Five Questions about SRI – Weekly Expert Interview with Sylvia Wisniwski, Managing Director, Finance in Motion, Frankfurt am Main, Germany – April 5, 2013

Each week Emerging Markets ESG publishes an interview entitled, “Five Questions about SRI.”  The interview features a practitioner’s insights about SRI in emerging markets and through Emerging Markets ESG shares this expertise with a wide global audience.  The goals of Five Questions about SRI are fourfold:

  • To collect a catalogue of examples of SRI in practice in emerging markets;
  • To raise awareness about SRI in emerging markets;
  • To reflect on what SRI in emerging markets means to practitioners; and
  • To enable SRI practitioners in emerging markets to network with peers around the world.

This week’s interview, the inaugural interview in the third year of the interview series, is with Sylvia Wisniwski, Managing Director,Finance in Motion, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Finance in Motion is an alternative asset manager exclusively focused on development finance, and manages investment vehicles to promote sustainable economic, social and environmental development. Finance in Motion has over EUR 1.1 billion of investor commitments under management (as of December 31, 2012) leveraging development aid through public private partnerships. In line with the development mission of each fund, Finance in Motion develops partnerships with various eligible financial institutions and projects covering debt, mezzanine and equity as well as non-financial advisory services (Technical Assistance). Finance in Motion has offices in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, and in a further 10 cities covering operations in 24 countries in the Southeast Europe, Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa regions. Finance in Motion currently provides asset management and technical assistance management services to the following development finance vehicles: the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) – micro, small and medium enterprise finance (MSME finance); the Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF) – energy efficiency and renewable energy; and the SANAD Fund in the MENA Region – small and medium enterprise finance (SME finance) and employment creation.  Sylvia Wisniwski is Managing Director of Finance in Motion since 2010. She has more than 20 years of experience in development finance in over 30 countries. Starting her career in German International Cooperation (giz), she worked as consultant for international organizations and held various management positions at consulting companies and asset managers. Sylvia holds an MA in Political Science and Sociology and an MBA from the University of Tübingen as well as an MA in International Studies from the University of Miami.

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