Aude de Montesquiou
Aude de Montesquiou is a Financial Sector Specialist at CGAP. With over ten years of experience in financial inclusion, she is the Task Team Leader for the Graduation and Vulnerable Segments Initiative at CGAP. She oversaw the implementation of the CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program, a global effort to understand how safety nets, livelihoods, and microfinance can be sequenced to create for the poorest out of extreme poverty in eight countries with an intensive research agenda and randomized impact evaluations in seven sites. Today, Aude coordinates the Graduation Community of Practice which numbers in the hundreds and includes governments, international and local NGOs, development agencies, funders, researchers, and leading poverty advocates. She facilitates global knowledge creation and sharing on extreme poverty, helps shape the global extreme poverty research agenda, and distills lessons through various publications. She is the co-author of the From Extreme Poverty to Sustainable Livelihoods, the CGAP-Ford Foundation Technical Guide on the Graduation Approach, and others such as Reaching the Poorest: Lessons from the Graduation Model. Aude provides technical advice to extreme poverty reduction programs worldwide. She has held speaking engagements and moderating roles at high-level events on extreme poverty reduction including with Mohammed Yunus, the World Bank, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Government of Brazil.
Previously, Aude worked on funder effectiveness, supporting CGAP’s Country Level Effectiveness and Accountability Reviews. She also used to manage the Savings Information Resource Center, a website dedicated to promoting accessible savings services for the poor. From 2006-2012 she was CGAP’s relationship manager for the Microinsurance Network, a leading platform for insurers, funders, and academics to promote valuable insurance products for the poor. She contributed to seminal publications such as Protecting the Poor - A Microinsurance Compendium, and Microinsurance: What Can Donors Do. Before joining CGAP, she completed internships working on impact evaluation at PlaNet Finance, and with microfinance institutions in Lebanon and Togo. Aude holds a master’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) from the School of Political Science in Paris (Sciences-Po) with a specialization in development studies, and a bachelor's degree in history from the University of La Sorbonne. She is fluent in English and French, speaks Portuguese and Spanish, and has rudimentary German.