Johannes Feist over 17 years’ experience in financial services and economic development based on a progressive career at KfW, a German development bank. At KfW, he was the Resident Director in Kosovo and Serbia, 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 in Southern Africa and Regional Funds,” therewith being responsible for most of KfW’s equity investments in Africa and cross-continental. Before joining development finance, Mr. Fiest 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 and is a Member of the Board of Responsibility Renewable Energy Holding, a company developing and operating renewable energy systems in Africa. Until autumn 2015 he was Secretary General of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), an association of 22 development banks from across all continents.