President and CEO, Women's World Banking
Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, the global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they require to achieve security and prosperity. Ms. Iskenderian joined Women’s World Banking in 2006 and leads the Women’s World Banking global team, based in New York and also serves as a member of the Investment Committee of its $50 million impact investment fund.
Prior to Women’s World Banking, Ms. Iskenderian worked for 17 years at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Before, she worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Ms. Iskenderian is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. Ms. Iskenderian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Chief Investment Officer, Women's World Banking Asset Management
CJ Juhasz is the Chief Investment Officer of WWB Asset Management, a subsidiary of Women’s World Banking, which makes gender-focused equity investments in inclusive finance institutions. WWB Asset Management aims to provide responsible growth capital, along with technical assistance, to women-focused inclusive finance institutions and to demonstrate the business case for investing in women. CJ is currently responsible for over $50mm in investment capital. Prior to launching Women's World Banking’s equity investment fund, CJ was the director of the capital markets group, with primary responsibility for promoting network members’ access to commercial sources of funding.
Prior to joining Women's World Banking in 2007, CJ gained 12 years’ structuring and marketing experience in international secured and unsecured debt and quasi-equity transactions for banks and financial institutions globally. From 2004-2007 she served as a director in Deutsche Bank’s fixed income syndicate group in New York. Previously she worked as a vice president in Deutsche Bank’s capital markets group in London and Merrill Lynch’s capital markets group in New York. While at Deutsche Bank, she also volunteered her time conducting credit analysis on microfinance institutions applying for Deutsche Bank’s microfinance funds. CJ began her career as a military police platoon leader in the United States Army, serving in Germany and the US. CJ holds a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Stanford University. She is a 2013 Eisenhower Fellowship recipient.
Chief Knowledge and Communications Officer, Women's World Banking
Karen Miller leads the marketing and communications, and advocacy work for Women's World Banking. In this role, she designs the strategy for the organization's work in raising awareness of and sharing best practices in women's financial inclusion. Karen oversees the content creation and knowledge sharing efforts for Women’s World Banking’s work. Prior to Women's World Banking, Karen worked as a brand strategist in Kenya for ZanaAfrica, a nonprofit addressing root causes of gender inequality. Karen has also held senior marketing roles at Xerox and LexisNexis. Early in her career, Karen designed public health campaigns in her role at Ogilvy PR as well as PR programs for technology clients at GCI Group.
Karen holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from Duke University.
Managing Director, Better Than Cash Alliance, UNCDF
Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen is the Managing Director of the United Nations based Better Than Cash Alliance, leading its efforts to accelerate the global shift from cash to digital payments by governments, companies and international organizations. The digitization of payments continues her work on poverty reduction as it helps to increase transparency, efficiency and provide a pathway to financial inclusion, driving inclusive growth.
Dr. Goodwin-Groen represents Better Than Cash Alliance at the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, is a member of the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee and a member of the Reference Group of the United Nations Secretary General Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.
Prior to joining the Better Than Cash Alliance, Dr. Goodwin-Groen was the Australian Co-Chair of the G20s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion and the Financial Services for the Poor Adviser at the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Goodwin-Groen has also advised leading organizations in the field of financial inclusion including the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, the World Bank Group, the Soros Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, the FinMark Trust (South Africa), the German Technical Cooperation, Women's World Banking, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as Cambridge University in over 15 different countries including in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
Dr. Goodwin-Groen holds a PhD. from the University of Bath, UK, an M.B.A. (Distinction) from Harvard Business School, USA and; a B.Sc. Hons. (1st) from the University of Western Australia.
Principal Partner, Alitheia Identity
Anne-Marie Chidzero is internationally known professional in financial and private sector development with 25 years experience working with Development Finance Institutions, Consulting Firms and Private Equity Funds, managing investment and development finance projects in 32 African Anglo, Franco and Luso-phone countries.
She is Principal Partner, Alitheia Identity Managers, raising a USD100million Pan African private equity fund, anchored by the African Development Bank, for growth SMEs led by gender diverse teams to achieve high financial returns and economic and social impact. Anne-Marie is also Advisor to Financial Sector Deepening-Mozambique Fund (FSDMF), financed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). A fund she established in 2014 and led as CEO.
In recent years she managed a USD42 million fund, AfriCap Microfinance Investment Company, and is now concluding the last exits, returning capital to shareholders.
As a leader in enterprise finance, she sits on the Boards of the USD270m Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) of the Alliance for the Greening Revolution in Africa(AGRA), Financial Sector Development Fund Africa (FSDA), Untu Microfinance Bank Zimbabwe, and Socremo Microfinane Bank Mozambique. She is founding member of a Pan African network of Women in Finance, NFNV, and sits on the Advisory Board of Women's World Banking,
Anne-Marie holds a BSC Psychology, McGill University, Montreal and MA Economics, University of Toronto, Canada.
Manager, Digital Financial Services, Women's World Banking
Diana Boncheva Gooley leads digital financial services initiatives for Women's World Banking financial inclusion work. Previously, Diana headed Strategic Partnerships and Projects at Mondato as a management consultant specialized in digital finance/mobile Fintech.
Diana also has launched and managed projects such as mobile parking, ticketing, and debt collection for Paythru, a Fintech startup in the UK. She began her career in digital finance as an analyst in mobile money developing some of the first research in the space including evaluation frameworks and market studies. At the same time, she also managed a remittance price comparison portal.
In her previous life, Diana worked in free trade, more specifically on NAFTA-related topics. Diana has been supporting women-focused organizations as a volunteer and is the co-founder of GeekGirl LA chapter. She holds an international affairs and economics undergraduate degree from Sweet Briar College and a graduate degree from SAIS Johns Hopkins.
Chief Investment Officer, Women's World Banking Asset Management
CJ Juhasz is the Chief Investment Officer of Women's World Banking Asset Management, a subsidiary of Women's World Banking, which makes gender-focused equity investments in inclusive finance institutions. WWB Asset Management aims to provide responsible growth capital, along with technical assistance, to women-focused inclusive finance institutions and to demonstrate the business case for investing in women. CJ is currently responsible for over $50 million in investment capital. Prior to launching Women's World Banking equity investment fund, CJ was the director of the capital markets group, with primary responsibility for promoting network members access to commercial sources of funding.
