Making Finance
Work For Women


Making Finance Work for Women

Networking, Workshops, Plenary Sessions, and more

Join us as we continue to drive action towards women’s financial inclusion. These are conversations you do not want to miss.


Join us in Singapore on October 22-23, 2019 for the next edition of the Making Finance Work for Women Summit. More than 300 global leaders from the financial services, investor, philanthropy, policy and technology communities will come together to examine key issues and innovations in financial inclusion for women. Hands-on workshops, plenary sessions, global research, networking and more will allow participants to learn and share with each other.

Topics to be discussed:
Why isn’t finance working for women?
What tools enable gender lens investing?
Do financial and digital literacy work?
Male champions and breaking the glass ceiling together
How best to engage and activate women customers
And so much more with over 50 industry experts and thought leaders!

During the Making Finance Work for Women Summit:
FinTech Innovation Challenge

The finalists for our Fintech Innovation Challenge will present their solutions for helping unbanked and underserved women access financial services in order to build security and prosperity.

Attendees will have the chance to vote for the best solution in real time from our event app.

Meet the Finalists:

Aflore (Colombia) brings financial products to the home of the underbanked in Latin America, a market of nearly 78 million people. Aflore distributes loans and insurance products through an innovative channel: a network of Informal Advisors that leverages technology and the trust existing in personal networks.

Bloom Impact (Ghana) is a digital marketplace empowering small businesses to learn about and access credit and savings products through their mobile phone. Through their data-driven matching and scoring algorithms, Bloom Impact provides financial institutions with new, qualified customers, significantly reducing their customer acquisition costs, risks and turnaround times. Bloom Impact aims to democratize how unbanked and underserved micro and small businesses get financial services that best meet their needs.

Frontier Markets Consulting (India) is a last-mile distribution company with a mission to create ‘Saral Jeevan’ or an ‘Easy Life’ for rural customers by providing them with access to quality high impact products and services in clean energy, water, productive appliances and finance through their network of digitized rural women entrepreneurs called Solar Sahelis through an e-commerce platform. Frontier Markets has enabled a hybrid model of women service providers, localized distribution and delivery, and technology platform that tracks life-time value created for rural households. To date, 2500 rural women entrepreneurs have sold 700,000 solutions to 500,000 rural households impacting 3.5 million people. Solar Sahelis have earned over $2.5 MN in income, and facilitated over $1 MN in finance for rural communities.

Pula (Kenya) provides accessible, scalable climate insurance solutions for smallholder farmers by bundling insurance with agricultural inputs like seed and fertilizer. Pula uses technology, like satellite imaging and yield data, to determine insurance payouts. It also collects and analyzes farmer data to give advice on good farming practices that increase yields and farm profits. Its mission is to improve agricultural productivity by reducing farming risk and providing agronomy advice to the underserved market of 1.5 billion smallholder farmers worldwide. Since 2014, it has facilitated index insurance coverage for over 1 million smallholder farmers across 11 countries in Africa and Asia.

“We must go beyond business as usual and increase our efforts toward financial inclusion for women, especially the poor.”

H.E. Samia Sululu Hassan
Vice President, United Republic of Tanzania
(Speaking at Making Finance Work for Women Summit, October 2017)

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We are grateful for the ongoing support of our core funders and Visa Foundation for enabling our strategy 

Official Airline Partner

Chamber of Commerce Partner

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Tuesday, October 22nd

Barriers to Making Finance Work for Women

Check-In Opens

Plenary Room Opens

9:15am – 9:30am:
Opening Remarks

9:30am – 10:20am:
Plenary Session: Why Isn’t Finance Working for Women?

10:20am – 10:30am:
Preview of Workshop Sessions

10:30am – 11:00am:
Coffee Break

11:00am – 12:10pm:
Workshop Sessions: The Customer Journey for Women: Acquisition,
Activation, and Usage (
3 Simultaneous):

Workshop #1: Acquiring New Women Customers: An Insurance Perspective

Workshop #2: Activating Accounts: A Multi-Industry Approach

Workshop #3: Usage of Accounts: A Savings Approach

12:15pm – 12:45pm:
Everest to Empowerment

12:45pm – 1:45pm:

1:45pm – 2:15pm:
Debate: Should We Invest in Financial and Digital Literacy Initiatives for Women?

