Ms. Köhn is an independent professional with broad experience in development finance and financial sector development. She holds MScs in Economics and Political Science and completed postgraduate studies at the German Development Institute.
She joined KfW Development Bank in 1985 as a Young Professional. From 1989 to 1991 Ms. Köhn directed a rural development project in Costa Rica. In 1998 she moved to the World Bank as Sector Director for Rural Development and the Environment in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2001 she returned to KfW to become Director for Europe and the Caucasus, serving simultaneously as Global Network Head for Financial and Private Sector Development. In this position she actively promoted financial sector development with a special emphasis on microfinance.
In 2006 Ms. Köhn was promoted to Director General at KfW first responsible for Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (2006-2009) and subsequently for Africa and the Middle East (2010-2014). She retired from KfW end of 2014 and currently serves on the Supervisory Boards of Access Holding and of AATIF (Africa Agriculture Trade and Investment Fund).
As of September 2022, Ms. Köhn serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors.