Managed UNIDO programmes in Sierra Leone focusing on SME development as well as access to finance for SMEs. The projects highlighted the essence of SME support framework, coupled with access to long term funding for SMEs.
Assisted the Ministry of Industry in Papua New Guinea in creating a conducive environment for private sector development. Gained insight into what a government can do in terms of smart solutions, and where interventions tend to distort private sector growth.
Worked at the Central Bank in Jakarta, Indonesia, in a project demonstrating Small Business Finance as “an asset side business opportunity” for commercial banks. Developed an understanding of what it takes for banks to “adopt” SME finance as a mainstream business, and created “Lending Models” for banks to illustrate SBF market opportunities.
Serving on the management team of Triodos Facet since 1996 gave me hands-on experience in project and client relationship management, business strategy for consultancies, operational planning and management.
MBA, University of Groningen, Netherlands
First degree in Civil Engineering, HTS, Zwolle, Netherlands
The fascinating aspect of our work is the fact that we provide high level commercial professional services in a competitive market for the purpose of supporting sustainable economic development. Thus, we have to be always on the cutting edge of professional service provision, which is hard work indeed. It is rewarding, however, because the outcomes we achieve improve the lives of people, stimulate them to be entrepreneurial, make enterprises more sustainable and support emerging economies to grow towards a sustainable future.
I believe in facilitating and supporting small scale private sector initiatives, since that is where value is added and income is created, which generates employment and further income. Inclusive financial services are crucial to make real economy opportunities a reality.
Title: Deputy Managing Director, Regions