Henriette Kolb

Henriette Kolb

Head, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, International Finance Corporation

Henriette leads the Gender and Economic Inclusion Group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. She leads gender equality and economic inclusion issues in the private sector and works with IFC’s clients to include underserved populations as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers, community stakeholders and leaders. She leads a global team that is engaged in co-creating gender-smart private sector solutions through research, investments, advice and peer learning platforms.

Before joining IFC in September 2013, Henriette was the CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Earlier in her career, Henriette was the UN representative in the Middle East Quartet team advising Tony Blair in Jerusalem. She also worked for the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). She has held positions as governance advisor with the European Commission Delegation to Tanzania, the German Technical Cooperation Agency in Germany, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tanzania, where she worked on conflict reduction, civic education, and socioeconomic issues in East Africa.

Henriette graduated with an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and received her MA from Freiburg University, Germany. She was also a Harvard Kennedy School Women in Public Policy Program nonresident fellow (2018). Henriette is a frequent guest lecturer at the Berkley Haas School of Business, Georgetown University and NYU. She is also contributes to articles and blogs hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, Devex and Business Fights Poverty.

Tel : 202-458-5385

  • Gender
  • Private Sector Development