Christop Sommer

Christoph Sommer, founder of cogito pdm, studied Economics at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and at the Technical University Berlin. He holds a diploma in Economics ('Diplom-Volkswirt') and a post-graduate diploma in Development Economics of the German Development Institute (DIE) in Berlin. The courses with the DIE also included a three-months' study visit to Greece.


The stations of his youth were Pakistan, India and Turkey, where Mr. Sommer graduated from the German High School in Istanbul in 1969. Mr. Sommer started his professional career as project manager with the German development bank KfW Entwicklungsbank in Frankfurt. After working for KfW for six years he took up the position as Team Leader in a technical assistance project of GtZ, Eschborn, with Halkbank/Ankara. The aim of this project was to promote SME development in Turkey. From 1989 to 1993 Mr. Sommer resumed working for KfW, this time with the reposibility for quality assurance in Financial Sector projects worldwide. During this period he was also seconded for some months to the 'Treuhandanstalt' in Berlin, the agency established after the German reunification to manage the economic assets of the former German Democratic Republic. His work there was to assist in restructuring companies of the former GDR making them viable in a market economy. Based on his KfW-experience and his experience as bank and SME-advisor in Turkey Mr. Sommer in 1994 decided to made himself independent to work as international consultant specialised on project financing and implementation. After working successfully as free-lance consultant for four years Mr. Sommer in April 1998 founded cogito pdm.

Working on the preparation and implementation of projects under Development Cooperation both as staff member of a development bank and as independent consultant for close to 30 years make Mr. Sommer an outstanding professional in this field. Through his international assignments he has accumulated working experience in more than 38 countries worldwide. Besides his native language German, Mr. Sommer speaks English, Turkish and French fluently and has a good command of Spanish and Urdu.

Monica Alcaide

Monica Alcaide is general manager of cogito pdm. She is an accounting and taxation expert with more than 27 years of professional experience. Since graduating from the Commercial College of Usingen in 1981 Mrs. Alcaide nearly continuously has been working as accounting and taxation consultant in various tax consulting offices in the region of Bad Homburg. In parallel with her work in tax consulting offices Mrs. Alcaide since 1985 is also operating her own accounting office on a part-time basis. In February 2006 she took up the position as general manager of cogito pdm to relieve Mr. Sommer of the administrative tasks and duties of managing a company.