Alexa Roscoe


Alexa Roscoe, Disruptive Technologies Lead, IFC
Alexa serves as Disruptive Technologies Lead at the International Finance Corporation, where she leads a team advising the private sector on how inclusive tech can open new opportunities around the world. Recent work has focused on initiatives like #Digital2Equal and #DrivingEquality, which use technology to close gender gaps in emerging markets. Alexa also serves as a high-level appointee to the Board of ITU #GenerationConnect. She holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a MSc Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from the University of Oxford.



Amrik Heyer


Amrik Heyer,Senior Research Specialist, FSD Kenya
As FSD Kenya’s Senior Research Advisor, Amrik Heyer has developed and led a wide-ranging research programme on inclusive finance. Working closely with government and private sector, Amrik focuses on applying and communicating data and analysis to support policy change and innovation. From her earlier research work on gender and markets in Kenya, Amrik has a particular interest foregrounding gender as a cornerstone of inclusive market development.



Antonique Koning


Antonique Koning, CGAP Gender Lead
Antonique Koning is the CGAP Gender Lead. Antonique has over 20 years of experience working on a range of topics related to microfinance and financial inclusion, with special expertise in consumer protection and responsible finance, customer centricity and customer empowerment.



Bindi Jhaveri

Bindi Jhaveri, Financial Services Technical Advisor, Grameen Foundation
Bindi Jhaveri is a financial services and economic empowerment expert with 16 years experience managing and providing technical support to digital financial services, financial inclusion, and resilience programs in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Bindi has expertise in digital financial services, resilience, savings group, cash transfer, and women's economic empowerment programming, and 10 years field experience living and working in Africa.


Catherine Hights


Catherine Highet, Digitally-Enabled Financial Inclusion Thematic Lead
 Prior to this role, she worked with the GSMA Connected Women program and FHI 360, focusing on digital inclusion activities, including DFS, digital identity and gender equality. Catherine has also consulted for several digital development partners in the public and private sector including IREX, Mozilla and Souktel. 



Cavelle Dove


Cavelle Dove, Project Director, Cowater International
Cavelle Dove is a financial services and women's economic empowerment practitioner, and currently manages an economic development project for Cowater International in Indonesia. Previously, Cavelle worked with UNCDF as a gender and financial inclusion expert, and has worked on gender smart product design, financial health, savings groups and improving women farmer's access to and usage of financial products and services.



Damola Owolade


Damola Owolade, Head: SADC Financial Inclusion Program, FinMark Trust
Damola has been active in the financial inclusion space for over 15 years – with an initial focus on FI data and measurement research and subsequently in policy advocacy to support financially inclusive markets in Africa. He is currently focused on the design and implementation of regional (in the Southern African Development Community region) financial inclusion programs covering issues like digital financial identity, Know Your Customer regulation (driving the Risk Based Approach), cross border remittances, regional financial inclusion monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building in national financial inclusion strategy implementation.



David Myhre

David Myhre, Director for Partnerships, My Oral Village
David Myhre is Director for Partnerships at My Oral Village where he supports innovations to enable people with limited literacy and numeracy skills to manage their financial lives effectively and safely. He holds a Master's in Development Sociology from Cornell University and has worked for more than two decades on financial inclusion topics, rural livelihoods development, and household economic strengthening in research, philanthropy, and practice organizations. He can be reached at




Diana Dezso, FinEquity Facilitator
Diana Dezso is the FinEquity Facilitator. Prior to this she led the Data and Measurement Working Group of FinEquity. Diana has 20 years of experience in the financial inclusion sector.



Elsie Addo Awadzi


Elsie Addo Awadzi, Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana
Elsie Addo Awadzi was appointed by H.E. The President of the Republic as Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana in February 2018. She supervises seven Departments of the Central Bank including the Banking Supervision Department, the Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department, the Financial Stability Department, and the Collateral Registry, among others, and generally supports the Governor in steering the affairs of the Bank. Elsie is a member of the Bank of Ghana’s Board of Directors and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Ghana. She is also a member of Ghana’s Financial Stability Council, and a Trustee of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund.



Esselina Macome


Esselina Macome, CEO, FSD Mozambique
Prior to joining FSD Mozambique, Esselina was Executive Director and Member of the Board at the Central Bank of Mozambique, from 2005 – 2015. Her areas of interest include the use of technology in financial inclusion, in particular DFS, green finance and gender. Esselina is Associate Professor at the Eduardo Mondlane University. She holds a PhD in Information Technologies from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Macome is Licentiate in Teaching of Mathematics by Paedagogische Hochshule Dresden, Germany.



