Inspiring Development | 40 employees providing management and consulting services
Our employees are former bank managers and senior executives, providing management and consulting services through the central office in Frankfurt and regional teams
management, consulting services, bank managers, senior executives, general management, (credit) risk management, business development, SME lending
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managing

financial

institutions

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. 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 team: 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

Stephan Boven

Managing Partner

@boven@inspiring-development.com

Role at inspiring development
In charge of the company’s activities in the areas of finance & controlling, treasury & funding and strategy development

 

Regional focus on Latin America, Southeastern Europe

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

Michael Kowalski

Managing Partner

@kowalski@inspiring-development.com

Role at inspiring development
Covers the areas of lending & credit risk, efficiency enhancement and project management / organization

 

Regional focus on Africa and Southeast Asia

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

 

Consultant, World Bank (2000)

 

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

Dr. Philipp Pott

Managing Partner

@pott@inspiring-development.com

Role at inspiring development
In charge of services to clients in the areas of business development, personnel and general management

 

Regional focus on Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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

@arriola@inspiring-development.com

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

 

Language skillsSpanish (native), English (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced 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

Bárbara Asumadu

Barbara Asumadu

Principal Banker

Focus areasMSME business development and credit risk management, training and staff development

 

Language skillsEnglish (native)

 

BackgroundMSME 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

Christina Bitter

Christina Bitter

Office Manager

Focus areasProject administration, accounting and office management

 

Language skillsGerman (native), English and French (fluent)

 

BackgroundMultilingual accountant, analyst and office manager

Ketevan Burduli

Ketevan Burduli

Senior Banker

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

 

Language skillsGeorgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

 

BackgroundExecutive 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

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

 

Language skillsSpanish (native), English (fluent)

 

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

Alexandr Chumak

Alexandr Chumak

Senior Banker

Focus areasMSME banking, business development and credit risk management

 

Language skillsUkrainian and Russian (native), English (proficient)

 

BackgroundExperienced MSME banking manager who has held several senior and executive management positions at financial institutions in Russia and Ukraine

David Gabelashvili

David Gabelashvili

Senior Banker

Focus areasFinance, asset and liability management, risk management, institutional analysis

 

Language skillsGeorgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

 

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

Tamar Ganugrava

Tamar Ganugrava

Principal Banker

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

 

Language skillsGeorgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced SME banking manager and credit analyst

Carmen Geil

Carmen Geil

Senior Banker

Focus areasTraining, staff and leadership development, marketing and distribution strategies

 

Language skillsGerman (native), English / French / Spanish / Russian (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced 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

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

 

Language skillsGeorgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced 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

Focus areasReporting and financial analysis, financial forecasting, financial modeling

 

Language skillsGeorgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced analyst with strong track record in bank financial analysis, forecasting, reporting and modelling

Mahmudali Guseynov

Mahmudali Guseynov

Senior Banker

Focus areasMSME banking, credit risk management, loan recovery, turnaround management

 

Language skillsRussian (native), English / German / Turkish (fluent)

 

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

Vanessa Inácio

Vanessa Inácio

Principal Banker

Focus areasCredit risk management, MSME lending methodology, portfolio analysis, risk modelling, scoring and loan loss provisioning

 

Language skillsPortuguese (native), English and Spanish (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced credit risk manager with a successful track record in MSME lending methodology and credit risk analysis, including the use of risk management tools, at financial institutions in Africa and Latin America

Jonela Ketri

Jonela Ketri

Senior Banker

Focus areasMSME lending methodology, credit risk management, training

 

Language skillsAlbanian (native), English / French / German / Spanish (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced 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

Beatrice Langefors

Beatrice Langefors

Principal Banker

Focus areasTreasury, asset liability management, financial risk management, financial modeling

 

Language skillsSwedish (native), English and German (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced banking professional with a strong background in treasury, asset liability management and financial risk management

Alexander Levchenko

Alexander Levchenko

Principal Banker

Focus areasMSME business development and credit risk management, loan recovery

 

