An expert jury
A jury composed of experts will award the best solution submitted based on the complexity of the challenge addressed and the success and creativity of the project(s)/initiative.
The award jury will draw on extensive field experience in the successful implementation of green lending as well as in structuring and developing green lending markets. The jury’s expertise will substantiate the rigorous award process. The jury members will guarantee a transparent process and a sound evaluation of all applications.
Ritva Laukkanen joined GCPF’s Investment Committee in April 2020. She has over 30 years of experience in development finance and international financial markets.
She held various technical and executive positions at the IFC, overseeing origination and portfolio management in the Eastern/Southern Europe and Central Asia financial sector, with focus on Micro/SME finance, as well as in other sectors globally including sustainable forestry. Before moving to the investment side, Ritva spent nearly 10 years at the IFC Treasury developing new emerging capital markets. Prior to IFC, Ritva worked 8 years in New York at a Scandinavian consortium bank, American Scandinavian Banking Corporation.
Since 2012 she has been acting as a non-executive director in various development finance institutions including Magma Fincorp. Ltd. (an Indian SME lender), Acleda Bank PLC in Cambodia and AccessHolding Microfinance AG, as well as chairing the Board of the Finnish development finance institution – Finnfund.
Rochus has been the CEO of responsAbility since 2016. He has over 30 years of experience in financial sector development, banking, and emerging market private debt and equity investments. He has been a member of supervisory boards of financial institutions and funds for 15 years.
He also established two private equity permanent capital structures for responsAbility and designed the legal framework for the microfinance sector in 8 countries and worked as consultant to governments and regulators in over 40 emerging markets. He studied Economics and Mathematics.
Eva has over a decade of experience in private sector promotion in developing countries and is passionate about creating client-centric projects to scale sustainable impacts. In her position as Head Technical Assistance, Eva has lead the creation of the advisory practise within responsAbility, which includes the launch of more than 250 projects for GCPF. She holds a Masters degrees in international affairs and governance from the University of St.Gallen and Sciences Po (Paris).
Marcel Spechtler is the Director/Group Lead - Investment Finance - Portfolio management at Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG (OeEB). He has more than 13 years of experience in development finance and has been working with financial institution clients globally as an investment manager to create impact in developing countries. He has been involved with green finance since 2011 and has been supporting several large banks in rolling out green finance products with technical assistance supported by OeEB. Prior to joining OeEB, Marcel has gained experience in the M&A industry and with equity investments at an investment boutique and at a large Austrian company. He studied International Management at FH JOANNEUM in Austria and Italy.
Juan Carlos is currently the CFO of Alfin Banco in Perú. He has over 13 years of experience in the Latin-American banking sector where he founded several SME private debt funds. He has a wealth of experience with green finance. Since 2016 he was the CFO for Acceso Crediticio . Acceso Crediticio leads the auto lending industry in Perú and has financed the largest natural gas converted fleet in LATAM, preventing thousands of m3 of GHG to go into the atmosphere.
Juan Carlos has been an active participant in the GCPF Academy and other GCPF related events where he shared his successful experiences of Acceso. He joins us this year as an independent jury member in the GCP Award.