Jan Martin Witte, Head of Division, Infrastructure Southern Africa, KfW

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Jan Martin Witte leads the Division Infrastructure in Southern Africa of KfW Entwicklungsbank. As such, he is responsible for the management of KfW’s energy, water and transport portfolio in Southern Africa, with a strong focus on South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia as well as regional facilities and funds. The team’s ongoing portfolio covers 80+ projects worth more than EUR 800 million, including investments in renewable energy power generation, water and sanitation infrastructure, railroad rehabilitation as well road construction.

Before joining KfW in 2009, Jan Martin was co-founder and Associate Director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, Germany. He still serves as a non-resident fellow for GPPi, as well as a non-resident fellow for the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) of Johns Hopkins University.

Jan Martin has published widely on issues of energy policy, international development, UN reform, global governance, and transatlantic relations, most recently “Global Energy Governance: The New Rules of the Game” (Washington, DC: Brookings Press, 2010), “50 Jahre OPEC: Kartell zwischen Macht und Ohnmacht” (Munich: Hanser Verlag, 2010); and “Transforming Development? The Role of Philanthropic Foundations in International Development” (Berlin: GPPi 2008).

Jan Martin holds a PhD and MA in international relations and international economics from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.

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