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.
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.
Christof Hoyler studied Cultural Anthropology and Rural Development in Germany, Portugal and Spain. His occupational career was shaped since 1994 by humanitarian aid missions to African conflict areas such as the Angolan civil war, the Great Lake region conflicts and the Sahel food crisis. Since mostly a decade his missions are focused on best development practice for private sector development, green economy, capacity building, professional training and investor relations with African stakeholders.