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Supervisory Board

The role of the Supervisory Board includes: the addressing of issues from the prior direction of the bank’s activities; election of a Chairman and the members of the Bank Management; convocation of the General Management of Shareholders; and the tackling of other issues not belonging to the role of the General Management of Shareholders.
The members of the Supervisory Board elect The Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Dr. Jan Klasen


Dr. Jan Klasen member of AccessBank's Supervisory Board since March 2017 and a Chair since July 2017. He joined KfW in 1994 after concluding his studies of business administration at the University of Cologne. He served as Vice President in the policy department of the Export & Project Finance division and later as head of the team to KfW’s natural resources financing sector. Since April 2005, Dr. Klasen has new responsibilities as head of corporate strategy and development within KfW IPEX-Bank corporate affairs office. He returned to KfW itself heading since summer 2009 the Restructuring unit of KfW being responsible for all intensive care and non-performing assets of the promotional bank.

Mr Syed Aftab Ahmed


The member of AccessBank’s Supervisory Board since its inception (June 2002). Mr Ahmed worked with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) from August 1989 until his retirement in December 2006. The last position of Mr. Ahmed at IFC was a Senior Manager position, when he was in charge of implementing IFC’s global Microfinance strategy and investment programs. After his retirement, Mr Ahmed continued to serve on the supervisory boards and investment committees of five other financial institutions and funds in Europe and the Far East. Mr Ahmed holds a Master’s Degree in Economics. He is Pakistani, currently resides in USA, and is fluent in English.

Mr Thomas Engelhardt


The member of AccessBank’s Supervisory Board since September 2006, prior to which he was the General Manager of AccessBank from its inception. He is a Chairman of the Management Board of AccessHolding, and a Managing Director of LFS Financial Systems that he joined in 1996, being responsible for the establishment and organisation of AccessBank. Mr Engelhardt worked on MSME and downscaling projects in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) with an MSc in Economics and a BA in Slavic Studies. Mr Engelhardt is German, is fluent in German, English and Russian.

Mr Reiner Müller-Hanke


The member of AccessBank’s Supervisory Board since March 2014. Mr Müller-Hanke has extensive experience in banking in CEE countries for more than ten years. He served as a CEO of KMB Bank, a bank of Intesa Sanpaolo Group in Russia (1999-2009) and as CEO of Swedbank in Ukraine (2009-2013). His previous business experience included also service as a Management Committee Member of the German¬-Russian Chamber for Foreign Trade in Moscow and a Senior Bank Adviser to the International Consulting Company, as well as a Co¬Director of the EBRD Russian Small Business Fund (RSBF) Program and Chief Consulting Coordinator at a number of Russian partner banks. Mr. Müller-Hanke holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Freie Universität Berlin, Universities of Heidelberg and Madrid. He is fluent in German, English, Russian, Spanish and good in Italian.

Emre Yildiz


The member of the Supervisory Board since July 2017. Mr Emre Yildiz has more than 18 years’ extensive experience in business management, marketing, sales, corporate communications and operations management. His previous experience included working for the Isbank Russia, Credit Europe Bank LTD., FinansBank and Bank Ekspres in Russia and Turkey. Mr Yildiz graduated with an MSc in International Affairs from Saratov University and with a BSc in Political Sciences from Istanbul University. He is Serbian, has Serbian and Turkish Citizenship and is fluent in Turkish, German, English, Russian and good in Serbian.

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