Prior to joining Women's World Banking in 2007, CJ gained 12 years structuring and marketing experience in international secured and unsecured debt and quasi-equity transactions for banks and financial institutions globally. From 2004-2007 she served as a director in Deutsche Bank fixed income syndicate group in New York. Previously she worked as a vice president in Deutsche Bank capital markets group in London and Merrill Lynch capital markets group in New York. While at Deutsche Bank, she also volunteered her time conducting credit analysis on micro-finance institutions applying for Deutsche Bank micro-finance funds. CJ began her career as a military police platoon leader in the United States Army, serving in Germany and the US. CJ holds a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Stanford University. She is a 2013 Eisenhower Fellowship recipient.
Chief Knowledge and Communications Officer, Women's World Banking
Karen Miller leads the marketing and communications, and advocacy work for Women's World Banking. In this role, she designs the strategy for the organization's work in raising awareness of and sharing best practices in women's financial inclusion. Karen oversees the content creation and knowledge sharing efforts for Women's World Banking work. Prior to Women's World Banking, Karen worked as a brand strategist in Kenya for ZanaAfrica, a nonprofit addressing root causes of gender inequality. Karen has also held senior marketing roles at Xerox and LexisNexis. Early in her career, Karen designed public health campaigns in her role at Ogilvy PR as well as PR programs for technology clients at GCI Group.
Karen holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from Duke University.
Partner, McKinsey and Company Inc.
Olivia is a Partner in the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Company and a core member of the Firm Financial Services and Risk Management practices. She has worked extensively on financial inclusion topics in emerging markets as well as with a broad range of financial institutions in the US and Europe.
She is co-leader of McKinsey Financial Inclusion Practice, and has experience working on financial exclusion topics in a range of countries including Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, China and Nigeria. She is an author of the recent McKinsey Global Institute publication, Digital Finance for All: Powering Inclusive Growth in Emerging Economies. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Better Than Cash Alliance and on the Advisory Committee for the ProInspire Fellowship in Digital Finance.
Olivia is also a leader in McKinsey risk practice, where she is a leader in our work on risk and financial technologies leads our service line in Enterprise Risk Management in North America.
Olivia client work includes customer experience transformations in retail and small business financial services, strategy and diligence work for investors in digital financial services, and examination of sales practices in retail banking. She has also contributed to major research efforts looking at both the economics and risks associated with digital payments in emerging markets. These include an empirical analysis of the economics of mobile money in East Africa, an examination of the economics of payment systems around the world to understand implications and opportunities for financial inclusion, and an investigation into the risk associated with digitally-enabled payments in the developing world.
Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Olivia was a Pappalardo Fellow in Physics at MIT. She holds a PhD in Physics from Harvard, an MSC in Mathematics from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford University.
Head Gender Secretariat, IFC
Henriette is the Head of the Gender Secretariat at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. She serves as an advocate for gender equality issues in the private sector and leads a team that works with IFC clients to include both women and men as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers, community stakeholders and leaders.
Before joining IFC in September 2013, Henriette was the CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, where she remains involved as a senior advisor. Henriette also serves as a member of Secretary Hillary Clinton's International Council on Women's Business Leadership.
Earlier in her career, Henriette was the UN representative in the Middle East Quartet team advising Tony Blair in Jerusalem. She also worked for the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). She has held positions as governance advisor with the European Commission Delegation to Tanzania, the German Technical Cooperation Agency in Germany, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tanzania, where she worked on conflict reduction, civic education, and socioeconomic issues in East Africa.
Henriette graduated with an MSC in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and received her MA from Freiburg University, Germany. Henriette is a Bucerius and Hertie summer school alumna and a frequent contributor to blogs hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, Huffington Post, and Business Fights Poverty.
Anchor, CNBC- AFRICA
Bonney Tunya is CNBC Africa East Africa Anchor. A financial journalist with a wealth of experience moderating high-level financial and economic debates.
He is a World Economic Forum moderator as well as presenting real-time African financial news, providing actionable market information, and solution-seeking Interviews and well researched features through CNBC Africa broadcast to 48 countries across the African continent.
Bonney is also a contributor with the Forbes Africa magazine. Prior to joining CNBC Africa he served as the business and general news anchor with the Kenya Television Network (KTN).
Bonney studied Journalism at the United States International University (USIU) Kenya, and is an alumni of the Reuters News Foundation, The Global Short Film Project and the African Media Initiative.
CEO, NMB Bank
Ineke Bussemaker is the CEO of NMB Bank in Tanzania. NMB is the largest retail bank in Tanzania, with over 190 branches, 2.5 million customers and total assets of approximately USD 2.25 billion. The bank offers the full scope of banking services to consumers, farmers, micro enterprises, SME , corporates and the Government in Tanzania.
Ineke has been an international banker for over 30 years and started her career in banking after her MBA degree with a focus on business computing. Her experience covers corporate banking, country management, transaction banking and e-business. Prior to joining NMB, she has worked for Rabobank, Citi and ABNAMRO bank across four European countries: the Netherlands (home country), UK, Ireland and Denmark.
Her focus on banking has always been on innovation and especially how modern technology can support the development of customer friendly new products and services. Financial inclusion is of particular importance in African countries and mobile banking services will make the difference.
Head of Foreign Exchange Trading, NMB Bank
Gladness C. Deogratias joined National Microfinance Bank (NMB) in 2014 as Head of Foreign Exchange Trading, looking after the overall foreign exchange exposure of the bank through the prescribed Net Open Position within Treasury Department. Ms Deogratias holds a BA (Hon) Accounting, Finance and Management from Nottingham University Business School in the UK and Global MBA from Oxford Brookes University.
Having worked locally and globally in financial services industry for over 10years primarily in Banking, she realizes that women struggle to gain access to resources needed to grow in their career/business and thus, often underrepresented amongst the top management positions/ business. Alongside her daily duties, she introduced and established Women Arise Forum; a platform that fosters gender equality, advancement, mentorship and leadership opportunities for women at NMB. She apprehends inclusive culture in the workplace that promote diversity; core to innovation and ultimately improving the performance of the organization.
Gladness' long term goal is to see the gender parity gap narrows in the banking industry which she believes will also mean more products that are gender sensitive will be offered by these banks; eventually an African woman will have access to quality, affordable and relevant financial services that meets her needs.