2:15pm – 2:45pm:
Research to Drive Action

Presentation #1: Islamic Development Bank Research

Presentation #2: Unlocking Credit for Women-Owned Enterprises in SE Asia
Through Value Chain Digitization

Presentation #3: Women & Wealth – Leveling the Playing Field

2:45pm – 3:15pm:
Coffee Break

3:15pm – 3:45pm:
In conversation:
Partners in Change: Breaking the Glass Ceiling Together

3:45pm – 4:45pm:
Plenary Session: The New ROI: Return on Impact

4:45pm – 5:00pm:
Closing Remarks

5:00pm – 7:00pm:
Cocktail Reception (sponsored by Standard Chartered)

Wednesday, October 23rd

Opportunities to Make Finance Work for Women

Check-In Opens

8:00am – 9:00am:
Optional Morning Workshop: What is Great Leadership?

Plenary Room Opens

9:10am – 9:15am:
Welcome Remarks

9:15am – 10:15am:
Plenary Session: Opportunities to Make Finance Work for Women

10:15am – 10:45am:
Coffee Break

10:45am – 12:00pm:
Breakout Sessions: Advancing Solutions to Engage Women Customers (3 Simultaneous):

Breakout #1: Opportunities through G2P Programs

Breakout #2: Opportunities for Tech to FinTech Startups

Breakout #3: Opportunities for Policies to Reduce the Gender Gap

12:00pm – 12:30pm:
Debate: Designing Digital Credit Responsibly

12:30pm – 1:30pm:

1:30pm -2:45pm:
FinTech Innovation Challenge

2:45pm – 3:15pm:
Coffee Break

3:00pm – 3:30pm:
Research to Drive Action

Presentation #1: Opportunities for Social Commerce to Drive Financial Inclusion

Presentation #2: Oliver Wyman’s Women in Financial Services 2019 –
A Panoramic Approach

Presentation #3: Gender Equality in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore:
Assessing 100 Leading Companies on Workplace Equality

3:45pm – 4:45pm:
Plenary Session: Gender Lens Investing: A Strategy for Outperformance

4:45pm – 5:15pm:
In Conversation: How do we Continue to Harness the Power of

5:15pm – 5:30pm:
Closing Remarks

This October, Making Finance Work For Women will bring together over 50 industry experts and thought leaders with diverse perspectives to examine key issues in women’s financial inclusion.


Gustaf Agartson

Founder & CEO, BIMA

Ade Ashaye

Executive Vice President, Network, Women’s World Banking

Marivic Austria

President & CEO, CARD Bank Inc., A Member of Card MRI

Taimur Baig, Ph.D

Managing Director & Chief Economist, Group Research, DBS Bank

Shailee Basnet

Coordinator, Seven Summits Women Team

Alexandre Berthaud

Director, Solutions Development, Women’s World Banking

Suzanne Biegel

Founder/Chief Catalyst, Catalyst at Large

Tan Bin Ru

CEO, OneConnect Financial Technology

Sarah Buitoni

Manager & Executive Trainer, Leadership & Diversity, Women’s World Banking

Ineke Bussemaker

Former CEO, NMB Plc

Eleonora Castaldo

CEO, ShweLan

Her Excellency Serey Chea

Assistant Governor/Director General, Central Banking, National Bank of Cambodia

Wei Ying Cheah

Partner, Oliver Wyman

Farzanah Chowdhury

Managing Director & CEO, Green Delta Insurance Co. Ltd.

Connie Collingsworth

Chief Operations Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Michael Correa

General Manager, Asia Pacific, Westpac Banking Corporation

Gisela Davico

Global Gender Lead and Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Lead, UNCDF Better Than Cash Alliance 

Diptarag Deb

National ManagerFamily Banking, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank

Marina Dimova

Managing Director, Design and Innovation, Women’s World Banking

Patsy Doerr

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Credit Suisse

Emer Dooley

Professor, University of Washington

Uzoma Dozie

CEO, Sparkle Nigeria

Rachel Freeman

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, AMTD Group

Shruti Gonsalves

MD & CEO, SEWA Grih Rin Ltd.

