Zeidler - Economist - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Marielle Zeidler

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa



  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

Work History

Director and Senior Consultant

MZ Nyeleti Consulting

From January 2013

Senior Project manager

IECN Nambia for the Botswana Government

From September 2013

for the development of the Botswana Climate Change Policy, Startegy and Action Plan, IECN Nambia for the Botswana Government financed by COMESA and UNDP.

South Africa, Malawi and Swaziland, Team member

regulatory and legal framework, Genesis - Analytics

October 2013 - December 2013

October 2013 - December 2013
Understanding Financial Cooperatives: South Africa, Malawi and Swaziland, Team member with focus on the regulatory and legal framework, Genesis - Analytics, Hyde Park, South Africa financed by Finmark Trust.

July 2013 (pending)
Team Member of a group conducting a feasibility study on the introduction of a savings product for the current credit only Micropfinance NGO The Small Enterprise Foundation in Tzaneen/South Africa.

Bank of Zambia

June 2013 - August 2013

for lending products of bank, non-fincial and MFIs. FSD Africa.

May 2013 Conduct a Due Diligence for a Mozambican Microfinance Bank for ACCION International on the operational side including Internal Control and Audit, Finance, Administration, Branch Management, organizational strucutre.

Tender for "Consulting Services

From December 2012

Preparation and Award of the public Tender for "Consulting Services for Conception and Design of communication Material on sustainable Natural Resource Management" for the Department of the Promotion of Rural Development (Ministry of Statre Administration-Mozambique) in cooperation with the World Bank. Implementation pending due to budget constarints


IFAD/CGAP and Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), The Gambia

From May 2006

Consultancy to develop a performance based monitoring an evaluation system for The Gambia's microfinance institutions and the Central Bank, identify the training needs of stakeholders to report accordingly and develop a capacity building plan. Fieldwork and report completed.

International Resident Advisor Angola

ACCION International

June 2005 - March 2006

June 2005 - March 2006
Consultancy for the implementation of the microfinance component of the Angolan Enterprise Programme, a public private joint venture between UNDP/Chevron Texaco and the Angolan Government (PPP), and the provision of technical assistance to the Central Bank, one commercial bank and one NGO in transformation.


Development Workshop Angola

February 2005 - June 2005

February 2005 - June 2005
Lead consultant for the survey of the transformation of the informal small and microenterprise sector in two Provinces of Angola (Sample size 1,000). Duties included: to design of the sample structure, methodology, framework; to development and pre-test the quantitative and qualitative research tools; to supervise fieldwork; to train the research team of twenty; to oversee data input and analysis of the SPSS database and to write the final report.


Microfinance Information Exchange

February 2004 - January 2005

Consultancy with Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest and the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) to conduct an African Data study stretching over a year. Countries to be covered: Malawi, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Swaziland and South Africa.


World Vision's Rural Credit Project, Brazil

April 2002 - June 2003

Consultancy Assignment stretched over a period of 14 months for World Vision's Rural Credit Project in Brazil commissioned by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) and DAI. Main areas: Conducting an institutional assessment in qualitative and quantitative terms, based on these finding and recommendations to develop an action plan involving key staff, development of didactic material for providers of rural financial services and compiling a Rural Finance Manual for the Brazilian Microfinance Sector.

Microfinance Sector Coordinator

CARE USA in Mozambique

March 2000 - May 2001

Microfinance Sector Coordinator: CARE USA in Mozambique. Overall responsibilities for the Management, Design and Evaluation of CARE's Microfinance Portfolio in Mozambique consisting of four main projects (a commercial oriented peri-urban microfinance project, a rural lending programme, a savings mobilisation intervention and a national networking project). Main areas: Development of a sector strategy, project identification, proposal writing, oversee projects throughout the project cycle, analysis and evaluation, donor liaison, coordinating Mozambique's informal working group on microfinance, networking, identification and coordination of consultants.

