Responsible investments since 1962* Responsible investments since 1962*


About us

DEG Impact provides advice to professional clients on investments in Developing and Emerging Markets.

With the help of DEG’s global presence and our in-depth knowledge of local markets, we source, execute and advise on managing customized and profitable investment portfolios for our clients.
We implement international best-practice environmental, social and corporate governance standards based on established KfW Group and DEG’s established guidlines.

We offer our clients attractive investment opportunities, portfolio mangement services and quantitative development impact measurement (DERa®).

Our aim is to combine attractive returns with ESG best practices and developmental impact.

* DEG Impact is a 100% subsidiary of DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, which has been active in emerging markets since 1962 and currently advises and finances more than 700 investments totalling approximately EUR 9 billion

Global presence and long experience

As a subsidiary of DEG, we have almost 60 years of experience and 20 international locations in developing emerging countries at our disposal.

Our approach

We use our own and KfW Group’s extensive network in the fast-growing markets of Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe to identify attractive investments for our clients and at the same time establish international environmental, social and corporate governance standards.

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Environmental and social guidelines

Environmental protection, the sustainable use of natural resources and compliance with internationally recognized social standards are the basis for economic and social development.
We consider it our social responsibility to support sustainable development.

We take responsibility

A significant element of our activities is to improve quality of life for future generations and to build up self-sustaining economic structures. We ensure that each investment abides by the environmental and social principles of the KfW Group “Responsibility in Society”.

Compliance with international standards

In accordance with the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Standards and the IFC Performance Standards for Private Sector Cooperation, we ensure that national and international environmental and social standards are enforced. In addition, the DEG exclusion list applies to all new investments.

We contribute to raising environmental and social awareness by making our expertise available in our partner countries.

Please find further information on DEG’s environmental and social guidelines on its webpage.

An experienced team An experienced team

Many years of experience in alternative investment and emerging markets

Thomas Klein (CEO und Geschäftführer)Thomas KleinManaging Director
Thomas Klein (CEO und Geschäftführer)
Thomas KleinManaging DirectorThomas Klein has more than 20 years of experience in the financial sector – both in established markets as well as in developed and emerging countries. Before co-founding DEG Impact, he was at DEG mainly responsible for private equity & mezzanine investments in Asia and Afrika. Prior to DEG, he worked for CAM Private Equity and Deloitte in the area of transaction services / M&A. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Cologne.
Lars Zimmermann (Vice President)Lars ZimmermannVice President
Lars Zimmermann (Vice President)
Lars ZimmermannVice PresidentLars Zimmermann is co-responsible for new business and portfolio management of funds and co-investments. Before joining DEG Impact, Lars worked for DEG, where he managed funds & co-investments in emerging markets with a focus on Africa. He holds a degree in business administration from the Universities of Cologne and Copenhagen.
Bild von Tobias KauerTobias KauerVice President
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Tobias KauerVice PresidentTobias Kauer has more than 10 years of experience in alternative investments with a focus on private equity. Prior to joining DEG Impact, he was an Investment Director at the Cologne-based venture capital investor BitStone and a Principal at Caplantic Alternative Assets, where he invested more than €1 billion in over 40 private equity and venture capital funds for institutional investors. Tobias is a CAIA charterholder and holds a university degree in business administration from the University of Cologne.
Hanna GenzmerSenior Manager
Hanna GenzmerSenior ManagerHanna is responsible for the business line GIIF & Connect. Before she took over that task at DEG Impact, she headed the Portfolio Administration division of Caplantic, where she was responsible for the reporting, monitoring and cash management of the portfolio which consisted of over 400 Alternative Investment Funds. She holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Cologne and started her career with the German Federal Bank.
Steffen Planert Senior AnalystSteffen PlanertInvestment Manager
Steffen Planert Senior Analyst
Steffen PlanertInvestment ManagerSteffen Planert is Investment Manager at DEG Impact with more than 5 years of private equity and M&A experience in emerging and developing markets. Prior to joining DEG Impact, he worked as an investment Analyst for DEG, where he worked on several transactions and was responsible for a mixed portfolio of funds & co-investments in Africa. Steffen has a Master’s degree in accounting and finance from FOM – University of Applied Sciences Essen.
Rena Hufmann (Analystin)Rena HufmannSenior Analyst
Rena Hufmann (Analystin)
Rena HufmannSenior AnalystRena Hufmann is an Senior Analyst at DEG Impact, specialising in Alternative Investments and Impact Investing, and holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Finance from Maastricht University. Before joining DEG Impact, she was responsible for business development for asset managers at HSBC Germany.
Anna Niedergesäss (Managerin TA & E&S)Anna NiedergesässManager TA & E&S
Anna Niedergesäss (Managerin TA & E&S)
Anna NiedergesässManager TA & E&SAnna Niedergesäss is a specialist in environmental and social management and is responsible for the Technical Assistance Facility of the AfricaGrow fund. Before joining DEG Impact, she worked on financial and private sector development projects for GIZ and Sparkassenstiftung. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics with a focus on developing and emerging countries from Copenhagen Business School.
Jens Punstein (Risiko-Controlling)Jens PunsteinRisk Controlling
Jens Punstein (Risiko-Controlling)
Jens PunsteinRisk ControllingJens Punstein has overseen risk control at DEG Impact since June 2020. Jens has combined more than 25 years of banking and asset management experience, including  8 years with DEG where he co- launched 3rd party capital management services for corporate clients. Prior to DEG, he led the investment activities of Kreissparkasse Köln and was a partner of Antecedo Asset Management. 
Stefanie Klenke (Management-Support)Stefanie KlenkeManagement Support
Stefanie Klenke (Management-Support)
Stefanie KlenkeManagement SupportStefanie Klenke supports the management team of DEG Impact. She previously held various positions at DEG. She completed a commercial apprenticeship and later studied English at the University of Cologne and Washington University in St. Louis (USA).

DERa® – Measuring effectiveness

We use DEG’s impact management tool Development Effectiveness Rating (DERa®), to measure the developmental impact of each investment and aggregated portfolios.

The rating relies on international best-practice approaches by using mainly quantitative, but also soft indicators. Aligned to the SDGs, DERa evaluates the developmental contributions of each investment and the overall portfolio.

DERa® tool explanation
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Our main consulting services

– Market analysis and screening of fund markets, origination and execution of fund or direct invesmtents
– Financial, commercial and E&S due diligence
– Support in contract negotiations and drafting
– Portfolio oversight and the exercising of advisory board seats
– Main contact person for target funds
– Evaluation of the ecological and social impact/DERa®
– Liquidity- and FX-management

AfricaGrow fund

DEG Impact is the exclusive advisor of the AfricaGrow fund and manages the TA-Facility on behalf of Allianz Global Investors and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The Fund of Fund will provide EUR 200 million of funding to African SME growth and venture capital funds and additional EUR 15 million in Technical Assistance (“TA”). The regional focus is on partner countries of the Compact with Africa (“CwA”). AfricaGrow aims to invest in 14 to 18 funds and to allocate up to 10% of its capital to direct investments. The fund is managed by Allianz Global Investors GmbH.

Further information on the AfricaGrow Fund.