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Improving Women's Access to Finance for a Post-COVID Recovery

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

August 25, 2020


(Ministerios Cash Luna)

Improving access to finance for women entrepreneurs would provide a massive boost to Latin America’s post-COVID recovery – and help address inequality and poverty as well. At present, nearly half of Latin American women lack a bank account, let alone access to credit for their small businesses. How can governments and banks best address barriers ranging from limited information about financial instruments to outright gender bias? What are good examples and cases of success in the region?


  • Marta Lucía Ramírez, Vice President of Colombia @mluciaramirez
  • Reina Irene Mejía, CEO of Citi Honduras
  • Susana García-Robles, Executive Advisor to the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA) @RoblesSusanaro
  • Roberto Simon, Senior Director for Policy, AS/COA @robertosimon (moderator)

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Susana Garcia-Robles

Executive Director, Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America, and Venture Partner, Capria Ventures

Susana García-Robles is the executive advisor to the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA) and a venture partner at Capria Ventures. Until March 2020, she was the chief investment officer and gender initiatives coordinator at the Inter-American Development Bank’s IDB Lab, where she led the venture capital investment program as well as its high-impact entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment strategies.

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Reina Irene Mejía Chacón

CEO, Citi Honduras

Reina Irene Mejía Chacón is the CEO of Citi Honduras and Corporate and Investment Bank Head for Honduras. She is also the secretary of the board of directors for Banco de Honduras and for Grupo Financiero Citibank Costa Rica, as well as president of the board for Citi-Credito and CitiInmobiliaria Honduras. Mejía is currently the president of the American/Honduran Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) for the 2019-2021 term. She has been with Citi for more than 20 years and has been a key player in all significant corporate finance transactions in Honduras and Nicaragua.

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Marta Lucia Ramírez

Vice President, Colombia

Marta Lucía Ramírez de Rincón is the vice president of the Republic of Colombia. She has over 35 years of experience in business development, commerce, international negotiations and foreign investments, and has dedicated herself to implementing public policies that promote political, social and economic empowerment for women throughout the country. Ramírez leads matters related to transparency, anti-corruption, and gender equality and supervises the infrastructure and transport agenda under the Duque administration.

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Roberto Simon

Senior Director for Policy and Head of the Anti-Corruption Working Group, AS/COA

Roberto Simon is the senior director for policy and head of the Anti-Corruption Working Group at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the politics editor for Americas Quarterly. Previously, Simon served as the lead Latin America analyst at FTI Consulting’s Geopolitical Intelligence practice, advising global businesses on key political, economic, and policy challenges in the region.

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