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Princess Máxima

Princess Máxima
The Hague, Netherlands
Advisor for the International Year of Microcredit 2005

"The Year of Microcredit 2005 will help the world recognise the importance of an inclusive and sustainable financial sectors in fighting poverty and promoting gender equality. A very small loan can change people's lives by enabling them to generate their own income with all the positive consequences that entails. Let us not forget that a dollar earned is worth much more than a dollar received as a donation."

Princess Máxima brings her experience in banking and economics to the Advisors Group. Originally from Buenos Aires, Princess Maxima holds a degree in economics from Universidad Catolica de Argentina. From 1992 to 1995 she worked in the Sales Department of Boston Securities S.A. in Buenos Aires. From July 1996 to March 1998 Princess Máxima worked at HSBC James Capel Inc. in New York, where she was Vice-President of Latin American Institutional Sales. From then until August 1999 she was Vice-President of the Emerging Markets division of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in New York, where she specialized in Equities. She then moved to Deutsche Bank in New York, where she was Vice-President of Institutional Sales until May 2000. Until April 2001, Princess Máxima worked at the EU Representative Office of Deutsche Bank in Brussels. She is married to Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and they have one daughter.

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