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Findexable

Findexable

Findexable is a real-time fintech data company established to reinvent fintech research by tracking fintech activity globally – by using real time, automated data-gathering techniques and a proprietary algorithm to track, rank and benchmark the fintech ecosystem worldwide.

The Global Fintech Index (GFI) by Findexable is the first real-time ranking of all cities worldwide where there is a cluster or communities of fintech organisations. The GFI provides a dynamic comparison and benchmarking between cities, regions, countries and fintech companies. It is objective and unmoderated: the rankings are determined and updated using our proprietary algorithm. It is digital and real-time, using open data & data sharing to create a continuously updated index.

Findexable and the GFI are designed to highlight opportunities and drive transparency across the ecosystem. By benchmarking fintech development across different regions worldwide, we are on a mission to help innovators, financial institutions, government and investors understand how innovation is evolving, where to invest, and what it takes to build a thriving, progressive fintech ecosystem.

To learn more about GFI and Findexable’s work, visit Findexable’s website.

European Women Payments Network (EWPN)

 

European Women Payments Network (EWPN)

European Women Payments Network (EWPN) is the first and only pan-European not-for-profit organisation for women working in the Banking, FinTech and Payments industries in Europe.

EWPN provides a platform that inspires, empowers and mentors women in financial services to help them realise their full potential and position themselves for greater personal success whilst continuing to develop and contribute to their industry. EWPN’s primary objective is to champion diversity and inclusion (not just gender) in the financial sector.

To learn more about European Women Payments Network (EWPN), visit EWPN’s website.

Mercer

Mercer

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.

Westpac Study Tour

Larke Riemer

Larke has over 30 years with the Westpac Group and has worked across many areas of the bank. She has been instrumental in positioning Westpac to be recognised by the World Bank as global best practice for the work they do with women. Larke has responsibility for growing the overall footings of female customers which currently sits at approximately $107 billion and generates over $1.6 billion in revenue.

Larke is a regular commentator in the media as a spokesperson for Westpac on issues relating to women and the female economy.

Larke is the Chair and Global Ambassador of the Global Banking Alliance for Women in Banking whose mission is to accelerate the growth of women in business and women’s wealth creation globally, while generating superior business outcomes for member financial institutions.

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.”

Karyl Akilian

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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.

 

Bank of Deyang Good Sisters

Eduardo Ferreira

Eduardo leads Itaú Unibanco’s microfinance operations. He is also responsible for Itaú’s Women Entrepreneurship Program, an initiative focused on the development of new financial products and services that are adapted to the needs of female entrepreneurs, in partnership with the IDB and IFC.Eduardo leads Itaú Unibanco’s microfinance operations. He is also responsible for Itaú’s Women Entrepreneurship Program, an initiative focused on the development of new financial products and services that are adapted to the needs of female entrepreneurs, in partnership with the IDB and IFC.Eduardo leads Itaú Unibanco’s microfinance operations. He is also responsible for Itaú’s Women Entrepreneurship Program, an initiative focused on the development of new financial products and services that are adapted to the needs of female entrepreneurs, in partnership with the IDB and IFC.

WE-Connect International

Eduardo leads Itaú Unibanco’s microfinance operations. He is also responsible for Itaú’s Women Entrepreneurship Program, an initiative focused on the development of new financial products and services that are adapted to the needs of female entrepreneurs, in partnership with the IDB and IFC.Eduardo leads Itaú Unibanco’s microfinance operations. He is also responsible for Itaú’s Women Entrepreneurship Program, an initiative focused on the development of new financial products and services that are adapted to the needs of female entrepreneurs, in partnership with the IDB and IFC.Eduardo leads Itaú Unibanco’s microfinance operations. He is also responsible for Itaú’s Women Entrepreneurship Program, an initiative focused on the development of new financial products and services that are adapted to the needs of female entrepreneurs, in partnership with the IDB and IFC.

Julie R. Weeks

President and Chief Executive
Womenable
United States

Julie has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of research design and analysis, public policy, and women’s enterprise development – most recently as Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council, and as Managing Director and Director of Research for the Center for Women’s Business Research in the U.S.

Currently, she is an entrepreneur who has established her own business, Womenable.

“Womenable is focused on one thing: enabling women’s entrepreneurship worldwide!”, says Julie.

Womenable – established in 2005 – is a research, program and policy development consultancy whose mission is to enable women’s entrepreneurship worldwide. Womenable works with the stewards of women’s entrepreneurship – policy makers, multi-lateral organizations, corporate decision makers, entrepreneurial support organizations, and the women’s business community – on efforts that will result in better systems to support the growth in the number and economic clout of women business owners.

For more information on Julie and Womenable, please visit her website: www.womenable.com.

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Untapped Potential

Women are underserved.

Most women cannot access high-quality financial services.

  • 73% of women globally reported being unsatisfied with banking services
  • 70% of survey respondents believe that wealth managers should tailor their approach to women.
  • 80% of women globally perceive that investment marketers do not understand their needs and requirements.

Women are unserved.

And some cannot access financial services at all.

  • Women are 17% less likely than men to have a bank account.
  • Women are 25% less likely than men to have borrowed formally from a bank.
  • There is a $300 billion credit gap for women-owned SMEs globally.

Entrepreneurship

Women’s consumer power is significant. Message from Our Speaker

Women make or influence a majority of purchasing decisions, including where to bank and where to invest.

  • $28 trillion projected women’s consumer spending by 2018
  • 80% buying decisions women make worldwide
  • 62% women who identify as primary household income source in the US, UK, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and India

The Power of Purse

Women control $20 trillion in consumer spending worldwide – that’s twice China’s GDP.

China GDP: $10 trillion (2014)

Women’s annual earnings: $120 trillion (2014)

Wealth

Women’s consumer power is significant. Message from Our Speaker

Women make or influence a majority of purchasing decisions, including where to bank and where to invest.

  • $28 trillion projected women’s consumer spending by 2018
  • 80% buying decisions women make worldwide
  • 62% women who identify as primary household income source in the US, UK, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and India

The Power of Purse

Women control $20 trillion in consumer spending worldwide – that’s twice China’s GDP.

China GDP: $10 trillion (2014)

Women’s annual earnings: $120 trillion (2014)

Consumer Behavior

Women’s consumer power is significant. Message from Our Speaker

Women make or influence a majority of purchasing decisions, including where to bank and where to invest.

  • $28 trillion projected women’s consumer spending by 2018
  • 80% buying decisions women make worldwide
  • 62% women who identify as primary household income source in the US, UK, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and India

The Power of Purse

Women control $20 trillion in consumer spending worldwide – that’s twice China’s GDP.

China GDP: $10 trillion (2014)

Women’s annual earnings: $120 trillion (2014)

James Scriven

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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.