Katarzyna Pawlak

Katarzyna Pawlak, Management Board member, Microfinance Centre

Katarzyna Pawlak sits on the Management Board of Microfinance Centre – a regional network of over 100 leading financial institutions, national sector associations, social investors, international development organization and support organizations active in microfinance  in Europe and Central Asia. She oversees the Centre’s programs  in the area of financial inclusion and responsible finance. In the years 2005-2014, she served on the Steering Committee and then the Supervisory Board of Social Performance Task Force and took an active role in developing sector standards on responsible finance (Universal Standards for Social Performance).  Since 2009 she has been leading a global fund financed by the Ford Foundation supporting more than 50 microfinance associations and over 500 their member microfinance institutions to mainstream the responsible finance standards locally. She was chosen “Woman of the Year 2008” by the international organization Women Advancing Microfinance. She graduated from Warsaw School of Economics and holds Canadian Executive MBA degree from  Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Quebec at Montreal.