Charles Belanger

Business Development Manager for Africa

Business Finance Consulting (BFC)

Biography

Mr. Charles Bélanger-Bélanger is a Business Development Manager for Africa at Business & Finance Consulting (BFC), a Swiss consultancy firm. With 9 years of first-hand banking experience in Africa and Latin America, he has recently joined BFC’s efforts to assist the emerging markets and developing countries in Africa in unlocking their economic potential, and to reducing poverty by means of financial sector development. Mr. Bélanger started his career in research and marketing at the macro-level, and then progressively specialized in development finance, ICT, FINtech, and operational management.

Over the last 3.5 years, he served as Director of Operations and helped building a microfinance Greenfield project in the DRC from the ground-up. In this capacity, he led the efforts in implementing changes in the organizational management of the MFI, its go-to-market practices, strategy execution, credit risk management, cost-efficiency, and in introducing technological innovations. Prior to this experience, Mr. Bélanger held senior positions at an international organization (FINCA, Operations Manager, DRC, Tanzania, Nicaragua) and a financial inclusion program (CIDA, Peru), having gained in-depth understanding of the needs of financial institutions in frontier markets..

Mr. Bélanger holds an MA in Economic Development from the University of Toronto (Canada) and is fluent in French, English, and Spanish. He also has a basic knowledge of Portuguese, Swahili, and Lingala.

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