Women's World Banking hosts Making Finance Work for Women Summit in Singapore
The organization celebrates its 40th anniversary with the inaugural FinTech Innovation Challenge, 18th Network Member Day, and launch of new She Counts cohort
SINGAPORE, Oct. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Global NGO Women's World Banking brings its biennial international gathering, the Making Finance Work for Women Summit, to Singapore on 22-23 October 2019. The Summit features leading international experts in driving innovations in women's financial inclusion. More than 300 attendees from more than 40 countries will participate in interactive workshops, debates, plenary sessions, and the inaugural FinTech Innovation Challenge.
"Nearly one billion women around the world do not have access to formal financial services and hundreds of millions more are underserved. Our Making Finance Work for Women Summit will address the obstacles financial service providers face in meeting these women's needs and the solutions that will allow them to reach this market at scale," said Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women's World Banking. "We want all attendees to leave the Summit with concrete steps they can take in their own organizations to make finance work for women worldwide as a critical step in building a more equitable world," continued Iskenderian.
The Making Finance Work for Women Summit will also include Women's World Banking's inaugural FinTech Innovation Challenge in partnership with the Singapore FinTech Festival and KPMG Digital Village. Four finalists have been selected to pitch at the Summit. Esteemed judges and attendees will then vote to select the top two candidates who will go on to participate as finalists in the Monetary Authority of Singapore's Global FinTech Hackcelerator Demo Day. The four finalists are: Aflore from Colombia; Bloom Impact from Ghana; Frontier Markets Consulting from India; and Pula Advisors from Kenya. Each finalist is paired with a corporate champion to help refine their pitch and solution for the Summit. The corporate champions are: CIB (Egypt); Credit Suisse; DBS Bank; and SwissRe. The FinTech Challenge is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Calibra.