10:00—11:15 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) / 2:00 - 3:15pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)/ 3:00 - 4:15pm British Summer Time (BST)

There’s Nothing Micro About a Billion Women – Actions to Drive Financial Inclusion


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


  • Francesca Brown, Director of Policy, Women’s World Banking
  • Natasha Kwakwa, Global Head, Community Programmes & Impact, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Rachel Freeman, Chief Growth Officer, Tyme Global
  • Alan Gelb, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


  • Megan O’Donnell, Policy Fellow & Assistant Director for Gender, Center for Global Development 

Beyond microfinance, there is a wide range of interventions and policies that financial actors can take to reach and benefit women in low- and middle-income countries, as well as promote sustainable, inclusive economic development. In Mary Ellen Iskenderian’s newly released book, There’s Nothing Micro About a Billion Women, she makes the case for closing the gender gap in financial services by exploring the powerful macroeconomic benefits that would accompany women’s full inclusion in the financial system, along with clear calls to action for policymakers, financial service providers, and the wider public to close the gender gap.  

During this event, Mary Ellen will present the book’s key findings, which a panel of financial experts will then discuss. The panel will consider actions needed by policymakers, financial service providers, and the public to accelerate progress for women’s financial inclusion.

If you have questions for our panelists, please submit your comments via YouTube.

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