INTERVIEW WITH LILIAM SIMBAQUEBA BY OUR TEACHER ANDREA LLUCH FOR CREATING EMERGING MARKETS ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION, HBS

July 5, 2018

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Published in General News

Summary

Lilian Simbaqueba, founder and president of LiSim, narrates her journey founding one of Colombia’s first microfinance companies in 1996. She explains how her time in Germany studying IT engineering was a major inspiration for her later entrepreneurial undertakings. As she recalls in the interview: “I had a chance to work for a multinational company that built risk forecast models for credit evaluation—particularly for credit cards. There [in Germany], banks and credit institutions rely on those evaluations. My experience started there, prompting me to dream about returning to my homeland and building my own firm” around those principles. READ MORE: https://www.hbs.edu/creating-emerging-markets/interviews/Pages/profile.aspx?profile=lsimbaqueba

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