FEBEA is an international non profit organisation. Its operations are described in detail in its Internal Rules and Articles of Associations. Its main bodies are the General Assembly, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
The General Assembly of FEBEA operates on the principle of one member, one vote. The associate and honorary members are invited to attend but have no voting rights.
The General Assembly is held at least once a year. An extraordinary meeting may be called by the Board of Directors or at the request of at least three statutory members.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors consists of minimum 5 and maximum 15 members, elected by the General Assembly, in charge for 3 years.
The current Board is composed of 12 members (see below) and will be in charge till 2023.
The Board of Directors delegates to its Executive Committee the responsibility for operational management. The current Executive Committe is composed of 5 members: the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman, the Treasurer and 2 Board members.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PEDRO MANUEL SASIA SANTOS - Chairman
Pedro Manuel Sasia Santos holds a Ph.D in Macromolecular Chemistry by the University of the Basque Country. In 20 years he developed his professional activity in the industrial sector, mainly in the fields of water treatment and occupational health. He is currently professor and researcher at the University of Deusto (Bilbao), board member of the Center for Applied Ethics in this University. He teaches Civic and Professional Ethics to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering, Applied Ethics for Organizations and Business Ethics in the Master of Ethics for Social Construction and in the Master in Industrial Organization. He also teaches Ethical Finance in the Master on Social and Solidarity Economy at the University of the Basque Country. Board member of the Spanish network of Alternative and Solidarity Economy. Author of the books “La empresa a contracorriente. Cuestiones de ética empresarial” and “Banca Ética y Ciudadanía”.
WLODZIMIERZ GRUDZINSKI - ViceChairman
Until the end of the 1980’s he worked as computer scientist at the Institute of Informatics of Warsaw University and in the Center of Design and Applications of Informatics. Between 1990-2007 he was the CEO of the Bank for Socio-Economic Initiatives SA in Warsaw. From 1997 he was the Member of Board of the Associations of Polish Banks and since 2001-2007 its deputy chairman. He was a member of several Supervisory Boards of financial and not financial institutions eg. First Mutual Insurance company in Poland TUW TUW and Ineco bank in Armenia. He was the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TISE S.A till June 2020 and is a member of the supervisory boards in several other companies. He is an advisor of the Management Board of the Polish Bank Association and member of the Ethic Committee in that Association. He is also member of the Jury in the Committee’s yearly contest Ethics in Finance for essays on that topic. He is also member of the Councils of Junior Achievements Foundation, Chairman of the EFPA Poland Foundation. He is member of the Financial Committee of Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. He is a members of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Social economy and Social Enterprises (GECES).
PANAGIOTIS TOURNAVITIS - Treasurer
COOPERATIVE BANK OF KARDITSA
Panagiotis Tournavitis studied Electrical & Computer Engineer in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds a MSc in Business Administration by the National Technical University of Athens (2003-2005). He started his carrier as IT Engineer and in 2008, he joined Cooperative Bank of Karditsa, as Chief Information Officer and responsible for the digital security of the CBK and the training of the staff in the IT systems of the bank. In 2012, he was promoted to the position of Chief Operations Officer and in 2014 as Deputy General Director, responsible for the coordination of the departments and the branches of the CBK and the management of the EU and national programs. In 2015, he was promoted to General Executive Director of the CBK. His main responsibilities are the human resources management, the investment strategy, the strategic planning of the bank, the design of new products and the quality management of the CBK. Mr Tournavitis is member and chief of the project team, formed by the CBK to implement national and international projects.
Isabelle Philippe is Managing Director of the Belgian financial cooperative Crédal. Graduated in commercial and financial sciences, she gained a post-graduate degree at the KUL in Cultural Management. Ms. Philippe began her career in a major international bank. After 5 years of immersion in the traditional banking world, her values and social commitment pushed her to pursue her career in ethical and solidarity-based finance. Isabelle Philippe joined Crédal in 1998 as a solidarity credit advisor. In 2003, she became coordinator of the Credit Department of the cooperative. This committed woman, mother of three children, pursued her career in a mutual insurance company before returning to Crédal in 2017 as Managing Director.
