Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf is Head of the Private Sector Development Unit in the Economic Cooperation and Development Division at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

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In this capacity she oversees a portfolio of projects and activities promoting a better business environment, access to finance for enterprises as well as strengthened skills/entrepreneurship.

The unit assumes also the ownership function of the Swiss Development Financing Institution (SIFEM AG) and of other financial instruments and engages in impact investing through blended finance mechanisms. 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 CHF130 million cohesion program in Hungary. She holds a master’s in economics from the University of Berne with a minor in political science. She speaks 5 languages.