Evaline Angole

Evaline Angole, Project Manager, Grameen Foundation
Evaline has a working experience of seven years in social economic development specifically in the area of savings groups empowerment for women and youth, delivering training of trainers on Linkage banking, Business skills, Financial literacy and digital Financial literacy for the rural poor.


 Florence Naggirinya Ssebbowa Kasule


Florence Naggirinya Ssebbowa Kasule, Chairperson, NABWU
Florence is a founding member of NABWU and is the current Chairperson of the Network of African Businesswomen Uganda as well as the Chair of the Uganda GMT Networks consortium. Florence has a work experience of over 20 years supporting women’s economic empowerment programs in different organizations including Action for Development, Uganda Women’s Network and African Women’s Economic Policy Network.



Jenny Morgan

Jenny Morgan, Impact Pathways Thematic Lead
Jenny Morgan is FinEquity's Impact Pathways Thematic Lead. She has over 15 years of experience in inclusive financial growth, entrepreneurship and small business development, women’s economic empowerment, and resilience.



Krishnan Narasimhan


Krishnan Narasimhan, Program Manager, UNCDF
Krishnan is a lead specialist for Insurance & Climate Adaptation, managing the Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Program. He has a rich blend of private sector senior management experience and international development specialization in access to finance, policy and program implementation in developing markets.



Lishia Erza


Lishia Erza,CEO, Asyx
Lishia is a serial entrepreneur and economic empowerment advocate through ASYX, the supply chain Collaboration and Financial Technology company she leads and through the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce. 2021 has been a busy year for Lishia, being voted as #5 in Top 100 Global Women Supply Chain, Top 15 Fintech Women in Hongkong and Singapore and listed as Indonesia's Most Powerful Women In Indonesia 2021 and Business Women of The Year 2021. Her latest initiative is MELATI (Indonesian for “Jasmine”), an integrated program for female SME entrepreneurs to support digital and financial literacy capacity building. MELATI provides a series of technical assistance, training, and access to finance supported by UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Visa, FMO Bank, Govt of Canada and Australia Aid.



Luan Nio


Luan Nio, Director of Partnerships,
Luan is Director of Partnerships and Co-Lead of the Global Gender Portfolio at In her role, she works with many different partners to move from ideas to concepts, to solutions in market to address some of the most sticky challenges in reaching gender equality. Luan brings expertise in human-centered design and collective building towards financial inclusion and financial health.



Lydia Baffour Awuah

Lydia Baffour Awuah, Senior Program Manager, Opportunity International UK
Lydia Baffour Awuah, Senior Program Manager leads Opportunity International UK's Gender and Roots of Change Women Economic Empowerment program, which focuses on providing gender smart rural and agricultural finance solutions to rural women to sustain their livelihood. She has over 20 years of experience in microfinance, working and supporting financial institutions across Africa to address the challenges and opportunities related to financial inclusion, women economic empowerment and inclusive agricultural transformation.


Maria Liliana Mor


Maria Liliana Mor, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development, Pro Mujer
Maria Mor works as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development at Pro Mujer to promote women’s empowerment in the region. Maria is an international development specialist with 17 years of experience in development of partnerships to mainstream social impact development approaches in regional programs, and strategic practices on innovation and education programs focused on vulnerable communities. On previous positions, Mor worked at the Trust for the Americas-Organization of American States and the Pan-American Health Organization



Maureen Kwilasa


Maureen Kwilasa, Gender Advisor for Digital Financial Inclusion, World Food Program (WFP)
Maureen Kwilasa is a rights-based development practitioner with vast experience in providing assessments and advisory services to financial sector actors to ensure the inclusive participation of women, youth, and other unserved or underserved groups. Her expertise rests in advising on the appropriateness, access, usage and benefits of formal and informal financial services for women and girls in different contexts.



Melizsa Mugyenyi


Melizsa Mugyenyi, CEO, Graça Machal Trust
Melizsa Mugyenyi is the CEO of the Graça Machel Trust, where she provides leadership for the expansion of the organization’s Pan African programming, to take its work of social and economic transformation to greater scale and impact. She is a daughter of Africa, who ispassionate about strengthening development outcomes for marginalized groups on the continent. Melizsa brings strategic, executive level experience to the Trust, including from global non-profit and the Aga Khan Foundation.