Behavioral Scientist, An N of 1
Matt Wallaert is a behavioral scientist working at the intersection of technology and human behavior. A multi-exit entrepreneur and product expert, he is passionate about gender wage equity, competing pressures design, and the science of behavior change. No matter where he is, Matt will be in cowboy boots and jeans. Say hi on Twitter: @mattwallaert
Head of Product Development & Innovation, BIMA
Marie provides strategic direction for BIMA's new product design and development. She also supports implementation and roll out of new products within local markets.
Marie joined BIMA from CDC Group, the UK government development finance institution, supporting the launch of new private equity funds across Africa. She has extensive experience in management consulting, development finance, and the nonprofit sector. Marie's previous roles include positions at the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Zambia, and with the international consulting group Bain & Company in Chicago.
Marie holds a BSC in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Deputy Governor - Administrations, Bank of Zambia
Dr Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula is a lawyer by profession with a distinguished public service career in financial services regulatory institutions, board directorships, research, and academia. Tukiya began her career in the Faculty of Law of the University of Zambia where she taught not only business related laws but also the Human Rights of Women and Children.
From the University, Tukiya joined the Securities and Exchange Commission as Director of Licensing and Enforcement before moving to the Bank of Zambia as Bank Secretary. The position of Bank Secretary entailed being General Counsel, Secretary to the Board and Director in charge of Public Relations and Communications.
Tukiya’s current accountabilities include providing strategic direction and oversight to the support functions of the Bank such as Human Resources, Board Secretariat, Legal Services and Information and Communications Technology. Tukiya has also been championing the financial inclusion of women.
Tukiya is a member of the World Bank Group’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development, Chairperson of the Gender and Women’s Financial Inclusion Committee (GWFIC) of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) and also an Honorary Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Banking and Financial Services.
In 2014, Tukiya was awarded the Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year Award by the International Bar Association.
Tukiya holds a PhD from the University of London; LLM from Harvard; and LLB from the University of Zambia.
Graca Machel Trust-New Faces New Voices Zimbabwe Trust
Dr. Dhliwayo has served the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for thirty-six years, having joined the Central Bank in 1981.
She rose through the ranks from being a junior-entry level professional to the position of Deputy Governor at the Central Bank. Between 2013 and 2014 (five months), she served as Acting Governor.
Dr. Dhliwayo holds a PhD in Economics which she attained in 1990 from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. She holds an MA degree in Economics also attained in Wales, UK in 1984. She attained BA (Honors degree) in Economics with the University of Manchester, UK in 1980.
Dr. Dhliwayo has carried out various regional capacity building assignments for Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA); African Development Bank (AFDB); Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) and East and Southern Africa Banking Supervisors (ESAF). She sits on various boards in Zimbabwe. Dr. Dhliwayo has a great passion in Community Development and financial inclusion issues.
Deputy Director, Gender Lead, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Liz Kellison is the Gender Lead for the Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) team. Liz leads the team work to increase low-income women access to and usage of digital financial services. The FSP team works with a wide range of public and private sector partners to foster the development of digital payment systems such as mobile money that can reach hundreds of millions of people with the financial tools they need to mitigate risks and capture opportunities to move out of poverty.
Prior to joining the foundation, Liz was instrumental in launching and managing WebJunction.org, a learning portal for public library staff run by OCLC, the world's largest nonprofit library cooperative. Before WebJunction, Liz was Vice President of Business Development at Quisic, an online business and management education company, serving top business schools and global 1000 corporations. Liz earned a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Williams College, and an MA in Slavic Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill, and struggles to speak Russian as well as she used to.
CEO, Diamond Bank Plc
Uzoma Dozie is the Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank. His banking experience spans over 20 years performing various roles and functions related to Credit and Marketing, Planning and Financial Control and Business Process Re-engineering. He is privileged to have spent over 10 of those years as an executive of one of fastest growing banks in Nigeria.
He started his banking career from Guaranty Trust Bank Plc in 1993 where he worked in the Commercial Banking Unit, and later moved to Citizen International Bank Limited where he worked in the Oil and Gas Division. In 1998, he joined Diamond Bank Plc as an Assistant Manager and Head of the Bank’s Oil and Gas Group where he expanded the Bank’s Oil and Gas businesses.
Having garnered years of experience in business development, and considering the desire to become an accomplished banker, Uzoma moved to the Financial Control Group of the Bank in 2000 and rose through the ranks to become the Chief Executive Officer.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Reading, Berkshire, a Master’s of Science degree in Chemical Research from the University College, London and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Imperial College Management School of London 1998. He is currently the Secretary of Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Nigeria (HBSAN).
Managing Director for Innovation and Design, Women's World Banking
Marina Dimova is a designer with 12 years of experience developing, implementing and scaling innovative solutions to social problems. She uses insights from behavioral science and new technologies to build effective customer-centric products and services, and embed innovation into teams and organizations. As a Managing Director of Design and Innovation at Women’s World Banking, she focuses on transforming the strategic ideation and solution design processes of the organization, and identifying and designing innovative financial solutions for its clients.
Prior to that, she was a Vice President at ideas42, where she designed, tested and scaled products, processes and programs in consumer finance, international development and financial inclusion. Her designs have focused on increasing the take-up and usage of financial products and improving the financial management behaviors of low-income clients. Before that, Marina led strategy for a social enterprise developing a youth employment program in West Africa. She has also worked on agricultural value chains and private sector development at the World Bank, and in finance and healthcare consulting.
Marina holds an MPA in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in Economics and Government from Franklin & Marshall College.
Vice President, Ideas42
Alex Blau is a Vice President at ideas42 currently focusing on challenges in consumer finance, design and decision-making, and international development.
Prior to joining ideas42, Alex worked as a research analyst at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, examining the exit-strategies of a number of large, Title-II funded integrated nutrition interventions in Kenya.
In addition, Alex has extensive experience developing agricultural supply chains for small-scale organic farmers in the Caribbean. Alex holds an MSC in food policy and applied nutrition science from Tufts University, and a BA in political science with a focus in international relations from Brown University.
Director, Communications, Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Living, Unilever Africa
Dougie Brew is the Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business for Unilever Africa. His early career was in engineering, adventure travel and environmental management before he became a senior adviser at the UK Department for International Development. Following this he worked in Brussels including time at the UK Representation to the EU and as a member of the EU Trade Commissioner’s Cabinet.
