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Diana Hollmann
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

At GIZ, Diana works on issues revolving around inclusive business, e.g. helping to set up BoP Sector Dialogues promoting inclusive business amongst business professionals through sector-specific practitioner guides and workshops.

After her graduate degree in business administration Diana worked at Philips developing and implementing international marketing communication strategies. She went back to school as a Fulbright student and completed her master degree in International Relations at the Maxwell School in Syracuse with an emphasis on Private Sector Development and Social Entrepreneurship.

As Mercator Fellow on International Affairs Diana spent one year working on topics concerning the interface between business and development working on issues related to the advancement of inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurship. As part of her Fellowship, Diana collaborated with the WRI New Ventures’ research initiatives around clean energy for the base of the pyramid, worked with the UNDP Egypt on the development of pro-poor business models and inclusive markets as well as with Keystone Accountability on impact measurement in the social investment space. At Keystone sheimplemented thefirst benchmarked survey of investee views of social investor performance.

Diana has lived and worked in Germany, UK, Egypt, Jordan, South Africa, USA and Peru. She has supported local entrepreneurs and worked with a diversity of institutions including UNIDO, UNDP, Ashoka and Dialogue Social Enterprise.

Articles by Diana Hollmann

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    Friday Roundup ? 1/5/11: Bye Bye 2010, Hello 2011! New Start Also for Endeva

    Turning from 2010 to 2011, many of us - including NextBillion’s writers and editors - have taken the opportunity to reflect on the past. But the turn of the year not only gives a good reason to look at what happened, it also prompts us to think about what is to come. An organization that looks ahead and starts anew this year is Endeva.

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    Best Idea(s) of 2010 from the MENA region

    It is not easy to pinpoint what made the biggest impression on me this past year... The MENA region has seen several major and exciting events in the development through enterprise arena.

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    Recap: Impact Investing Forum 2010

    Last week, London was the venue for the Impact Investing Forum - two days covering a range of topics, including the role of different stakeholders, case studies from a variety of sectors and infrastructure initiatives for the impact investing space. It was a great teaser for the kinds of discussions we might also expect from upcoming SOCAP Europe.

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    Impact Investing Forum Coming Up ? Testing the ground in Europe

    From Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, institutional and private investors, foundations, social investment funds and all those already active or interested in entering the field are invited to come to London for a series of workshops and panels to dive deeper into current issues. It will be a good chance to take Europe’s temperature on impact investing.

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    Inspire, Empower, Connect: Celebrating Entrepreneurship in the MENASA region

    Last week the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region (MENASA) saw a truly amazing ?Celebration of Entrepreneurship?. Entrepreneurs, business professionals, investors, academics and policy makers from across MENASA and beyond gathered in Dubai for this landmark event hosted by Abraaj capital, the regions largest private equity fund.

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    Upcoming Events in Europe

    Are you in Europe or want to go there in the upcoming months? Are you excited about development through enterprise topics and want to meet like-minded people? If you answered "yes" to both then you should make sure to keep an eye out for some promising events coming up this fall.

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    SEED Awards 2010: Now Open

    From initiatives that transform kerosene lamps into solar powered lanterns in Bangladesh, to ventures that combine biogas and water treatment in Nigeria, the SEED Awards recognize entrepreneurial ventures that generate environmental, social and economic benefits?at the local level contributing to sustainable development.

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    Primer on Social Entrepreneurship in the MENA Region

    ?Apparently, this is an issue whose time has come?, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said referring to the new report on ?Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East: Towards Sustainable Development for the Next Generation? while delivering her closing remarks at the recent Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.

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