Martha Stein Sochas

Advisor to the Executive Director

Martha recently retired from the Agence Francaise de Développement, AFD, France’s overseas development bank after 30 years. During that time, she spent four years in South Africa as the Regional Director for Southern Africa.

She has extensive experience in development, with global expertise in strategic planning and implementation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Among other positions, Martha was the director of the Banking, Public Enterprise and Local Authorities Department of AFD. In this role, she managed the teams to address borrowers’ and clients’ needs for innovative financing and capacity-building solutions, including microfinance, banking, and municipal financing.

She holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies (SAIS). Martha received the Légion d’Honneur in recognition of her work at AFD in 2015.


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