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.
Thomas Hoerz studied Agriculture in Hohenheim, Germany and Refugee Assistance in Oxford, UK. In 1990 he started to work abroad in a GTZ food security program in Tanzania, moved later to food assistance with GTZ in East Africa and continued humanitarian work with Oxfam, the World Food Programme, UNHCR, FAO and several NGOs. During part of the 1990s he focused on household energy and environmental stabilization in refugee hosting areas.
Eckart Koch teaches International Economic Relations at the University of Applied Sciences, Munich, and publishes on globalization, international economics, and intercultural management. As long-term expert he managed projects in Indonesia and the Philippines and has more than 20 years of experience as independent consultant for development projects in Asia and Africa. In recent years he has focused on management and strategy consulting, Capacity WORKS and results-based monitoring and is an accredited member of various GIZ advisory groups.
Torsten Striepke is working since 1973 in countries of the Southern hemisphere either on long-term (volunteer/expert) or short-term basis (consultancies). His whole life has been dedicated with growing enthusiasm and engagement to the eradication of poverty in varying jobs and capacities. Since 2011 he is concentrating on proposal writing for various consultancy firms and on the promotion of entrepreneurship development programmes for illiterates which he developed and successfully tested in Bangladesh, Morocco and Nigeria.