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Nearly 1 billion women around the world do not have access to formal financial services and an additional 340 million women are underserved.

Are you tackling the challenge?


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.

“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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Tuesday, October 22nd

Barriers to Making Finance Work for Women

9:00am – 9:15am:
Opening remarks
Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking

9:15am – 9:30am:
Keynote speaker

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

10:30am – 11:00am:
Coffee break

11:00am – 11:15am:
Preview of Workshop Sessions

11:15am – 12:45pm:
Workshop Sessions: Designing for Aquisition, Activation, and Usage

3 simultaneous:

  • Workshop #1: Barriers to Acquiring New Women Customers
  • Workshop #2: Barriers to Women’s Activation of New Accounts
  • Workshop #3: Barriers to Women’s Usage of Accounts

12:45pm – 1:45pm:

1:45pm – 2:15pm:
Debate: Does Financial/Digital Literacy Work?

2:15pm — 2:45pm:
Research Presentations

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: The New ROI – Return on Impact

4:45pm – 5:00pm:
Closing Remarks

5:00pm – 7:00pm:
Cocktail reception

Wednesday, October 23rd

Opportunities to Make Finance Work for Women

8:15am – 9:00am:
Optional Breakfast Session

9:00am – 9:15am:

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

10:15am – 10:45am:
Coffee break

10:45pm – 12:00pm:
Breakout sessions

3 simultaneous

  • Breakout #1 – Opportunities of G2P programs
  • Breakout #2 – Opportunities for the Evolution of Technology to FinTech
  • Breakout #3 – Increasing Women’s Financial Inclusion Through Policy Initiatives

12:00pm – 1:00pm:

1:00pm – 1:30pm:
Debate: Responsible Finance – Is Digital Credit Fast Access to Finance or a Gateway to Debt?

1:30pm – 2:30pm:
FinTech Innovation Challenge

2:30pm – 3:00pm:
Coffee break

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

3:30pm – 4:30pm:
Plenary: Gender Lens Investing

4:30pm – 5:00pm:
Fireside Chat

5:00pm – 5:15pm:
Closing Remarks

This October, Making Finance Work For Women will bring together over 20 industry experts and thought leaders with diverse perspectives to examine key issues in women’s financial inclusion.

Early Bird Tickets

Tosan Oruwariye

Director of Strategic Partnerships, MaTontine Inc


Liz Kellison

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

Chhavi Ghuliani

Associate Director, BSR

Anjali Kumar

Co-Founder, The Justice Dept. 

Emer Dooley

Professor, University of Washington

Her Excellency Serey Chea

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

Elmer M. (“Jojo”) Malolos 

Advisory Director, Wing Limited Specialised Bank

Patsy Doerr

Global Head, Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Credit Suisse

Ineke Bussemaker

Former CEO, NMB

Taimur Baig, Ph.D.,

Managing Director and Chief Economist, Group Research, DBS Bank


Jimmie Briggs

Journalist, Lecturer, Advocate, The Goldin Institute

Dr. Martin Ihrig

Dr. Martin Ihrig

Associate Dean and Clinical Professor, New York University

Harsha Rodrigues

Chief Strategy Officer, Women’s World Banking

Christina (CJ) Juhasz

Chief Investment Officer, Women’s World Banking

Karen Miller

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

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO, Women’s World Banking

Veronica Scotti

Chairperson, Public Sector Solutions, Swiss Re

P. S. Jayakumar

Managing Director & CEO, Bank of Baroda

Heather Kipnis

Heather Kipnis

Lead, Women’s Entrepreneurship,

James Soukamneuth

James Soukamneuth, Ph.D

Impact Investing Director, Investing in Women

Luke Ravenscroft

Luke Ravenscroft

Director, Behavioural Insights Team

Gilles Renouil

Gilles Renouil

Director, Product Development, Women’s World Banking


Diana Boncheva Gooley

Manager, Digital Financial Services, Women’s World Banking

Maria Shaw Barragan

Maria Shaw Barragan

Director, European Investment Bank

Uzoma Dozie

Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Bank

Kathryn C. Kaufman

Kathryn C. Kaufman

Managing Director, Global Women’s Issues, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Heidi Toribio

Heidi Toribio

Global Head, Financial Institutions, Standard Chartered Bank

Connie Collingsworth

Chief Business Operations Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Georgette Jean-Louis

Georgette Jean-Louis

Director General, Banque de la République d’Haiti


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



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Please note that early bird pricing will end in the summer of 2019. The full ticket price will cost $1,000. 

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