Antonique Koning is a Senior financial sector specialist with more than 15 years of experience working on a range of topics related to microfinance and financial inclusion, acquired at CGAP and in previous assignments. She is currently managing CGAP’s work on customer and employee empowerment. She has specialized expertise in areas related to customer centricity, employee and agent empowerment, responsible finance, and financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Antonique has led CGAP's Africa team and coordinated CGAP's regional representatives in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Before joining CGAP in 2004, she gained hands-on experience developing and implementing micro-credit programs in El Salvador and working with savings banks globally. She also managed a 15 million Euro capacity building program for microfinance actors in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific. Antonique has a master’s degree in international trade management and policy from the University of Birmingham and a master's degree in applied economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She speaks English, Spanish, French, and Dutch.