Brigitte Klein

Brigitte heads the Emerging Market and Sustainability Dialogues (EMSD) Programme at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) in Eschborn.

Before joining EMSD, Brigitte headed the Sector Project Global Initiative for Access to Insurance. In this role, she was responsible for advising BMZ in the broad field of inclusive insurance and representing BMZ in different global fora. She represented GIZ within the Governing Council of the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii) from 2009 until 2018 and was responsible for setting up an independent Secretariat of A2ii hosted by GIZ since its launch in 2008. In addition she was member of the ExCom of CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest) representing a constituency of bilateral countries and she was member of the ExCom of the Microinsurance Network (2008-2015). Between 2004 and 2010, Brigitte headed the Sector Projects Financial Sector Development and Private Sector Development.

During her tenure with GIZ, Brigitte was further based in India for six years. As team leader and principal advisor to the NABARD-GIZ Rural Finance Programme she led the German international cooperation contribution in the areas of self-help group linkage banking and the revitalisation of rural cooperative banks. Prior to this assignment, she held positions in GIZ Headquarters in Eschborn. She was also seconded as GIZ young professional to the FAO, Rome in the field of agricultural finance.

Before joining GIZ, she was lecturer and research associate at Humboldt University of Berlin on agricultural market development and freelance consultant in the field of Rural und Microfinance. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from the Free University in Berlin, conducting empirical research on rural financial markets in Colombia. She also holds a diploma degree in economics from the Free University of Berlin.