Ms. Ewa Janikowska
ChairpersonCHIEF RISK OFFICER, THE FIRST MICROFINANCE BANK
Ms. Janikowska is a banker with over 20 years of experience in executive and advisory roles, focusing on operational, quality, risk, compliance and internal audit management. She has provided services to large financial groups and small boutique firms, banks and investment firms, mainly in Europe and the Middle East. Her professional experience covers corporate and investment banking, asset management, brokerage, retail and consumer finance, credit cards, insurance, microfinance and remittance services.
Ms. Janikowska holds MBA degree from the University of Illinois, and has been certified as ISO 31000 Risk Manager and ISO 27000 Social Responsibility Manager. Since 2011, she has been appointed a court expert in banking, compliance and risk management. Throughout her career, Ms. Janikowska has sat on the boards of different financial institutions (banks and investment companies), and has held the positions of Chief Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Further, she has worked for public and NGO entities, and advised private businesses on corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship and financial inclusion.
Ms. Janikowska is a former member of the Management Board of the Polish Bank Association (2005–2008) and the Banking Arbitrage Council (2005-2008). In 2008 she was awarded the Honorary Badge of the Polish Bank Association for her contribution to the banking community, and since 2012 she has acted as the Ambassador of Women Entrepreneurship. Since 2013, she has been the microfinance advisor to the Conference of Financial Enterprises.
Ms. Janikowska is an economist committed to social issues, a strong believer that passions change the world. Since 2009, she has been a publisher and promoter of Muhammad Yunus, social innovator and Nobel Peace Laureate. She is the mother of two wonderful young women who take future into their hands.