London, 18 January 2021: VisionFund is pleased to announce the appointment of Edgar Martinez as President and CEO for VisionFund International effective18 January 2021.
Edgar brings rich experience and broad expertise across business strategy, finance, risk, and operations predominantly gained in the financial sector, working in complex multi-national environments. Most recently he led the Credit Risk function for HSBC’s Wealth and Personal Banking segment globally, actively managing circa US $420bn in assets in 37 markets. Fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese, he holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Theoretical Mathematics (University of Central Florida); a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance, (Rollins College) and a postgraduate qualification in Advanced Risk Series (University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School).
Reflecting on his journey, Edgar shared, “I’m humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to lead and work with a team of 7,400 VisionFund professionals in 28 countries that together seek to fulfil the mission of improving the lives of children and families living in vulnerable communities by offering financial and livelihood solutions. Whilst we don’t have shareholders, we do have stakeholders, that is, the children, women and families we serve across the globe. Secular financial institutions seek sustainable and predictable returns for their shareholders, we seek to improve the quality of life for our clients and their communities so that Jesus’ words in John 10:10 become a reality, I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. We will further leverage our partnership with World Vision International, with its operations in nearly 100 countries as we seek to impact the lives of those we serve.”
Andrew Morley, World Vision International President and CEO is grateful for Edgar’s appointment, “Thank you for all the prayers that have powerfully covered this search. At the outset I spoke of my personal experience of the purpose and joy our new CEO would experience in this vocation, this stands true. I am excited at the prospect of working with Edgar for even greater partnership with World Vision International and the transformative impact on millions of children’s lives.”
ABOUT VISIONFUND INTERNATIONAL
VisionFund International, World Vision’s microfinance subsidiary, has been improving the lives of children in the developing world for over 17 years. By offering small loans and other financial services, clients develop successful businesses, enabling their children to grow up healthy and educated. In FY2020, VisionFund International’s network of microfinance institutions provided loans to one million clients, with nearly three-quarters of these going to women and over a third to clients actively involved in farming. Repayment rates were 91%. Also, in FY202020, 3.6 million children were positively impacted through its MFI network located across 28 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.
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