Accion names Nazanine Scheuer as new Chief Development and Partnerships Officer

Washington, DC, May 4, 2021 – Global nonprofit Accion announced today the appointment of Nazanine Scheuer as Chief Development & Partnerships Officer. In this role, Nazanine will oversee Accion’s Resource Development with the objective of building and stewarding strategic, innovative partnerships across a broad portfolio of stakeholders to amplify Accion’s work.

“Partnerships and philanthropic support fuel our COVID-19 pandemic response and its economic impacts on low-income families and small businesses around the world.  As the new leader of our resource development efforts, Nazanine will play a critical role in ensuring Accion’s urgent work to create an inclusive recovery for all,” said Michael Schlein, President and CEO of Accion. “A bold and innovative thinker with a passion for social change and proven success in developing global partnerships that drive impact, I’m thrilled to work with her to enhance Accion’s resource mobilization and achieve our vision of a financially and economically inclusive world.”

“Accion is an established leader in leveraging a diverse range of partnerships to support financial inclusion and foster resilience among vulnerable populations around the world. The power of social entrepreneurship and market creation are key to ensuring equitable and sustainable livelihoods and enabling inclusive economic growth in at-risk communities. Accion has been at the forefront, providing resources, tools, expertise and thought leadership. I am delighted to join the organization at a critical juncture, working closely with our partners and supporters to co-create innovative solutions and channel resources where they are needed the most,” said Nazanine Scheuer, the new Chief Development & Partnerships Officer at Accion.

Nazanine Scheuer brings to her role over 15 years of experience developing global strategic partnerships. Most recently, she led Save the Children’s Social Enterprise & Impact Ventures, managing a team focused on creating and launching revenue-generating, for-purpose business models. During her tenure, she developed innovative partnerships across the private sector, aligning with Save the Children’s mission-driven priorities to create a common platform of outcomes-driven programs. Nazanine started her career in the corporate world, working in the pharmaceuticals and food industries in the United States and Europe. She holds a bachelor’s degree from EPSCI, the International School of Business Administration of Groupe ESSEC in France, and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern Business School at New York University.

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About Accion

Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of — or poorly served by — the financial sector. For 60 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 160 partners in 55 countries. More at

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