2018 GBA Summit: Announcing Key Agenda Topics

Monday 13th August 2018

We are pleased to reveal the preliminary agenda for our upcoming Annual Summit in Jordan, hosted by Bank al Etihad November 13 to 15. The GBA Summit is the only financial services conference that focuses exclusively on creating value through the Women’s Market. This year’s theme, “The Future of Financial Services for Women,” showcases key forces driving innovation in financial services and solutions that create real value for women, including:

  • Meeting increasingly sophisticated customer needs by leveraging data analytics and personalized customer journeys
  • Fast adoption of digital solutions and other technologies
  • Scaling up of robo-advisory and leveraging increased use of omni-channels
  • Innovations in risk assessment
  • Offering integrated solutions to specific life cycle/life moment needs
  • Best-in-class CEOs making gender diversity a priority

2018 GBA Summit Agenda ThumbnailAccording to the Global Findex, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has the highest financial inclusion gender gap in the world: Just 35 percent of women have a bank account compared to 52 percent of men. The SME Finance Forum estimates the credit gap for women-owned/led MSMEs in the region to be US$38 billion. The Summit will also look at the main legal and regulatory barriers inhibiting women’s full financial inclusion in a special MENA Policy Forum, and the progressive actions being taken by policymakers to level the playing field. This session will build on GBA’s work with the W20, GPFI and WFID.

More than 250 top executives from a wide range of Women’s Market financial services ecosystem players will gather at the Summit to learn and network. You can take a look at the full high-level agenda of engaging, interactive sessions here.

The GBA Summit is an invitation-only event. Members, check your inboxes for your link and code to register. If you will need a visa to enter Jordan, it is especially important that you register soon, as the visa process can take up to two months for some nationalities.

If you are not a member of the GBA but are interested in attending the Summit, please reach out to to determine eligibility.