Meet the TCF Advisory Board

Andreas Widmer

Mr. Widmer is Chairman of the Advisory Board of The Carpenter’s Fund and a member of the Board of Directors of the General Partner.

Mr. Widmer is Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at The Catholic University of America. Previously, he was the co-founder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs that promoted enterprise solutions to poverty around the world through original research, books and films.

He is the author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope John II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned while serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope John Paul II, and refined during his career as a successful business executive.

Mr. Widmer is the Chairman of the board of advisors of WQOM, Bostons’ Catholic Radio station, a Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Acton Institute and an advisor to the Zermatt Summit. He also serves as an advisor to Transforming Business, a research and development project at the University of Cambridge.

He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Templeton Foundation, Global Adaptation Institute, Spring Hill Equity Partners, Karisimbi Business Partners, and Catholics Come Home. He is on the board of directors at the New Paradigm Research Fund, Virtual Research Associates and the World Youth Alliance.

Makonen Getu

Dr. Makonen Getu a member of the Advisory Board of The Carpenter’s Fund and a member of the Board of Directors of the General Partner.

Dr. Getu currently serves as Vice President of International Business Development for Opportunity International, one of the leading microfinance organizations in the world, with a focus on Africa.

Of his 25 years of development experience he has spent 15 years working as Planning Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia, Programme Officer for UNDP in Lesotho, Rural Development Advisor and Deputy Country Director of SIDA and World Vision, respectively, in Zambia, and Deputy Regional Director for Opportunity International in Zimbabwe.

Makonen holds a PhD in Economic History with a concentration in Development Studies from the University of Stockholm. He is currently conducting research on microfinance and private schools for the poor and aid efficiency. He has conducted numerous evaluation and feasibility studies on microfinance, health, education and community development in nearly 20 countries around the world. He has published books, pamphlets and articles on microfinance, aid, faith and development, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS.