SPBD is a network of microfinance organizations working in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the Solomon Islands dedicated to eradicating poverty by empowering women in poor rural villages with the opportunity to start, grow and maintain sustainable, income generating micro-enterprises.

Florrie Charnaw


Florrie has over 18 years of executive financial management experience as CFO, Director of Finance and International Financial Projects Manager for major international corporations in the legal and banking sectors in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. She has a proven success record in leading all facets of accounting and financial operations to ensure compliance with complex tax and regulatory requirements and reporting standards. Florrie was CFO for 9 years for White & Case LLP, a top 15 global law firm where she worked closely with the CEO to grow a small, dependent 40 person underperforming office in Moscow, Russia, building the accounting, financial analysis, billing, and collections departments from scratch, to a 240 person, independent, fully compliant office producing a consistently increasing net profit. There she was responsible for all accounting and tax operations, financial analysis, reporting, and budgeting, and worked with the CEO and partners to prepare business plans and policies & procedures.


For 6 years, she also worked in the New York office, traveling to Russia, Singapore and the Philippines as International Financial Projects Manager, where she was instrumental in building, staffing and training personnel in the shared service center in Manila. In coordination with outside consultants, she developed an automated partner compensation system, a collections database, and an employee reimbursement system. Florrie was also a liaison between IT and the accounting and finance teams in the other international offices of White & Case LLP assisting with accounting and tax statutory issues, financial analysis and budgeting. From 1996-1999, as Director of Finance, she managed all aspects of the financial operations of the start-up of new subsidiaries in Moscow for both Raiffeisenbank Austria and Bank of America. For both international banks, she was responsible for preparing and successfully achieving the budgets, working with the authorities on statutory and tax issues, accounting and reporting, systems, staffing, and administration.


Florrie has a BA in Business Economics from UC Berkeley, California, an MBA from UC Berkeley, California, and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, crocheting and football.