Lina Sinzinger​


Although my first contact with the CEFE methodology dates back to 2010 (when I was working on a GIZ project on Innovation and Technology Transfer for Latin America and the Caribbean), it took me ten years to become a team member of the CEFE family.

Experienced project management professional with 15 years of experience. Adept at managing high-profile projects, I’ve worked with governmental and non-governmental organisations such as BMZ, BMWK, AA, Agentur für Arbeit, EU, WB, chambers and associations.

With a track record of leadership, I am experienced in project management and implementation in the Global South through 14 years of project management and leadership in Latin America as well as African countries and Asia in private sector development (e.g. SME and start-up promotion, climate change adaptation for SMEs or support for resource efficiency in the water sector), culminating in my current role as Division Manager since 2021.

I have more than 12 years’ experience in capacity building formats, such as capacity building/training components for community operations and management on climate adaptation for SMEs and startups in India, Latin American countries as well as Pan Africa. Supporting network learning and capacity building through documentation of best practices e.g. in Latin American SMEs to integrate social responsibility for climate change, adaptation and mitigation in their business from Colombia, Argentina and Central American countries.

My commitment to excellence and strategic vision positions me as an asset to future projects and organisational success.

I bring strong financial management skills. My financial acumen is underpinned by over a decade of experience in the effective management of project budgets, managing projects with budgets in excess of €1.8 million. I am adept at optimising resources to maximise efficiency and deliver exceptional value.

Although equipped with an academic background in the humanities (Spanish, Portuguese and educational psychology and intercultural education), my main interest has always been in bringing together different stakeholders from different fields. I have spent most of my professional life working at the interface between development cooperation and the private sector. I love my work at CEFE International, but my heart beats for Latin America! Especially the small country of Uruguay, where I worked for a year and to which I returned again and again and again… It is time for another visit!
My favourite quote:

''The only way to do a great job is to love what you do'' - Steve Jobs

Why am I at CEFE International?

Because of the great team and interesting projects!

What am I doing when I'm not at work?

Spending time with my daughter or meeting some friends


If I could, I would...


The most fascinating country she has been to...

Colombia is wonderful but my heart stayed in small Uruguay

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