Alfred Hannig, Executive Director

Alfred Hannig, Executive Director at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, headshot

“In our world, diversity is an asset.”

Dr. Alfred Hannig at the 2017 AFI Global Policy Forum


Dr. Alfred Hannig is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), a global network of policymaking and regulatory institutions from more than 90 countries, dedicated to providing the world’s unbanked safe access to the formal financial system through smart policy initiatives.

Growing the AFI network

Dr. Hannig is a member of the AFI Board of Directors and heads the AFI Management Unit. He continues to take an active role in championing the AFI network concept and promoting the essential role of financial inclusion policy for the health of both the unbanked and the global economic system.

As Executive Director, Dr. Hannig has overseen the growth of AFI from an organization with a few enthusiastic members into a global network of over 110 institutions.

Before officially launching AFI in 2008, Dr. Hannig spent three years leading the design and development of AFI’s unique institutional peer to peer knowledge network concept, aimed at scaling up financial inclusion policy and regulatory solutions that have proven successful in developing and emerging countries.

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Prior to AFI

Prior to his work with AFI, Dr. Hannig served in leading management, policy advisory, training and research focused positions around the world including assignments with: Bank Indonesia, Bank of Uganda, Superintendencia de Bancos in Bolivia; Head of the Financial Systems Development Unit at German Technical Cooperation, and with the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development while also serving as the Federal Republic of Germany’s representative for the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP).

Academic expertise

Dr. Hannig holds a Ph.D. on financial sector reform from Freie Universität Berlin. He has authored several publications focused on financial inclusion policy, regulatory issues and microfinance.

Related: Watch interviews with Dr. Alfred Hannig over the years.