Category Archives: Leadership

Ann Cairns Mastercard GBA Board

Ann Cairns

Ann Cairns

Executive Vice Chair Mastercard, Chair Financial Alliance for Women, Chair 30% Club

In her role as Executive Vice Chair, Ann represents Mastercard around the world, focusing on inclusion, diversity and innovation.  She plays the important role of senior ambassador and executive leader and sits as part of the company’s global management committee. Prior to her current appointment, Ann was President of International Markets responsible for the management of all Mastercard customer-related activities in over 200 countries.  

Ann brings more than 20 years’ experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the U.S.  Prior to joining Mastercard in 2011, Ann was head of the Financial Services Group with Alvarez & Marsal, CEO of Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO and held senior positions at Citigroup.  

Ann is currently chair of ICE Clear Europe, owned by the Fortune 500 company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).  She is also global chair of the 30% Club, the chair of the Financial Alliance for Women and serves as a member of the UK government’s AI Council and the IBDE advisory board. She has a Pure Mathematics degree and honorary doctorate from Sheffield University and a M.Sc. with research into medical statistics and honorary doctorate from Newcastle University.

Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins

Leadership

Board Secretary; Senior Partner, Head of Digital for McKinsey in Western Europe, Norway

Paul JenkinsPaul is one of the core leaders of McKinsey’s Global Banking Practice, serving clients in the banking sector on a wide range of strategy, marketing, operations and technology issues. Since joining McKinsey in 1998, Paul has predominantly served clients in the banking sector on a global basis. His core clients include some of the world’s largest banks, headquartered in London, Stockholm, Madrid, Amsterdam and Sydney. He is co-chair of the Banking Global Client Committee. Before joining McKinsey, Paul worked 4 years at Andersen Consulting. Paul holds a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Manchester University.

Steven Puig

Leadership

Board Treasurer; President, Banco BHD León, Dominican Republic

Steven Puig is Executive President of Banco BHD León. Steven started his banking career in Santo Domingo with Chase Manhattan Bank, having previously worked in Puerto Rico and New York. He was Vice President of Corporate Banking at Citibank in Santo Domingo, as well as General Manager in El Salvador and President of Citibank in Colombia. After that, he served as Vice President for the Private Sector at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Steven received his BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his MIS in International Business Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Nadia Al Saeed

Nadia Al Saeed

CEO, Bank Al Etihad

Since becoming CEO at Bank al Etihad in 2008, Al Saeed has positioned it as one of the most progressive banks in Jordan, now ranking as the third largest in the country by total assets. In 2014, she successfully launched the bank’s woman-centered program, Shorouq, to support female economic participation across the country. Al Saeed offers significant industry experience, including time as a Strategy Advisor at Mckinsey & Co. as well as several key roles at Bank al Etihad, with the last being Head of Corporate Banking. Forbes Middle East has selected her as one of the “Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen” for 8 consecutive years (2014-2021), and The AmCham MENA Regional Council has awarded her “Best Woman in the Corporate Sector in MENA.”

Ulrike Decoene GBA Board

Ulrike Decoene

Leadership

Group Head of Communication, Brand and Corporate Responsibility; AXA; France

Ulrike Decoene GBA Board

Ulrike Decoene was appointed AXA Group Head of Communication, Brand and Corporate Responsibility in March 2019, while continuing to lead the Women in Insurance Initiative for the AXA Group.

Previously, she held the role of Chief of Staff to the CEO of AXA.

She joined AXA Investment Managers in 2007, where she led Global Media relations and Internal communications.

Between 2010 and 2015, Ulrike ran Corporate Communications, Corporate Responsibility and Public Affairs for AXA’s Mediterranean, Middle East and Latin American operations, notably focusing on theintegration of new businesses in Africa and Latin America. Prior to her current role, she was appointed Head of the AXA Research Fund, AXA’s global philanthropy initiative in support of fundamental risk research.

Before joining AXA, Ulrike spent 5 years working for different offices of the French government, in particular as an advisor for the Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin between 2005 and 2007.

Ulrike is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Université de la Sorbonne, with teaching experience in the Universities of Paris-Est and Yale.

