The Team

Small but oho!

Karen Losse

...directs the Governance Fund. 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 Governance Fund's team. She has been working in international projects for more than ten years. Before being a project manager at GIZ, she worked in the private and in the science sector. She is also working as an organizational development consultant and business coach. She holds a diploma in agricultural economics and obtained her doctorate in the subject of land reform processes and rural poverty in Former Soviet Countries.

Jannis Ludwig a team member of the Governance Fund. He also works in a GIZ project to improve maternal and child health in northern Iraq and has served as a consultant to various GIZ projects in the field of governance. Previously, he worked in a local microfinance project in Tanzania and during his studies for the Financial Times Deutschland. He completed his master's degree in International Relations in Germany and Colombia with a focus on peace and conflict studies.

Christel Schipmann an administrative assistant in the Governance Fund. 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.