Governance & Leadership


Hedwig Siewertsen

Head of Inclusive Finance

Hedwig Siewertsen, a national of the Netherlands, is Head of Inclusive Finance with AGRA, responsible for implementing and driving AGRA’s inclusive finance strategy. The Inclusive Finance team supports the Agricultural Transformation by making sure that appropriate and affordable financial services are available to enable agricultural entrepreneurs and farmers to realize their growth. Previously she was AGRA’s Team leader for the ‘Financial Inclusion for Smallholder Farmers in Africa Program’, a Mastercard Foundation funded program that supports the development and delivery of (digital) financial services for farmers in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. Before joining AGRA, she was CEO of a USD 100 million single-family office impact fund, investing in SMEs in the East African region and Deputy Director of a consulting firm specialized in financial services delivery for SMEs in emerging markets. She has worked across 25 African countries, has a Bsc. in Tropical Agriculture and a Masters’ degree in Development Economics from the Erasmus University in the Netherlands. She is fluent in English and French.

Blog Posts

Agribusinesses and African Smallholders Seize $1 Trillion Food Market as Meals Replace Minerals to Restart African Economic Growth, New Report

 Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The power of entrepreneurs and the free market is driving Africa’s economic growth from food production, as business wakes up to opportunities of a rapidly growing food market in Africa, that may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030 to substitute imports with high value food

Major Deals to Accelerate Africa’s Path to Prosperity through Agriculture Agreed at World’s Foremost Gathering of African Agriculture Leaders

Close to US$6.5 billion worth of investments in palm oil, pulses, potato and rice, mainly in West Africa, over the next eight years, were made and the new US$280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) launched Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Friday 8 September 2017 – Africa’s economic growth prospects received a major boost this

New US $280 Million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa Launched

Four prominent organizations supporting African agriculture join forces in innovative strategic partnership to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households in at least 11 African countries by 2021. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) was launched today at the


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Hedwig Siewertsen

Head of Inclusive Finance

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