For Immediate Release

PARIS, August 29th, 2017 Sarah Wachter is joining the executive team of Finance for Impact to advise on leadership communication, media management and communications-focused policy change.

“Sarah gives us additional experience and expertise, complementing our strong group of executives on communications,” said Thierry Senechal, Managing Director of FINANCE FOR IMPACT. “At FINANCE FOR IMPACT, our experience has shown us that sectorial specialization in a development field is not enough to create change on the ground. Policy experts⎯from government officials to international civil servants, from corporate executives to NGO leaders⎯must understand the dynamics of social change, and the art of communications is crucial for this. At FINANCE FOR IMPACT, we build capacity, by passing on knowledge and know-how to clients and partners through communications-driven policy solutions to specific important problems individually and collectively.”

The new Advisor is a specialist in communications planning, messaging, storytelling, media relations, persuasion and influence, and in creative approaches to promote policies for social change. Her clients have included large corporations and multilateral organizations, including Shell Sakhalin, Air Liquide, Alstom, and EDF, the World Energy Council (WEC), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Climate Group, the African Development Bank (AFDB), White & Case LLP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNWomen, and UNSSC.

She is a regular coach and trainer with the ThomsonReuters Foundation in London, and has trained executives from Moscow to Manila, MPs in Kurdistan, environmentalists in Dhaka, and policymakers in the Middle East. She is a regular consultant for the emerging leaders program of the UN, training dozens of officials every year in French and in English. She has ghost-written for CEOs and Secretaries General, including the WEC, International Chamber of Commerce, WBCSD, and the African Development Bank. Her editorials have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times.

Formerly, she was a staff journalist for Dow Jones, filing to the Newswire, the Wall Street Journal, and CNBC Europe. Her work has also appeared on the BBC, and in The Economist and The Economist Intelligence Unit. She has datelined in more than 50 countries.

Sarah Wachter holds a Masters in Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.



FINANCE FOR IMPACT is a public policy and research firm on sustainable finance. The goal is to deliver services along the continuum of financial needs that help create stable financial institutions and resilient economic growth.