Supervisory Board

Board Chair

Talgat Salikov
Head of Financial Advisory and Merchant Banking, Board Member,  Tengri Partners Investment Banking JSC, Kazakhstan

Talgat has eight years of experience in different well-known financial companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Centre for Strategic Initiatives LLP . He is currently Head of Financial Advisory and Merchant Banking and Board Member at Tengri Partners Investment Banking JSC in Kazakhstan. Talgat has profound expertise in capital raising and structuring (debt and equity), matters of corporate finance and business development.

Talgat holds a Master degree in Transport and Business Management from Imperial College, London, UK, and is graduate of the University of Nottingham, UK in Civil Engineering.


Board Members



Christian Andersen
Chief Executive Officer, BOPA

Christian has more than 15 years experience in business management in Asia and has been involved in microfinance since 2005.

He has personally visited more than 60 MFIs in Asia and Latin America in connection with searching for suitable partners for Base of Pyramid Asia (BOPA), which Christian co-founded in 2013. BOPA is a Holding company that focus on equity investment in smaller and early stage microfinance institutions in Asia.

Christian holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from IMD, Swizerland and is a World Bank / Asian Development Bank certified Microfinance Trainer of Trainers (MFTOT). He has further attended microfinance training courses at CGAP, BRAC and Boulder Institute of Microfinance.


Senad Sinanovic
Director of “Partner microcredit foundation”, Partner Microcredit Foundation

Senad Sinanović is the director of Partner Microcredit Foundation (Partner MKF) from Bosnia and Herzegovina and has 20 years of experience in the microfinance sector. He started his career as a Loan Officer in 1997 and then worked as a branch manager, a credit manager, and has been leading the organization since 2000.

He was member of several Board of Directors among other, the AFK Kosovo Board of Directors, Association of Microfinance Institutions (AMFI) and NGO Center for Financial and Credit Counseling (new name “U plusu”).


Marco de Natale
Regional CFO-Africa, VisionFund/World Vision

Marco has 23 years of experience in investment banking and impact finance, across many geographies. He’s currently Regional CFO (Africa) for the international microfinance network VisionFund, responsible for the oversight of its 11 credit institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Previously, he was Sector Leader (Strategic Finance / Fund Management) at global impact advisory firm NIRAS, and Manager (Strategic Finance) at LFS Advisory, in Berlin.

Earlier experiences include being CEO & Co-Founder of a private investment firm focused on the CIS region, as well as CEO and CFO of leading microfinance institutions in Azerbaijan and Russia, and Regional Manager at BlueOrchard Finance, in Geneva. Marco started its career working for 10 years on senior capital markets roles with Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse & Merrill Lynch, in the City of London.

Marco holds a Master from Stanford University, a BA from Bocconi University, and is a graduate of the Stonier ABA School of Banking (University of Pennsylvania/Wharton) & Oxford University Fintech Programmes.

Don Ginsel
Founder & CEO, Holland FinTech

Don Ginsel is a Civil Engineer and former banker at ABN AMRO and Deutsche Bank. After a brief time in Venture Capital, he became an entrepreneur, working as strategic and financial advisor and coach to various startups and scaleups. At that time he co-founded Capital Waters foundation, to support entrepreneurs with raising investment. In 2014 Don founded Holland Fintech, one of the largest financial innovation ecosystems in Europe, aiming to use the momentum of change in the financial industry, to change it for the better. Don is currently active as executive and board member in several initiatives that are driving forward digital transformation, financial inclusion and spreading knowledge about innovation across the world.

Dossym Kydyrbayev
Managing Partner, Rakurs Consulting Group, Kazakhstan

Dossym has 25 years of experience in oil, finance and consulting in companies both local and international. He is currently Managing Partner at Rakurs Consulting Group, Almaty, Kazakhstan. The company provides financial and strategic consulting services to wide range of clients including state entities, quasi-sovereign holdings, national and private companies. In addition to it he works as Managing Partner at ‘Rakurs Tech’ LLP, the company that provides IT solutions in digital cartography, modelling, remote sensing and analytics in various sectors: bioresources, agriculture, water, ecology, urban, tourism. His main expertise is in development capacity, analytics, financial inclusion, strategy, territorial and spatial development.

Dossym is a Board member in several organizations such as ‘Tengri Partners Investment Banking’ JSC, ‘Almaty Development Centre’ JSC, “Chamber of Commerce France Kazakhstan”, ‘Leasing Group’ JSC and ‘Olzha’ JSC. He is also a member of the Almaty Business Council.