

Language skills
Albanian (native), English / French / German / Spanish (fluent)

Background
Experienced credit risk manager and trainer, with a strong track record in MSME lending and credit risk management at financial institutions in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia

Ana Khvtisiashvili

Ana Khvtisiashvili, Associate Banker I.D. inspiring development
Associate Banker

Focus areas
Reporting and financial analysis, financial modelling, financial risk management

Language skills
Georgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

Background
Experienced analyst and financial risk manager with a strong track record in bank financial analysis and forecasting, financial risk management, asset liability management and modelling

Beatrice Langefors

Beatrice Langefors, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
Treasury, asset liability management, financial risk management, financial modelling

Language skills
Swedish (native), English and German (fluent)

Background
Experienced banking professional with a strong background in treasury, asset liability management and financial risk management, portfolio analysis and statistical modelling

Alexander Levchenko

Alexander Levchenko, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME business development and credit risk management, lending operations and operational efficiency, loan recovery

Language skills
Russian (native), English and Ukrainian (fluent)

Background
Experienced MSME banking manager who has held various branch and head office positions at a bank in Ukraine

Laura Lightbody

Laura Lightbody, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
Institutional analysis, reporting and financial analysis, financial forecasting, strategy development, training

Language skills
English (native), French and Spanish (fluent)

Background
Experienced development finance and banking professional with strong finance and financial analysis skills

Giorgi Lomidze

Giorgi Lomidze, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME business development, operational efficiency, training and staff development

Language skills
Georgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

Background
Experienced MSME banking manager who has held management positions at the branch and head office level of a bank in Georgia and Moldova

Yevgeniy Maksakov

Yevgeniy Maksakov, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
MSME lending methodology, risk management and loan recovery

Language skills
Russian and Ukrainian (native), English (fluent)

Background
Experienced manager in the areas of MSME lending and risk management who has held various management positions at the regional and head office level at banks in Ukraine

Marco Mura

Marco Mura, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Institutional analysis, finance, IFRS, risk management, asset liability management

Language skills
German (native), English (fluent), French and Spanish (proficient)

Background
Experienced finance manager who has held various senior positions in the group holding companies of MSME-focused banking groups, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

Jonas Nyaye

Jonas Nyaye, Senior Banker ID inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Institutional analysis, finance, asset liability management, risk management

Language skills
English (native)

Background
Executive bank manager with experience as CEO and CFO at MSME banks in Ghana and Liberia

Martina Peter

Martina Peter, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Institutional analysis, reporting and financial analysis, financial forecasting, financial risk management, IFRS

Language skills
German (native), English and Spanish (fluent), French (proficient)

Background
Finance manager with experience in the group holding company of an MSME-focused international banking group based in Germany, and as executive finance manager at the group’s banks in Colombia and Honduras

Meik Proescher

Meik Proescher, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
General management and management advisory, management of distressed institutions and performance-enhancing strategies

Language skills
German (native), English and Spanish (fluent)

Background
MSME bank executive who has served as CEO in financial institutions in Latin America, including at banks in Colombia, El Salvador and Honduras

Nina Rauschert

Nina Rauschert, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Institutional analysis, reporting and financial analysis, financial forecasting, financial risk management, IFRS

Language skills
German (native), Danish / English / Spanish (fluent)

Background
Finance manager with experience at the group holding company, in Germany, of an MSME-focused banking group and as executive finance manager at a financial institution in Nicaragua

Dr. Christina Reifschneider

Dr. Christina Reifschneider, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Institutional analysis, finance, risk management, asset-liability management, strategy development, training

Language skills
German (native), English (fluent), French / Portuguese / Spanish (proficient)

Background
Experienced MSME bank executive who has held various management positions at the bank and group holding company level in an MSME-focused banking group

Asmus Rotne

Asmus Rotne, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Institutional analysis, general management and management advisory, strategy development, management of distressed institutions

Language skills
Danish (native), English / German / Russian (fluent), Romanian and Georgian (proficient)

Background
Experienced MSME bank manager who has held various senior management positions in Eastern Europe, including that of CEO at banks in Moldova, Armenia and Georgia

Ardian Salihu

Ardian Salihu, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Institutional analysis and strategy development, finance, risk management, MSME lending, change and turnaround management

Language skills
Albanian (native), English / Portuguese / Spanish (fluent)

Background
Experienced executive bank manager who has held various positions at MSME banks in Africa and Latin America, with a focus on institutional analysis, finance and risk management

Florian von Schoenberg

Florian von Schoenberg, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
SME business development and credit risk management

Language skills
German (native), English / French / Spanish (fluent), Portuguese and Romanian (proficient)

Background
MSME credit risk specialist who has held various positions within an MSME-focused banking group, both at individual banks (in Bolivia, Romania and Serbia) and at the group holding company

Mikheil Shatavidze

Mikheil Shatavidze, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME banking, credit risk management, agricultural finance, branch network and performance management, training and staff development

Language skills
Georgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

Background
Experienced MSME banking and credit risk manager with a successful track record in several branch and head office roles at one of the leading banks in Georgia

Kemal Seitveliiev

Kemal Seitveliiev, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Institutional analysis, general management and management advisory, strategy development, management of distressed institutions

