Financial Advisor to the Vatican: A German cooperative banker for the Pope

women are not allowed to be in the Roman Catholic Church priest, the way into the most important spiritual Offices such as Pope and Bishop is blocked. Pope Fran

Financial Advisor to the Vatican: A German cooperative banker for the Pope

women are not allowed to be in the Roman Catholic Church priest, the way into the most important spiritual Offices such as Pope and Bishop is blocked. Pope Francis, the economic estimates but, apparently, after all, the expertise of women. At least Francis did not object, as the cardinal of Munich, Reinhard Marx suggested him Marija Kolak, President of the German Association of Volks - and Raiffeisen banks (BVR), as one of seven lay in the new Vatican economic Council. Marx forwards this 2014 newly created body, which meets four Times a year, in order to control the financial activities of the Vatican and its institutions such as the Vatican Bank. Among the seven lay people, who called Francis, at least six women, including from Germany, the Jura-Professor Charlotte Kreuter-Kirchhof, and from the world of banking, the Spaniard Eva Castillo and the British Ruth Mary Kelly.

That Marx's proposed the 50-year-old Diplom-kauffrau Kolak, appears consistently. Since 2018 they will represent as a BVR-President finally, the interests of the Church in banks, such as the Cologne-based Pax Bank, or the Regensburger League Bank. But probably more important: in the BVR dominant Volks - and Raiffeisen banks have a business philosophy that could match Pope Francis’ ideas for a fairer world economy: the cooperative banks have different exchange-listed banks to increase the target to maximize your profit, but the Benefits for your members. They were founded as self-help organizations, such as the largest German cooperative Bank of and for pharmacists and Doctors (Apobank). The founding fathers of the cooperative banks, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen (1818 to 1888) and Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch (1808 to 1893) rejected giving alms. They wanted to empower people to be self-sufficient and lead a dignified life. Kolak keeps this Value structure for fitting, in order to develop ideas to fight poverty in the world. More and more people in developing countries need opportunities to be opened by you with the help of international fountain, learning to build, so sieFelderbewässern and of their agriculture life.

Active in the Catholic Church

Kolak comes from a Croatian Catholic family. As a child, she sang in Berlin in the children's choir, her first piano teacher was a nun of the Franciscan, and for some time was the local Council Chairman of the Croatian Mission in the Archdiocese of Berlin. And still today, Kolak accompanied from time to time as organist in the choir of her congregation in the praise of God.

According to your economic studies at the FU Berlin Kolak made a career in the Berliner Volksbank. She made it from a Trainee in the year 1998 to the Executive Board in the year 2016, only interrupted by a first trip to the German Association of Volks - and Raiffeisen banks, where they are from 2012 to 2015 as head of Department and then as an area Director. In 2016, they are sent by the Berliner Volksbank for two months on the American East coast to the Boston area at the Harvard Business School. There Kolak learned with the 170 other international managers from morning to night with the help of case studies. At the latest, after this experience, she is a follower of life-long learning and Filling in new perspectives.

Updated Date: 08 August 2020, 21:19

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