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Event Date Tue Oct 12 EDT (9 months ago)
Location Virtual Event
Region Americas

Despite years of progress in advancing financial inclusion, nearly 1 billion women around the world still remain excluded from formal financial services, and there is a persistent 9% gender gap across emerging markets. Moreover, the economic toll of COVID-19 has fallen disproportionately on women, exposing their particular vulnerability to global shocks. While the pandemic has accelerated the digitization of financial services, low-income women remain at risk of being left behind given the unique barriers they face to adoption and usage of digital financial services. Combined with broader inequalities for women such as rising unemployment, disparities in access to healthcare, and the effects of climate change, it is more imperative than ever that gender equality is at the center of recovery and growth.

Now more than ever, Fintechs are a crucial driver of women’s financial inclusion.

Our past Fintech Innovation Challenge winners – Aflore, Pula Advisors, Tyme, and myAgro – were given the exciting opportunity to compete in the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Global FinTech Hackcelerator during the Singapore FinTech Festival. Our 2019 Challenge winner, Pula Advisors, was one of their three winners!

During this event, watch the challenge finalists present their solutions and see who wins! The event will also feature a fireside chat with the Female Founder Award winner, and a panel discussion on driving inclusive polices for fintech. Stay tuned for registration details!


2021 Speakers

Anjali Kumar
Founder, Slightly Reserved

Angélica Fuentes
Founder, Muvop & Female Founder Award Jury Member

Female Founder Award Winners:

Alexa Varsavsky
CEO & Head of Product, ADA Impacto

Isabel Oriol
COO & Head of Business Development, ADA Impacto


Katharine Budd
Co-founder & CEO, NOW Money

Sara Elinson
Principal, Americas Strategy & Transactions FinTech Leader, EY

Mary Ellen Iskenderian
President & CEO, Women’s World Banking

Dave Kim
Program Officer, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Pat Patel
Principle Executive Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore

Otto Williams
Senior Vice President, Head of Partnerships, Innovation and Digital Solutions, Visa CEMEA


Nithyasri Sharma
Manager, Strategy, Women’s World Banking & Fintech Innovation Challenge Advisory Committee Member


Spiros Margaris
Founder, Margaris Ventures


Jo Ann Barefoot
CEO & Co-Founder, the Alliance for Innovative Regulation

Francesca Brown
Director of Policy, Women’s World Banking

Andi Taufan Garuda Putra
CEO & Founder, Amartha

Gerelt Telmen
CEO, Ard Credit JSC

Pratin Vallabhaneni
DC Financial Services Regulatory Partner, White & Case


Dr. Martin Ihrig
Associate Dean & Clinical Professor, New York University

Sponsors & Partners

2021 Sponsors

• BILL & MELINDA GATES foundation

• EY

• novi
• Sida
• Australian Aid
• Australian Government