About Us

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Founded in 2012 as a forum for lenders to share learning, CSAF now includes 17 members and affiliates committed to market growth and impact.

CSAF Members

CSAF members convene to share learning, develop industry standards and best practices, and engage other stakeholders to address barriers to market growth and impact.

Members

Global Members

Regional Members

Affiliates

Global Affiliates

Regional Affiliates

CSAF Partners

Field Building Partners

Field Building Partners are like-minded institutions that support CSAF’s work in building a responsible financial market for agricultural SMEs.

Institutional Host

GDI is the institutional host for CSAF. GDI is a leading incubator focused on building and scaling the next generation of development impact solutions in frontier markets. GDI provides strategic guidance, staffing, and other support services.

CSAF Leadership

As a network of lending practitioners, CSAF is led by its member institutions. Members elect a Global Steering Committee and manage working groups on topics such as impact and responsible lending principles with the support of a core team.

Most CSAF members also have regional representatives who participate in regional chapters that are led by Regional Steering Committees. CSAF currently has active regional chapters in Central America, East Africa, and South America with chapters in West Africa and Asia set to open in the future.

Global Steering Committee

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Brian Milder

Co-founder & Senior Advisor
CSAF

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Jean-Marc Debricon

General Manager
Alterfin

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Nathalia Rodriguez Vega

Senior Vice President, Credit
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Robbie Witkop

Senior Director, Global Lending & Innovation
Root Capital

Regional Steering Commitee

East Africa

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Michael Musau

Investment Manager
Alterfin

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Geoffrey Musyoki

Investments Officer
Oikocredit

South America

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Maricarmen Gallo

Investment Officer
responsAbility Investments AG

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Martha Valera Wunder

Senior Loan Officer
Root Capital

West Africa

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Fredrick Bennani

Investment Manager - Agro & Food
Incofin IM

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Florian Ibrahim

Investment Associate
responsAbility Investments AG

CSAF Team

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Andrea Zinn, Director

Andrea has consulted on various donor projects focused in coffee and other agricultural value chains and dedicated to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers around the globe, including initiatives funded by IFAD, USAID, GIZ, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the International Trade Centre. Through her previous work with Oikocredit, a CSAF founding member, she focused on investments to high-impact agri-SMEs in sustainably-sourced value chains. In addition to her role with CSAF, Andrea leads the design of Aceli Americas, which aims to adapt the Aceli Africa model to Latin America.

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Brian Milder, Senior Advisor

Brian co-founded CSAF in 2012 and has been actively involved in its growth. He is also the CEO of Aceli Africa, a market incentive facility initiated by CSAF and now operated independently that unlocks finance for inclusive agriculture by CSAF members as well as commercial banks and other local lenders in East Africa. He previously served as the Chief Innovation Officer at Root Capital, where he led the impact and advisory teams and designed impact-linked finance mechanisms to expand lending for new borrowers and support tree crop replanting.

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Eda Dokle, Data & Learning Manager

Eda brings a wealth of expertise in data analysis and learning generation, with a focus on the agri-SME finance sector. Her extensive experience includes roles at the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion and MIX, where she provided valuable insights and advanced analytics across various financial inclusion projects. Eda's passion lies in leveraging research and data to drive innovation and empower decision-makers. With a master's degree in economics and finance from Charles University in Prague and a bachelor's degree from the American University in Bulgaria, she combines academic rigor with practical expertise to make meaningful contributions to the field.

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Liz Cottle, Senior Associate

Liz led a microfinance project in Malawi in 2017, resulting in the generation of sustainable income for local women. She went on to engage strategic partnerships at Peace Corps Headquarters where she supported the renewal of multiple agreements and partnership formations. Liz has also enhanced economic opportunity by leading skills development trainings and conducting research on US social welfare policy at the Work First Foundation.

Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a member or affiliate and believe your organization meets the requirements, please contact us using the form.

CSAF also welcomes outreach from prospective partners and researchers, but please note that we have limited capacity to respond to all inquiries.