The Women's World Banking Team

Francesca Brown

Global Director of Policy & Advocacy


Francesca leads Women’s World Banking’s policy and advocacy work to advance women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment. With a professional background in international development, public affairs and compliance, she was previously Head of Community Programmes globally for Standard Chartered Bank, funding community projects focused on providing education, employability and entrepreneurship opportunities to young people. Between 2015-2018, Francesca was Head of Profession for the Private Sector Development cadre of advisors at the UK Department for International Development (now UK Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office) and a Private Sector Development Adviser leading on financial inclusion. Francesca holds a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Oriental and African Studies and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Durham University, UK.