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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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    Net Impact 2009: Emerging Markets Investment – Beyond Aid

    Impact investing is estimated to reach a total of 500 billion USD within the next decade. Profit-seeking investment to generate social and environmental impact could be an alternative model or an important supplement to traditional aid flowing from developed countries to emerging markets.

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    Net Impact 2009: Social Impact Measurement Frameworks

    Simply judging by titles, less than a handful of panels at this year?s Net Impact conference dealt with impact measurement. I found this quite surprising considering the intensive discourse and current initiatives underway in the sector (Rob and others have reported quite extensively on Nextbillion lately).

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    The Inclusive Business Challenge

    How do we increase awareness for the concept of inclusive business? The WBCSD Future Leaders Team 2009 tackled this important question during an 8-months training program they are wrapping up this month. This week, the 13 young professionals tested their response to that question in a gathering in Washington DC.

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