Diana Smallridge, President and CEO
Diana Smallridge is an expert in the area of Export Credit Agencies, EXIM Banks and Development Banks. She has extensive knowledge of export credit and development finance systems around the world, as well as a special focus on strategic planning, performance measurement, and governance issues relating to public-policy based financial institutions. Since 2001, Ms. Smallridge has been the Conference Chairman for the Annual Global Convention on Insuring Export Credit and Political Risk, held in London, UK. She has won recognition as a pioneering thinker in export finance and is a sought-after speaker and advisor on the role of government in the export credit and development finance areas. Prior to establishing the company, she worked with EDC in Canada for 12 years
Jennifer Loewen, Director
Jennifer Loewen is a business professional with international experience in public and private sector institutions in the area of trade promotion and development. She has worked for and advised multilateral credit and investment risk insurers, national development banks and institutions, national export credit agencies, federal Ministries and regional governments as well as private sector companies and banks. Her expertise includes policy analysis, product and process design as well as strategy development. Jennifer worked several years for the official export credit guarantee scheme of Germany gaining profound knowledge of export finance transactions and spent several years on the African continent as a technical advisor for the German Development Cooperation. Furthermore, she has experience in risk management and underwriting from German development banks. She is well versed in managing complex stakeholder relations in an international environment and developing innovative solutions for public and private organizations.
Greg Eidsness, Director
Greg Eidsness is an international business development specialist with over a decade of experience in the public and private sector. Prior to joining IFCL, Greg served as Director of International Market Development at Trade & Invest British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. A leader in the field of trade and investment facilitation, Greg designed and implemented British Columbia’s market expansion strategy in Southeast Asia and the Americas. Prior to joining government, Greg worked for Time Warner Inc. in Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore. Greg has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, a Graduate Diploma in Negotiation from Simon Fraser University and is completing an Executive Master of Public Administration at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.
Jenni Henderson, Consultant
Jenni Henderson joined International Financial Consulting Ltd. in April 2015 and since then has supported project execution and business development. She has research and consulting experience in the areas of strategic planning, development impact/results measurement, institutional benchmarking and capacity building, as well as risk management. Jenni has also contributed to assignments across different themes and disciplines, such as: climate change, gender mainstreaming, and trade finance. She is also a competent public speaker, and has led strategy workshops for development finance institutions in a variety of countries. Jenni has lived and worked around the world and holds citizenship for the UK, New Zealand, and Canada. Before joining IFCL, she worked in Australia for a consulting firm specializing in risk management and national security.
Margaret Sider, Consultant
Margaret Sider has been working with International Financial Consulting Ltd. since 2008 in various capacities. She joined the firm in October 2016 on a full-time basis, responsible for business development activities, as well as project execution in areas of impact assessment, performance management and benchmarking studies, relating to best practices for development institutions. Prior to this she worked in a number of countries, including Guatemala, Laos, Malawi, and South Africa, with development agencies. Ms. Sider has worked with a broad base of development institutions as well as environmental organizations on projects relating to sustainability, climate change and natural resource management. She speaks Spanish and English, and has a working proficiency of Thai, Lao, Bahasa Indonesia, Afrikaans, and Chichewa.
Dennisia Francisco, Project Manager
Dennisia Francisco joined International Financial Consulting Ltd. in May 2018. Dennisia is an accomplished, skilled, decisive, and knowledgeable professional, who, over the past 18 years, has done work that has spanned the areas of diplomacy, management, communication, leadership, protected areas, and fiduciary management. Prior to joining IFCL, Dennisia worked briefly at Belize’s private sector umbrella organization, and served as Executive Director of Belize’s national Trust for protected areas where she had oversight responsibility for the management of both World Bank and locally financed projects that directly impact Belize’s protected areas. Dennisia also served as a policy and technical officer in the area of foreign policy at the national and regional levels with Belize’s ministry responsible for foreign affairs and with the Caribbean Community Secretariat respectively for a combined period that spans a decade. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Australian Institute of Business and a Master of Arts (MA) degree in International Relations from the University of Kent, Canterbury’s campus in Brussels, Belguim.
Patricia Cameron, Project Coordinator
Patricia Cameron is responsible for all administrative functions (including scheduling travel, arranging conferences, document management and facilitation of staff needs). She offers a wealth of experience from her past position of providing administrative support and graphic design expertise for over twelve years to a fifteen member team while working at a Crown Corporation in Ottawa. She also contributes her experience in project management and data management in creating an efficient internal workflow. Ms. Cameron attended International Commerce at the University of Bordeaux III (France) where she discovered her passion in Graphic Design work. She is fluent in both English and French and has an excellent understanding of the Spanish language.
Bob Hughes, Financial Controller
Bob Hughes is responsible for all accounting and financial management functions. He joined the team at International Financial Consulting Ltd. in 2009. He has over 20 years’ experience providing domestic and international financial management solutions in a wide variety of corporate settings, including complex multi-company environments and in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia where he studied Accounting and Urban Land Economics.
Glen Hodgson, International economist and consultant
Glen Hodgson has 36 years of experience in global and Canadian macro-economics, international trade analysis and finance, fiscal and tax policy, and other “big picture” topics.
Glen’s career has spanned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., the federal Department of Finance, Export Development Canada (EDC), and the Conference Board of Canada, where he was Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for twelve years. He recently joined International Financial Consulting Ltd. as a Senior Associate, and the C.D. Howe Institute as a Senior Fellow. He has travelled the world and Canada as an economic analyst and public speaker, financial negotiator, and advisor to governments, businesses and international organizations.
