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Mercer is a global consulting firm, delivering advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Mercer’s more than 25,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer’s solutions include diversity and inclusion (D&I) consulting, aimed at helping organisations build the diverse and inclusive workplaces they need to thrive in the future of work. Mercer has partnered with the Financial Alliance for Women since 2018 to advance women’s leadership in the financial services sector. The collaboration supports the Alliance to build its gender D&I services to member organizations via peer learning and the development of intellectual capital on gender balance. Through access to Mercer’s When Women Thrive survey/diagnostic tool, Alliance members are also given the opportunity to have their D&I efforts benchmarked against those of their financial services peers and other sectors. Going forward, the Alliance / Mercer partnership will continue to deliver superior content, supporting members to implement and advance gender diversity and inclusion strategies so they can and become employers and financial services providers of choice for women.

To learn more about When Women Thrive and the organization’s D&I work, visit Mercer’s website.

Karyl Akilian

Vanessa Van Landingham

Director, Marketing and Business Development

Karyl is the Director of Marketing and Business Development with the responsibility for increasing the impact of the Alliance’s communications, providing institutional support to members on Women’s Market program development as well as supporting the expansion of the Financial Alliance for Women.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Karyl worked for 12 years at BLC Bank, Lebanon, where she served as the Head of Product Development until she was assigned Head of Brand Management in 2013, leading the strategic planning process for the Bank’s brands to build the brand equity.

She played a fundamental role in developing, implementing and overseeing the execution of We Initiative, the Women Empowerment program launched in 2012 by BLC Bank. During her years managing the We Initiative, she was a speaker at numerous international conferences and in 2016, was selected as one of the Global Banking Alliance for Women network’s “All-Star instructors”. Throughout her years at BLC Bank, she has trained more than 50 banks around the globe on how to develop a Women’s Market Program.

Due to her active role in the women empowerment scene, she was elected on the board of the Lebanese League for Women in Business in 2015 and re-elected for a second term in 2017, where she holds the function of Treasurer.

Karyl holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and an MBA from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. In 2016, she received the AUB Computer Science Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award.


James Scriven

Vanessa Van Landingham

CEO, IDB Invest

James P. Scriven is the CEO of IDB Invest, the private sector institution of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group with an $11 billion portfolio of 360 projects across 22 countries. IDB Invest is a multilateral development bank that seeks to be the leader in client-service and development impact in Latin America and the Caribbean. A dual Argentine/British citizen, Mr. Scriven was previously Vice President of Corporate Risk and Sustainability at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in addition to other leadership positions. Before joining the IFC, Mr. Scriven was Chief Financial Officer of Banco Hipotecario in Argentina. During the past two decades, he has concentrated his efforts on the promotion of the private sector in development. Mr. Scriven holds a Master´s degree in Finance from Universidad del Centro de Estudios Macroeconómicos of Argentina, and a degree in Business Administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina.