2023 Making Finance Work for Women Global Summit

Join financial inclusion leaders from around the globe to accelerate HER Economy.

14-16 FEBRUARY 2023 | DUBAI, UAE

2023 Making Finance Work for Women Summit

Join financial inclusion leaders from around the globe to accelerate HER Economy.

One billion women have limited access to formal financial services.

¾ of those women have no access at all.

In some countries, it will take over 100 years before we see gender equality in access if we don’t intervene.


The time for collective action is now.

Join us in Dubai at Women World Banking’s first in-person conference since 2019. Over 300 leaders in financial services, investor, philanthropy, policy and technology communities will come together in this international business hub to work on finding solutions to economically empower all women through financial inclusion. In 2019, we hosted attendees from nearly 60 countries. This year we plan to exceed that as we build a truly global community of change-makers.

Woman Carrying Goods

We’ve already made remarkable headway…

10 million

That’s the number of women in emerging markets we’ve helped get access to financial products and services while working with partners worldwide to advance economic empowerment for women.

$18.75 million

That’s how much we invested last year in 5 inclusive finance institutions, reaching 6.35 million women.


That’s the number of women’s voices we now have represented in our research.


That’s how many advisory projects were active last year, impacting almost 1 million women.

Making Finance Work for Women 2019

Yet, there is more work to be done.

We’re facing climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other global events that continue to push millions into poverty, dramatically impacting global economies.

At the Making Finance Work for Women Summit we will be tackling these issues and more, together, through hands-on workshops, plenary sessions, and other collaborative opportunities.

Our goal is to reach 100 million women by 2027. This Summit is a key step in making that a reality.

MFWW 19 Conversation and Cocktails


Collaboration, Conversation and Cocktails

To exclusively kickoff the Making Finance Work for Women Summit, Global Network Members and Partners are invited to kick off the Summit together with a day of tailored programming and an evening of cocktails. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to network with the founders, CEOs, philanthropists, and thought leaders that make up Women’s World Banking’s key stakeholders.

Why become a Network Member?

Global Network Members receive access to exclusive resources, events and insights to assist them in expanding their reach, increasing their impact, and building their loyalty with women customers. Join our community of members today to take your services to the next level and be part of the movement to build a better financial future for women.

Want to sponsor the Summit and become a Partner? Learn more.

Official Summit Day 1

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Official Summit Day 2

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Fintech Innovation Challenge

The Fintech Innovation Challenge

Women's World Banking's Fintech Innovation Challenge attracts over 100 fintech applicants around the world who are developing innovative products to close the gender gap in serving the low-income women's market. On 16 February, 2023 four finalists will compete on the Summit stage and answer to an expert panel of industry-renowned judges. The Challenge will also highlight the female founders of the fintechs in the Top 12 applicants, elevating them as part of a Female Fintech Founders Circle.

Dubai Skyline


A central international hub to many of Women’s World Banking’s stakeholders, and a star example of an effective COVID-19 response, Dubai will be a safe and accessible setting for the 2023 Making Finance Work for Women Summit. 

Dubai lives and breathes a sense of possibility and innovation. With its unparalleled coastline and its beautiful desert, we cannot wait to gather with you in one of the world’s leading financial hubs.

Named Tripadvisor’s top destination in the world for 2022.

  • Traveling to Dubai

    As of July 22nd, 2022, UAE is the most vaccinated country in the world, with 99% of its citizens being fully vaccinated against the virus. As a result, it has opened its doors for B2B events, permitting 100% occupancy and welcoming travelers from across the world.

    As we look forward to hosting you at the MFWW 2023 Summit in Dubai, we ask that you keep yourself informed on travel regulations. We recommend frequently visiting the websites of Emirates and Visit Dubai as the COVID-19 situations evolve.

    Additionally, Summit attendees are encouraged to apply for a UAE visa, if your country is not amongst the list eligible for visa on arrival or a visa-free entry to the UAE. For additional visa information click here. Visa rules and requirements are subject to change. The Emirati embassy in your country is the best source of up-to-date information.

  • Where to Stay

    Hotel recommendations are coming. Thank you for your patience. Stay tuned for Making Finance Work for Women updates.


Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC)

A leading international financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, the 110-acre DIFC district is centrally located in the heart of Dubai, and is one of the most-sought after locations for businesses, visitors and residents alike. The unparalleled infrastructure and facilities within the district are sure to create an unforgettable experience.

