OXUS Network



Fernand Pillonel

Chairman of the board of OXUS

After having studied Political Science in Geneva, Fernand starts working in Afghanistan as a humanitarian volunteer in a French NGO from 1987 to 1989. The birth of his first daughter brings him back to Switzerland at the age of 28, where he begins his career in the banking sector in a Swiss bank, BCV, specialised in trade finance of commodities in Latin America, Africa and in the former Soviet Union.

In 2000, he becomes country director of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development to lead, in turn, the EBRD offices in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In 2010, he assists and then leads the creation of a Swiss cotton company in Tajikistan. In 2014, he moves to Bishkek to advise Swiss shareholders in setting up the Kyrgyz Swiss Bank, before coming back to humanitarian action as Director of ACTED in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

With his banking experience ranging from financial institutions to microfinance and rural credit, Fernand gradually integrated the governance of the OXUS microfinance group and became chairman of the Boards of OXUS Kyrgyzstan, OXUS Tajikistan and OXUS Afghanistan in summer 2018. In March 2019, Fernand became Chief Executive Officer of OXUS Development Network.


Julien Capron

Financial and Administrative Manager

After having graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2014 with an Msc in Economics, Julien gained knowledge in investment banking by working with Natixis, Paris, and Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking, Frankfurt, as a coverage analyst. He then joined ACTED and broadened his skills to financial management of humanitarian and development projects working in Iraq as Country Finance Officer and then Area Finance Manager for the Syria mission. He joined Oxus in May 2018.