Dirk Steinwand holds a doctorate in finance and banking, and a M.A. in developing sociology, both from Free University Berlin. Over more than 23 years he worked in development finance in various parts of the world. Most of his field experience he gained Asia and East Africa. Presently Dirk Steinwand works for German International Cooperation (GIZ) as Head of the Agricultural and Rural Finance Program in Uganda. Prior to this position Dirk Steinwand worked in Germany, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia for KfW and GTZ in the field of Financial Systems Development. Dirk Steinwand started his career in development finance with research on the informal financial sector in Thailand in 1990.