Making Finance

Work For Women

Virtual Summit

October 20th & 21st, 2020


Join us in October 2020 for the globally virtual edition of the Making Finance Work for Women Summit.

Participants will be part of virtual interactive sessions, plenary panels, global research, networking and more opportunities that will allow everyone to learn and share with each other.

Experience an exciting new challenge during the Summit as we host our second Fintech Innovation Challenge!

The finalists will present their solutions for helping unbanked and underserved women access financial services in order to build security and prosperity. Last year’s winners went on to compete at Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Global FinTech Hackcelerator, and one of them won.

Learn more about the Fintech Innovation Challenge!

Choose Your #MFWW2020 Virtual Experience

Two-Day Pass

October 20th & 21st
$80 USD
  • Access to both days of live event, including panels, interactive sessions, Q&A and networking opportunities; Access to recordings of sessions after the event.

One-Day Pass

October 20th
$50 USD
  • Single day access to live event on 10/20, and recordings of sessions after the event.

One-Day Pass

October 21st
$50 USD
  • Single day access to live event on 10/21, and recordings of sessions after the event.

Digital Pass Only

$25 USD
  • Access to recordings of sessions after the event.

For more information contact Christina Anand at

October 20th & 21st
10:45 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

During this time of uncertainty, it is important for us to convene as a community and focus on the impact economic shocks like COVID-19 will have on underserved and underbanked women. Out of an abundance of caution, Women’s World Banking is shifting the 2020 Making Finance Work for Women Summit to a globally virtual event.

We are still committed to focusing on women’s resilience and driving action towards financial inclusion relating to global economic shocks.

Tuesday, October 20th (EDT):

11:00am – 11:10am: Opening Remarks

11:10am – 12:15pm: Plenary Session – The impact of global crises on low-income women and the way forward for short-term recovery

12:15pm – 1:00pm: Break

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Ask the Experts

• Digitized Wages
• Insurance
• Leadership & Diversity
• G2P payments
• Gender Lens Investing
• RegTech

2:10pm – 3:00pm: Plenary Session – How do we get MSMEs back on their feet and improve access tofinance for women-owned businesses?

3:05pm – 3:10pm: Closing Remarks

3:10pm – 4:10pm: Virtual Reception

Wednesday, October 21st (EDT):

11:00am – 11:10am: Opening Remarks

11:15am – 12:15pm: Plenary Session – Long-term resilience in a post-COVID world

12:15pm – 1:00pm: Break

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Fintech Innovation Challenge

2:30pm – 2.50pm: Break

2:50pm – 3:30pm: Fireside Chat/Plenary Session – Innovation to build resilience for low-income women

3:40pm – 4:00pm: Closing Remarks

Agenda is subject to change. For more information contact Christina Anand at

General Speakers


Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO
Women's World Banking

Connie Collingsworth

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Chief Operating Officer

Emer Dooley

Chief Operating Officer

Plenary Sessions


Matthew Gamser

CEO, SME Finance Forum
International Finance Corporation

Kshama Fernandes

MD & Chief Executive Officer
Northern Arc Capital

Ask the Experts Sessions


Dr. Paul Oliukpe

Associate Head, Financial Inclusion Secretariat
Central Bank of Nigeria

Diana Gooley

Manager, Digital Financial Services
Women's World Banking

Gilles Renouil

Director, Product Development
Women's World Banking

Karen Miller

Global Head, Leadership & Diversity Programs
Women's World Banking

Christina (CJ) Juhasz

Chief Investment Officer
Women's World Banking

Andy Woolnough

Global Head of Advocacy
Women's World Banking

Sonja Kelly

Director of Research and Advocacy
Women's World Banking

Jo Ann Barefoot

CEO & Co-Founder
AIR - Alliance for Innovative Regulation

Making Finance Work for Women events showcase over 40 years of experience in the financial inclusion sector and aim to drive actions that accelerate opportunities for low-income women around the world. Partnering with Women’s World Banking’s Making Finance Work for Women event can help reach your audience and increase your presence in the financial inclusion space.

Sponsorship Benefits

Brand recognition and logo on all advertising materials and website

Social media coverage reaching Women’s World Banking’s 67K+ audience

Press release opportunities

Virtual summit tickets for employees and clients

Speaking roles

And more…

#MFWW2019 Highlights






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Past Sponsors Include

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October 20th & 21st, 2020

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