Kathryn Imboden is Advisor to CGAP's policy pillar and provides support for global standard-setting bodies (SSBs), and other relevant global actors, to strengthen information sharing and collaboration on cross-cutting issues related to financial inclusion.
Kathryn began her career in development at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Chad, subsequently holding positions at the OECD Development Centre, the Club du Sahel, and the US Department of the Treasury. From 1986 to 2001, Kathryn led economic and financial sector work for SDC, representing Switzerland in the process of launching CGAP. She later chaired the CGAP Executive Committee. Subsequently, she held positions in policy advisory work with Women’s World Banking, UNCDF, and the Aga Khan Foundation. In addition to work for CGAP, Kathryn serves on the Board and Investment Committee of SIFEM (Switzerland’s Development Finance Institution) and on the Board of the Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan.
Kathryn holds a BA in economics from Mount Holyoke College and a diploma in international relations/international economics from the institut d’Études Politiques de Paris.