Making Finance

Work For Women

Virtual Summit

October 20th & 21st, 2020


Buy your digital pass to access the globally virtual edition of the Making Finance Work for Women Summit.

Gain access to virtual interactive forums, plenary panels, global research, 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 presented 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.

Meet the Fintech Innovation Challenge finalists!

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.

Making Finance Work for Women, through Covid-19 and Beyond
Tuesday, October 20th (EDT):

10:45am: Virtual Registration Opens

11:00am – 11:10am: Opening Remarks

11:10am – 12:15pm: How Global Crises Impact Low-Income Women: Short-Term Recovery, Ways Forward
Covid-19 has sent shock waves through world health and financial systems – it poses a significant threat to women’s employment, livelihoods, and economic empowerment. This plenary session will focus on practical solutions and unexpected opportunities financial institutions, governments, and the private sector have to support low-income women as they move toward recovery.

12:15pm – 1:00pm: Virtual Networking Break

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Ask the Experts
The financial services community has a critical role to play in strengthening women’s resilience and crisis recovery, through Covid-19 and beyond. “Ask the Experts” features a range of interactive panel discussions on topics such as digitized wages, inclusive insurance, leadership and diversity, G2P payments, gender lens investing, and RegTech.

Driving the Potential of Digitized Wages Wage digitization provides not only a safer, more secure way to save and plan, but ensures secure access to resources during Covid-19 lockdowns. Panelists in this session will address the barriers to advancing digital payments in emerging markets and outline opportunities to spur economic recovery.
Targeting Women in Inclusive Insurance The financial sector can strengthen job protection for low-income women by increasing access to insurance structures and offering tailored products to customers. Panelists in this session will explore best practices for insurers to adopt relief, recovery, and resilience measures as a way to mitigate the impact of Covid-19.
Leadership & Diversity as Tools Toward Growth While women are leading inclusive Covid-19 responses across the globe, they are also facing drastically higher job losses due to the current economic crisis. This discussion will focus on how leadership and diversity programs can support women as they forge an economically empowered path.
G2P Payments in Response to Covid-19 Digitized G2P (government-to-person) payment programs are being deployed by governments around the world to mitigate the economic impact of Covid-19. Panelists in this session will explore how G2P programs can instigate Covid- 19 recovery and make meaningful advances toward financial inclusion for low-income women.
The Business Case for Gender Lens Investing Covid-19 has laid bare the disparities embedded in our financial system – despite the ever-widening gap, this presents a unique opportunity to reinforce the business case for gender lens investing. Panelists in this session will discuss how gender-lens investing can improve business performance and facilitate a quicker global economic recovery.
RegTech as a Path to Financial Inclusion As Fintechs disrupt the financial industry, Regtech is playing an increasingly vital role in closing the account access gap for unbanked and underserved women. This discussion will outline how RegTech can mitigate risk and help businesses navigate regulatory compliance issues by providing affordable solutions to banks and Fintech companies.

2:10pm – 3:00pm: Supporting Access to Finance for MSMEs and Women-Owned Businesses
 Women-led SMEs and MSMEs are among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis, due to their over-representation in the services, small manufacturing, and trade sectors. This plenary session will outline how governments, banks, and other financial providers can adopt gender-sensitive responses to sustain women-owned businesses in the immediate aftermath of the crisis and throughout recovery.

3:05pm – 3:10pm: Closing Remarks

3:10pm – 4:10pm: Virtual Networking

Building Resilience by Making Finance Work
for Women
Wednesday, October 21st (EDT):

10:45am: Virtual Registration Opens

11:00am – 11:10am: Opening Remarks

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

The call to ‘build back better’ after Covid-19 is echoing across the world, as we grapple with labor market disruptions, burdened health-care systems, and plummeting economies. There is a vital need to build long-term resilience for low-income women. Experts in this plenary session will discuss how leaders, governments, and societies can build a more prosperous, equitable, and inclusive post-pandemic world by focusing on women’s economic empowerment.

12:15pm – 1:00pm: Virtual Networking Break

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

The four finalists from Women’s World Banking’s 2nd Annual Fintech Innovation Challenge – Boost Capital, Mujer Financiera, myAgro, and Tyme – will present their pitches in front of a panel of expert judges. The judges will assess these innovative solutions designed to help women build resilience and recover from economic shocks such as Covid-19.

2:30pm – 2.50pm: Virtual Networking Break

2:50pm – 3:30pm: Fireside Chat | Innovation to Build Resilience for Low-Income Women

Covid-19 has triggered a mass migration from analog to digital. Despite this shift, low-income women are missing out on important benefits due to the growing digital gender divide. This fireside chat will feature the winners from the 2019 Fintech Innovation Challenge and a discussion on how Fintechs are adapting in the wake of Covid-19 to foster greater resilience for low-income women.

3:40pm – 4:00pm: Closing Remarks


Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO
Women's World Banking

Connie Collingsworth

Chief Operating Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Emer Dooley

University of Washington

Graham Macmillan

Visa Foundation

Plenary Panelists

Matt Gamser

CEO, SME Finance Forum
International Finance Corporation

Kshama Fernandes

MD & Chief Executive Officer
Northern Arc Capital Ltd

Ana Barrera

CEO & Co-founder

Sitati Kituyi


Najada Kumbuli

Head of Investments
Visa Foundation

Juan Pablo Graf Noriega

National Banking and Securities Commission

Ratna Sahay

Deputy Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department (MCM)
International Monetary Fund

Muna Sukhtian

Managing Director
Microfund for Women

Janet Truncale

Vice Chair and Regional Managing Partner, Americas Financial Service Organization (FSO)
Ernst & Young LLP

Beth Ann Lim

Director of Policy Programs and Government Outreach for Asia Pacific, Global Head of SheMeansBusiness

Ellen Joyce Suficiencia

Director, Center for Learning and Inclusion Advocacy (CLIA)
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Jamie M. Zimmerman

Gender Lead, Financial Services for the Poor
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tanvi Singh

Managing Director
Credit Suisse

Mr. Ari Batubara

Ministry of Social Affairs
Republic of Indonesia

Pia Roman Tayag


Ask the Experts

Dr. Paul Oluikpe

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

Aniqa Sandhu

Managing Director - Global Digital Financial Services

Michael Kofi Andoh

Deputy Commissioner of Insurance
National Insurance Commission (Ghana)

Leora Klapper

Lead Economist
The World Bank

Ana Maria Prieto

Deputy Director
Ministry of Finance, Unit of Financial Regulations (Colombia)

Veronica Scotti

Chairperson Public Sector Solutions
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.

Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa

Deputy Governor
National Bank of Rwanda

Tokunboh Ishmael

Managing Director
Alitheia Capital

Marjo Chaintreau

Private Sector Digital Innovation Lead
Better Than Cash Alliance (UNCDF)

Charity Wallace

Managing Director and Sr. Advisor to the CEO for Global Women’s Issues
U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

Yasmine Pagni

Head of Social Policy
European Investment Bank

Michael J. McCord

Managing Director, Microinsurance Centre

F. Christopher Calabia

Senior Advisor, Supervisory & Regulatory Policy
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kedra Newsom

Managing Director & Partner
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Carla Montesi

European Commission, DEVCO

Fintech Innovation Challenge Judges

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO
Women's World Banking

Otto Williams

Head of Strategic Partnerships, FinTechs and Ventures for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA)

Pat Patel

Principal Executive Officer
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

Victoria Griffith

Program Officer, Financial Services for the Poor
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Katharine Budd

Co-founder & CEO
NOW Money

Sara Elinson

Principal, Americas Strategy & Transactions FinTech Leader
Ernst & Young

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