PTF e.V. is the European affiliate of Partnership for Transparency Fund based in Munich. It aims to promote the mission and goals it shares with PTF, mobilizing funds for projects and programs involving civil society organizations in developing and emerging countries that enhance service delivery, strengthen transparency, accountability and good governance.

PTF e.V., registered in the Munich (Germany) Registry Court in January 2014, is an independent German not-for-profit organization [“eingetragener Verein” (e.V) under German law], based in Munich. PTF e.V. is affiliated with PTF – a not-for-profit civil society organization established in 2000 and registered in the United States, with its headquarter in Washington DC.

In recent years, major PTF funders have included the development assistance agencies of the U.K. and Australia and the World Bank. PTF e.V. was founded because in order for PTF to solicit support from European institutions and partners, it would have to have a European „identity“, i.e. be registered as a not-for-profit association under the laws of one of the European countries.

How We Work

PTF e.V. is a volunteer organization (like PTF) whose aim is to assist CSOs in developing and emerging countries to design and implement their anti-corruption, rule of law, good governance and related projects and programs. In addition to funding and supporting the implementation of projects and programs by local CSOs in developing and emerging countries, which include among others the Western Balkans and the Eastern European Neighborhood countries (e.g. Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia), PTF e.V. draws on the lessons of its PTF’s past experiences to develop “knowledge” that assists civil society, research and public policy in the above mentioned areas.Find information about our most recent activities in our annual report. We are currently particularly interested in getting engaged in Moldova and Ukraine. For further information on PTF e.V. activities please contact Mr. Franz Kaps at fkaps@ptfund.org.

How We’re Governed

PTF e.V. has a volunteer Board of 3 Directors under the chairmanship of Franz Kaps, a former World Bank official and a German citizen resident in Munich. It currently has a membership of 24, consisting of former World Bank and other international institutions (such as OSCE) staff, international CSOs, former diplomats as well as private sector representatives. To learn more, please see our governing documents.

Franz Kaps

Franz Kaps retired from the World Bank in May 2007 as a Special Representative for Southeast Europe, co-manager of Joint European Commission-World Bank Office for Southeast Europe, and the…

Lars Jeurling

Lars Jeurling has been an adviser to the Partnership for Transparency Fund since 2004 working mostly on Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Lars worked for nearly 30…

Matthias Einmahl

Matthias Einmahl is currently teaching as a Professor for public procurement and civil law at the University for Public Administration for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Cologne. Before…

Mariette van Beek

Mariette van Beek joined PTF e.V. In 2014 as a procurement specialist.

Knud Kjaer Nielsen

Knud Kjaer Nielsen has been a member and senior adviser for PTF since its inception. He served in the Danish Foreign Ministry for almost 30 years as senior adviser…

Lars Jeurling

Lars Jeurling has been an adviser to the Partnership for Transparency Fund since 2004 working mostly on Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Lars worked for nearly 30…

Alexander Fink

Alexander Fink (MD, MPH) joined PTF e.V. in 2014. His interest is to improve health care access for poor people by providing better services, investing and implementing in prevention…

Carola Kaps

Carola Kaps, Diplom-Volkswirtin (holding a master’s degree in economics), is a former Economic Correspondent of the national German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) with assignments in the USA, West…

Christoph Kowalewski

Christoph Kowalewski is a freelancing anti-corruption consultant, working for international organisations like UNDP and GIZ. From 2010 – 2013 he worked in the Governance, Risk & Compliance-department of the…

Franz Kaps

Franz Kaps retired from the World Bank in May 2007 as a Special Representative for Southeast Europe, co-manager of Joint European Commission-World Bank Office for Southeast Europe, and the…

Franz Schorosch

Franz Schorosch joined the World Bank as a young professional in 1975. He worked in different parts of the organization and on different countries and continents and was posted…

Dr. Horst Feuerstein

Dr. Horst Feuerstein holds degrees in economics from the University of Kiel, Germany. He was a member of the World Bank, Washington D.C. and Director at the European Investment…

Jeff Lovitt

Jeff Lovitt is the founder and Chair of New Diplomacy, an association established in 2015 to address the policy challenges facing regional and global policymakers in the EU’s eastern…

Juanita Olaya

Juanita Olaya is a Lawyer with a PhD in International Law with Master degrees in Economics and Public Administration. She close to 20 years of work experience both at…

Karin Millett

Karin Millett retired as a Director of the World Bank in 2010. Since then she has undertaken consulting assignments for the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment and the Millennium…

Lukas Weitbrecht

Lukas Weitbrecht is a german lawyer from Hamburg specialised in social legislation,labour-law and industrial law. He is working in this position since 1984. Lukas is interested in Economics of…

Margret Thalwitz

Margret Thalwitz is an economist with a long history in development. A graduate of the German Development Institute she spent most of her professional career at the World Bank…

Marie-Carin von Gumppenberg

Marie-Carin von Gumppenberg is a Council of Europe elections expert. She holds a PhD in political sciences and is a certified compliance officer. She has worked for 10 years for…

Uta Giebel

Uta Giebel is a consultant and trainer at Como Consult in Hamburg, where she is also associate partner. She works for public institutions and NGOs within international cooperation projects in such countries…

Michael Wiehen

Michael Wiehen is a Founding Member of PTF e.V. and an early member of Transparency International (TI). He served as Member of the Board of TI, he set up…

Dr. Nico J. Nissen

Dr. Nico J. Nissen joined PTF e.V. In 2014. As technical advisor at the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) he worked in Washington, Kenya, Poland and Vietnam. He retired from…

Martin Müller

Martin Müller is a student of Political Science and Sociology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
After first experiences in development cooperation in Bangladesh he currently works as a research…

Matthias Einmahl

Matthias Einmahl is currently teaching as a Professor for public procurement and civil law at the University for Public Administration for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Cologne. Before…

Mariette van Beek

Mariette van Beek joined PTF e.V. In 2014 as a procurement specialist.

Marianna Posfai

Marianna Posfai is currently working as a Senior Expert in land administration for NIRAS International Consulting. Prior to her actual position she has worked as Managing Director for the…

Dr. Lotte Beck

Dr. Lotte Beck is a senior consultant in the Forensic department of the accounting company KPMG. As a fraud examiner she investigated a wide range of corruption schemes and…

Donal O’Leary

Donal has over forty years experience working in infrastructure (primarily in the energy and water sectors), with a major focus on procurement. He has worked in approximately 40 countries…

Maxie-Lina Mehling

Maxie-Lina Mehling currently works as Compliance Manager at Zalando SE, one of the most successful e-commerce businesses in Europe, where she is responsible for the implementation of a Compliance…

Jenny Kießling

Jenny Kießling is a consultant in the department Cyber Risk Services of the accounting company Deloitte, where she advises companies regarding their security governance in the field of cyber…

Olesea Stamate

Olesea Stamate is devoted to increasing government’s accountability and transparency. She is a co-founder and President of a national NGO called Association for Efficient and Responsible Governance. Her expertise…

Philipp Jahn

Philipp C. Jahn is a German qualified lawyer and organizational development specialist with more than 8 years’ experience in the public sector, both as project manager and policy adviser….

Janina Berg

Janina Berg joined PTF e.V. in 2016. She is an independent good governance, anti-corruption and rule of law consultant at Ascent-EU, working for non-governmental and international organisations,…

Some of PTF e.V.'s founding members (left to right): Carola Kaps, Michael Wiehen, Dr. Marie-Carin von Gumppenberg, Christoph Kowalewski, Silvia Eckart, and Franz Kaps.