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Monica Brand Engel

Quona Capital
Before co-founding Quona, Monica was the founder and Managing Director of Accion Frontier Investments Group, a growth stage fintech portfolio. She also launched and managed Accion’s Marketing and Product Development Unit, where she oversaw the creation of new financial services to move the industry beyond microcredit, and worked in Mexico with Compartamos Bank, the largest microfinance institution in Latin America which IPO’d in 2007. Before joining Accion, Monica worked with Anthuri Ventures, an early-stage equity fund based in Cape Town, South Africa and founded Anthuri Catalysts to help prepare potential portfolio companies for investment. Monica also worked at Calvert Ventures, the early-stage equity arm of the Calvert Mutual Fund. Monica spent her formative years in Silicon Valley as a commercial loan officer of a clean technology fund, and separately helped launch a $50 million multi-bank lending intermediary to finance small businesses and community facilities in California. Monica started and co-taught a graduate level course on impact investing for seven years at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with the goal of disseminating lessons learned and promoting investment approaches that will help mainstream the industry. Monica has also co-authored a chapter on equity in impact investing in a book, New Frontiers of Philanthropy, and was a founding member of the Impact Investment Advisory Council established by the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. Monica previously served on the boards of GloboKasNet, Shubham Housing, Paralife, Compartamos Bank, and Pay Rent Builds Credit. Monica chairs the Investor Representative Committee of LeapFrog Financial Inclusion Fund I, the first microinsurance fund.