Kirk Mildner (Chairperson)

Mr. Kirk Mildner  (Ph.D.)  has a  long  track  record  in  infrastructure  finance  and  financial sector development. Since August 2014 he heads the urban  infrastructure and  transport division  in KfW’s Southeast Europe and Turkey department. He is responsible for a diverse portfolio of water, wastewater, solid waste, urban renewal and resilience as well as transport projects in 9 countries with a total volume of more than €2 billion.

From 2009 until 2014 he was Director of KfW Office in Beijing focusing on financing wastewater, waste incineration, district heating and transport projects. Before moving to China  he  worked as  Principal  Country  Manager  for  the  Western  Balkans  and Principal Economist for Emerging Europe. From 1996-2004 he was on assignment to the German Foreign Office, serving as Counsellor in the German Embassies in Moscow, Minsk and Kiev.

Mr. Mildner studied Economics, Politics and East-European Studies in Berlin, St. Petersburg, Zagreb and St. Andrews, has widely published on transition economics and East European affairs and is a fluent Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian speaker. He has helped to set up and held various board positions in microfinance  institutions such as the German-Ukrainian Fund, VTB Longang Bank (Shenzhen) and MicroCred China.

Jean-Patrick Marquet (Director)

Mr. Marquet is the director of the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure department of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), based in London, UK. The department comprises some 50 bankers and specialists of municipal utilities covering water, wastewater, waste management, urban transport and district heating projects and covers Central and Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, Ukraine, Turkey and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries. Over the last 20 years, the municipal department of the EBRD has invested some €5 billion across 300 projects in the region.

Before his appointment as head of the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure department in 2008, Mr. Marquet had been a Senior Banker in EBRD’s Natural Resources department covering oil & gas and mining projects since 2001. Previously, he was a project finance specialist with Crédit Lyonnais in Paris and London.

Mr. Marquet’s academic background includes an MSc. in Management from HEC Paris School of Management and a Master of Laws from Paris-II (Panthéon-Assas) University.

Holger Muent (Director)

Mr. Holger Muent (Ph.D.)  is the director for Western Balkans of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He is heading EBRD operations in Serbia, Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia. There he is responsible for delivery of ca. EUR 1 billion of annual new business and managing a portfolio of more than EUR 5 billion and is managing a team of 55 staff. Before his appointment as head of the Western Balkans, Holger was a Senior Banker in the Business Group for Southern and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia at the EBRD. His duties included the execution of private sector transactions in the countries covered by his Business Group. At the beginning of his career at EBRD, Holger worked for the Office of the Chief Economist and the Group for Small Business.


Before joining the EBRD in 1999, Holger completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). A German national, Holger holds a degree in Business Administration,Economics & Engineering (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) of the University of Karlsruhe (Germany).