Rémy Jacob, President
Born in France in 1950, a graduate from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et d’Administration des Entreprises de Dijon, Rémy Jacob joined the Finance directorate of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in 1973. At the EIB he held a series of senior positions including Head of Personnel Administration, Director of information technology, Director of General Affairs, Deputy Secretary General, and Director General of the Strategy and Corporate Centre. From 2000 to 2012 he was an alternate member of the Board of the European Investment Fund, the venture capital and guarantee arm of the EIB Group. In 2012, he contributed to the creation of the EIB Institute, which supports European initiatives for the common good and of which he was Dean until his retirement in 2014.
He is presently vice-president of the Board of the non-governmental organization ADA-Appui au Développement Autonome, which specializes in poverty reduction and microfinance. He is also a member of the Board of Mobilearn, which offers a mobile service for faster integration of emigrants in the society in Sweden and in the UK.
Karin is the founder and CEO of lux future lab and is director of CSR Accelerator, the sustainability department of BGL BNP Paribas. With an international education background in law and finance and a broad career path in banking, media and public affairs, Karin has occupied leading positions at Citibank in New York, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg and at RTL Group.
In 2010, Karin was given the mission to define a sustainability strategy for BGL BNP Paribas and impact the social and economic dynamics of Luxembourg. After launching lux future lab, the first incubator created by a bank in Europe, Karin was intensively engaged in setting up microlux, the first microfinance institution for Luxembourg.
Alwin de Prins
Alwin de Prins is Head of Credit Analysis, Retail and Business Banking Department at BGL BNP Paribas.
With a background in economic and business management studies in Germany, Alwin has occupied several positions within BGL BNP Paribas, mainly in the areas of institutional communication, press relations and management of commercial teams. Furthermore, he has been working in a bank’s branch to follow-up entrepreneurial clients and small or medium-sized enterprises as they manage their personal and professional projects.
Alwin is strongly active in the voluntary sector in Luxembourg and, among other things, he is member of the Executive Board of the Luxembourg Olympic and Sports Committee.
A Graduate of the Paris ESCP Business School, Emmanuelle has been working for over 10 years on the development of microfinance in France and in Europe and thus acquired a solid knowledge of the sector. As Regional Director of the Grand Est for Adie since 2011, she is in charge of the development of the services of Adie in the French territory. Having developed an expertise on the operational and institutional arm of the microcredit, she is teaching students about the methodology applied to the microcredits within the Master Degree microfinance at the Faculty of Law, University of Lorraine.
Samuel joined the European Investment Fund in 2010 as a senior member of the microfinance team. A mathematician and financer by training, his professional experience combines banking in project and leverage finance, two creations of companies – of which one social enterprise – and working for an NGO where he launched and led a team investing worldwide in MFIs. This vast experience acquired in a variety of situations concretized in the microfinance field where Samuel found his professional passion and is active since 2006.
He now concentrates at EIF on the structuring of guarantees and funding transaction to foster the microfinance and social enterprises sector in Europe in the view to help creating more opportunities for vulnerable people and foster job creation in the continent. Samuel also represents EIF in a series of Board of Directors of MFIs and Funds and is a regular speaker on the microfinance and inclusive finance topic in a leading French business school.
Secretary of the Board
Catherine is project officer at the CSR Department of BGL BNP Paribas and responsible for microfinance, social entrepreneurship and impact investment projects. She is also responsible for communication and marketing at lux future lab, an entrepreneurship and education platform that hosts and supports more than 26 startups. Since October 2015, Catherine has been involved in the development of microlux and assures the role of secretary in the regular board meetings since microlux’s incorporation. Before, Catherine has been living in Paris, London and Berlin for ten years. She studied development economics at SOAS, University of London, and did a master of public policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Her work experience is in the public sector and in civil society organizations, such as Impact Hub Berlin, an incubator for social startups.