Barbara Dutzler has more than 15 years’ experience in public finance, governance, economic development and EU project management. For GIZ, Barbara previously worked as Programme Leader of the Strengthening Public Financial and Economic Management programme in Malawi and as Team Leader of the Strengthening External Financial Control programme in Montenegro. She has held senior positions in the field of public finance within Germany and Austria. Barbara obtained her Doctoral Degree in Business Administration from the Economic University of Wien and a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.
Team Organisational and HR Officer
With over 15 years of experience in office administration and providing support to executives from international organisations, Nirasha is responsible for organisational and staff matters as well as providing assistance to the programme manager. Nirasha holds a Degree in Financial Accounting and a Diploma in Marketing and Business Management. Her skills in people management come from her extensive working experience at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
Deputy Programme Manager
Michaela joined the Good Financial Governance (GFG) in Africa programme in June 2015. She is Deputy Programme Manager and responsible for the action field Tax Policy and Administration. This work area consists of five GIZ technical advisors and one integrated expert, advising the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF). Before joining GFG in Africa, she worked as Country Manager for Laos at the GIZ head office in Germany. Other experience includes leadership development and cooperation with universities and further education institutions in the field of small and medium enterprise promotion as well as with regards to climate change. Michaela completed her PhD in Economics at the University of Leipzig.
Senior Technical Advisor
Maurice Ochieng is a Senior Technical Advisor in the GFG in Africa programme since March 2015. He provides advice on Tax Policy and Administration to the ATAF secretariat in Pretoria. Previously, he was Senior Tax Advisor with the GIZ GFG programme in Ghana where he worked with the Ministry of Finance and Ghana Revenue Authority. Maurice holds an MBA in Fiscal Management, BCom in Accounting and is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
Ralf joined the GFG in Africa programme in January 2016 as a Technical Advisor to ATAF. Ralf’s tasks range from reviewing existing online training courses and developing new courses that focus on the exchange of information, VAT, tax audit and other tax administration topics. He previously worked for different institutions including the Hessian and Federal Tax Administration of Germany, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) secretariat in Paris, the secretariat of the Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations in Budapest, Hungary and the German Delegate and Competent Authority of Germany to the Joint International Tax Shelter Information Centre (JITSIC) in Washington.
Katharina (Kath) Kunze joined the programme in February 2016 as Technical Advisor within the Tax Policy and Administration work area. Being a lawyer specialising in international tax law, she works closely with ATAF, providing advice on tax related Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) and ATAF’s blended learning programme for tax auditors. Kath is also responsible for the operational management of the Executive Master’s in Taxation (EMT), a further education programme for African tax officials. Prior to joining GIZ, she worked as an international tax expert for one of the “big four” accounting firms in Amsterdam and London and as an integrated expert for the Kosovorian tax administrations.
Junior Technical Advisor
Tobias joined the GFG in Africa programme as a Junior Technical Advisor in the work area Tax Reform in October 2015, collaborating with ATAF. He is an economist, possessing Masters Degrees from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany and University of Detroit, United States. Tobias is specialised in public finance (for instance tax incidences), labour economics, macroeconomics and econometrics. He previously worked for the German Treasury, German Parliament and Hypovereinsbank (UniCredit).
Senior Technical Advisor
Hugo Winters joined the GFG in Africa team at the end of 2015. Within the work area External Audit he cooperates with AFROSAI in implementing a project on Supreme Audit Institutions’ (SAIs) external communication. He is also in charge of an upcoming training program on Public Financial Management (PFM) in Sectors, again in partnership with AFROSAI. Apart from that he supports the programme’s work on IFFs and coordinates cross-cutting activities of network development. Hugo is a general economist with broad leadership experience in public finance and other areas of public management. Issues of budget reform, public accountability and political economy aspects of good governance are some topics he is especially interested in.
Tassilo holds a Master’s from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. His professional background includes experience in journalism and development cooperation. Having started with GIZ in 2008 in Mauritania, he was subsequently seconded as national expert to the European Commission to work on the linkage between taxation and development. He joined the GFG team as a Technical Advisor on External Audit in 2013 after working for the Corporate Development Department at the GIZ head office in Germany. Tassilo works closely with the African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI) and its language sub-groups.
Julia Bastian joined the programme in June 2014. Since February 2016 she works as a Technical Advisor on public audit in support of the AFROSAI General Secretariat in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Her main areas of intervention are the organisational development of AFROSAI and the support to female leadership in SAIs as well as to a cooperative audit on corruption as a driver of IFFs. She is a graduate of the 48th Postgraduate Course of the German Development Institute and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Development Policy. Before, she was a consultant for public finance management in Latin America at the GFA Consulting Group in Hamburg and worked as a short term consultant for the GIZ Decentralisation programme in Mozambique.
Yanis is an economist and financial expert who joined the GFG in Africa team in November 2015 as a Junior Technical Advisor. His main tasks involve leading the action field African Voice, contributing to a pan African discussion on GFG andIFFs. In addition, his position includes acting as liaison to the four Africa Regional Technical Assistance Centers (AFRITAC), as well as leading a Study and Expert Fund project in the area of capital control reform in South Africa. Yanis previously worked as an Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellow in Burundi’s Ministry of Finance for two years.
Kristina works for the GFG in Africa programme as a Technical Advisor in the Legislative Oversight work area. As a fully qualified lawyer she previously worked at the German National Parliament in the field of development cooperation. She did her Master’s in International Public Law in Cape Town at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa after completing her law studies in Berlin. The focus of her professional life has since been on African countries, which has fuelled her passion for travelling. Kristina works on many issues of GFG with parliaments all over Africa. She believes in supporting and strengthening their influence throughout the budget cycle as well as on tax revenue.
Junior Technical Advisor
Friedmut Abel became part of the GFG in Africa team in October 2015 as Junior Technical Advisor for public finances. He supports the programme management regarding quality assurance, commission management as well as monitoring and evaluation. He also works in the area of parliamentary financial control, supporting members of African parliaments and support staff in organising trainings and peer-exchange for Legislative Oversight. During his studies in Development Economics, International Business and Social Sciences, Friedmut worked as a course facilitator for volunteering programmes and as research analyst for a Berlin-based start-up company, followed by an internship with GIZ in Ghana.
Philipp joined the GFG in Africa programme in February 2015. Functioning as a Finance Manager he oversees the financial reporting to the European Union and German Ministry as well as general financial tasks. Before coming to Pretoria he worked for GIZ in Afghanistan as a financial foordinator for the German Public Sector Clients (GSPC) – portfolio Deutsche Öffentliche Auftraggeber (DÖAG) for 14 months. Prior to that, apart from working as a finance manager in the private sector, he went on missions for Doctors without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic.
Kabelo Ramalitse holds a Diploma in Management of Training. She worked for different GIZ projects before joining the GFG in Africa team as a Project Administrator in 2012. She is responsible for various financial processes including bookkeeping and procurement of services and goods.
Logistics and Communications Officer
Helga is responsible for the programme’s event management as well as the development and implementation of all external communication and public relations instruments and activities. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Communication Management from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Helga joined the team in January 2013.
Thérèse Ngo Bayamack holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Law from the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon. During her studies, she focused on public administration, finances and social law. Additionally, she holds a Transport Economy Certificate from Université Lumière in France. She has worked in various GIZ programmes since 2012 as Project Assistant and Gender Focal Point. In January 2015 Therese joined the GFG in Africa team as part-time Administrator based in the GIZ Cameroon office.