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The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s CEO, Henriette Kolb*, has accepted a position as the Head of Gender Secretariat at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector financing arm of the World Bank.

In Henriette’s words, “Cherie and the Foundation team have been the most committed and passionate people to work with. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to work with a founder that gives so generously of her own time and resources to help us make a difference to so many lives. The strong team of staff at the Foundation is achieving great results supporting women entrepreneurs’ confidence, capability and capital, and I feel that after many fantastic years it is the right time to take up a new challenge, one that in many ways flows directly from the work of the Foundation. I am delighted to be able to continue to work on gender in my new role with the IFC and will serve as a senior adviser to the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women going forward.”

Founder, Cherie Blair, said, “It was on a visit with the IFC in Tanzania that I first got the idea to set up a foundation for women’s economic empowerment. So I am especially pleased that Henriette’s next move is to the IFC to continue to work on gender issues. I know she will thrive in her new role. She has put her mind, heart and soul into building up a great team of staff here that supports tens of thousands of women worldwide, and I’m delighted that she will maintain her contact with the Foundation as an adviser. I’m looking forward to this next chapter, building on the strong foundations that Henriette has laid.”

Under Henriette’s leadership, the Foundation has grown into an established high-impact organisation reaching over 70,000 women in over 50 developing and emerging countries over the last five years. Henriette begins her new role in September 2013 and will continue to work with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women as an adviser beyond that time.

Starting from a teaching background in her early career, Henriette has instilled a rich culture of learning and knowledge management here at the Foundation. Long after she has moved on, the Foundation’s programmes will continue to grow from strength to strength, with a combined effort from Trustees, International Steering Committee Members, Programme Directors and pro bono Advisers. Mentoring Programme Director, Giulia Corinaldi, will take on the role of Interim CEO while the Foundation fills the CEO vacancy.

Please join us in wishing Henriette all the best. You can follow Henriette on Twitter at @HenrietteKolb or reach her via our enquiries email address,

*During her time as CEO, Henriette was recognised for her work by Devex who selected her as one of the top 40 under 40 international development leaders in London.

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  • Shilpa Datar

    Hello Henriette, it was wonderful to meet you on my visit to London in May this year. I have fond memories of our meeting. I take this opportunity to wish you all the best for your future.
    Shilpa Datar

  • Sonali Gaddam

    Hello Henriette, I remember connecting with you way back in 2009 when I bagged the CBFW-NEN award in India , Mumbai. I am one of the fellows and we did connect a couple of times in the past. Read about your proceedings and I am amazed with all that has been happening with CBFW.

    I wish you all the very best for your future endevours , and hope to be connected always.



  • Richard O'Sullivan

    Congratulations Henrietta and welcome to Washington. I hope our paths cross soon.

    All the best,

    Rick O’Sullivan
    Change Management Solutions
    Arnold, MD 21012

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