Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf

Head of Private Sector Development Division - SECO

Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf is Head of the Private Sector Development Division in the Economic Development Cooperation Directorate at SECO (Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs), promoting a better business environment, access to finance and strengthened skills for the companies to foster entrepreneurship and innovation. Sustainable finance and impact investing is a key priority with dedicated programs on framework conditions and investment instruments such as SIFEM (Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets) or PIDG (Private Investment Development Group) under its supervision.

She has been working for SECO since 1996 in different positions, including as Senior Advisor at the Swiss Executive Directors Office at the World Bank Group in Washington D.C., as private sector development specialist for the International Finance Corporation IFC and as Head of the Swiss Contribution Office in Budapest, responsible for the set-up and implementation of a 130 million CHF cohesion programme in Hungary. She holds a masters in economics from the University of Berne with a minor in political science. She speaks five languages.