Our Team

The international scope of ACGF work directly translates into the company’s commitment to professionalism and diversity. Staff working for ACGF come from different countries and backgrounds. In our diversity, we remain committed to the same values of professionalism, diligence, openness and never-ending learning. Commitment to these values inspires ACGF employees to grow both professionally and personally. Opportunities to take up new tasks and make a first-hand contribution to company development support staff members growth.

Personal Statement

Bernd Leidner Chairman of Management Board

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Bernd Leidner

Chairman of Management Board

Our business is all about people: the staff in our very lean head office who create and support our structures, the colleagues in our subsidiaries in Afghanistan and Tajikistan who work so hard to achieve business volume and ensure portfolio quality, the employees of the partner financial institutions who we closely cooperate with and train, and, foremost, the business owners and their employees who are at the center of what we do: unlocking potential and facilitating growth, jobs and income. It gives me great joy to shape this work and see its impact. 

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Dirk Josef Thiesen Vice Chairman of Management Board

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Dirk Josef Thiesen

Vice Chairman of Management Board

Our business provides me with the good feeling to act on the right side of business life. Main reasons for my conviction to do the right thing at the right time are:

  • Our contribution to make the world a better place by creating and conserving employment in developing countries
  • Our professionalism in the development finance sector combined with hard work and dedication to our goals
  • The creation of 50 jobs within LANDT itself in Afghanistan, Germany and Tajikistan
  • Our ability to work in an international intercultural environment

The present refugee crisis and the conviction that support of business development in developing countries is key to reduce migration pressure has even strengthened my deep belief that we are doing the right thing

Personal Statement

Daniel Jobmann Manager

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Daniel Jobmann

Manager

LandT provides solutions that facilitate SME’s long-term access to finance in countries with challenging economic environment. This is achieved by creating comprehensive structures with strong local presence, allowing LandT to be at the heartbeat of the local SME and financial sector.

Being part of LandT means to work in close exchange with my colleagues abroad and to share know-how with them, yet in similar way learn from them every day.

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Janine Vogt Senior Business Analyst

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Janine Vogt

Senior Business Analyst

Being part of LandT is being part of intercultural exchange. Contributing to the enhancement of the banking system of other countries and learning about businesses of final customer is expanding horizons on both sides.

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Mirza Shoaib Baig Head of Technical Assistance Department

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Mirza Shoaib Baig

Head of Technical Assistance Department

The mission of ACGF aligns perfectly with my personal ambition to support access to finance in developing countries. It has been a very rewarding experience to be part of efforts which result in clearly visible impact in terms of improved SME credit, growth of banking sector and various macroeconomic and social benefits for Afghanistan. Being part of ACGF means belonging to a very diverse group of highly accomplished and dedicated professionals working consistently to produce the best results.

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Theresa De Sousa Finance and Administration Officer

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Theresa De Sousa

Finance and Administration Officer

What I like most about my work is the combination of dealing with finance and accounting topics and being part of an intercultural team. The unique working environment of LANDT makes my daily work very interesting and enriching.

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Ioana Bejan Guarantee Operations & Compliance Officer

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Ioana Bejan

Guarantee Operations & Compliance Officer

I discovered at LANDT a young and dedicated team of professionals with different cultural and educational backgrounds that inspire me. Coming from an economic background and having worked in the context of development cooperation, I am committed to LANDT's view of enabling economic development in challenging environments through unlocking financing. In the operations department, every day comes with new challenges and having been entrusted with various responsibilities motivates me. Of course, the opportunity to travel and learn from this cultural exchange is an additional factor why I enjoy working here.

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Francisco Fernandes Finance & Controlling Officer

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Francisco Fernandes

Finance & Controlling Officer

It is a huge gratification for me to be involved in a project whose ultimate mission is to sustainably dynamize the economy by supporting SMEs in challenging countries such as Afghanistan and Tajikistan. On a personal level, I have the opportunity to belong to an international and multicultural team and to be integrated in a sophisticated and multifaceted enterprise group with so many ramifications.

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Carmen Steinke Technical Assistance Officer

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Carmen Steinke

Technical Assistance Officer

At ACGF we contribute to economic and social development in Afghanistan through the transfer of best practice credit technology, capacity building initiatives and product development in the financial sector. Working for ACGF has given me the opportunity to work on important and complex projects while at the same time consistently presenting me with new responsibilities, challenges and opportunities to develop. Working together in an international team of young and dedicated professionals, both on national and international level, who always strive to achieve the best, inspires me greatly.

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Annalena Fuchs Technical Assistance Officer

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Annalena Fuchs

Technical Assistance Officer

Few success stories about Afghanistan reach us in Germany. Even fewer can claim leaving such an impressive footprint as ACGF. Our dynamic team and especially the dedicated colleagues in Afghanistan always find new pathways to finance for SMEs. In the theoretical discourse, it is often said that SMEs are the motor for employment and growth. ACGF quite literally provides the fuel for the tank and makes sure the motor keeps running. It is a constant challenge but I find great reward in working with everyone at LandT and the daily achievements that we make together.

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Pavel Guranda Strategic Communication & Operations Officer

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Pavel Guranda

Strategic Communication & Operations Officer

I am attracted by two aspects of our work – development mission and organizational set-up. Having background in Public Policy, I have heard SME development being theorized about more often than implemented effectively. Our work allows me to make a first-hand contribution to implementation of SME development strategy. I am, also, appealed by the organizational set-up of our company as through its complexity it enables an efficient transfer of European best practices into the challenging context of Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

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Dana Schran Communication & Technical Assistance Support Officer

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Dana Schran

Communication & Technical Assistance Support Officer

It gives me great personal satisfaction to work with such an international and diverse team, working together to support SMEs and key actors thrive in challenging contexts enabling  access to finance to previously excluded groups such as women and refugees. Our work as social entrepreneurs sets us apart as we seek to make a long term and sustainable impact on the inclusive growth of Afghanistan.

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