The Use of Smart Subsidy in Impact-Linked Agricultural Finance
Join us for a webinar on how donors and development finance institutions (DFIs) approach impact-linked finance in the agriculture sector. We will cover new models emerging and learnings from approaches that have been running for a few years. Look forward to an open discussion about where (public) financing is needed and how to target it to optimize impact.
Agricultural Finance Team Lead
USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS)
Songbae joined RFS in 2020 as Agricultural Finance Team Lead, supporting USAID in its efforts to mobilize capital for agriculture. Before this role, he spent eight years at Calvert Impact Capital, a non-profit impact investing debt fund, where he was responsible for deal origination, credit assessment, and ongoing portfolio monitoring. Prior to that, he worked for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in their global energy investment banking group in New York City, Banc of America Securities in their real estate investment banking group in San Francisco, and Mercy Corps in their microfinance institution in Kyrgyzstan. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from the University of Vermont.
Policy Advisor, Financial Sector Development
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
Anouk is Policy Advisor at the Sustainable Economic Development Department, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has over 10 years of experience in the Dutch financial sector and has been working for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the past seven years. Her expertise is in inclusive insurance, smallholder finance, agri-finance and SME finance. Within the Ministry she has been responsible for the Health Insurance Fund, Global Index Insurance Facility, Access to Insurance Initiative, One Acre Fund, Rabobank PPP, Dutch Good Growth Fund, Global Agriculture & Food Security Program. Anouk studied Macroeconomics and Financial Economics at Tilburg University and she completed the post-graduate European CFA program ‘Investment Management’ at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Dr. Peter Beez
Programme Manager and Senior Policy Advisor
Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC)
Peter is an economist who studied at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. His private sector experience includes working with SMEs, banks, consulting, and the World Economic Forum. His public sector experience includes working at a university, the Swiss Federal Finance Administration, and SDC. He has been with SDC since 2002 with a focus on economic governance, private sector development, and private sector engagement. From 2009-2013 he was in Nicaragua as regional thematic advisor for SDC. He has also worked on short term missions to different countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa.
Head of Division, Equity and Regional Funds, Sub-Sahara Africa and Latin America
KfW Development Bank
Alexandra is the Agricultural Finance Team Lead in KfW´s equity and regional funds department. In that capacity she is responsible for overseeing the structuring and financing a wide variety of Agrifinance and Biodiversity Funds in Sub-Sahara Africa and Latin America as well as direct investments into social enterprises in SSA. Her team´s portfolio comprises inter alia investments into the Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund, Lending for African Farming Cooperation, Social Enterprise Fund, One Acre Fund, Babban Gona and Equity for Africa Group. Furthermore, Alexandra is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fairtrade Access Fund that is addressing the financial needs of smallholder farmers by providing better access to financing and to sustainable markets. She has over 20 years experience in development cooperation with a specific expertise on agri-finance and SME finance. Alexandra holds a diploma (Master equivalent) in Economics from the Humboldt-University Berlin.