Secretariat

Secretary General
Vinco David

Vinco David was appointed Berne Union Secretary General in March 2017. Prior to this, he has served as a Management Committee Member and as the Chair of the Investment Insurance Committee. A Dutch national, he has over 30 years’ experience in various aspects of credit and investment insurance, including more than 20 with leading international credit insurer Atradius, in diverse management roles across strategy, product development, economic research, project finance, marketing, underwriting and claims.

Before joining the Berne Union as Secretary General, Vinco David served as a Management Team Member of Atradius Dutch State Business, the Export Credit Agency of the Netherlands. Prior to this he has held positions at the Berne Union Secretariat and the Netherlands Ministry of Finance. He holds an MA in political science and international relations and a BA in economics and Italian language and literature from the Free Reformed University of Amsterdam.

Associate Director
Laszlo Varnai
Coordination of the MLT Committee

Laszlo joined the Secretariat in June 2015, to advise it on legal matters and to support the Committees (primarily the ST Committee) and Specialist Meetings. Since April 2017, Laszlo has been supporting the MLT Committee and the data development project.

He gained focused experience in policy analysis as he worked for EXIM Hungary for more than 5 years, leading the ECA’s international relations (OECD, EU and Berne Union) and ensuring compliance with WTO, OECD and EU regulations, as well as the international sanctions. 

Laszlo graduated in law from Peter Pazmany University, holds a DipHE in Law of England and Wales and the European Union from the University of Cambridge, and a diploma of economic diplomacy from the Károli Gáspár University in Hungary.

Associate Director
Paul Heaney
Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

Paul has over a decade of experience working on all aspects of strategic communications, media, PR and stakeholder engagement within international finance.

He oversees Berne Union research and publications and leads outreach to external stakeholders as well as the working group on climate finance.

Prior to joining the BU, Paul managed a portfolio of conferences on international finance and institutional investment at Informa, one of the world’s largest media, events and publications companies.

He holds an MA from King’s College London and a BA from Trinity College Dublin.

Event Logistics and Office Manager
Nicole Cherry
Logistics, Business Administration and Member Support

Nicole joined the Secretariat in July 2016 and is responsible for all meeting and office logistics. In this role she works closely with Berne Union member hosts and external suppliers, coordinating preparation for General and Specialist Meetings across the world. She also manages office operations, finance and accounts and is the first port of call for all member support and assistance. 

Nicole has a degree from Roehampton University and has spent six years working in Tanzania on various charity and non for-profit projects as well as gaining corporate experience working as the assistant to the CEO of East Africa’s largest company.

Associate Director
Eve Hall
Coordination of the Prague Club Committee

Eve joined the Berne Union Secretariat team in October 2017 with responsibility for managing the Prague Club Committee, a dedicated forum for credit insurance companies from new and emerging markets.

She has nearly twenty years of experience in corporate finance, business development and investor relations. Eve held several positions at various GE media businesses in New York, Hong Kong and London. More recently, she delivered management consulting projects for both young and mature organisations.

Eve holds an MBA in Finance from Bentley Graduate School of Business in Massachusetts, USA.

Associate Director
Artūrs Karlsons
Coordination of the ST Committee

Arturs has over 10 years of experience in the field of export credit insurance, mainly with a focus on short term business.

Originally from Latvia, he previously led the export credit insurance/guarantee division of the Latvian ECA, ALTUM. Prior to this he worked at the Ministry of Economics of Latvia with the WTO and export promotion matters and was a project lead for the launch of the export guarantee programme provided by the Latvian ECA.

He holds degrees in Finance and Political Science from BA School of Business and Finance and the University of Latvia respectively. Currently Arturs studies for a degree in Data Science and Computing from the University of London.

Economic Research Analyst
Jonathan Skovbro Steenberg
Research and Economic Analysis

Jonathan joined the Secretariat in November 2020 with the primary responsibility to produce research-based industry output for members and other stakeholders. 

He has previously worked as an Economist for the Danish Resolution Authority for financial institutions as well as holding student positions in the Ministry of Finance in Denmark and the Trade Council in the Danish Embassy in Malaysia. 

Jonathan holds a BA and an MA in Economics from the University of Copenhagen, while also having attended LSE, Peking University, KU Leuven and Nova School of Business and Finance through his studies.  

Committee Manager
Didem Bayseferogullari
Coordination of the ECA Committee

Didem joined the Berne Union Secretariat in March 2021 with the primary responsibility for managing the ECA Committee. She has 4 years of experience mainly in Buyer Credits under both sovereign and bank guarantee, having previously worked as a Specialist in Turk Eximbank. 

Didem holds a BA in Economics from Istanbul University and an MSc in Information Technologies from Sabanci University. She also attended a one year Erasmus Exchange program in the Department of Economics at the Universidad de Valencia.