He joined Unilever in 2012 and has spent the last 5 years supporting the business in its mission to drive sustainable growth and create a brighter future for Africa through Unilever brands and operations. He has spent much of his career living and working in different countries and is passionate about releasing the power of ordinary people to make a difference to the world.
Country Manager, East Africa, Tala
Building on an exciting career rising through the ranks at Standard Chartered Bank, and in roles leading product development and strategy at Chase Bank Kenya and TransUnion Africa, Rose is now in FinTech at Tala(InVenture Mobile) as Country Manager overseeing KE and TZ.
Rose is a Top 40 Women Under 40 in Business Daily laureate for 2015 as well as Choiseul 100 under 40 Economic Leaders of Tomorrow, 2016 laureate. Twitter @ShikoKinuthia.
Director, FSD Africa
Mark is Director of Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Africa. Mark’s early career was in investment banking in the City of London where he advised growth companies on M&A and capital raising. However, he has now been involved in financial sector development in Africa for well over a decade.
From 2004-2009 he was CEO of FinMark Trust, based in Johannesburg. He then moved back to London where he became an independent consultant specializing in access to finance in developing countries, mainly in Africa. He joined CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, as Director of Investment Innovation from 2011-2012. Finally, he moved to Nairobi to head up FSD Africa in December 2012.
FSD Africa is a non-profit company which aims to increase prosperity, create jobs and reduce poverty by bringing about a transformation in financial markets in SSA and in the economies they serve. It provides know-how and capital to champions of change whose ideas, influence and actions will make finance more useful to African businesses and households.
Mark has written papers and articles on financial sector development and was commissioning editor for a 2010 book of case studies on financial innovation in Africa – Real Money, New Frontiers.
Global Head of Strategy and Corporate Development, Bloomberg
Angela Sun is Global Head of Strategy and Corporate Development for Bloomberg L.P. In this capacity, Angela oversees business development, acquisitions and partnerships spanning the company’s media, financial products, enterprise and data businesses, as well as strategic planning and company-wide initiatives. She also manages Bloomberg Institute, the education platform serving universities worldwide and 75,000 students through the finance training platform, Bloomberg Market Concepts. In 2016, Angela created and launched the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, the first-of-its-kind social index to provide issuers and investors data to measure companies on the metrics that drive gender parity. From 2008-2014, she served as Chief‐of‐Staff to former Bloomberg CEO and President, Dan Doctoroff.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, L.P., Angela served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Bloomberg Administration, where she oversaw a citywide portfolio of economic development agencies and led urban planning and real estate development projects. From 2001-2005, Angela worked at the management consultancy, McKinsey & Company, where she was an Engagement Manager focused on the Financial Services and Healthcare sectors. Prior to McKinsey, Angela was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan and a Visiting Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a non‐partisan international security and defense analysis think tank in Washington, D.C.
Angela graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a Vice Chair of the Harvard Gift Committee. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and World Economic Forum and serves on the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights Advisory Council. Angela also serves as a Trustee on the Boards of the Museum of Arts and Design, Second Stage Theatre, and Women’s World Banking, the largest global network of microfinance institutions and banks dedicated to the economic empowerment of women. She lives in New York City with her husband, Ate, and daughter, Avery.
Executive Director, Lead Foundation
Karim Fanous is the Executive Director of Lead Foundation, an Egyptian not-for-profit Microfinance Institution established in 2003 with a mission focusing on providing poor and low-income entrepreneurs especially women with sustainable access to quality microfinance services that address their needs and build their capacity.
Under his leadership in the past 13 years, Lead Foundation has been one of the fastest growing microfinance institution in Egypt with 188,538 active clients at the end of June 2016, of which 89% are women.
Lead successfully operates 20 lending offices in 5 governorates, presently employing 803 staff. It has made in excess of 2.7 million loans to over 828,057 clients since inception, creating many additional jobs in the process.
Mr. Fanous is also a board member of Credit Agricole Bank in Egypt and has served on the boards of the Washington DC based Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) network, “Sanabel” the Microfinance Network of the Arab Countries and the Egyptian Microfinance Network.
Mr. Fanous is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics & Political Sciences, Cairo University in 1980.Prior to working in Microfinance, he worked as an international banker in Bahrain, Hong Kong, the UAE and Egypt; as well as an independent Business and Financial Consultant in Egypt.
Managing Director, Microfund for Women
Muna Sukhtian is the Managing Director of Microfund for Women, a leading microfinance institution in Jordan. She is also a Director of GMS Holdings, a family-owned diversified company.
Ms. Sukhtian started her career as a management consultant in the US, before returning to Jordan to work in her family’s multinational pharmaceutical business. With a passion for social service, she then served as Chief of Staff to Her Majesty Queen Rania, before assuming her current position at Microfund for Women in 2008.
Ms. Sukhtian is a board member of Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education and Queen Rania Teacher Academy. Ms. Sukhtian also serves on the Executive Committee of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), as well as on the Boards of the Shoman Foundation (which invests in cultural and social innovation in Jordan) and Jordan’s Royal Film Commission.
Ms. Sukhtian holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from INSEAD. She is married and has three boys.
Head of Business Development, Hatton National Bank
Supun Dias has 25 years experience in banking and exposure at Hatton National Bank, a premier retail bank in Sri Lanka with a 130 year history and a branch network of 250. Supun is currently the Head of Retail Business development for HNB and reports Directly to the Chief Operating officer.
Head of Financial Institutions, Equity Investments, CDC Group
Maria Largey is the Head of the Financial Institutions sector team at CDC and is responsible for the equity FI portfolio across Africa and Asia. Prior to joining CDC in 2012, she worked in the microfinance sector at both Agora Microfinance Partners and Opportunity International. Before joining the development finance sector, Maria worked at JPMorgan in both London and New York where she was responsible for creating investment solutions for asset management clients.