Language skills
Russian (native), English / Turkish / Ukrainian (fluent)

Background
Executive bank manager with extensive experience in business development and risk management at MSME banks in Georgia, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine

Michael Sowah

Michael Sowah, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME business development and lending methodology, staff capacity building

Language skills
English (native)

Background
Business manager with extensive experience at both the branch and head office level at financial institutions in Ghana and Tanzania

Svetlana Tolmačeva Dingarac

Svetlana Tolmacheva Dingarac, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Institutional analysis, general management and management advisory, finance, asset and liability management, risk management

Language skills
Russian (native), English and Serbian (fluent)

Background
Executive bank manager with extensive experience in strategy development, finance and risk management

Yulia Vasileva

Yulia Vasileva, Training Coordinator I.D. inspiring development
Training Coordinator

Focus areas
Central office backstopping of training activities

Language skills
Russian (native), English (fluent)

Background
HR professional with HR management, training and project management experience

Oscar Villaseca

Oscar Villaseca, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
MSME lending and credit risk management, operational efficiency, training and staff development

Language skills
Spanish (native)

Background
MSME banking manager and consultant, with 20 years of banking industry experience gained throughout Latin America

Viktoriya Zharkova

Viktoriya Zharkova, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME business development, lending and credit risk management, branch network management, training and staff development

Language skills
Russian and Ukrainian (native), English (proficient)

Background
Experienced MSME banking manager who has held management and consulting positions at the branch and head-office level at banks in Russia and Ukraine

Team members currently on long-term secondment as senior bank managers

Ashot Abrahamyan

Ashot Abrahamyan, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
General management, MSME and corporate banking, risk management

Language skills
Armenian (native), English / German / Russian (fluent)

Background
Executive bank manager and consultant with extensive experience in MSME and corporate banking and risk management gained at banks in Armenia and Ukraine; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Ukraine as Chairperson of the Management Board

Augustine Akowuah

Augustine Akowuah, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
General management, MSME lending and credit risk management

Language skills
English (native)

Background
Executive bank manager with experience in operations, lending and credit risk management at MSME-focused institutions in Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Tanzania as Managing Director

Natia Beria

Natia Beria, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Retail business development, business support and operational efficiency, project management

Language skills
Georgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

Background
Retail banking and operations manager with a successful track record at a leading MSME bank in Georgia, including having served as head of retail business development and head of business support; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Azerbaijan as Executive Director Operations

Olga Fylypenko

Vladyslav Shyperko, Principal Banker inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME business development and lending, training and staff development

Language skills
Ukrainian and Russian (native), English (fluent)

Background
MSME banking manager with extensive experience gained at several banks in Ukraine; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Ukraine as Head of HR

Evgenia Gashikulina

Evgenia Gashikulina, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Executive bank management, MSME and retail business development and credit risk management, change and turnaround management

Language skills
Russian (native), English (fluent)

Background
Senior bank manager and consultant with extensive experience in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Azerbaijan as First Deputy CEO

Natalia Osadcii

Natalia Osadcii, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Executive bank management, retail and MSME business development, marketing, HR, training and leadership development

Language skills
Russian and Romanian (native), English (fluent)

Background
MSME bank executive who has held senior management positions in Moldova and Ukraine, with a focus on retail and MSME business development, training and staff development; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Ukraine as Deputy Chairperson of the Management Board

Vladyslav Shyperko

Vladyslav Shyperko, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME and corporate lending and credit risk management, general risk management

Language skills
Russian and Ukrainian (native), English (fluent)

Background
Experienced SME and corporate credit risk analyst who has held the positions of credit risk analyst and head of credit risk at banks in Ukraine; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Ukraine as Chief Risk Officer

Mahmoud Suleiman

Mahmoud Suleiman, Principal Banker I.D. inspiring development
Principal Banker

Focus areas
MSME lending and credit risk management, agricultural finance and loan recovery

Language skills
English (native)

Background
Experienced MSME lending manager who has held management positions in Ghana and Tanzania; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Tanzania as General Manager, Credit Risk

Vladimir Taranushchenko

Vladimir Taranushchenko, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
SME banking, credit risk management, digital banking services, operational efficiency, process automation

Language skills
Ukrainian (native), Belarusian, English and Russian (fluent)

Background
Experienced SME banking manager with a successful track record as a consultant and senior and executive manager at banks in Belarus and Ukraine; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Ukraine as Advisor to CEO

Tamar Tkhelidze

Tamar Tkhelidze, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Executive bank management, retail business development, business support and operational efficiency

Language skills
Georgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

Background
Retail banking manager who has held senior and executive management positions in Georgia and Ukraine; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Ukraine as Deputy Chairperson of the Management Board

Andrei Zainulin

Andrei Zainulin, Senior Banker I.D. inspiring development
Senior Banker

Focus areas
Executive bank management, turnaround management, MSME business development, lending and credit risk management, loan recovery, general risk management

Language skills
Russian (native), English and Romanian (fluent)

Background
Experienced MSME bank manager who has served as chief risk officer at a bank and at an MFI in Moldova; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Azerbaijan as Deputy CEO