Incofin strives for more gender equality and equity. Because it is the right thing to do. And also because companies with a gender-balanced leadership outperform those that are less balanced.
That is why we start with our #InspiringWomen-series: over the next few weeks, we will introduce you to some of the most inspirational women Incofin works with. Women in leadership positions in often male-dominated contexts.
Fatou Dieng, CFO of CMS in Senegal
Fatou Dieng has been the CFO of Crédit Mutuel Sénégal (CMS) for over a year now after being the CFO of PAMECAS. She has more than 20 years of experience in the microfinance sector.
Although she notes that in Senegal women are usually recognized for their capabilities, for example their multitasking skills, as a woman professionally, she often stood alone in a male-dominated environment. And yet successfully. After a Master in Audit, she started her career in 1998 as an accountant and climbed up rapidly. She held several management positions: Finance and Accounting Director, Audit Director in different types of organisation, ranging from a consulting firm, to financial cooperatives, and many others.
“My advice to women is to believe in themselves and in their capacities, and to work hard to achieve their goals. Women seeking leadership roles need to be confident, rigorous and resilient in their work. They should also guard independence in their decision-making.”