Maria holds a BSc in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Data and Analytics Transformation Executive, IBM
Tatenda is a Data and Analytics Transformation Executive within the Middle East and Africa Financial Services team at IBM. In this role he looks after enterprise-scale data-focused transformation efforts in organisations across the Middle East and the African Continent. A statistician by training, he has extensive experience in financial services (both as a practitioner and as a consultant) and in data analytics. He earned his MBA from The Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria; Masters in Mathematical Statistics from The University of The Witwatersrand, Bachelor of Science (With Honours) Operations Research from The University of The Witwatersrand, Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Statistics) from The National University of Lesotho
Global Head, Banks & Broker Dealers, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered Bank
Heidi Toribio is the Global Head, Banks & Broker Dealers and is based in Singapore. She joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2014 as the Regional Head of Financial Institutions, North America. Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, she worked at Barclays Capital as Managing Director from 2008 – 2013 and at Lehman Brothers from 2000 to 2008 in various global management roles including Global Head of Strategic Partnerships, Co-Global Treasurer and Global Head of Creditor Relations and Network Management. She lives in Singapore with her husband and daughter.
Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Naoko is a Partner based in Nairobi, who advises multilateral and bilateral organizations, corporations, foundations, and NGOs on strategy, financial planning and management, market analysis, and monitoring and evaluation. She has experience in agribusiness, global health, inclusive business models, business start-up strategy, access to finance, trade and investment policy, and financial management.
Naoko’s recent work includes assisting private companies to develop inclusive business models targeting low-income populations as customers, as well as assessing such models’ social impact. For example, she has advised an energy company to establish a business model to distribute an alternative energy source to urban poor on a commercial basis and supported the pilot’s design, monitoring, and partnership-building.
Prior to Dalberg, Naoko worked for the International Finance Corporation, where she held positions at the Independent Evaluation Group and the Investment Climate Advisory Services. Naoko holds an MA in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is a US Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
East Africa Regional Director, BFA Global
Amolo is the East Africa Regional Director for BFA. She heads up the Nairobi office while also leading the Finance for Life area of expertise, focusing on financial services addressing development areas such as health and education. Formerly, she was the Managing Director of Digital Divide Data Kenya, a social enterprise that provides data and research services to companies and governments, while hiring young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and supporting their higher education. Prior to that, Amolo held a position as Deputy Director in the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In that role, she worked to improve scale, range and impact of financial services available to the poor in developing countries. Prior to her work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Amolo worked in Kenya, her native country, where she was the COO of the Trust for African Rock Art. She also was a co-founder of Africa Online, East Africa’s first internet provider, which operated in eight countries before sale to Telkom South Africa. Amolo holds a BA in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from Princeton University.
Managing Director, Kashf Foundation
Ms. Roshaneh Zafar is a graduate of the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA and also holds a Masters degree in Development Economics from Yale University, USA. She has worked with the World Bank as a women-in-development associate in the water and sanitation sectors. Ms. Zafar founded Pakistan’s first specialized microfinance institution Kashf Foundation in 1996 after a chance meeting with Professor Yunus, and has also founded the Kashf Microfinance Bank in 2008. She has been representing Kashf and Pakistan on many international forums including the World Economic Forum and has been the recipient of many international and national awards, including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan’s highest civilian awards. She is also on the board of other not-for profit organizations.
Technical Director/Head of Client Insights, Cenfri
Herman is a Technical Director at Cenfri and the founder and head of Client Insights of the i2i facility. He is responsible for driving their work on the application of behavioural science, analytics and technology to advance the role of the financial sector in development.
Herman’s research has predominantly focused on designing country-level financial inclusion strategies to achieve development outcomes, as well as understanding business model and regulatory innovations that enhance the ability of financial services to meet financial needs. In particular, this work has explored the use of disruptive innovation to support inclusive insurance development. He has worked extensively across Africa, Latin America, East and Southeast Asia.
Herman has a master’s degree in economics from Tilburg University in the Netherlands and a bachelor’s degree in statistics and econometrics from the University of Pretoria (South Africa). He is completing a master’s degree in behavioural sciences from the London School of Economics.
Operations Director, Financial Sector Deepening Tanzania
Since December 2014, Irene has been the Operations Director for FSDT Tanzania. Irene is a well seasoned Telecoms expert with over 10 years of experience across leading MNO’s in Tanzania (Vodacom and Airtel). She also has extensive experience in banking from when she worked for Barclays Banks.
Irene’s primary responsibilities are to ensure her team delivers well-rounded solutions to spearhead financial access, and usage to disadvantaged/poor people in Tanzania that will fuel socio economic development. Key thematic areas at FSDT include agricultural and rural financing, digital financing and SME financing.
Irene holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Maastrich School of Management and ESAMI (Executive MBA Program). Her area of expertise include Transformation of Business unites as well as project management and general leadership.
Marketing Director, METL
My name is Fatema born and raised in Tanzania. I studied at Georgetown University in Washington DC, grew up playing golf and and I am currently working as a Marketing Director for one of the largest business houses in Africa. It was Mandela that once said: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made in the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we will lead.”
A year and a half ago, Mandela’s words spoke to me, I was working 12 hours a day, 5½ days a week. I loved my job and was deeply passionate about it, however I sensed as though something was missing in my life, I felt like I was not making a difference, that I was not being of service.
This is where Educate, Empower & Inspire idea was born. Growing up I was fortunate enough to attend schools of the highest caliber and played classical sport of golf competitively. Most importantly, I was surrounded by family that supported and loved me.
Unfortunately, this is not the same for many girls around the world. That is when I decided that I was going to empower women and young girls by inspiring them to use their gifts, talents and strengths to unlock their inner potential to advance economically but also socially to free them from stigmas that surround women and young girls in their societies that affects their daily lives.
User Experience Research Lead, Facebook
Caitlin Sanford is a passionate consumer advocate and researcher interested in financial and digital inclusion and healthy financial markets. Currently, she uses surveys and qualitative research methods to understand the needs and preferences of people who are new to the internet for Facebook's Connectivity Team. Before joining Facebook, Caitlin led the Consumer Insights team at Bankable Frontier Associates. She has also worked in evaluation at the World Bank and with the United Nations Development and Environment Programs. She loves bike rides, cheese, and learning both foreign and statistical programming languages. Twitter: @caitlinsanford
Chief Operating Officer, BitPesa
Charlene Chen currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of BitPesa (www.bitpesa.co), a digital F/X platform that leverages Blockchain technology to significantly lower the cost of remittances and business payments to, from and within sub-Saharan Africa. Charlene has over 10 years of private sector and social sector experience working with a variety of organizations ranging from internet start-ups to Fortune 500 companies (Microsoft, Eli Lilly) to international non-profits (Grameen Foundation, TechnoServe, KickStart International). She began her career as an IT consultant at Deloitte Consulting, but during business school made a career shift to focus on social entrepreneurship and ICTD (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) in sub-Saharan Africa. Charlene has worked in Gabon, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria and Senegal. She holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California - Berkeley and a B.S. in Psychology and Computer Science from Duke University.
