Matthias Adler talks about microfinance and how the economy serves peoples’ needs, not the other way round. He holds a master’s degree in economics (University of Tübingen). After working with the German Foreign Ministry in various embassies in developing countries for six years, he works at KfW Entwicklungsbank as principal financial sector economist and microfinance specialist. Since 2007, he has been working particularlx on the cross-cutting issue of “responsible finance”. M. Adler is involved in global microfinance investment funds. Since August 2009, he has served as a member of the Executive Committee of CGAP a worldwide microfinance platform. Most recently, he has been actively involved in designing new financial instruments such as education finance.