Day 1: October 24, 2017

Theme: Digital Financial Services

Opening Keynote

9:00AM - 9:15AM

Opening Plenary Session: Making Finance Work for Women

  • Ineke Bussemaker, NMB Bank
  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian, Women’s World Banking
  • Mark Napier, FSD Africa
  • Muna Sukhtian, Microfund for Women

9:15AM - 10:15AM


10:15AM - 10:30AM


10:30am - 10:45am

Research presentation

10:45AM - 11:00AM

Plenary Session: What is the State of Digital Financial Services?

  • Diana Boncheva Gooley, Women’s World Banking
  • Elizabeth Kellison, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Marie Kyle, BIMA
  • Olivia White, McKinsey & Company

11:00AM - 12:00PM


12:00PM - 1:00PM


  • Irene Madeje Mlola, FSD Tanzania
  • Herman Smit, Cenfri

1:00PM - 1:15PM

Plenary Session: Designing for Behavior Change

  • Alex Blau, ideas42
  • Marina Dimova, Women's World Banking
  • Carolina Trivelli, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos
  • Matt Wallaert, An N of 1

1:15PM - 2:15PM


2:15PM - 2:45PM

Design Workshops

(three simultaneous sessions)


  • Samit Ghosh, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank


  • Karim Fanous, Lead Foundation


2:45PM - 4:15PM


4:15PM - 4:45PM

Keynote: What does blockchain mean for financial inclusion?

  • Charlene Chen, BitPesa

4:45PM - 5:00PM

End of Day Conversation

  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian, Women’s World Banking
  • Heidi Toribio, Standard Chartered

5:00PM - 5:30PM


5:30PM - 6:30PM


Day 2: October 25, 2017

Morning Theme: Drivers of Women's Financial Inclusion

Plenary Session: Africa Leads: Policymakers Empowering Women

  • Charity Dhliwayo, Graca Machel Trust - New Faces New Voices Zimbabwe Trust
  • Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula, Bank of Zambia
  • Karen Miller, Women’s World Banking

9:00AM - 10:00AM


10:00AM - 10:30AM

Breakout Sessions: What Drives Greater Outreach to Women?

(three simultaneous sessions)

Gender Diversity and Leadership for Innovation

  • Gladness Clara Deogratias, NMB Bank
  • Laura Hemrika, Credit Suisse
  • Oluwatoyin Sanni, United Capital Plc.
  • Angela Sun, Bloomberg

Gender Lens Impact Investing

  • Anne-Marie Chidzero, Alitheia Identity
  • CJ Juhasz, Women’s World Banking Asset Management
  • Henriette Kolb, IFC
  • Noako Koyama-Blanc, Dalberg

New and Emerging Platforms for Financial Inclusion

  • Rose Muturi, Tala
  • Amolo Ng'weno, BFA
  • Caitlin Sanford, Facebook

10:30AM - 11:30AM


11:30AM - 12:00PM


(multiple topics)

  • Francesca Brown, DFID
  • Tatenda Gatawa, IBM
  • Maria Largey, CDC Group
  • Bonney Tunya, CNBC Africa
  • Roshaneh Zafar, Kashf Foundation

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Networking Lunch

1:00PM - 2:00PM


Afternoon Theme: Key Segments to Reach


2:00PM - 2:15PM

Plenary Session: Ensuring Safety and Opportunity for Girls

  • Fatema Dewji, METL
  • Supun Dias, Hatton National Bank
  • Uzoma Dozie, Diamond Bank
  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian, Women's World Banking

2:15PM - 3:45PM


3:45PM - 4:15PM


  • Henriette Kolb, IFC
  • Tazeen Hassan, World Bank Group

4:15PM - 4:30PM

Plenary Session: Financing Women-Owned SMEs in the Global Supply Chain

  • Douglas Brew, Unilever
  • Bonney Tunya, CNBC Africa

4:30PM - 5:30PM

Closing Conversation: Looking Ahead: The Next Five Years in Women's Financial Inclusion

5:30PM - 6:00PM



The Making Finance Work for Women Summit is a global conference for stakeholders in women's financial inclusion. The event will focus on the most pressing issues in policy, technology, design and innovation for women's financial inclusion today.

Why does it matter?

As the world rallies around the Sustainable Development Goals, both financial inclusion and gender equality have emerged as critical prerequisites for achieving the goals. Empowering women through financial inclusion is an essential ingredient for achieving all of these objectives.