Maarten Susan came to Africa in 2008 to start-up Banco Terra in Mozambique, a new bank with majority
ownership by the Rabobank Group of the Netherlands. He managed the bank from inception until the
point of obtaining the statutory licenses and opening 8 branches throughout the country. Subsequently he was appointed programme manager of the FMB Fast Account programme in Malawi under an IFC sponsored SME support initiative.
In 2012 Maarten was appointed Programme Manager for another IFC programme targeting SME banking comprising the East African entities of Bank of Africa in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi. This programme was executed by Financial Access of the Netherlands.
In 2014 Financial Access asked him to lead the USD 6 mln Finance 4 Agriculture [F4A] Public Private Partnership which the firm had developed together with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kenya. The objective of F4A was to stimulate Agricultural lending by financial institutions. Based on the success of the programme, a parallel PPP was set up with the Netherlands embassy in Uganda under the name AgriFinancing (U), which Maarten managed as well.
He is currently the founding director of FACTS (Financial Access Commerce and Trade Services), a commercial Supply Chain Finance company which has offices in Kenya and Uganda currently and whose focus is on supporting SMEs with working capital solutions.