Bernadette Victorio is an international development and finance specialist with extensive experience delivering high impact initiatives in a variety of strategic, management, and policy advocacy roles in organizations including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), and Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). She has proven track record in influencing policy discussions on financial inclusion, sustainable finance, and ESG (environmental, social and governance) investment transparency and accountability. Her passion for gender equality is a defining value and key guiding principle both in her personal and professional life. She aims to enable more female voices and leaders to take prominent roles in shaping sustainable and inclusive financial sector policies and practices.
Originally from the Philippines, Bernadette has lived and worked across highly diverse development and cultural contexts in Asia including in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Cambodia. She also worked extensively on assignment to other regions including Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific. Currently, Bernadette leads Oxfam Novib’s regional program, Fair Finance Asia, which aims to accelerate policy implementation and action on sustainable finance and responsible cross-border investments across Asia. She holds a master's degree in international development from the International University of Japan.