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Who’s New at Women’s World Banking?

July 2, 2018
By Women’s World Banking

Women’s World Banking is working towards a day where all women have access to the financial products and resources they need to achieve security and prosperity.

But with more than one billion women around the world who remain outside the formal financial system, Women’s World Banking needs big ideas and the talent to deliver on innovative solutions that will drive not just access to formal financial services, but active usage of them as well.

This year, Women’s World Banking is proud to introduce the latest class in its growing Global Team, investing in new teams and new capabilities to achieve its ambitious target of reaching 24 million women with financial services in five years.

Meet our newest faces:

L-R: Ade Ashaye, Mansi upta, Heber Delgado, Ker Thao, Mehi Meripourian, Hana Benkirane, Angie Goenaga

Hana Benkirane

Hana Benkirane joined Women’s World Banking as a PR and Communications Manager in the Marketing and Communications Team. In this role, Hana is responsible for leading the organization’s public relations efforts in order to reach target audiences and support our work as the thought leader on women’s financial inclusion. She designs integrated communications campaigns to develop relationships with key media contacts and influencers in order to support Women’s World Banking’s overall brand and thought leadership efforts. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Hana worked for Allen & Overy, Sullivan & Cromwell and BzzAgent. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Management from Bentley University and a Master of Scienc in International Economics from Utrecht University.

Why did you want to work at Women’s World Banking? I am truly passionate about the Women’s World Banking mission and was very impressed with the caliber of smart, driven people that are all working together to make a difference.

What excites you about working at Women’s World Banking? I am excited to create unique, thought leadership campaigns that showcase our work and the impact of our partnerships and research on the lives of women all around the world.

What is a surprising fact about you? I have moved 17 times!

Angie Goenaga

Angie Goenaga joined Women’s World Banking as Private Equity Investment Analyst with Women’s World Banking Asset Management. In this role, she conducts financial analysis on portfolio companies and prospective investments and sector and market research and provide general support to the investment team. She previously worked as an investment banker for Dinamo, a boutique investment bank in the Andean region, where she executed several transactions focused on development projects and agriculture. She also worked for Titularizadora Colombiana, the largest securitization company in Colombia, as a market development and investment analyst. Angie has an MS Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.E. Industrial Engineering at Universidad de los Andes

She received a Merit Scholarship SPS from Columbia University in Spring 2018. She was also the president of the Latin America Sustainability Management student club at Columbia University.

Why did you want to work at Women’s World Banking? I was excited about the possibility of empowering women in the developing world.

What excites you about working at Women’s World Banking? It gives the opportunity to bring my experience in financial services and use it for inclusion. I’m passionate about pivoting companies towards success in a way that is inclusive for everyone.

What is a surprising fact about you? I did a dual degree in Arts, when I was in college with focus on exhibition design.

Mansi Gupta

Mansi Gupta joined Women’s World Banking as a Design Specialist with the Design and Innovation team. In this role, Mansi works closely with the Research & Strategic Advisory teams to help drive our solutions development with a design and behavioral lens. She previously worked at Final Mile, based out of Mumbai, as a social impact designer leading research and insights in healthcare and sanitation. She also built the design team at a footwear factory in India, and worked as an account manager for Google’s Enterprise team. She holds a BA in Economics & Computer Science from Bryn Mawr College and an MFA in Products of Design from the School of Visual Arts.

Why did you want to work at Women’s World Banking? I wanted to work at Women’s World Banking because it’s where three of my interests came together: women’s empowerment, design and behavior change.

What excites you about working at Women’s World Banking? I’m excited to join Women’s World Banking as it tries to decipher what design can mean for the organization and its mission at large.

What is a surprising fact about you? I once taught computer science to home-schooled children using robots!

Freeha Ihsan

Freeha Ihsan joined Women’s World Banking as a Fellow in the Project Management Office. She supports project implementation for our market solutions work, coordinating with different teams for optimal utilization of resources to drive better results for financial inclusion of women. She previously worked as a Program Officer at World Learning Inc., in Pakistan, a USAID-funded project for women empowerment via technical training and entrepreneurship. She holds a BA in Public Administration from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan and a Master’s Degree of Science in Management from University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan.

Why did you want to work at Women’s World Banking? Before joining here, I worked for women economic empowerment in Pakistan. The halt in the process of women economic empowerment was that women don’t have access to finance along with unavailability of women focused financial products in market even they have skills to start their business. I wanted to work at Women’s World Banking for the mission of providing more women access to finance and financial tools specifically designed for women.

What excites you about working at Women’s World Banking? I am excited to work with diverse teams as part of the process of providing women-centered solutions for financial inclusion.

What is a surprising fact about you? I have done Paragliding.

Mehrdad (Mehi) Mirpourian

Mehrdad (Mehi) Mirpourian joined Women’s World Banking as a Senior Data Analyst with the Research team. In this role, Mehi deploys advanced analytics to build predictive modeling, customer and market segmentation, and provide better insight into the data to support different projects and teams within Women’s World Banking. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, he was a Statistician (Fraud Data Scientist) with the New York City Department of Finance. Mehi holds the following degrees: MS in Statistics (Baruch College), MS in Management (Polytechnic University of Milan), BS in Industrial Engineering (K.N.Toosi University of Technology), Non Degree Graduate Studies in Mathematics and Computer Science (ongoing program – Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU). He is a member of the Social Innovation Group of Polytechnic University of Milan and the Iranian Society of Industrial Engineers.

Why did you want to work at Women’s World Banking? From the time I finished high school, I knew that I have the passion to work for nonprofit organizations and seeking to work in environments which make this world a better place to live. On the other hand, I had the passion to know more about physics and mathematics. Working in Women’s World Banking gives me this wonderful opportunity to use statistics in Women’s empowerment and financial inclusion. I find the mission of Women’s World Banking highly in line with my passion. This is a great organization with professional enthusiastic people.

What excites you about working at Women’s World Banking? Happy, professional, dedicated people

What is a surprising fact about you? I enjoy doing sports, listening music, acting and watching theater and movies, and being in nature. I used to do mountain climbing for 7 years and I met my wife in an Alpine club and now we both prefer to go to a safe hiking instead of mountain climbing.

Ker Thao

Ker Thao joined Women’s World Banking as a Design Specialist with the Design and Innovation team. In this role, Ker uses a spectrum of design techniques and methodologies to develop high effective innovative financial inclusion solutions for women, in order to establish Women’s World Banking as a thought leader and industry expert. He has a BFA, Graphic Design from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons School of Design.

Why did you want to work at Women’s World Banking? I have always been passionate about using design as a way to look at the world’s complex issues, to challenge the status quo and to create social impact for underserved and underrepresented communities. Being a part of an organization with a women-centered mission is really motivating.

What excites you about working at Women’s World Banking? What really excites me about working at Women’s World Banking are my colleagues who are just as passionate, if not more, about creating change for so many women in the world. It is rare to see an organization with so many driven individuals.

What is a surprising fact about you? I was a cheerleader for two years in high school and it was the highlight of my experience.

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