President & Chief Executive Officer - World Council of Credit Unions
Brian Branch, president and CEO of World Council of Credit Unions, was appointed in 2011. Dr. Branch has worked at World Council since 1990 and
has been engaged in development fieldwork, research and implementation for more
than 30 years.
Headquartered in Madison,
World Council is the
leading international trade association and development agency for credit
unions. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217,000,000
people. The regional and national credit union and financial cooperative
associations affiliated with World Council represent 56 countries around the globe.
Dr. Branch’s former World Council positions include economist, manager of research and development, regional manager for Latin America, director of technical services, vice president of development services and executive vice president and COO. He
has worked with credit union, microfinance and other financial institution
services for more than 20 years.
Dr. Branch has developed programs to update and expand the savings based
financial services of credit unions worldwide. Technical duties have included
designing programs to transfer financial management practices, policies,
procedures, tools, products, technologies and management skills to credit
unions in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean.
He has provided service and product development assistance for savings,
tailored credit products and transaction service networks as well as well as
designing international financial network systems. Dr. Branch has designed and
led individual survey impact time series studies, market research,
institutional assessments and financial field analysis for credit union
Dr. Branch has undertaken credit
union development assignments in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Bolivia,
Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia,
Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Moldova,
Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, the Solomon
Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad, Uganda, Vietnam and
Zambia. He co-authored Striking
the Balance in Microfinance: A Practical Guide to Mobilizing Savings
(2002) with Janette Klaehn and co-edited Safe
Money (2000) with Glenn Westley.
In 1990, Dr. Branch received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison and in 1981 his Master of Arts in Latin American studies at
the University of Texas-Austin. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government
and Spanish, graduating magna cum laude from Bowdoin College, Maine,