Vision and Mission

Finance for Impact is a public policy and research firm exclusively focused on sustainable finance and social impact.

Our objective is to improve financial access and inclusion, strengthen the quality of financial governance and promote the integration of sustainability concerns into mainstream financial practice. This conviction guides everything we do as an organization and the choices we make. They inform both our long-term strategy as a firm and the way we serve our clients on a daily basis.


Our approach always emphasizes structured problem-solving and fact-based analysis, creativity, high-level skills, and concern for real world problems.

Specialized expertise

Global experience

Innovative thinking

Strong analytical tools

Close collaboration with our clients


Founded in the midst of the global financial crisis, Finance for Impact was established under the vision that the world economy needed to be supported by a sustainable financial system.

Decades of unprecedented growth in many regions has significantly reduced poverty. At the same time, new development issues have emerged to create intense strain on our ecosystems, drive stark inequality in some of the world’s most populous countries, and undermine the very sources of prosperity. These new issues highlight the need to rethink financial governance and the role of the private sector to build a better future and raise living standards.

Since its inception, our firm has advised policy makers, governments and businesses to design and implement strategies and projects fostering economic growth compatible with human welfare and a healthy environment.

In past years, Finance for Impact expanded swiftly, to reach over 100 client engagements in 60 countries, many of them in the world’s most vulnerable economies. Our work directly contributed into the transformation of the economic environment at a local and national levels, thus improving the lives of citizens and increasing economic opportunities for communities and businesses in developing and transition economies.


An unwavering focus on sustainable societal impact

We care about social change and innovation. Finance for Impact proposes advisory services and solutions to help clients have a greater impact on their communities through enhanced collaboration and socially responsible business practices.

Our firm works to accelerate the pace of financial inclusion to improve people’s livelihoods and support the growth of sustainable business.

Management team

Finance for Impact’s experienced management team ensures
that our operations run smoothly and efficiently, always keeping
clients’ interests first and foremost.
We have access to a large network of partners and highly-skilled experts,
in varying sectors and functions, that can be mobilized on
demand to best support our assignments.

Management and support team

Founder and Managing Director

Thierry Senechal is Managing Director of Finance for Impact, a public policy and research firm promoting the integration of sustainability into mainstream finance and business practice

Hervé Solignac is a finance expert with 25 years of experience in wide range of banking roles.  He steered trade finance and public sector banking for HSBC France, with a focus on developing

Marie Sudreau is an international consultant in finance for development. Her areas of expertise include international investment, trade and financial governance

Consultant, Green Finance

Georges is a consultant specializing in the development of sustainable financial solutions and frameworks, strategic evaluation, impact investing and corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Board of Advisors

Senior Advisor

Dr. Zhang is an Executive Director of Translational Sciences at BioMed Valley Discoveries. Prior to joining BioMed Valley Discoveries, Dr. Zhang was an Associate

Senior Advisor

Sarah J. Wachter is a Paris-based consultant in communications planning, messaging, storytelling, media relations, persuasion and influence, and in creative

Mahaut is a fellow with Finance for Impact. She specializes in the private sector development and the green economy transition. She conducts economic and social

Senior Advisor

Ibrahima Thiam is the Regional Director for Wetlands International Africa, a leading international non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and

James is currently a Fellow with Finance for Impact. He specialises in green finance and impact investing, looking at how novel financial instruments and

Senior Advisor

Lauren Shields’ work lies at the intersection of business and international development. She is a Manager at BSR, a non-profit business network partnering

Priscille is currently a Fellow with Finance for Impact. She specializes in social entrepreneurship, in the empowerment of farming communities, and in sustainability

Senior Advisor

Raymond Saner is Professor Emeritus of the University of Basel and teaches in the Sustainability Masters program at Lüneburg University in Germany and previously taught in the

Scientific Committee

Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal is a Professor in Banking and Finance Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London

Senior Advisor

Alexander R. Malaket is President of Canadian consultancy OPUS Advisory Services International Inc., established in 2001, focusing on international business, trade

Joseph is currently a Fellow with Finance for Impact. He focused on the development of financial institutions, their products and delivery systems, the markets

Camille is currently a Fellow with Finance for Impact. She specializes in social sustainability and the measurement of social impact. Her specific skills encompass social

Jean-François Lambert is Founding Partner of Lambert Commodities, providing bespoke commodity trade and structured finance solutions to producers,

Senior Advisor

After graduation from Sciences Po and HEC, Karine Jouannigot spent 10 years in Consulting firms (PwC, Andersen Consulting, BearingPoint) prior to co-found

Senior Advisor

Khalil El Gazri is an expert statistician with longstanding international experience in the production, quality and dissemination of official statistics whether

Elise Groulx-Diggs is an internationally recognized legal practitioner and opinion leader in the fields of international criminal law and international human rights law. She advises corporations on human rights

Senior Advisor

Christine Daoulas helps organization build innovative business models around social good with a goal to maximize shared value

Senior Advisor

Daniel Cotti heads Cotti Trade & Treasury (CTT), a boutique consulting firm in the B2B and banking space whose main focus is on trade finance and treasury management

Senior Advisor

David Bischof is Deputy Director, Finance for Development at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The ICC is the institutional representative of more

Senior Advisor

Henri d’Ambrières joined Crédit Lyonnais Bank in 1984. He held several positions in Paris and Madrid in Commercial Banking and Structured Finance, especially for


Our clients and partners aspire to make a positive difference in the world through socially responsible investments and programs. Finance for Impact shares the same values. We aspire to build enduring relationships with both our clients and partners, something that is reflected in the growing number of organizations who return for new projects and assignments.

We take pride in and emphasize the quality of our client relationship and partnerships.
To this date, we have worked with over 40 different clients and partners in 60+ countries

Our most recent clients and partners

Adam Smith International
Agence Française de Développement
Asian Development Bank
Chatham House
Council of Europe
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
European Commission
Expertise France
General Electric
International Development Research Centre
International Finance Corporation
International Organization for Migration
La Poste
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Société Générale
United Nations
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
World Bank


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