After concluding his degree in Agricultural Engineering, at the University of Évora in Portugal in 2005, Aladino Jasse dedicated several years to agricultural and smallholder commercialization projects in Southern Africa, where he worked in commercial companies and developing aid programmes. Aladino managed a production unit of Mozambique Leaf Tobacco (MTLC), in Central-Northern Mozambique, in an out-growers scheme based on concessional lending, where he accumulated valuable experience in business administration and quality management of production and processing. His passion for development has led him to coordinate a projects of agriculture and food security with NGO´s he had the opportunity to create and implement poverty alleviation programs for vulnerable populations of arid and semiarid regions of southern Mozambique. His work also included enterprise development and market expansion, focused on linking producers to markets. More recently, aladino has conducted detailed value chain assessments in different drought resistant crops and programs concept development for private financial clients. Aladino relies on his ability to provide technical assistance and strategic planning consulting services to the private and public sector supporting economic growth, driven by and benefiting small and medium sized business.
Abenaa has 20 years of experience in development consultancies for clients including KfW,GIZ, The World Bank, IFC and ADB with special focus on African Countries, but also including extensive work in the Balkans, Nepal, and Central America. Working as independent consultant and as a team member of the German consulting company LFS Financial Systems, Abenaa’s effort concentrated on developing financial sectors and increasing the outreach of financial services to the unbanked. Amongst others Abenaa managed a KfWProject focussing on downscaling commercial bank services to meet the needs of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Azerbaijan. In Mozambique, where Abenaa has been working and living since 2004, she was assigned with the task of leading the transition of a credit project to the commercial microfinance bank Socremo. Her management task included product development and marketing as well as human resource management. In the Province of Inhambane, Mozambique Abenaa was responsible for the implementation of the KfW Investment Fund for Rural Development (Fundo de Investimento para o Desenvolvimento Rural FINDER). She applied her skills in capacity building in financial management at provincial and district level and guided her team in supporting local administration in building social infrastructure. Her work experience in African countries and especially in Mozambique has led Abenaa to fund Perene aiming at delivering a lasting contribution to development. Abenaa has a master degree in Economics of the University of Göttingen, Germany and a post-graduate degree in development studies of the University of Berlin, Germany.