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Support these Women-Owned Businesses

  • Boon Coffee

    Started with just a dream and a lot of passion, this female-owned business by an Ethiopian woman uses single-origin and 100% organic Arabica coffee beans straight from Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.

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  • Sugargram

    Sugargram is a bite-sized cupcake company ideal for lovers of all-sweet things, with mini cupcakes that are perfect for any given occasion.

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  • The Edit Dubai

    The Edit Dubai is known as one of the coolest concept stores in Dubai. Founded by Rumana Nazim, The Edit is a collective lifestyle space bringing together fashion, accessories, art, beauty, home décor, and a coffee bar, all under one roof.

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  • Sofree Organics Bakery

    This UAE-based and female-owned bakery is a healthier alternative for sweeter cravings, with all baked goods being 100 percent organic ingredients and free from gluten, dairy, wheat, lactose, soy, yeast, refined sugars and do not contain GMOs.

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  • Dubomedy

    "With great struggle comes great comedy and art so you just have to keep going, keep creating, see the humour in life and find solutions," is the motto of this stand-up comedy club founder, Mina Liccione. Dubomedy’s shows are sure to not disappoint.

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  • Mamarita

    With three generations worth of recipes and cooking, Mother-daughter duo Rita and Jessica Kahawaty serve food from Middle Eastern to Italian, Venezuelan to African, as well as use eco-friendly packaging to protect the land that gives them their crops.

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  • PrettyWow

    Pretty WOW is a pop-art decorated hair, nails, and lashes salon founded by Sophie Devine and focused on female empowerment.

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  • Bambah Boutique

    Bambah is a Dubai-based fashion line and boutique founded 12 years ago by an Egyptian entrepreneur. They have a wide, colorful range including dresses, gowns, skirts, tops, Kaftans and much more.

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  • Manta & Rebozo

    Manta & Rebozo (M&R) is a Dubai based business owned by a Mexican woman whose goal is to reduce the unsustainable consumption of fast fashion and support hand-made products by artisans. Every purchase helps underprivileged people in Mexico get their basic needs as well.

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Boon Coffee
Getting Around

The best way to get around Dubai is by taxi or by metro.

  • Taxi

    You can easily spot cabs by their tan bodies and red roofs; the pink-topped cabs are designated for female and family passengers only (they are also driven by women). All taxis are metered, with rates starting at 12 dirhams (roughly $3.25) and increasing by about 2.82 dirhams (around $0.75) per mile. Because Dubai addresses do not include building numbers, you'll have to specify your destination based on an intersection or a nearby hotel or landmark. Taxis also service Dubai International Airport for a flat rate of 20 dirhams (roughly $5.50). Uber also operates in Dubai. You can also rent a car at the airport, but be forewarned: driving here is not for the faint-hearted.

  • Metro

    Dubai's metro consists of two lines: the red line and the green line. Both lines together service nearly 50 stations, including the airport. You can pay for your trip with a Nol Card , which is valid on Dubai's metro, buses and waterbuses. You can purchase a Nol Card in all metro stations. Hours of operation depend on the day and line, but they usually start operating around 5 or 5:30 a.m. and run until midnight or 1 a.m. the following day. However, on Fridays it's important to note that metro trains don't start operating until 10 a.m. Dubai's metro system transports passengers to major areas of interest, including Burj Khalifa and the Dubai International Airport (DXB). The airport is about 10 miles from downtown Dubai.

Dubai Skyline

Precautions & Safety

To keep you safe and healthy, we are requiring that attendees be up to date on their vaccinations. You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible. For questions and further clarity, please visit this CDC resource.

In the coming months, we will post a comprehensive COVID-19 safety checklist, in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines postulated by national and international health organizations.

Woman Taking Safety Precautions
Making Finance Work for Women 2019

#MFWW2019 trended on Twitter in Singapore during the Summit. Moreover, the Summit-related content was viewed 37K+ times.

Increase Your Presence in the Women’s Economic Empowerment Space

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.


Why Sponsor the 2023 MFWW Summit?

Brand Recognition

Brand recognition and logo on all advertising materials and website

Social Media Reach

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


Summit tickets for employees and clients

Press Release

Press release opportunities


Speaking roles


And more...


Past Sponsors of MFWW Summit

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Standard Chartered
Exxon Mobil
MetLife Foundation

2019 Making Finance Work for Women Summit Reach & Representation





Network Members

Network Members


Countries Represented

2023 Sponsors


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Dubai International Finance Center


EY Making a Better World

We are grateful for the ongoing support of our core funders for enabling our strategy.

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australian Aid
Visa Foundation