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Janelle Muntz LassondeFormer banker and independent author

Janelle Muntz Lassonde is the EduFinance Leadership Chair of Opportunity International’s Waymaker Campaign, the former chair of the “Schools of Opportunity” campaign, and an unwavering advocate of the organization’s EduFinance work since its inception. She formerly served as a Director of Credit Risk at UBS and was based in London and Johannesburg, where she led the investment bank’s mining and sub-Saharan Africa portfolios. She is a writer and blogger with articles appearing in Maclean’sThe Good Life France, and her blog, “French Lessons.” She has recently completed a memoir with the working title Roquelune: The House That Taught Me French. She has a B.A. from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s in Economics from the London School of Economics. She is also a board member and finance and audit chair of The Walrus, a Canadian non-profit organization that publishes esteemed long-form journalism and hosts idea-focused events. With her husband, Pierre Lassonde, and daughter, she splits her home base between Toronto and Antibes (France).

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