Diana Boncheva Gooley

Manager, Digital Financial Services, Women’s World Banking

Buhle Goslar

Africa CEO, JUMO

Syed Hassan Alsagoff

Senior Islamic Microfinance Specialist, Islamic Finance Investments, Islamic Development Bank

Deniz Harut

Sustainable Finance Executive Director, Standard Chartered Bank

Rokaya Helfer

Manager, Executive Communications & Board Relations, Women’s World Banking

Laura Hemrika

Global Head, Corporate Citizenship & Foundations, Credit Suisse

Jennifer Henry

Brand Marketing Director, Calibra

Gibran Huzaifah

CEO, eFishery

Dr. Martin Ihrig

Dr. Martin Ihrig

Associate Dean & Clinical Professor, New York University

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President & CEO, Women’s World Banking

P. S. Jayakumar

Managing Director & CEO, Bank of Baroda

Georgette Jean-Louis

Former Director General, The Central Bank of Haiti

J. Thomas Jones

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Women’s World Banking

Christina (CJ) Juhasz

Chief Investment Officer, Women’s World Banking

Heather Kipnis

Heather Kipnis

Lead, Women’s Entrepreneurship,

Irene Madeje Mlola

Director, Operations, Financial Sector Deepening Tanzania

Debra Mallowah

Chief Business Development Officer, Safaricom

Elmer M. (“Jojo”) Malolos 

CEO, JG Digital Equity Ventures, Board Advisor & Director, Wing Limited Specialised Bank

Ayaka Matsuno

Director, Gender Investment and Innovation Department, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Maria May

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Karen Miller

Vice President, Knowledge and Communications, Women’s World Banking

Ella Moffat

HERfinance Manager, BSR

Carla Montesi

Director, European Commission

Beatrice Mwambije

Senior Manager MSE, NMB Bank PLC

Betsy Nelson

Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development

Ibu Nurhaida

Vice Chair of the Board, Otoritas Jasa Keuangan

Francis Obirikorang

CEO & Co-Founder, AgroCenta

Tosan Oruwariye

Director of Strategic Partnerships, MaTontine Inc


Geoffrey Prentice

Co-Founder, Oriente

Brigitta Ratih Aryanti

Head of Government Relations & Policy, GoPay

Luke Ravenscroft

Luke Ravenscroft

Director, Behavioural Insights Team

Gilles Renouil

Director, Product Development, Women’s World Banking


Harsha Rodrigues

Chief Strategy Officer, Women’s World Banking

Pia Roman

Director, Inclusive Finance Advocacy; Co-Head, Financial Consumer Protection Department, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri

Country Director, Philippines, Innovations for Poverty Action

Aniqa A. Sandhu

Managing Director, Veon

Veronica Scotti

Chairperson, Public Sector Solutions, Swiss Re

Maria Shaw Barragan

Maria Shaw Barragan

Director, European Investment Bank

James Soukamneuth

James Soukamneuth, Ph.D

Impact Investing Director, Investing in Women

Muna Sukhtian

Managing Director, Microfund for Women

Heidi Toribio

Heidi Toribio

Global Head, Financial Institutions, Standard Chartered Bank

Anna Zakrzewski

Managing Director & Partner – Global Leader Wealth Management, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Jamie Zimmerman

Senior Programs Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sanjeev Chatrath

Managing Director, IBM


Women’s World Banking is hosting its flagship biennial global summit, Making Finance Work for Women, October 22nd-23rd in Singapore. This two-day event will provide a platform to examine key issues in financial inclusion and advance innovations for low-income women through a variety of panel discussions and workshops. This is the only global financial inclusion conference focused on low-income women and the specific solutions to meet their needs.

Sponsors will receive benefits tailored to their marketing and employee engagement goals and the opportunity to gain exposure to financial service providers, donors, investors, and researchers.

For more information, please contact Molly Burns at




We are grateful for the ongoing support of our core funders and Visa Foundation for enabling our strategy

Official Airline Partner

Chamber of Commerce Partner

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