FINANCIAL SYSTEMS
DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AG

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FIDES aims to contribute with reliable sustainable solutions to the key issue of facilitating economic development by creating access to financial services for micro entrepreneurs who are excluded from the formal banking system.



FIDES
FINANCIAL SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AG has an international team of highly qualified staff members. The team covers all fields of competence necessary for greenfield creation of microfinance institutions. Backstopping is done out of Fribourg (Switzerland). Each field staff member has the possibility to mobilize high level support in all relevant fields if required. Greenfield creations are generally implemented through permanent staff located in each country, supplemented by short-term support in specific fields like IT, HRM and Research.
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MANAGMENT TEAM IN FRIBOURG

Konrad ELLSÄSSER is Founder and Director of FIDES | Financial Systems Development Services AG. He is a former researcher and has worked in the creation of microfinance institutions for the last twenty years. The concepts of some of the most successful microfinance institutions in Eastern Europe and in Africa have been developed by him. He has been working long-time as an expatriate in developing countries when building microfinance institutions. He has also been intensively involved in the development of legal and regulatory frameworks for microfinance in Eastern Europe when after the fall of communism regulations for banking in market conditions had to be developed. Beside this, he has worked as a university teacher in microfinance (Development of a Master of Science in Montpellier) and as an expert for organizations like the World Bank, IFAD, CGAP, and the main European bilateral donor organizations.

Markus SCHÄR is a business economist and Co-Director of FIDES | Financial Systems Development Services AG. Prior to joining FIDES in January 2007, Markus Schär has been working for more than 10 years in the field of organizational development with leading financial institutions in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York. While at the UNDP, Markus was involved in the roll-out of change management initiatives throughout the UNDP country network, building the capacity of UNDP staff to provide human resource related change implementation support. Prior to joining the UNDP, he was a Senior Consultant and Project Manager in market strategy and development at UBS Wealth Management and Business Banking.


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