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Public Event

The Next Billion Customers: Expanding Financial Services to Women through Technology

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Welcome Remarks

Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer, Center for Global Development 

Opening Remarks

Jim Jones, Executive Director, ExxonMobil Foundation


Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Joao Montalvao, Economist, Africa Gender Innovation Lab, World Bank

Alan Gelb, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Angela Baker, Director, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Qualcomm Inc. 


Charles Kenny, Director, Technology and Development, Center for Global Development

At the Center for Global Development, we are studying what works to promote women's financial inclusion, including new evidence on the impact of digital technologies, and are working to engage the private sector to identify opportunities and implement the findings—all with the goal of reducing the global gender financial gap. This research informs She Counts, a CGD partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation and Women's World Banking.

Over 1 billion women lack access to financial services due to economic and social barriers, time and mobility constraints, and discrimination in service provision. Financial services delivered digitally can address these barriers by providing women with safe and accessible channels. This event will look at the recent evidence and emerging technologies that work to empower women economically.




Related Experts

Photo of Alan Gelb
Senior Fellow
Photo of Amanda Glassman
Executive Vice President of CGD, CEO of CGD Europe, and Senior Fellow
Photo of Charles Kenny
Director of Technology and Development and Senior Fellow
Photo of Mayra Buvinic
Senior Fellow Emeritus

Tuesday, May 1
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch will be available starting at 12:00 p.m.

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