Project Manager

CRESCE/CARE USA in Mozambique

February 1998 - February 2000

Project Manager CRESCE/CARE USA in Mozambique/ DFID financed: Setting up a Sustainable
Microfinance Institution in central Mozambique from the scratch including Market Research, Programme and Product Design, Set - up of operational processes and procedures, Training and Capacity Building, MIS, Institutionalisation and identification of an appropriate governance structure and investors.

Office Manager


February 1997 - January 1998

South Africa.

Development of Data Base

Membership Survey

February 1997 - March 1997

Johannesburg, South Africa.


Summer Desertification Project IV

November 1996 - January 1997

The Rural Economy, Rural Finance and
Natural Resource Management in two different northern Namibian Areas. The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia


The Rural Finance Facility

February 1995 - October 1996

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and Acting Regional Manager (Mpumalanga Province February 1995 - October 1995). The Rural Finance Facility, South Africa.


Rural Finance Facility

From January 1995

Design a fund raising proposal to support the institution
building process of RFF to be in the medium term a sustainable, economic viable financial institution to service the low-income rural population of South Africa with micro and housing loans.

Graduate Student and Research Assistant

Ohio State University / Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

From March 1994

in the International Finance Group. Academic advisor: PROFS. D Adams, R Meyer, D. Graham and C. Gonzalez - Vega. Field of Specialisation: Financial System Development in Developing Countries, Rural Finance. Graduation March 1994: Master of Science (Agricultural Economics).

Management Trainee Programme

German Confederation of Co

July 1994 - September 1994

Operatives in one of it's
Community and Raiffeisen Banks: ' Wetterauer Volksbank'. Germany.

Research Assistant

Department of Agriculture

January 1993 - March 1994


Friedrich Ebert Foundation

June 1993 - September 1993

working with the Task group on Small Enterprise
Development on Policy Guidelines for the Promotion of the Micro and Small Enterprise Sector through Financial Services in South Africa. Contribution to the White Paper on SMME's,
Johannesburg, South Africa.

Planning Specialist

German Agency of Technical Cooperation GmbH

October 1992 - December 1992

(GTZ). Section: (Rural) Finance and Financial System Development, Eschborn. Germany.

Research Intern

German Agency for Technical Cooperation GmbH

June 1992 - September 1992

(GTZ). Section: (Rural) Finance and Financial System Development. Eschborn, Germany.

Research Intern

Grameen Bank Bangladesh

August 1991 - November 1991

Head Office and Training center Dhaka, as well as various branches.

Loan Officer

Commercial Bank of Namibia Ltd

May 1990 - June 1991

Loan Officer and Development Project Specialist: Commercial Bank of Namibia Ltd., Department; Risk Management / Development Finance.

VIII. Additional Consultant Experience

Field Research

June 1988 - October 1988

at the Vocational Training Centre Belvedere / Harare / Zimbabwe for the German
Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

Trainee as Journalist

Garment Sector' Fachverlag

January 1986 - March 1986

with the Specialist Journal 'Economics of the Garment Sector' Fachverlag
Frankfurt, Germany.

Team Leader

MZ Nyeleti provides consulting services

The start-up company was founded on February 19th, 2010 in Maputo Mozambique and has a South African sister company trading under the same name. The objective of the firm is to contribute towards Mozambique's balanced growth especially, but not only, through the development of an inclusive financial sector including urban and rural areas. MZ Nyeleti provides consulting services in the area of financial sector and rural development and general services of project and fund management, as well as community level participatory assessments and consultations. It is envisaged to particularly give young Mozambican professionals and talent opportunity to work with MZ Nyeleti.

GTZ/GFA Consulting Group, FSTAP: Access to Finance, Mozambique: Team Leader January 2007 - December 2012
The project was part of the Financial Sector Technical Assistance Programme (FSTAP), supported by the WB, ADB, Sida and DFID. GIZ jointly with KfW, implemented component 5 of the FSTAP (Access to Finance). The two main task areas were: (i) the support of the Microfinance sector by facilitating the demand driven creation and evolution of a sustainable MFI Network and (ii) the provision of tailor made support to the Central Bank in the area of regulation and supervision of microfinance.

Qualifications & Certifications

Agricultural Economics

Ohio State University


Fachhochschule Frankfurt

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