Victoria White oversees Accion’s advisory support to its partners as the Managing Director of Accion Global Advisory Solutions. This team provides experienced operational and management support to strengthen Accion’s partners and maximize their impact. The team leverages innovations in technology and financial services to increase the quality and lower the cost of financial services, and thus help to build sustainable and scalable institutions focused on serving the financial needs of underserved individuals and small businesses. Victoria also serves as a board director for a number of these institutions.
Previously, Victoria was Accion’s Regional Head for Asia. In this capacity, she was responsible for Accion’s management and technical services relationships with partner microfinance institutions, as well as for providing oversight of Accion’s investments in Asia. Prior to this, she supported Accion’s partners in Africa in such areas as strategic planning, bank downscaling, institutional transformation planning, and financial management.
Victoria is co-author of Transforming Microfinance Institutions: Providing Full Financial Services to the Poor and Institutional Metamorphosis: Transformation of Microfinance NGOs into Regulated Financial Institutions, a contributing author to Commercialization of Microfinance: Balancing Business and Development, and author of A Case Study in Transformation: The Creation of Uganda Microfinance Limited.
Before working with Accion, Victoria was a senior advisor for Calmeadow’s international operations, performing financial evaluations and transformation planning for MFIs throughout Africa. She has also worked as a program analyst for USAID’s Office of Microenterprise Development, both in Washington and in the South Africa mission. Prior to entering the microfinance field, Victoria was a bank examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She holds an M.A. in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in political science and French from Wellesley College.