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Mary ellen iskenderian

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.

 

Juhasz Bio


Juhasz Bio


 

cj juhasz

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. 

 

Miller Bio


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karen miller

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. 

 

Ruth Goodwin-Groen


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DR. Ruth Goodwin-Groen

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.
 

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STEPHEN FROST

Principal, Frost Included

Stephen leads Frost Included, an Inclusive Leadership practice.
He served as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for KPMG and continues as a strategic adviser to the firm and its clients.  Steve was also Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and established the Stonewall workplace programs.  He teaches at Harvard Business School and Sciences Po and is an adviser to the British government, KPMG, the International Paralympic Committee and several other organizations. 

He is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  He is author of The Inclusion Imperative (Kogan Page, 2014) and Inclusive Talent Management (Kogan Page, July 2016).

Anne-Marie Chidzero


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Anne-Marie Chidzero

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.

Diana Boncheva Gooley


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Diana Boncheva Gooley

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. 

Christina Juhasz


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Christina Juhasz

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. 

Karen Miller


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Karen Miller

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.

Olivia White


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Olivia White

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. 

Henriette Kolb


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Henriette Kolb

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.

Bonney Tunya


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BONNEY TUNYA

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.


 

Dr Natu E. Mwamba


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Dr. Natu E. Mwamba

Deputy Governor, Bank of Tanzania

Dr. Natu E. Mwamba holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and a Master's Degree from the University of Dar es Salaam. She is the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Tanzania and the first woman to hold such an executive position at the Bank of Tanzania. Until her appointment, Dr. Mwamba was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam.

She is the Chairperson of the National Multi-Disciplinary Committee on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing Terrorism, Vice Chair of Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) High level Gender and Women's Financial Inclusion Committee (GWFIC) and member of the Governing Council of the East Africa Statistical Training Centre (EASTC).

Dr. Mwamba is an accomplished researcher with various academic publications to her name, covering various economic, social and women issues.

Mercedes Canalda


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MERCEDES CANALDA

Presidente Ejecutiva, Banco Ahorro Y Credito Adopem


 

Ineke Bussemaker


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Ineke Bussemaker

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.

Gladness Clara Deogratias


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Gladness Clara Deogratias

Head of Foreign Exchange Trading, National Microfinance Bank Limited

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.

Matt Wallaert


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Matt Wallaert

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

Marie Kyle


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Marie Kyle

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.

Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula


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DR.TUKIYA KANKASA-MABULA

Deputy Governor - Administrations, Bank of Zambia

Dr. Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula is Deputy Governor of Administrations at the Bank of Zambia. She is a lawyer by profession with a public service career in financial service regulatory institutions at the Bank of Zambia and academia at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the University of Zambia.

Dr. Kankasa-Mabula accountabilities include providing strategic direction and oversight to the support functions of the Bank. As custodian of the Bank Gender Policy, Dr Kankasa-Mabula has been driving gender mainstreaming in the Bank and in the Zambian financial sector and championing the financial inclusion of women.

In February 2017, Dr. Kankasa-Mabula was appointed as a member of the World Bank Group Advisory Council on Gender and Development. In July 2016, Dr. Kankasa-Mabula was elected Chairperson of the Gender and Women Financial Inclusion Committee of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion. Dr. Kankasa-Mabula is the recipient of the International Bar Association 2014 Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year Award.

Charity Dhliwayo


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Dr. CHARITY DHLIWAYO

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.

 

Elizabeth Kellison


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Elizabeth Kellison

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.

Uzoma Dozie


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Uzoma Dozie

CEO, Diamond Bank Plc

20 years in Diamond Bank, driving a technology led retail strategy.

Marina Dimova


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Marina Dimova

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.

Alex Blau


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Alex Blau

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.

Dougie Brew


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Dougie Brew

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.

 

Rose Muturi


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Rose Muturi

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.

 

Mark Napier


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Mark Napier

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. 

Angela Sun


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Angela Sun

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.

Karim Fanous


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Karim Fanous

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.

Sarah Hendriks


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Sarah Hendriks

Director, Gender Equality, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Sarah Hendriks, Director, Gender Equality, leads the foundation’s efforts to achieve substantive and sustainable results in promoting gender equality and unlocking the empowerment of women and girls. She is responsible for working across the foundation and with our external partners to develop and drive a strategic vision on gender equality, build organizational commitment, and establish technical processes that shape the foundation’s current and future work in the area. 