Sharmila Hardi

Leadership

Global Head of Banking, Risk Management and Insurance, IFC’s Financial Institutions Group (FIG)

 

Sharmila Hardi is the Global Head of Banking, Risk Management and Insurance in IFC’s Financial Institutions Group (FIG). In this position she is also responsible for managing global relationships and for mainstreaming gender across all FIG products. She leads a team of over 30 professionals in an area that is business critical to the corporation and delivering impact by providing access to finance for SMEs in emerging markets. Ms. Hardi has been with IFC since 1992 specializing in project finance and more recently heading IFC’s syndication team.
IFC’s Financial Institutions Group ranks as a leading financier of private financial institutions in emerging markets. IFC’s Banking on Women business which is a growing segment has portfolio of over US$3 billion.
Ms. Hardi also serves as IFC’s nominee director on the Global Climate Partnership Facility a Luxembourg based fund focused on green investments in emerging markets and the Financial Alliance For Women a consortium of financial institutions dedicated to supporting banks as they capture the opportunity of the Women’s Market.

Selim R. F. Hussain GBA Board

Selim R. F. Hussain

Leadership

Managing Director & CEO, BRAC Bank, Bangladesh

Selim R. F. Hussain GBA BoardMr. Hussain is the Managing Director & CEO of BRAC Bank Limited, a leading private sector bank with a market capitalization of US$585 mn and a FUM size of US$4.40 bn that focuses on SME financing. Mr. Hussain joined BRAC Bank in November 2015. Mr. Hussain was the past CEO & Managing Director of IDLC Finance Limited. He worked in ANZ Grindlays Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, for 24 years. Mr. Hussain has an MBA from IBA, University of Dhaka.

Carolyn McCann

Carolyn McCann

Group Executive, Customer & Corporate Relations, Westpac Group

As Westpac’s Group Executive, Customer & Corporate Relations, a role she began in 2018, McCann recognizes the importance of setting high service standards and quickly resolving customer issues. She’s responsible for management of Westpac Group’s customer resolution and reporting alongside its corporate affairs, communications and sustainability functions. McCann joined Westpac Group in 2013 as General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, after spending 13 years with Insurance Australia Group with roles including Group General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Investor Relations. She began her career in consulting and has extensive in-house and consulting experience in financial services.

Shelly Porges

K. Shelly Porges

Leadership

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Billion Dollar Fund for WomenTM  and Beyond the BillionTM

Shelly Porges

  1. Shelly Porges is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds pledged to invest in female-founded firms and Beyond the Billion, mobilizing LP investors into TBDF funds. She is also a Board Member of the Financial Alliance for Women and on the Advisory Board for Mindshift Capital, Different Funds and Global Invest Her.

Ms. Porges is a globally recognized expert on gender-lens venture investing and a leader in fostering global entrepreneurship. She was honored as one of the Inaugural Forbes 50 Over 50 in Investment in 2021. She served as President of the North American Jury for Cartier Women’s Initiative for over a decade and as the former Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department. Prior to that, she served as executive head of marketing for American Express Canada and as chief marketing officer for Bank of America during a historic turn-around. Ms. Porges has also founded or co-founded six previous venturesincluding Porges/Hudson Marketing; Scudder Weisel Capital LLC; and Global Payments Experts LLC. As former President of the Financial Alliance for Women in San Francisco, she launched the Financial Woman of the Year event which has raised over three million dollars for women’s scholarships.

Ms. Porges is a compelling speaker who has inspired audiences globally at major international events including Politico’s Women Rule Summit (DC), the Women’s Alternative Investment Summit (NY), the Financial Alliance for Women Annual Summit (Paris), Gender Smart Investing Summit (London), High Water Women Investing for Impact Symposium (NY), the World Bank THK Blended Finance Forum (Bali), and at universities such as American, Babson, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard et al.

Ms. Porges holds both a BS with Honors and MPS degree from Cornell University. 

James Scriven

Leadership

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.

Matt Tuck

Matt Tuck

Head of Customer Propositions & Delivery, Commercial Banking, NatWest

Tuck leads Customer Propositions & Delivery for NatWest’s Commercial Banking business. His team brings together lending and transaction banking products, customer service and operations in the UK and India, propositions and customer journeys, and performance management. His focus is on purpose-led, customer-focused and commercially minded delivery of products and services. Tuck joined the Group in March 2020 from Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he was CEO of their European and US business. He has taken an active role in driving equality and inclusion initiatives throughout his career and is currently the co-sponsor of Commercial Bank’s Diversity & Inclusion Council.