Isabelle Barrès

Vice President, Smart Campaign

In her role as vice president of the Smart Campaign, Ms. Barrès leads global efforts to keep clients first in financial inclusion. She comes to the Smart Campaign with over 20 years of experience in financial inclusion and banking. Deeply motivated to reduce inequality and improve the lives of vulnerable people, she has devoted her career to spearheading innovative solutions that increase access to quality financial services and contribute to improving people’s lives. From 2007 to 2010, she managed Kiva’s early operations and developed its global strategy to maximize social impact. She helped to create the MIX in 2002, and led its strategic initiatives until 2007. Ms. Barrès has been a key contributor to best-practice publications on standards and financial performance monitoring, and is a founding member of Women Advancing Microfinance.

Ms. Barrès holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Montréal, an MBA from McGill University, and a post-graduate degree in development economics from the Sorbonne and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

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