Group Management Team

The CEO and the Group Management Team are in charge of the group operations and oversee the Regional Management Teams.

Paolo Brichetti - Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Paolo is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of CreditAccess. Before establishing the company in 2008, Paolo worked for over 20 years in a variety of key leadership positions including: Managing Director of the European Fair Trade company Altromercato. President of the European Fair Trade Association and Advisor to the Council of Europe – Europe’s leading human rights organization. Prior to this Paolo was active in the investment industry working as a Partner at the investment management firm Capitalman.

Alvise Gozzi – Chief Financial Officer

Alvise joined CreditAccess in 2009 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the company, Alvise worked for Calzedonia Holding Spa in the Finance and Treasury department. Before that he was Controller at Europe’s second largest power provider Enel Distribuzione, responsible for cost controlling, budgeting and reporting.

R. Venkatesh Prasad - Chief Business Support Officer

Prasad will manage all key support projects and services for CAA OpCos (Business Innovation, Operational support and Technical Assistance). Prior to joining CAA, Prasad was the Operational Head of an International Trading House based out of Singapore.

Massimo Vita - Chief Risk Officer

Massimo joined CreditAccess Asia in January 2016 as Head of Operations Support Team. Before CreditAccess, he worked as TA Field Expert in the REGMIFA TA Facility. Prior to REGMIFA, he worked for Microfinanza Srl, carrying out a number of consultancies in corporate governance and business planning worldwide. He is a founder of MicroFinanza Rating Srl, an international microfinance rating agency. Currently, Massimo is chair of the Steering Committee for the Risk management Initiative in Microfinance (RIM) and  member of the Governance Working Group managed by CFI-ACCION.

Astrid Kepper - General Counsel

Astrid joined CreditAccess Asia in 2016, first as interim Company Secretary and subsequently in a permanent role as General Counsel. She manages the legal department and advises the management and board on legal matters with a focus on the corporate structure of the group, debt and equity transactions, contracts, regulation (compliance), litigation. Astrid started her career in private practice in the international Corporate M&A department of the Amsterdam law firm Boekel (now: Dentons Boekel). After eleven years she moved in-house as Senior Corporate Counsel at Oracle Corp., where she was board member for a number of EMEA based entities and responsible for all corporate legal matters regarding the 200+ entities in EMEA and legal lead for the integration of the frequent acquisitions done during that period. Astrid is Certified Information Privacy Professional for the European region (CIPP/E).


Udaya Kumar - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Udaya joined Grameen Financial Services in 2010 as the CEO. He has close to thirty years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Grameen Financial Services he was Associate Director at Barclays Bank. Other previous positions include Assistant Manager at Corporation Bank and Assistant General Manager at ICICI Bank, India’s second largest bank.

Christian Banno - Director and Chief Executive Officer

Christian is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Indonesian entity of the Group, Bina Artha. He joined CreditAccess Asia in 2008 as Chief Investment Officer Asia and was later responsible for the operations of the company in India. After playing a key role in the set-up of Bina Artha, he became the CEO of this entity in January 2012.  Before joining CreditAccess, Christian worked for one of the leading microfinance rating agencies as the Regional Manager for Asia.

Daniele Rovere - Managing Director

Daniele is the General Manager of OnePuhunan. He has over 10 years of management experience. Prior to joining OnePuhunan Daniele worked for one of the world-leading construction companies Rizzani de Eccher. During his career at Rizzani he worked as an Operations and Finance Manager in different countries among which Canada and the UK. His last position was Finance Manager in Qatar in which he was responsible for all divisions in the region.