Moonmoon Shehrin

Moonmoon Shehrin, Digital Lead, BRAC
Moonmoon Shehrin is a project management professional with over nine years of experience in financial inclusion and women's economic empowerment programs with a focus on product development, implementation at national scale and field operations management. Currently, leading the Digital Unit at BRAC Microfinance with initiatives spanning across digital financial services, process digitization and digital platform facilitating financial inclusion to ensure that financial products and services offered by BRAC are efficient and client-centric in design.


Nandini Harihareswara


Nandini Harihareswara, Senior Advisor, Inclusive Digital Economies, UNCDF
Nandini has spent a decade focused on ensuring the benefits of the Digital Economy are inclusive of those underserved in emerging markets especially women. She has worked with policy makers, banks, telcos, and fintechs across Asia and Africa to remove market constraints to advancing digital inclusion, leveraging data, research and best practices.



Nisha Singh


Nisha Singh, Gender-Transformative Solutions Thematic Lead
Nisha Singh, FinEquity's Gender-Transformative Solutions Thematic Lead. She has over 17 years of experience promoting access to finance and financial market systems development, with a focus on women’s economic empowerment and inclusion.



Sakshi Chadha


Sakshi Chadha, Digital Expert Bangladesh, UNCDF
Sakshi Chadha, Digital Expert for Bangladesh at the UNCDF, manages UNCDF’s IDE portfolio in Bangladesh, working on projects to build an inclusive digital economy. She has over 12 years of experience in digital financial services operational, policy and regulatory aspects working in multiple markets such as India, Kenya, Nepal, Bangladesh and, Vietnam. Before UNCDF, she worked as a Regulatory Specialist Asia for the GSMA Mobile Money Programme, working with financial regulators and Mobile Money Providers in Asia to address regulatory barriers and promote digital financial services.



Sarah Buitoni

Sarah Buitoni, Manager and Executive Trainer, Leadership & Diversity, Women's World Banking
Sarah designs and delivers learning solutions that help global financial inclusion practitioners lead change, build diverse talent and better serve women customers. Previously, she worked on education initiatives for UNICEF, Women's Refugee Commission and Institute of International Education. Sarah holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and BA in Latin American studies and Spanish from Barnard. She is an executive coach certified in Adaptive Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, CCL's 360 Suite, Inclusive Behaviors Inventory, the MBTI® and NBI™ psychometric assessments.


Siegfried Zottel


Siegfried Zottel, Sr. Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank
Siegfried Zottel is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist in the World Bank’s Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice. As one of the regional financial inclusion and fintech focal points for Western and Central Africa, he has led or supported multisectoral advisory programs on digital economy, financial inclusion policy, fintech and women economic empowerment in Nigeria and other countries in this region.



Sophie Romana


Sophie Romana, Althaë Strategy
Sophie specializes in gender, WEE and financial inclusion. Her recent projects include developing a digital financial literacy campaign for women (with SIA) and a Gender Lens Investment Framework (with WOCCU). She led Oxfam’s Community Finance Department (2011-2018) and has worked in private equity. A graduate from La Sorbonne (Law) and Columbia Business School (MBA) she launched Althaë Strategy in 2021 to focus on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship. A dual French American citizen she lives in Maine.



Stephen Rasmussen

Stephen Rasmussen, CGAP Interim Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Rasmussen has 30 years of development and financial inclusion experience. In 2014–2015, he established and was the first CEO of Karandaaz Pakistan, a start-up company focused on small business finance for job creation, digital financial inclusion, and innovation in the financial sector. Before joining CGAP, he was the World Bank’s microfinance focal point for South Asia. From 2001 to 2008 he was CEO of the Pakistan Microfinance Network, and from 1994 to 2003 he was CEO of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, a large rural development program in northern Pakistan, where he also helped establish First MicroFinanceBank, the first microfinance bank in Pakistan. Most recently Stephen served as CGAP’s Lead, Digital Rails.


Wai Hin Aung

Wai Hin Aung, Cluster Operation Manager, BRAC Myanmar
Wai Hin Aung (William) is a Cluster Operation Manager, Microfinance of BRAC Myanmar. He has been with BRAC for more than five years and has served in several management positions across the organization. William has worked on several financial and digital inclusion projects of BRAC, including the GSPD project in collaboration with the UNCDF. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Technology from the University of Greenwich, UK, and a BA (English) from Yangon University.




Yasmin Bin-Humam, CGAP Financial Sector Specialist
Yasmin Bin-Humam is a CGAP Financial Sector Specialist and also serves as focal point for CGAP’s gender research and mainstreaming. Four years ago she launched FinEquity, and continues to serve as its program manager.