Language skillsRussian (native), English and Ukrainian (fluent)

 

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

Giorgi Lomidze

Giorgi Lomidze

Principal Banker

Focus areasMSME business development, operational efficiency, training and staff development

 

Language skillsGeorgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

 

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

Nina Rauschert

Nina Rauschert

Senior Banker

Focus areasInstitutional analysis, reporting and financial analysis, financial forecasting, financial risk management, IFRS

 

Language skillsGerman (native), Danish / English / Spanish (fluent)

 

BackgroundFinance 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

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

 

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

 

BackgroundExperienced 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

Focus areasInstitutional analysis, general management and management advisory, management of distressed institutions

 

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

 

BackgroundExperienced 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

Focus areasInstitutional analysis, finance, risk management, MSME lending, change and turnaround management

 

Language skillsAlbanian (native), English / Portuguese / Spanish (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced 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

Focus areasSME business development and credit risk management

 

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

 

BackgroundMSME credit risk analyst 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

Kemal Seitveliiev

Kemal Seitveliiev

Senior Banker

Focus areasInstitutional analysis, general management and management advisory, management of distressed institutions

 

Language skillsRussian (native), English / Turkish / Ukrainian (fluent)

 

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

Mikheil Shatavidze

Mikheil Shatavidze

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

Michael Sowah

Michael Sowah

Principal Banker

Focus areasMSME business development and lending methodology, staff capacity building

 

Language skillsEnglish (native)

 

BackgroundMSME business manager with extensive experience at both the branch and head office level at financial institutions in Ghana

Vladimir Taranushchenko

Vladimir Taranushchenko

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

Oscar Villaseca

Oscar Villaseca

Senior Banker

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

 

Language skillsSpanish (native)

 

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

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

Ashot Abrahamyan

Ashot Abrahamyan

Senior Banker

Focus areasGeneral management, MSME and corporate banking, risk management

 

Language skillsArmenian (native), English / German / Russian (fluent)

 

BackgroundExecutive 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

Focus areasGeneral management, MSME lending and credit risk management

 

Language skillsEnglish (native)

 

BackgroundExecutive 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

Focus areasRetail business development, business support and operational efficiency, project management

 

Language skillsGeorgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

 

BackgroundRetail banking 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

Olga Fylypenko

Principal Banker

Focus areasMSME business development and lending, training and staff development

 

Language skillsUkrainian and Russian (native), English (fluent)

 

BackgroundMSME 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

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

 

Language skillsRussian (native), English (fluent)

 

BackgroundSenior 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

Yevgeniy Maksakov

Yevgeniy Maksakov

Principal Banker

Focus areasMSME lending methodology, risk management and loan recovery

 

Language skillsRussian and Ukrainian (native), English (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced manager in the areas of MSME lending and risk management who has held various management positions at the regional and head office level at a bank in Ukraine; currently seconded to a commercial bank in Ukraine as Chief Risk Officer

Natalia Osadcii

Natalia Osadcii

Senior Banker

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

 

Language skillsRussian and Romanian (native), English (fluent)

 

BackgroundMSME 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

Focus areasMSME and corporate lending and credit risk management, general risk management

 

Language skillsRussian and Ukrainian (native), English (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced 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 Head of Credit Risk

Mahmoud Suleiman

Mahmoud Suleiman

Principal Banker

Focus areasMSME lending and credit risk management, agricultural finance and loan recovery

 

Language skillsEnglish (native)

 

BackgroundExperienced 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

Tamar Tkhelidze

Tamar Tkhelidze

Senior Banker

Focus areasExecutive bank management, retail business development, business support and operational efficiency

 

Language skillsGeorgian (native), English and Russian (fluent)

 

BackgroundRetail 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

Andréi Zainulin

Andrei Zainulin

Senior Banker

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

 

Language skillsRussian (native), English and Romanian (fluent)

 

BackgroundExperienced 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