President & CEO
Andrée Simon is the President and CEO of FINCA International and its global network of community-based microfinance banks and institutions. The microfinance network, known as FINCA Impact Finance, offers responsible and affordable loans, savings accounts, and other financial products to more than two million people across the world, empowering low-income women and men to take control of their financial future. Beyond microfinance, Andrée oversees FINCA’s efforts to support social enterprises that expand access to essential products in energy, water and sanitation, education, health, agriculture and fintech for the world’s poor.
Andrée first joined FINCA in 2001 as Deputy to the President and CEO. Over the next eight years, she played a pivotal role in redesigning FINCA’s microfinance business, transitioning it into a sustainable operating structure with a double bottom line of financial and social performance. Andrée left FINCA in 2009 to serve as President and COO of Women for Women International and returned to FINCA in 2013 to help launch FINCA Microfinance Holding Company, the parent company of FINCA Impact Finance.
Andrée has significant experience in corporate strategy. She has held various business and advisory roles in other organizations, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Andrée has been a board member of Women Advancing Microfinance International and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the FINCA Microfinance Holding Company.
As the head a financial institution with more than 7,000 employees in 16 countries–including Guatemala, Tanzania, Pakistan and more. Andrée travels extensively to these locations, learning from customers on how they could best access financial products, whether it is as simple as a loan, and savings account or a mobile money application.
Andrée has been named one of the Top 100 Fintech for SDG Influencers by LATTICE80 and has written extensively on responsible financial services in numerous publications including International Banker, Euromoney and The Financial Times.
She is fluent in French and Spanish. She earned an undergraduate degree in international relations from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.