Mrs. Dirkes is Vice President and Director International Advisory Services of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Established in 1957 as German Bank Training Institute, the School has today one of the largest faculties for both business administration and financial research in Germany.

As Member of the Management Committee, Mrs. Dirkes is involved in the School’s executive decision-making process and is charged with developing the School, defining strategic objectives, risk management and ensuring the institution is moving towards fulfilling its goals and mission. Since the early 1990s, the Schools unit, International Advisory Services has been committed to providing consultancy, training and policy services globally. On behalf of various government agencies and development finance institutions (e.g. EU, EIB, EBRD, KFW, IFC/World Bank), International Advisory Services carries out financial sector development projects across the world.  By being responsible for the School International Executive Education Portfolio, Mrs. Dirkes has played a leading role in developing Frankfurt School’s blended and online learning portfolio.

Ms. Dirkes has also played a leading role in developing a number of large advisory projects and Rural and Agricultural Finance lending programs established by Frankfurt School. Among other projects, she worked as the Responsible Project Director of numerous successfully implemented Financial Sector projects for example the “EBRD – Turkey Agribusiness SME Financing Facility” and the “EBRD – Tajik Agricultural Finance Framework”. With her long-term experience she has excellent knowledge in designing and implementing innovative agricultural finance projects with a professional track-record of over 10 years.

Mrs. Dirkes is since January 2020 President and since 2017, Member of the Executive Committee of the Brussels based European Banking & Financial Services Training Association (EBTN). EBTN is the united voice of providers of vocational education and training in the financial industry and an international network of banking institutes. EBTN is open to organizations of various nationalities and has currently 43 Members.

Before joining Frankfurt School in 2003, Mrs. Dirkes has worked as Consultant and Auditor for Financial Institutions for Price Waterhouse Coopers and KPMG. Mrs. Dirkes holds a university degree in Business Administration and is fluent in German, Turkish and English.

Topic: Broad perspective of agriculture finance and challenges faced by women entrepreneurs at the management of risks and costs along the loan cycle