Prior to joining the Foundation, Sarah worked as the Director of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion for Plan International. Before joining Plan International, Sarah worked with Women and the Law in Southern Africa, Malawi and has worked extensively as a gender equality consultant in areas such as Gender-Based Violence (CIDA), Women's Access to Justice (GTZ), HIV & AIDS, and the design of gender equality strategies. 

Oluwatoyin Sanni


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Oluwatoyin Sanni

Group Chief Executive Officer, United Capital Plc

Oluwatoyin Sanni is the Group CEO of United Capital Plc, a leading African investment banking Group providing advisory, capital raising and investment solutions to African governments, companies, and individuals.  The Group comprises of the following business divisions: Investment Banking, Asset Management, Securities Trading, and Trustee Services. Toyin, a two-time winner of the Top 25 CEO on the NSE Award by BusinessDay newspaper, has won several other domestic and international awards.

Prior to her appointment as Group CEO of United Capital, Toyin headed one of the company’s subsidiaries, United Capital Trustees, (formerly called UBA Trustees).  Her career accomplishments include the establishment of UBA Global Investor Services, President Association of Investment Advisers and Portfolio Managers, President, Association of Corporate Trustees, Associate of the Institute of Directors, Member, National Bond Steering Committee, Member, West African Capital Markets Integration Technical Committee and Chairperson, Custody Sub-Committee of the Capital Market. She held the position of Chairman of the Nigerian Capital Market Annual Retreat Committee for 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

An astute Investment Banker, Lawyer, Chartered Secretary, Stockbroker with over thirty years’ experience, Toyin has in three years, grown United Capital Plc into one of the fasted growing companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, in assets, market capitalization and profitability. She holds an LL. B Hons. Degree from the University of Ife, an LLM (Hons), from the University of Lagos as and the Professional qualifications of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (I.C.S.A.) UK. A fellow, FCS, of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, Nigeria, Toyin has attended the Harvard Business School Disruptive Innovation Executive Education program, the Global Strategic Leadership program of the Wharton Business School, Investment Banking, and Project Finance courses of the Euromoney Group, Portfolio Management Academy at New York Institute of Finance, and the Peter Drucker Management Program of Robert Kennedy College, Switzerland.  A frequent Speaker at conferences and seminars, She is the author of ‘Yes You Too Can’ and ‘Get To The Top’, inspirational books aimed to empower the next generation of female leaders.

Muna Sukhtian


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Muna Sukhtian

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.

Supun Dias


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Supun Dias

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.

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Chizoma Okoli

Executive Director, Business Development, Diamond Bank

Chizoma Okoli is the Executive Director, Business Development and currently the Chairman of the Diamond Woman Proposition in Diamond Bank Plc in Nigeria.
She commenced her banking career in Diamond Bank Plc in April 1992.
She has served in various capacities in the Operations and Marketing Divisions of the Bank, and as the Executive Director Business Development, she is directly responsible for the Retail and Corporate businesses of the Bank.
A 1989 Law Graduate from the University of Benin, Chizoma was called to the Nigerian Bar in December 1990. She also has an MBA from the Warwick Business School, Coventry, UK. She has attended various courses in Nigeria and abroad. This includes the distinguished Advanced Management Program of the Wharton Executive Education, University of Pennsylvania and the Senior Management Program of the Lagos Business School. She is also an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

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Carolina Trivelli


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Carolina Trivelli

Senior Researcher, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP).

Ms. Trivelli is an Economist and holds a MSc in Agricultural Economics from Pennsylvania State University.

She serves as Chair of the Board of Pagos Digitales Peruanos S.A., she is also President of Fundación Backus, member of the Board of Colegios Peruanos-Innova Schools and the International Advisory Board of RIMISP (Latin American Center for Rural Development). She serves as an independent board member at the ExCom of CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) and of the Global Innovation Fund (GIF). She is also part of the Technical Advisory Committee on Measuring Poverty (INEI) and the Fiscal Committee of Peru, an independent body appointed to oversight the fiscal policies of the country. She is currently a columnist for Peru 21, a national newspaper.

She is former Minister of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru. Has worked as Managing Director of Pagos Digitales Peruanos and as Director General of the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.

Ms. Trivelli specializes in issues regarding social policy, rural development, digital finance and financial inclusion.