The Team

Small but oho!

Karen Losse

...directs the FSRP. She has worked in various positions at the GIZ for 15 years. Until 2016, she was a senior consultant in the field of financial system development. Prior to this, she led BMZ-funded projects in support of the partnership for “Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A)”. During this period, Ms. Losse also represented a group of bilateral donors in the Executive Committee of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP). Her first assignment for the GTZ was in Uganda, where she carried out the project “Financial Systems Development Programme” (FSD) together with the Ugandan Central Bank from 2002 to 2005.

Dr. Kerstin Koetschau a member of the FSRP team. She also works for the GIZ in various minorities and migration projects. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Koetschau was the Project Manager at the Hanseatic Parliament in Hamburg. In this role, she worked with chambers of commerce and crafts to support international cooperation between SMEs in the Baltic Sea region. She holds a degree in agricultural economics and a doctorate in land reform processes and rural poverty in the former Soviet Union.

Christel Schipmann an administrative assistant in the FSRP. She is responsible for the logistical and organisational preparation, implementation and follow-up processing of events and partner travel, as well as the associated commercial handling. From 1995 to 2014, Ms. Schipmann worked at the GIZ Bremen (formerly InWEntgGmbH or Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft e.V.) as an administrative assistant in continuing education programmes for specialists and managers from developing countries.