As a former banker Ute Zimmermann has helped structuring and financing numerous infrastructure structure projects before joining the Asian Development Bank in Manila in 2000. In the Private Sector Operation Department of the ADB she combined commercial and developmental aspects of infrastructure finance such as PPPs, putting her into the unique position to act as a mediator between the two sides. Her focus has been on municipal finance and here specifically on green and climate finance. She wrote guidebooks, developed online courses, conducted workshops on access to and mechanisms of climate and green finance for municipalities internationally. Since 2005 Ute operates her own consultancy from Berlin, Germany, catering for ADB, various EU organizations, KfW, GIZ, various German ministries and private engineering firms.