Vincent Wierda is currently taking the role of UNCDF Regional Coordinator for Asia. He has joined as Programme Manager of CleanStart in 2013. He believes strongly in market-based solutions in development, including for energy access, but also in the role of public finance to address market gaps and failures. Vincent has long worked in the field of financial inclusion, starting in 1998 in Ethiopia, and with extensive subsequent experience in both Asia and Africa. He has additional experience in SME promotion, business development, agricultural value chains and rural development. In addition UNCDF, he has worked with the Belgian Development Agency (BTC), Oxfam America, UNDP, UNIDO and at the School or Oriental and African Studies. Vincent has an MSc in Economics from the University of London.