Project Manager, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)
Devon Krainer is a Project Manager at Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) specializing in women’s economic empowerment, market systems, blended finance and SME investment. Devon was most recently involved in piloting and launching the Gender Equality Mainstreaming (GEM) Framework, which offers a suite of practical tools for investors and SMEs to evaluate and upgrade gender equality within business operations by mainstreaming gender across environment, social and governance (ESG) standards. Devon holds an honours bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School and a post graduate diploma in Social Innovation from University of Waterloo.
Vice President and Area Business Head, West Africa, Mastercard
Omokehinde Adebanjo is the Vice President and Area Business Head for West Africa, Mastercard. Based in Nigeria, Omoke is responsible for advancing acceptance and issuance of Mastercard payment products in Nigeria and other English-speaking countries in West Africa.
Prior to her appointment as Area Business Head, Omoke fulfilled the role of Vice President for Business Development in the West African region.
Before joining Mastercard, Omoke was employed by the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank), where she spent four years as the Head of Cards and Product Development. Prior to GTBank, she worked at Econet (now known as Airtel).
She holds an MBA from the Lagos Business School, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
Omoke is committed to introducing the benefits of a cashless society to Nigeria and the region, and focuses on building relationships with government, financial institutions and merchants to realise both the Mastercard vision of a world beyond cash, and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s goals to reduce the circulation of cash in the country’s economy.
Senior Business Leader and Lab Director for the Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion
Michael is the Senior Business Leader and Lab Director for the Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion, an innovation hub based in Nairobi. The Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion is the first Mastercard lab in Africa and the first to focus on financial inclusion. With the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lab seeks to impact more than 100 million people by bringing together Mastercard's innovation and global financial inclusion capabilities under one roof, combining these with local expertise and insight.
Based in Nairobi, Michael is responsible for the development of innovative solutions that are exclusively focused on financial inclusion by combining local expertise and insight.
Prior to starting his career at Mastercard, Michael led the Connected Farmer Alliance at TecnoServe. The position was in partnership with USAID and Vodafone where he was responsible for the development of mobile payment solutions and digital financial services for agriculture in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique.
He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary.
Michael is committed to achieving Mastercard’s vision to connect 100 million people in Africa previously excluded from formal financial services through the use of public-private partnerships with governments, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.
Executive Vice President, Market Research & Solution Development, Women's World Banking
Kate Hooper joined Women’s World Banking in 2017 as Executive Vice President, Market Research and Solution Development. In this role, she leads the Market Research, Design and Innovation and Project Management Teams. Kate drives Women’s World Banking’s human-centered design approach in identifying market needs and trends in emerging markets including consumer insights and uses these findings to develop and implement solutions which will address the needs and opportunities of our clients to increase their market share and profitability, while ultimately resulting in more women being served with enhanced financial services.
Prior to joining the organization, Kate was Senior Creative Director at Capital One, Senior Director of Marketing at Virginia Life Science Investments and Vice President at Wachovia. She received her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Richmond and will receive an MSC Behavioral Science from the London School of Economics at the end of 2017.
Research Fellow, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Dr Katharine Kemp is a Research Fellow on the Digital Financial Services Research Team at the School of Law, UNSW Sydney. The Team is conducting in-depth research into the regulation of digital financial services in developing countries in particular, including through fieldwork in these countries. This project is supported by the Australian Research Council and the United Nations Capital Development Fund.
Katharine’s research focuses especially on consumer protection and data privacy in financial services regulation. She has also practised as a commercial lawyer in major law firms, as a barrister in Melbourne, and consulted to the Competition Commission of South Africa during the six years that she lived and worked in South Africa.
Katharine lectures contract law and consumer law, and has published widely in comparative competition law and misuse of market power. She is a Member of the Centre for Law and Market Regulation, and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Future of Finance Initiative in India.
Associate, Population Council
Karen Austrian, PhD, MPH, leads Population Council projects designed to empower girls in east and southern Africa. She develops, implements, and evaluates programs that build girls’ protective assets, such as financial literacy, social safety nets and access to education. Austrian is the principal investigator of two large, longitudinal, randomized trials evaluating the impact of multi-sectoral programs for adolescent girls – the Adolescent Girls Initiative – Kenya and the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program in Zambia.
Austrian has provided technical assistance on girls’ programs and policies to the World Bank, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Girl Hub, the Nike Foundation, and international, national, and community organizations. Before joining the Council in 2007, she co-founded and directed the Binti Pamoja Center, a program to empower adolescent girls in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.
Austrian has an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she was a Sharp Scholar and specialized in reproductive and adolescent health. She has a PhD in public health and epidemiology from Ben Gurion University in Israel. She speaks English, Hebrew, and Swahili and is based in the Council’s Nairobi office.
Group CEO, Kenya Women Holding
Dr. Jennifer Riria is the Group CEO of Kenya Women Holding. She is distinguished as Microfinance Banker and Practitioner, Researcher and Gender Specialist. She has led KWFT for over twenty seven years, and, propelled it from unprofitable NGO to a medium sized Bank, serving low income women and their families. She has served in many other leadership roles for which she has been recognized locally and internationally. She has been recognized for her work by Kenya Government, Women of The Decade in Innovation and Leadership Award, by the All ladies league and Women Economic forum (WEF), Oslo Business for Peace Foundation, Ernst Young, Africa Economic builders, Women’s World Banking, Marketing Society of Kenya, All Africa Business leaders, Ford Foundation and The Michael Jordan Foundation and many others globally.
Dr. Riria’s passion is to touch lives and build institutions that enhance equity, fairness and justice.
Global Head of Corporate Citizenship & Foundations, Credit Suisse
Laura Hemrika is the Global Head of Corporate Citizenship & Foundations, the team responsible for the bank’s commitment to society, enabling inclusive growth by partnering with and empowering organizations and individuals to advance education, microfinance and other key sectors such as impact investing. Laura joined Credit Suisse in 2010, as Head of the Microfinance Capacity Building Initiative.
