Board of Supervisors

 

 

Board of Supervisors

Name Representing Introduction
Akbar Ali Pesnani
Chairman
Independent Representative: Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Tajikistan
Chairman of the Board: The First Microfinance Bank Afghanistan and The Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan
Director: Cherat Packaging Limited / Cherat Cement Company Limited, Jubilee General Insurance Company Ltd
Education: FCA, FCMA and MBA
Olaf Zymelka KFW
Sitara Merchant
Member
AKAM Director of Research and Product Development, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM), Geneva.
Sitara has over 25 year of global experience in both the private and social development sector; she founded her own private sector consulting company in Canada that worked with clients to develop their strategy and link it to their day to day performance to have a bottom line impact.
She joined the Aga Khan Development Network ten years ago to follow her desire to make a difference in developing economies.
During the last six years she has been developing financial products for the poor and more recently was asked to set up and lead research and product development at AKAM.
At AKAM she provides technical assistance 10 microfinance institutions on research and product development with a view to transition these entities from supply- to demand-driven products as well as implement a performance management (social and financial) to monitor and maximize the positive impact on the quality of life for the poor.
Other Directorships:Director – AKAM Microfinance Banks/Institutes Afghanistan, Tajikistan.
Dr. Fatima Mohabat Ali
Member
Independent
Mirza Jahani Independent Dr. Mirza Jahani is the Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. Since joining AKF USA in November 2009, Mirza has focused on widening and deepening partnerships with US-based organizations, strengthening support for the Aga Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) civil society development portfolio and promoting impact investments for AKDN projects in Africa and Asia as a way to boost development resources and foster public-private partnerships. Before that he served for 15 years as CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in the United Kingdom, East Africa and Tajikistan, helping to conceptualize, implement and secure funding for programs in rural development, health, education, and civil society, often in post-conflict environments. Mirza began his career in the early 1980s as an economist with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). He served with DFID again from 2004 to 2009 as Senior Governance Advisor in Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Central Asia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Mirza was born in Uganda and educated at London, Harvard and Cambridge Universities, where he earned his doctorate in 2009. He and his wife Nazira have two children, Rabia and Rumi.