As part of Accion Global Advisory Solutions, Valérie Kindt is the Vice President of Industry Engagement responsible for leading the advisory team’s efforts to synthesize and share its research and insights with the industry. She also plays a leading role in guiding its strategy and operations.
Valérie brings more than 25 years of experience providing strategic and technical advice to financial institutions serving the underbanked. Prior to her current role at Accion, she held several other positions — guiding the design and implementation of Accion partner Sogesol’s first financial products in Haiti, and supporting our partners in India and Africa in such areas as strategic planning, customer strategy, product management, and small merchant credit underwriting. Valérie also served on the board of Swadhaar FinServe, an Accion partner in India, for eight years.
Prior to joining Accion, Valérie worked as a consultant providing technical advice on various microfinance initiatives for the World Bank, Abt Associates, UNDP, Catholic Relief Services, and Save the Children. She also worked as a faculty member at the Boulder Institute of Microfinance and as an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. Valérie is originally from Belgium and has lived in Uzbekistan, Albania, Egypt, and Lebanon.
Valérie holds an M.A. from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service and a B.A. in international relations from the University of Sussex.