Olaf Zymelka joined KfW in 2001 and has held several positions with KfW Entwicklungsbank.
Since early 2017 he has been the Director for Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia. He is responsible for KfW’s development and promotional activities in this region; managing and overseeing financial cooperation programs and projects in the sectors energy and energy efficiency, financial sector development, municipal infrastructure, environment protection, and health sector development.
Prior to his current position, he was Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2014-17) and Deputy Director for the MENA Region (2013-14). From 2004 to 2012 he was engaged in several positions for Western Balkans, Turkey, and Eastern Europe. He led KfW’s energy team (2009-13), was senior sector economist for financial sector development (2007-09), and headed the KfW Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2004-07). In parallel, Olaf Zymelka held a number of Board positions in microfinance funds, microfinance banks, and in a deposit insurance agency.
Olaf Zymelka has strong expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energy as well as financial sector development. He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt.