International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Martin Holtmann heads the Microfinance Group in the IFC's Global Financial Markets Department, with a client portfolio consisting of more than 90 MFIs and $800 million in outstanding commitments. Before joining the IFC, he was Lead Financial Specialist at the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), where he managed CGAP's cooperation with commercial banks and the CGAP activities in the technology area. He is a board member of the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) and the Microfinance Management Institute.
Martin Holtmann started his career in commercial banking with Deutsche Bank in Buenos Aires. He worked in management consulting (Monitor Company, London) and then spent twelve years as program manager and later Managing Director of IPC, a firm specializing in microfinance consulting and management services for the Procredit microfinance banks. From 1995 through 2001 he was the Moscow-based director of the EBRD Russia Small Business Fund, a program that has extended more than US$ 3 billion to MSMEs. He has designed and implemented several bank downscaling programs and greenfield banks. Martin taught Finance and Personnel Economics at University of Trier for two years, and has been a faculty member of the Boulder Microfinance Training Program since 1996. He is the author of several publications on micro and small business finance and on the design of staff incentive schemes and ESOPs. He is a graduate of the L.B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Victoria, B.C., Canada, and holds Master's degrees from Trier University (Business Economics) and Harvard (Public Administration).