Governance | Monitoring & Evaluation
Tomas Keilbach is the Director of the Governance Department. He has been with GFA for over 30 years, working mainly on projects in Africa and Latin America, of which 20 years as Department Director. His background is in agricultural economics and general development economics. He has been involved in major feasibility studies covering agricultural and rural development, biodiversity conservation, and adaptation to climate change. His donor experience as a project director includes KfW, GIZ, European Commission, and the African Development Bank.
Jan Prothmann is a Portfolio Manager in the Governance Department. He has been with GFA since 2009, working in various positions and technical fields at both the GFA headquarters as well as in GIZ and KfW-financed long-term missions abroad. Having started out as a consultant in agriculture & rural development, today his main thematic focus and expertise lies within the field of governance, notably anti-corruption, decentralization, civil society participation and urban development. Jan is a German Development Institute (DIE) alumni, holds an MSc in International Development and a BA in Business & Economics. In addition, he is currently finalizing his MA in Philosophy, focusing on political and moral philosophy.
Katja Trappe-Willms is a Portfolio Manager responsible for governance projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a trained lawyer and mediator with 15 years of professional experience in development cooperation, specializing in governance topics such as decentralization, justice sector reform, and civil society support. After spending four years in the Philippines as coordinator for a GIZ PPP-project on social standards for suppliers of German retailers, she joined GFA in 2009.
Franziska Helbig is a Portfolio Manager in the Governance Department, responsible for our projects in the Middle East and North Africa. Fluent in Arabic, French and English, with a diploma in interpretation and a master's degree in human rights and governance, she joined GFA in 2015. She has worked both at headquarters and on in-country projects in the MENA and Europe regions, particularly designing and implementing projects on gender, decentralization and civil society participation.
Dr. Victoria Jennett is a Portfolio Manager in the Governance Department. She is responsible for governance projects in Ukraine and Europe. A lawyer by training, with a PhD in constitutional law and conflict transformation, she has more than 15 years’ experience working with multilateral and bilateral governmental organizations and NGOs (including Transparency International, OSCE, GIZ, USAID, Council of Europe and UNDP). She is an expert on justice sector reform and corruption risk assessments and an experienced trainer, tutor and facilitator. She joined GFA in 2022.
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