Topics of expertise and interest include: global, U.S., and Canadian economic performance; globalization, trade and disruption; international trade analysis and risk management; managing catastrophic risk; the emerging low-carbon economy; fiscal and tax policy; and the business economics of sports.
Glen has co-authored two books and over 375 reports, briefings and articles, with a regular commentary in the Globe and Mail. He has delivered many presentations to audiences of all types and sizes, and done numerous media interviews via print, TV, radio and social media.
Dr. Andreas Klasen, Professor of International Business at Offenburg University
Andreas Klasen is full Professor of International Business at Offenburg University teaching courses on global economy, international financial management and qualitative methods. His research focuses on trade, economic development and business ethics. He is also Senior Honorary Fellow in the Global Policy Institute at Durham University, Visiting Fellow at Newcastle Business School, and a Member of the National Committee of ICC Germany.
He advises multilateral development banks, governments and international corporates on strategy, finance, trade and innovation, in particular in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For example, he advised the Asian Development Bank as well as the European Investment Bank, and is supporting governments in Europe and the Middle East on the implementation, benchmarking and enhancement of innovation and trade instruments. He has long lasting experience in WTO disputes.
Until 2015, he was Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Germany and PwC’s Economics & Policy leader, serving as Managing Director of the official German export credit and investment guarantee agency. Before joining PwC, he was Head of Guarantees and Export Finance with EADS (Airbus Group). Until 2014, Professor Klasen served as the Vice President of the Berne Union.
Andreas Klasen was educated at the University of Wuerzburg and the University of Hanover (Law), at Northumbria University (Business and Law) and the University of St Andrews (Theology)
Marta Becker, Director, Strategy and Development Impact
Marta Becker is an international strategist with a passion for bringing excellence, innovation and integrity to a wide variety of social and economic development agendas that leverage the creative use of capital. Specific expertise includes international development and community finance, strategic philanthropy, international project & structured finance, and related results management systems. With 20+ years experience navigating complex, multi- stakeholder environments engaging the private sector and government from local to supranational levels, Marta has successfully spearheaded a variety of strategic initiatives at the Executive and Director levels in addition to her consulting practice. She has worked around the world serving highly innovative non-profit change-makers including RSF Social Finance and Coast Opportunity Funds, corporate leaders such as Enclude Solutions and Motorola Inc., and national and multi-lateral government organizations including Export Development Canada and the World Bank. Marta holds an International MBA from the American School of Global Management (Thunderbird) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of Manitoba.
Werner Claes, Director, Banking and Risk
Werner Claes is an expert in all fields of risk management. As a former Director of International Risk at Fortis, he has managed a Risk Department which encompassed all métiers of trade finance: sovereign risk, banking risk, trade & commodity finance, structured trade finance and international project finance (analysis and decision making, reporting, monitoring, documentation, work out and recovery). As Head of International Credit, he acquired extensive experience in the domains of process organization, risk policy, systems conception and implementation both in emerging markets (Poland, Ukraine, Turkey) and in the more developed banking world (North America, Western Europe), covering in total 15 regional credit risk structures. As Head of Central Risk Management, he was very closely associated to the validation of all regulatory and economic capital models. He is fluent in 14 languages.
Michael Collins, Director, Risk and Governance
Michael Collins is an experienced banking professional with more than 20 years in banking and investment banking. He has led global regulatory and compliance programmes in developed and developing countries and has demonstrated leadership skills in all areas of banking, including Risk Management (Credit, Market, Operational, Emerging), Governance and Control functions (Finance, Compliance, Regulatory, Technology) and Operations, including roles as Deputy Head and COO of TD Securities, TD Bank Group in New York, as well as senior roles with TD Securities and TD Bank in London and Toronto. He has extensive experience in resiliency and international capital regimes, including first-hand experience with the Basel Accords, quantitative analytics, capital adequacy, stress testing, and resolution planning. As Senior Director, Development Banking at IFCL, Mr. Collins provides project leadership and technical support in every area of institutional development. He also serves as the Chair and Non-Executive Board Director at Vision Fund International (Serbia and Montenegro), a top ranked microfinance institution (Forbes, 2015), and is currently advising in the field of development impact bonds in order to raise capital for education programmes in Africa and health initiatives in Central America.
Martin Kügemann, Senior Associate, Financial Modelling
Martin Kügemann, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, is an expert in financial analysis and modeling with long-time professional experience in cash-flow modeling especially for international project finance structures. Since 2013 he has been working as independent modeler for a diverse customer base including banks, investment funds as well as consulting and private equity firms. His cooperation with International Financial Consulting Ltd started in 2014. He is based in Munich, Germany. Before starting his career as an independent cash flow modeler, Martin worked in project finance at UniCredit Bank AG, where he managed a portfolio of project finance and pre-export finance structures. His duties comprised structuring and developing comprehensive financial models and thoroughly vetting financial models submitted by sponsors. Martin gained experience in the development sector when interning at the African Development Bank and Inter-American Development Bank. He also worked in Bolivia for a couple of months and is fluent in Spanish and English. His native language is German. Martin studied economics at the University of Constance, Germany, and holds a Master’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Navarra, Spain. He is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the United Nations University in Maastricht conducting research on the economic prospects of second generation biofuels.