Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Seibel
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. He also is a founding board member of the European Microfinance Platform (2006-2015). He recently focused on savings-led financial institutions and their resilience at times of crisis, among them village banks, financial cooperatives, and commercial banks and microbanking units. He is the author of "Financial Systems Development and Microfinance" and numerous other books and articles, and co-author of “From Microfinance to Inclusive Banking: Why Local Banking Works” (Wiley, 2016).