Valentine Giraud-Robben was born and raised in Brazil. Her professional career began with ABN Amro Banco Real Bank, in the team of education and sustainable development. After graduating, she went to live and work in India for an NGO located in the Rajasthan, dedicated to rural development. She also joined Planet Finance, an international NGO focused on building bridges among microfinance institutions locally, regionally and internationally. She currently resides in Amsterdam.