MERKUR COOPERATIVE BANK
Lars Pehrson is advisor to the Executive Management of Merkur Cooperative Bank in Denmark. Since Merkur was founded in 1982 and until August 2020, Lars Pehrson has led the development of Denmark’s leading financial institution in the field of sustainable banking as CEO. He is also the administrator of the Merkur Foundation (a non-profit foundation supporting humanitarian, social and environmental projects). In addition to this, Lars Pehrson has been holding directorships at the Danish Green Investment Fund and Kooperationen, the Danish Cooperative Employers’ Federation, since 2015. Between 1989 and 2012, he was the Vice President of INAISE, the global network of society oriented financial institutions. In 2013 Lars Pehrson was awarded the Democracy Award in memory of Danish author Ebbe Kløvedal Reich.
ALTERNATIVE BANK SUISSE
From 1987 to 1997 he was banking auditor at Ernst & Young. Since 1997 he works at the Alternative Bank Switzerland. From 2001 on, he is member of the general management of the Alternative Bank Switzerland, and responsible for the logistics & service sector.
With a degree in psychology, Bernard Horenbeek has long been involved in the field of social action, in particular with the creation of the association Diogène. For several years, he held various positions related to the social sector in ministerial offices and participated in the creation of Social Accompanied Credit, a Crédal’s product. He then became member of the Board of Credal and became its director in 2008 till 2017. Bernard Horenbeek is Director of La Nef in 2017.
Current Managing Director of SIDI – International Solidarity for Development & Investment. 30 years experience in the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of funding systems for development projects. Economist from the University of Vienna (Austria) & MBA (ESSCA Angers). He worked in several European solidarity and social investment organizations: Head of the Department CCFD Africa in the 1980s, Executive Director of RAFAD/FIG (Geneva) in the 1990s. He has been working in SIDI since 2001, where he was responsible for solidarity investments on areas as diverse as Latin America, the Sahel, Palestine, as well as relations with continental networks of solidarity finance.
Cyrille Langendorff is managing director of the International Affairs Department of the Credit Coopératif , member of the BPCE banking group and has over 20 years of experience in the banking sector. Cyrille worked for four years in analysing and monitoring the solidarity investments portfolio of investment funds managed by Ecofi Investissements (an asset management company of Credit Coopératif Group) in France, and the European investments done with Credit Coopératif’s partners of the European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks (FEBEA, where he represents Crédit Coopératif on the Board of Directors) and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). Cyrille represents Credit Coopératif on the boards of investment companies Coopest and Coopmed and InPulse (impact investment funds). Cyrille also represents Crédit Coopératif on the Supervisory Board of Microfinance Solidaire, a microfinance subsidiary of a French NGO “Entrepreneurs du Monde” and on the Board of Directors of SEFEA. Cyrille is also Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TISE in Poland. He is since 2013indipendent board member of the French association (NGO) “ACTED”. Cyrille became in 2017 the chairman of the French advisory committee for social impact investment following Hugues Sibille.
Emmanuelle Maudet is Head of research and strategic intelligence at France Active, a major French player in the field of Social and Solidarity-based Finance. Graduated from Audencia Business School, she started her professional life working in a multinational audit service network and in Corporate European Departments (Media Networks).
She joined France Active in 2007 with the ambition of sharing her skills with ethical and sustainable objectives, where she managed the Investment and advisory team for 5 years. Her expertise: Social Finance, Impact Investing, Social enterprises Financial and Business Model, Sustainable development. Her motivation: Contributing to cooperation between citizens, economic and public players to build a sustainable and inclusive world.
Andrea Baranes has worked as a reasearcher and a camapigner on ethical and sustainable finance from 2006 to present date at the Fondazione Finanza Etica (Ethical Finance Foundation) in Italy. He has been the President of the Foundation for 8 years, from 2011 to 2019. He has been a member of the board of some of the most important European networks working on financial issues and campaigns for a more sustainable finance, like BankTrack (2006 to 2012) and Finance Watch (2017 to 2019), and the spokeperson of Italian campaigns working on financial issues (like Sbilanciamoci! Or the 005 campaign). He has been for 8 years (2008 to 2016) a member of the ethical committee of Etica Sgr, the asset management company of the Banca Etica Group. From 2016 he’s a member of the board of Banca Etica and from 2019 he’s the vice-president of the bank.