Prior to Credit Suisse, Laura worked in strategy consulting at Booz & Company as well as for a number of private and public sector players in the fields of microfinance, fintech, social enterprise and education. She started her career in educational publishing at Houghton Mifflin and in teaching at Boston College. Laura holds an MBA from London Business School with a concentration in finance. She has an MA from Boston College (USA) and has also studied at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Laura is an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow since 2014. She is on the board of the European Microfinance Platform and of the Swiss Capacity Building Facility, a public-private development partnership with the Swiss government.
Manager, Financial Services, Africa, Greenlight Planet
Paul Muli works in the Consumer Finance section for Greenlight Planet, and is responsible for identifying suitable banks, Microfinance institutions and consumer finance channel partners across Africa, and pitching the importance of adding Greenlight Planet's energy solutions, as a value-add to their core business.
Paul’s experience is in digital financial services, with specific focus on consumer finance, Fintech and alternative lending channels. He has worked for Kenya Commercial Bank as a Sales Team Leader, where his primary focus was on improving the bank’s retail and SME segment’s portfolio of products, through sales, marketing and product development.
He has also worked for Jumo, one of Africa’s leading Financial Technology companies, and was, until recently, Jumo Kenya’s Country Channel Head, where his focus was on spearheading Jumo’s Commercial and Expansion strategies, through fostering strategic partnerships with leading Financial Service Providers and Mobile Network Operators in Kenya.
He holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, and is in the final stages of completing his M.A. in Diplomacy, from the University of Nairobi.
Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank Group
Tazeen Hasan joined the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law program in 2014 where she leads the women’s financial inclusion research. Prior to this, she was the legal specialist for the World Bank Group’s World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development. She is a coauthor of various World Bank group publications, including “Empowering Women: Legal Rights and Economic Opportunities in Africa”, “Opening Doors: Gender Equality in the Middle East and North Africa" and “Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity”. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she practiced as a barrister in the UK specializing in civil and commercial law, and subsequently worked in Kenya as a legal adviser to NGOs. She obtained a Masters in International Law from the London School of Economics and a BA in Law from Pembroke College, University of Oxford.
President, Great Place to Work
Chinwe serves as President of Great Place to Work®. She works with executives in successfully executing business strategy through developing high-trust, high performance cultures. Her executive advisory work with Great Place to Work® includes multi-billion dollar technology, telecom, financial services, and bio-pharma companies. She has worked for two top management consultancies (McKinsey & Company and The Monitor Group – acquired by Deloitte in 2013). She serves on the boards of private equity firms and lending institutions that have invested over a $1 Billion in small and medium enterprises that create good jobs in communities. She holds an A.B. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Harvard University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute
Gender Specialist, World Cocoa Foundation
Patience A. Nambo works as Gender Specialist for the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). In her role, she provides technical oversight for the development and implementation of the organization’s gender strategy.
Her knowledge in gender programming is accompanied with other experiences in climate change, microfinance and agribusiness.
Prior to joining WCF, Patience worked in different roles for private sector and non-profit organizations including VSO Cameroon, International Trade Centre, IBM and the Cameroon Cooperative Credit Union League. She holds an MSc in Economics Management from the University of Lugano and a BSc. in Women & Gender Studies with Law from the University of Buea.
Venture Partner, Quona Capital
After spending many years in leadership positions in Consumer Finance and Insurance businesses across the world he built a few new businesses in Africa, most recently closing pan African partnership deals with MTN, Millicom and Airtel providing Mobile Financial Services products to millions of unbanked consumers, small businesses and mobile money agents.
Johan designed, built and launched the first scale mobile-only unsecured loan product in Africa using digital rails of mobile money partners, lending to millions of entrepreneurs and consumers in rural locations using only cell phone behavioral data.
Prior to exploring the digital finance space in Africa, Johan was with Goldman Sachs in London. He also worked on Digital Brands at an online specialists in the gaming industry and went on to co-found the first online affiliate network focused on South Africa.
Johan holds an Economics degree, specializing in Industrial Psychology, from the University of Stellenbosch.
Director, Gender Initiatives, East Africa, Technoserve
Amanda Satterly has more than 15 years of experience in private sector development and a deep working knowledge of developing, implementing, and measuring gender-responsive programs across Sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently Director of Gender Initiatives for TechnoServe East Africa and the Gender Practice Manager for TechnoServe globally. Ms. Satterly has a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honors from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Global Head of Financial Inclusion, Visa Inc.
Stephen Kehoe is Global Head of Financial Inclusion at Visa Inc., responsible driving the company’s strategy to meet the needs of under-banked populations around the world. The central mission of Visa is to be the best way to pay and be paid - for everyone, everywhere. Visa believes this can be achieved by deploying its network and technology to drive payment solutions to promote financial inclusion for all. The financial inclusion team at Visa manages numerous programs across North America, Asia, Africa and Latin America, which focus on new ways to bring financial services to some of the 2bn people in the world who have no access to formal financial services, including digital payment accounts. Visa believes that investing behind financial inclusion is an important demonstration of shared value: achieving long-term revenue gains for the company as well as delivering valuable social impact. Stephen serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, a government organization representing more than 90 countries and in 2016 was appointed to the Chinese Academy on Financial Inclusion.
Prior to assuming this role, Stephen served as SVP Corporate Relations for Visa’s Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa businesses, based in Singapore. Before joining Visa, Stephen was Vice President of Public and Government Affairs at PepsiCo based at the company’s headquarters in New York. Prior to moving to the United States in 2008, he was based in PepsiCo’s operations in Brussels, Belgium, and London, UK.
Before joining PepsiCo in 2003, Stephen pursued a career in government relations and public affairs consulting with a variety of firms, including APCO Worldwide (London), Weber Shandwick (Washington, DC) and Adamson BSMG Worldwide (Brussels). He also worked in the European Aerospace industry as Deputy European Director for British Aerospace (now BAE Systems). Stephen Kehoe began his career in the European Parliament in Brussels where he worked in a variety of policy areas including external trade, monetary policy and accession agreements to the EU.
