Solene Favre, Global Insurance Director, VisionFund International

Solene Favre

Global Insurance Director

Solène has been Global Director of Insurance for VisionFund International (VFI) since February 2019. With her team, she supports MFIs in setting up insurance operations for their borrowers and their families. More recently, VFI's insurance team has expanded its technical assistance for WV National Offices to protect more families and more children among WV beneficiaries. Currently, she is also a board member of the Microinsurance Network. 

Before joining VisionFund International, Solène created and managed the Cambodian subsidiary of the French insurance group Prévoir, the first microinsurance company in Cambodia for almost 7 years, reaching 300,000 insurance policies with a team of 147 people. She also worked on a pilot project to set up Cambodia's National Social Security before it was handed over and launched by the Ministry of Labor in 2012. She also ran a micro-insurance program in India for 2 years providing a health and life community-based insurance for slum dwellers in Maharashtra. She started her career in France working for a mutual insurance company for 10 years. 

Solène holds a postgraduate degree in Public Health from EHESP (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique). She lives with her two teenage boys in Le Mans, France, after living in Asia for 12 years. They like to travel together and discover new habits, foods, environment. In her free time, she volunteers as co-chair appointed by the Minister for Children of the Independent Commission on Incest and Child Sexual Abuse, she also volunteers in two associations (being president of one of them, centred on child protection and the fight against the taboo of incest in France) and tries to perform in kitesurfing, but it's an ongoing process!