A self-made woman
Director of the Luxembourg Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) for the last eight years, Simone Delcourt owes her exemplary success to unfailing commitment and hard work.
“You aren’t mature enough to sit the high school entrance examination.” Looking back, these words spoken by her primary school teacher marked a decisive turning point in Simone Delcourt’s career, years before she started working life. Brought up in a rather typical way for a young girl of her time, her route appeared to be mapped out in advance – studying to the strict minimum, working for a few years before getting married and then looking after the household. Conscientious and determined, Simone Delcourt paid no heed. Her teacher’s words persuaded her to devote herself to her studies in order to choose her own career path. Thanks to her unfailing commitment and hard work, in 1975 she obtained her secondary school leaving certificate, followed by a bachelor’s degree in Economic Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles five years later.
Patience and endurance
Some thirty years later, the path she has carved out proves her completely right. After finishing her studies, Simone Delcourt joined the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), the body responsible for monitoring and regulating the Luxembourg financial market, then called the Commissariat au Contrôle des Banques. After working as an auditor for ten years in the “bank monitoring” department, she took on various management roles in different departments within the Commission, before being appointed Director of the CSSF in early 2005. “My guiding principle is the conviction that with patience, perseverance and energy, there is a very strong chance that you will achieve your objectives”, she states.
Nothing to change
Simone Delcourt is quite rightly proud of her exemplary career path and is pleased at having been able to play an influential role in the development of the Investment Funds industry in Luxembourg. While never becoming complacent, just like the people she admires, such as Gandhi or Mother Teresa, who devote all their time and energy to helping others. “If I could go back, I don’t think I’d change much…”
Facts & Figures
Place of birth: Luxembourg
Languages: French, English, German, Luxembourgish
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, hiking
Cities: Berlin, Paris, Rome
Places: Dolomites, Siena, old town (Luxembourg)
Book: from Amélie Nothomb
Music: Classical (Mahler), rock and roll
Artist: Salvador Dali