Vice President, United Republic of Tanzania
H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan is the 10th Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania who Assumed Office on 5th November 2015, under President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli. Previously, she was a Minister of State, Vice Presidents Office incharge of Union Affairs. In 2005-2010 she served as a Minister for Tourism, trade and Investment in Zanzibar and in 2000-2005 a Minister of Youth Employment, Women and Children Development in Zanzibar as well.
She worked in various positions from the year 1991 up to 2014. Her portfolios were as follows: Deputy Chairperson Constitutional Assembly (2014), Member of Parole Committee Zanzibar (2001-2010), Matron for Association of People Living with HIV- Zanzibar (1997-2000), Member of the Board for Equal Opportunity for all Trust Fund (EOTF) (1996-2000), Member of the Tanzania Rain Water Harvesting Committee (1995-2000), Member of the Executive Committee Association of NGO`s Zanzibar (1995-2000), Member of the Zanzibar Marking 21st Century Committee (1999), Member of the Lions Club Zanzibar (19991-1998), Member of the Zanzibar Education Policy Formulation Committee (1996) and a Founding Member of the Catalyst Organization for Women Progress in Zanzibar (1991-1994).
H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan was born in Zanzibar January 27th 1960 and joined Chama Cha Mapinduzi in 10th June 1987. Her education career and awards are as follows:
Masters Degree in Community Economic Development from the Open University of Tanzania in Collaboration with Southern New Hampshire University USA in 2005.
Advanced Diploma in Public Administration, IDM Mzumbe in 1986.
Certificate in Development Economics University of Manchester UK in 1993.
The portfolio of the Vice President also provides her a room to Supervise and Manage all Environmental Matters in Tanzania and also she stands as cornerstone to Union Matters. Her Interests in Life includes Promoting Tourism, engage in supporting people in need and searching for new knowledge.
Chief Production Development Officer, Women's World Banking
Anna Gincherman is Chief Product Development Officer and is responsible for identification and roll-out of innovative microfinance products tailored to the needs of low income women. She provides the organization’s thought leadership on the delivery of gender-sensitive financial products and has extensive experience in individual and rural lending, adult and youth savings, health insurance, and financial education.
In her earlier career with Women’s World Banking, Anna led the institution’s formalization practice working with senior management and boards of formalizing entities in defining transformation plans, conducting feasibility studies, assessing legal requirements for regulated entities, developing business plans and financial projections, as well as shareholder selection and recruitment. She has in-depth knowledge of key issues in microfinance and banking regulation in a variety of countries across the world. Anna also led the organization’s expansion in the Middle East and North Africa, and Eastern Europe and served as the Relationship Manager for these regions. In that capacity, she provided support to member institutions on strategic and operational issues, including competitive positioning, product diversification, access to funding, and risk management.
Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Anna worked for the Council on Economic Priorities and the United Nations, focusing on defense conversion programs in Eastern Europe. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in English and Russian and is a native of Russia.
Market Engagement Manager - Africa, GSMA
Adrine Muhura is the Market Engagement Manager for the Africa Region for the Connected Women programme at the GSMA. The programme is focused on accelerating digital and financial inclusion for women and works with mobile operators and their partners to address the barriers to women accessing and using mobile internet and mobile money services. For this reason, Adrine works closely with mobile network operators in low and middle-income countries.
Adrine has over 12 years of experience working in the Telecommunication and the FMCG industry, specifically with Safaricom Ltd Kenya, Nestle EAR, Reckitt Benckiser & Brookside Dairy Ltd in both Sales and Marketing capacities.
She holds a Degree in Business Administration from Africa Nazarene University and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
Director – Competitive Strategies, FSD Africa
Paul works with financial institutions across sub-Saharan Africa to design and implement transformative strategies that enables them to reach underserved markets. Under Paul’s direction, FSD Africa provides funding for a wide range of possible interventions, including leadership development, Strategy implementation support, organisational and culture change and strengthening core business functions. Paul also works towards stimulating the uptake of digital financial services that can have an important bearing on the way financial markets perform in Africa.
Paul joined FSD Africa from Housing Finance Bank Uganda where, as the Deputy Managing Director, he led its transformation from a mortgage house into a commercial bank. Prior to that he held the position of Executive Director at DFCU Bank Uganda. He held Executive management roles in retail banking, banking operations and information technology at Stanbic Bank (Uganda) and Standard bank of South Africa. Paul has a Bachelors of Commerce from Makerere University, Kampala, as well as executive development certification at the Wharton School, INSEAD, Ashridge Business School and the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg. He is also a certified associate executive coach with the Academy of Executive Coaching (UK).
Country Manager, South Africa, Moody's
Sylvia Chahonyo is the Country Manager for South Africa and Head of Relationship Management in Africa with dual responsibility for the management and expansion strategies of the commercial and geographic franchise on the continent, and for driving sector coverage across the fundamental franchises in Africa.
A lawyer by training, she has 13 years’ experience in banking with the Standard Bank Group, where she worked in various capacities within Stanbic Kenya and the Standard Bank of South Africa including legal, credit support, compliance, debt capital markets. She has an LLB (Hons) from the University of East Anglia, Norwich and is admitted as an Advocate in the High Court of Kenya.
Sylvia was the first Kenyan woman to participate in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race as well as the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Vice Governor, National Bank of Rwanda
Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa is Vice Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda, formerly Minister of Trade and Industry and Minister of State for Economic Planning, and currently chairs the Board of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda. Monique holds a PhD in Economics, a Doctorate of Commerce, honoris causa and a Cum Laude Masters in Economics from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is a Fellow of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education in Public Financial Management, a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) East Africa and the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN), and a member of the African Leaders Network.
Beside academic and professional life, Dr Nsanzabaganwa works actively to contribute to good society. She is 1st Vice Chairperson of Unity Club, a non-government organization composed of former and current cabinet members and spouses, whose common goal is to promote unity as a foundation of Rwanda’s sustainable development. She is also a member of the African Advisory Council of Women’s World Banking, a global nonprofit organization that promotes banking solutions for low-income women. Monique is a founding member of New Faces New Voices Rwanda Chapter for which she is the Chairperson. Founded by Graça Machel, NFNV is a Pan-African movement that aims at empowering women in finance. As her ALI/AGLN leadership project, she co-founded Friend Indeed, a nonprofit organization that empowers single mothers (Abagaciro) and their children to regain dignity and harness their economic worth.