Day 1: October 24, 2017

Theme: Digital Financial Services



           Doors OPen FOR REGISTRATIOn

Opening Plenary Session: Making Finance Work for Women

  • Stephen Kehoe, Visa (remarks)
  • Ineke Bussemaker, NMB Bank
  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian, Women’s World Banking
  • Mark Napier, FSD Africa
  • Muna Sukhtian, Microfund for Women

9:00AM - 10:10AM


Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

10:10AM - 10:30AM

The Research you need to know

  • Joao Montalvao, World Bank Group
  • Amanda Satterly, Technoserve

10:30AM - 10:45AM

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
  • Adrine Muhura, GSMA
  • Olivia White, McKinsey & Company

10:45AM - 11:45aM


  • H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania

11:45am - 12:45pm


Sponsored by UK aid & FSD Africa

12:45PM - 1:45PM

The Research you need to know

  • Sylvia Chahonyo, Moody's
  • Irene Madeje Mlola, FSD Tanzania
  • Herman Smit, Cenfri

1:45PM - 2:00PM

Plenary Session: Designing for Behavior Change

  • Alex Blau, ideas42
  • Marina Dimova, Women's World Banking
  • Kate Hooper, Women's World Banking
  • Matt Wallaert, An N of 1

2:00PM - 3:00PM


3:00PM - 3:20PM

Design Workshops

(three simultaneous sessions)


  • Marina Dimova, Women's World Banking
  • Samit Ghosh, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank


  • Karim Fanous, Lead Foundation
  • Kate Hooper, Women's World Banking


  • Anna Gincherman, Women's World Banking
  • Jennifer Riria, Kenya Women Holding / FSDA Africa Advisory Council

3:20PM - 4:45PM


Sponsored by Diamond Bank

4:45PM - 5:05PM

What does blockchain mean for financial inclusion?

  • Charlene Chen, BitPesa

5:05PM - 5:20PM

End of Day Conversation

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

5:20PM - 5:45PM


Sponsored by Standard Chartered



Day 2: October 25, 2017

Morning Theme: Drivers of Women's Financial Inclusion

Plenary Session: Africa Leads: Policymakers Empowering Women


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

9:00AM - 10:00AM


Sponsored by ExxonMobil

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
  • Chinwe Onyeagoro, Great Place to Work
  • Angela Sun, Bloomberg

Gender Lens Impact Investing

  • Anne-Marie Chidzero, Alitheia Identity/ FSDA Africa Advisory Council
  • CJ Juhasz, Women’s World Banking Asset Management
  • Henriette Kolb, IFC
  • Naoko Koyama-Blanc, Dalberg
  • Devon Krainer, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

New and Emerging Platforms for Financial Inclusion

  • Paul Muli, Greenlight Planet
  • Rose Muturi, Tala
  • Amolo Ng'weno, BFA
  • Michael Elliott, Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion
  • Caitlin Sanford, Facebook

10:30AM - 11:30AM


11:30AM - 12:00PM


(multiple topics)

  • Johan Bosini, Quona Capital
  • Tatenda Gatawa, IBM
  • Katharine Kemp, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Maria Largey, CDC Group
  • Paul Musoke, FSD Africa
  • Bonney Tunya, CNBC Africa
  • Roshaneh Zafar, Kashf Foundation

12:00PM - 1:00PM


Sponsored by Visa

1:00PM - 2:00PM


Afternoon Theme: Key Segments to Reach


  • Debra Mallowah, GSK

2:00PM - 2:15PM

Plenary Session: Ensuring Safety and Opportunity for Girls

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

2:15PM - 3:30PM


Sponsored by Citi Inclusive Finance

3:30PM - 4:00PM

The Research you need to know

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

4:00PM - 4:15PM

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

  • Omokehinde Adebanjo, Mastercard
  • Douglas Brew, Unilever / FSDA Africa Advisory Council
  • Patience Nambo, World Cocoa Foundation
  • Bonney Tunya, CNBC Africa

4:15PM - 5:15PM

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

  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian, Women's World Banking
  • Stephen Kehoe, Visa

5:15PM - 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.