Izabela Norek- Board Director

Manager,CoopEst, Belgium
Izabela Norek is the Manager at CoopEst, an investment company which provides financing to sustainable, socially rooted microfinance organisations in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. She has long-term work experience in business development and microfinance, covering such areas as general management, project management, strategy, quality standards, fundraising, impact assessment, operation of networks.
For 12 years, including the start-up phase, she was Executive Director of a microfinance organisation in Poland, for which she raised over 3 million Euros of grants. During that period she participated in peer reviews and study tours of various MFIs in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Additionally, for two years she served as Board member of the Polish Association of Loan Funds.
She holds a Masters’ degree in English philology and a post-graduate Diploma in Business from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She also attended trainings at Oregon State University and University of Colorado, USA. Native Polish, she is fluent in English and conversational in Russian.