Founder and Managing Director, Finance for Impact

Thierry Senechal is the Managing Director of Finance for Impact, a public policy and research firm promoting the integration of sustainability concerns into mainstream financial practice. His areas of expertise include financial inclusion, mobile banking and payment systems, SME finance, inclusive trade, social responsibility, impact investing, and financial governance.

He has nearly 20 years of experience, in more than 50 countries, across the public, private and not-profit sectors. He successfully supported numerous companies, major government agencies, international organizations, and NGOs. His approach always combines extensive fieldwork, rigorous empirical analysis, and market intelligence to answer questions that are motivated by and engage with policy.

Public sector clients include the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Asian Development Bank, Agence Française de Développement, Canada’s International Development Research Centre, International Organization for Migration, among others. Corporate clients include major commercial banks, business associations and public companies.

From 2007 to 2015, Thierry was the Executive Secretary of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission, a leading standard-setting body in the banking industry. Prior to joining ICC, Thierry served as Executive Director for the Public Sector & Evaluation practice of the Mazars group (18,000 professionals in 79 countries). Thierry started his career as a Finance Sector Specialist with the United Nations. He taught the Public Finance and Financing Development courses at Science Po Paris between 2005-2014.

Originally from Brittany, France, Thierry graduated from MIT’s Sloan School of Management (MBA) and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (MPA). He also received a MSc in Finance from London Business School and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia University (Phi Beta Kappa). At MIT, he co-founded the Sloan Fellow Social Impact Group.