We bring the “emerging” to the markets.

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Many years of experience that pays off.

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As an investment advisor specialising exclusively in exposure to developing and emerging markets, we offer specialist first-rate know-how.
Having arisen from DEG of the KFW Group, we also have access to an international network that has steadily grown over decades.
We work closely with our clients to develop individually tailored, high-yield investment strategies and portfolios.
Our in-depth knowledge of local markets and DEG’s global presence provide the best foundation for your success.

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We see where the opportunities lie in developing markets.

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Hanna Genzmer

Senior Manager - Services

Hanna 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.

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Jaques Graßmann

Analyst - Investments

Jacques Graßmann is an analyst at DEG Impact. He holds a Master’s degree in Economic Policy Consulting from the Ruhr University Bochum with a specialization in Development Economics. In his role as an analyst, he works in the areas of Alternative Investments and Technical Assistance.

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Rena Hufmann

Senior Analyst - Investments

Rena Hufmann is a 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.

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Tobias Kauer

Vice President - Investments

Tobias 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.

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Thomas Klein

Managing Director

Thomas 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.

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Stefanie Klenke

Management Support

Stefanie 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).
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Boris Neben

Manager - Services

Boris Neben is responsible for liquidity and currency management at the Global Impact Investment Facility and AfricaConnect. In this role, he has more than ten years of experience in advising on interest rate and currency management, as well as in developing and structuring cash flow-oriented financing solutions. Boris is a graduate of the ACI Diploma of the ACI Financial Markets Association.

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Anna Niedergesäss

Manager TA & E&S - Investments

Anna 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.

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Roman Nolte

Senior Manager Regulatorik

Roman Nolte is responsible for regulatory affairs and has many years of professional experience in the financial services sector. Before joining DEG Impact, he was responsible for the supervision of central financial market infrastructures at the Deutsche Bundesbank and for the supervision of money laundering prevention measures of securities trading banks and capital management companies at the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority. He holds an MBA with a focus on risk management, finance and law.

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Steffen Planert

Manager - Investments

Steffen 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.

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Jens Punstein

Risk Controller

Jens 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.

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Lars Zimmermann

Vice President - Investments

Lars 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.

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