There has never been a more crucial time to continue convening as a global community and sharing insights into women’s economic empowerment. That is why Women’s World Banking has launched the virtual Making Finance Work for Women Thought Leadership series.

This new series gives you a continuous deep dive into Women’s World Banking’s research, expertise and upcoming projects while providing a platform for you to engage on these urgent topics.

What to expect:
Making Finance Work for Women
Thought Leadership Series is an ongoing virtual event series. Each event is led by Women’s World Banking experts, and will be focused on topics such as digital financial services, gender lens investing, fintech, and more.

Who will be there:
Industry experts and thought leaders from financial service providers, fintechs, NGOs, donors, investors, research firms, and more.

Stay tuned for details on our 2022 events.

How to Attend:

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Stay tuned for details on our 2022 events and watch all 2021 recordings in our Library.


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Watch our previous Making Finance Work for Women Thought Leadership Series events, along with curated presentations from the Making Finance Work for Women 2020 Summit.


The Third Annual Fintech Innovation ChallengeOctober 2021

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Advancing Women’s Leadership in Fintech: Fireside Chat
Finalists’ Presentations & Winners Announcement
Two Sides of a Coin: How Fintech Innovation & Regulation Can Impact Financial Inclusion (Panel)

Using AI to Develop Gender Sensitive SolutionsSeptember 2021

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Christina Maynes (Women’s World Banking)
Sonja Kelly (Women’s World Banking)
Claudia Juech (Patrick J. McGovern Foundation)
Harshvardhan Lunia (LendingKart
Pavel Vyhnalek (Home Credit Asia)
Janet Truncale (EY)
Samantha Hung (Asian Development Bank)

Empowering low-income women towards greater economic resilience under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan YojanaAugust 2021

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Harsha Rodrigues (Women’s World Banking)
Mr. Amitabh Kant (NITI Aayog, Government of India)
Mr. Sanjiv Chadha (Bank of Baroda)
Pallavi Tewari Madhok (Women’s World Banking)
Sriraman Jagannathan (Women’s World Banking)

The Billion Dollar Opportunity: Unlocking the Social and Financial Return Potential of Gender Lens InvestingJuly 2021

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Mary Ellen Iskenderian (Women’s World Banking)
Katherine Collins, (Putnam Investment)
Stephen O’Driscoll (European Investment Bank)
SoVonna Day-Goins (Credit Suisse)
Christina (CJ) Juhasz (Women’s World Banking)
Najada Kumbuli (Visa Foundation)
Cécile Billaux (European Commission)

Leveraging Digital Platforms for Women’s Financial InclusionJune 2021

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Harsha Rodrigues (Women’s World Banking)
Yasmin Bin-Humam (CGAP)
Jonathan Donner (Caribou Digital)
Yana Dumaresq Sobral Alves (Facebook Financial)
Julie Hogan (Diebold Nixdorf)
Sonja Kelly (Women’s World Banking)
Eleni Kyrou (European Investment Bank)

Empowering Women on a Journey ​​​​​​Towards Digital Financial CapabilityApril 2021

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Mary Ellen Iskenderian (Women’s World Banking)
Lubasha Heredia (BCG)
Julia Arnold (Center for Financial Inclusion)
Marina Dimova (Women’s World Banking)
Samit Ghosh (Ujjivan Small Finance Bank)
Catherine Highet (CGAP/FinEquity)
Eva Johansson (SIDA)


Delivering on the Potential of Digitized G2P: Driving Women's Financial Inclusion and EmpowermentOctober 2020

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Designing E-commerce for Women in Emerging MarketsOctober 2020

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Building Resilience through Savings: Mobilization in IndiaOctober 2020

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Building a Habit: How Initial Saving Activity Predicts Long-term Account EngagementOctober 2020

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Wage Digitization: Win-Win for Employers and Workers in VietnamOctober 2020

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Effective Ways to Activate DFS Accounts Leveraging Digital and Financial Capacity BuildingOctober 2020

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Payment Digitization in Egypt: A Case Study for Leveraging Digital ChannelsOctober 2020

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Making Microinsurance Work for WomenOctober 2020

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The Making Finance Work for Women Thought Leadership Series showcases 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 our event series can help you 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 81K+ audience

Priority registration for employees and clients

Interview or blog entry about gender or financial inclusion-related issue close to company’s agenda

Featured video on Women’s World Banking’s YouTube channel and website

Speaking role during series event

Brown bag at company office with presentation from Women’s World Banking leadership team member






Network Members


Countries Represented

Past Sponsors Include

Reach out to Molly Burns at today to secure your spot.

2021 Sponsors

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