Anna Gincherman is Chief Product Development Officer and is responsible for identification and roll-out of innovative microfinance products tailored to the needs of low income women. She provides the organization’s thought leadership on the delivery of gender-sensitive financial products and has extensive experience in individual and rural lending, adult and youth savings, health insurance, and financial education.
In her earlier career with Women’s World Banking, Anna led the institution’s formalization practice working with senior management and boards of formalizing entities in defining transformation plans, conducting feasibility studies, assessing legal requirements for regulated entities, developing business plans and financial projections, as well as shareholder selection and recruitment. She has in-depth knowledge of key issues in microfinance and banking regulation in a variety of countries across the world. Anna also led the organization’s expansion in the Middle East and North Africa, and Eastern Europe and served as the Relationship Manager for these regions. In that capacity, she provided support to member institutions on strategic and operational issues, including competitive positioning, product diversification, access to funding, and risk management.
Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Anna worked for the Council on Economic Priorities and the United Nations, focusing on defense conversion programs in Eastern Europe. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in English and Russian and is a native of Russia.