Heide holds a Master’s degree in Social Enterprise and Community Development from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. (Hons.) in Business, Taxation, and Auditing. She has a strong academic background ; and more than ten years international experience in a number of industries including banking. Her expertise areas are business planning and evaluation, financial administration, and research, with a number of papers published. Social enterprise, venture philanthropy, ethical business conduct, and social financing are her core interests to which she delivers high levels of professionalism and intellect. Among other consultancy interests, currently Heide is on contract to the German Department of Overseas Development.