€DF is a small consulting firm owned and operated by Mr. Bert van Manen. Mr van Manen is an international finance consultant and trainer, focussing on development and financing of private enterprises and agriculture in emerging and developing countries.
In more than twenty-five years of consulting, the central thread through Mr. van Manen's work has been private sector financing including SMEs, microfinance and agriculture. Thus, following a participatory approach, Mr. van Manen helps entrepreneurs formulate their business plans. He works with banks and MFIs to assess their clients’ creditworthiness and manage risk. He advises governments on private sector financing. He is training entrepreneurs, consultants and bankers in investment, loan and risk analysis. Mr. van Manen also undertakes monitoring and evaluation following results-based management methods. Recently, Mr. van Manen has undertaken comparative and policy studies into SME and agricultural financing.
Having started his professional career in international investment banking, Mr. van Manen combines financial expertise with knowledge of business support services for the private sector in emerging markets. He is analytical and conceptual, yet highly practical in his recommendations.
Some career highlights are the following:
Completed a dozen programme and project evaluations, reviews and monitoring assignments (always as team leader), as well as countless project formulations in SME development and financing, including agribusiness.
Undertook policy studies in SME and agricultural finance, mainly on behalf of international development organisations.
Offered direct assistance to bankers, SME proprietors and SME consultants in enterprise and rural finance, financial analysis, strategy and business planning (about 75 business/ strategy/ restructuring plans prepared).
Worked in public procurement and provided procurement training to project and government staff (about 40 training seminars).
Specific capacities: Project manager, evaluator, team leader, financial expert, restructuring expert, and trainer
Languagues: English, French, Portuguese, Dutch
Europe: Netherlands, Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain. Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine
Asia: Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan (long-term intermittent), Kyrgyzstan, DPR Korea, Malaysia (long-term), Mongolia (long-term intermittent), Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
MENA and Middle East: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE
Sub-Sahara Africa: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau (long-term), Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Other: USA, Curacao, Jamaica
Organisations worked for:
Private organisations and consulting firms: ABG, ABN-Amro Bank, ACE, Adam Smith Institute, Africare, Agrisystems, Almaty School of Management, APE, BEES, Ecorys, Enclude, EuronAid, EPTISA, Fair & Sustainable, FMO, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, GFA, St. Intent, ICCO, iNZet, KPMG, MDF, Nuffic, Marcus Evans, Mott MacDonald, Pohl Consulting, Proman, RAL, RIM Burundi, Sofreco, Stoas, Transtec.
International organisations: BTC, EU / Tacis, EU / EDF, IFC, World Bank, ADB, NL-DGIS and NL Embassies, CDE, CTA, FAO, IFAD, SNV, UNIDO, UNDP, UNOPS, British Know How Fund, EFSE, local and international NGOs.