Johannes Feist, Head of Division Financial Systems Southern Africa & Regional Funds, KfW German Development Bank

Johannes has over 18 years’ experience in financial services and economic development based on a progressive career at KfW German development bank. At KfW he was the Resident Director in Kosovo and Serbia, and led KfW’s promotional activities in the EU and managed KfW’s corporate strategy department. Since April 2015 he heads the division for “Financial System Development Southern Africa & Regional Funds,” therewith being responsible for most of KfW’s equity investments in Africa and cross-continental. Before joining development finance, Johannes served in the German security and defense establishment. He holds a PhD and a Master Degree in Economics, from Universities of Munich (Germany) and Bordeaux (France).

He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Microfinance Enhancement Facility (MEF), a Luxemburg-based public-private refinancing facility for MFIs globally, is a Member of the Board of Finca Microfinance Holding, and an independent member of the investment committee of DWS Global Microfinance Fund III. Until autumn 2015 he was Secretary General of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), an association of 22 development banks from across all continents, and Member of the Board of Responsibility Renewable Energy Holding, a company developing and operating renewable energy systems in Africa.