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Sophie Marie Romana

Oxfam America
Director, Community Finance
United States
Sophie Romana is the Director of Oxfam America’s Community Finance department where she runs two of Oxfam’s flagship programs: Saving for Change, a savings-led microfinance initiative in six countries, with over 700,000 clients, mostly women; and R4, the Rural Resilience Initiative, an innovative partnership with WFP and SwissRe providing access to savings, access to credit, disaster risk reduction practices and weather index micro-insurance, in Ethiopia, Senegal, Malawi and Zambia. Sophie is passionate about social justice, innovative financial and technical solutions to solve poverty, digital cash and creative ways to empower women economically and politically. She regularly leads panels at international conferences on international development and microfinance. A native of France, Sophie shares her time between Boston and New York.