Hans Dieter Seibel is a professor emeritus at Cologne University. He is specialized on microfinance and microbanking, linkages between formal and informal finance including digital linkages, agricultural development bank reform, SME development, M&E, and sociocultural system research. In the 1980s, he designed the linkage banking program with GTZ, FAO and APRACA and was team leader of the first pilot project in Indonesia. In 1999-2001 he was Rural Finance Advisor at IFAD and author of its Rural Finance Policy.
Theo Mutter dedicated his whole professional life in different positions to the improvement of the livelihood in the Global South. With the professional background as an economist and political scientist his present working field is the regional (especially rural) development; being the geographic specialization on Latin America, and Southern and West Africa. After 4 long-term contracts (Bolivia, Botswana, Cap Verde & Brazil) and some years as university teacher he focused and specialized on consultancy and project evaluation with short-term contracts.