The Global Credit Union Podcast – Episode 28: Meet the first WOCCU board observers

MADISON, WI (August 17, 2023) — Eleonora Zgonjanin Petrovikj, CEO of FULM Savings House (North Macedonia), and Patrick Rico, External Affairs Manager at ACDI Multipurpose Cooperative (Philippines), appear on Episode 28 of The Global Credit Union Podcast to discuss being recipients of the inaugural 2023 WOCCU Fellowship.

WOCCU in April launched the first Fellowship nominations to encourage credit union leaders under the age of 40 and women of any age to apply for “observer” status on the WOCCU Board of Directors.

Zgonjanin and Rico were selected from a pool of 52 applicants from 12 countries. They will attend and participate in three WOCCU Board meetings over a one-year period, beginning in fall of 2023. Their travel expenses, including airfare, hotel and local transportation, will be covered by WOCCU, including registration to attend the 2024 World Credit Union Conference in Boston (USA).

Learn what they bring to the table and what they hope to accomplish over the next year as they lay the foundation for future WOCCU Board Observers.

You can find past episodes of The Global Credit Union Podcast by clicking here. To suggest a topic or guest for a future episode, contact Greg Neumann, World Council Director of Communications, at

About World Council of Credit Unions

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach. World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 90 countries. Worldwide, 82,758 credit unions in 97 countries serve 404 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at


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