Temitope Akin-Fadeyi is Head of the Financial Inclusion Secretariat of the Central Bank of Nigeria. She also serves as Secretary to the National Financial Inclusion Governing Committees and as Coordinator of Financial Inclusion Working Groups focused on Products, Channels, Financial Literacy. and Special Interventions for priority segments (women, youth and people with disabilities). Prior to this, Temitope was a Management board member and Head of Banking Services of FINCA Uganda. She has over 16 years banking experience spanning multiple specialties. She describes her passion as creating sustainable value through product, process, and policy innovations.
Dr. Duoguang Bei is President of the Chinese Academy of Financial Inclusion at Renmin University of China. He is also Chief Editor of the Green Paper of Financial Inclusion Development in China (published annually) and leader of the International Forum for Chinese Financial Inclusion. Dr. Bei founded JPMorgan First Capital Securities and was its first Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Previously, he was a senior investment banker in China International Capital Co., Managing Director, and Chair of the Managing Group for IBD. Dr. Bei had also served as Deputy Director of International Operations, China Securities Regulatory Commission.
Gugulethu Cele is a News Anchor at CNBC Africa, based in Johannesburg. She entered broadcasting in 2010 as a newsreader at Eyewitness News on South Africa’s Talk Radio 702. She then joined Moneyweb in 2011 as a financial journalist specialising in IT and as a business news reader. She became a radio presenter on Lotus FM and SAfm and later made the crossover to TV, joining CNBC Africa. Gugu currently co-anchors Power Lunch, anchors Closing Bell Africa, and is a regular presenter of Captains of Industry, speaking to CEO’s, economists, and specialists in various fields, together with analysing daily market-moving news.
Petronella Chigara-Dhitima is Managing Director of Mustard Seed Advisory. She brings more than 24 years of experience in microfinance at operational, strategic, and advisory levels in different countries. She has extensive experience in setting up green-field bank down-scaling operations and creating microfinance banks in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has experience designing gender and youth friendly products for FSPs. Until 2010, she was Accion’s Africa Hub and Project Manager, leading the technical assistance team for EB-ACCION Ghana. Prior to that, she was head of Akiba Commercial Bank’s microfinance division in Tanzania.
Gerhard Coetzee is Head of Customer & Provider Solutions at CGAP, working on customer-centric business models, financial innovations for smallholder families and digital financial products and services beyond payments. Gerhard is an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa. Previously, he was the Head of Inclusive Banking at Absa Bank, the Founder and Director of the Centre for Inclusive Banking in Africa, and a Professor in Agricultural Economics at the University of Pretoria. He is published widely and has worked in several countries, the majority in Africa.
Dr. Brahima Sangafowa Coulibaly is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He comes to Brookings from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System where he was chief economist and head of the emerging market and developing economies group. He has taught economics and international finance at Georgetown University, the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, and the University of Michigan. Dr. Coulibaly has published widely on various topics in macroeconomics, development, international finance, monetary economies, and trade.
Edward Effah, Founder of The Fidelity Group in 1998, currently serves as Group CEO, Managing Director and CEO, Fidelity Bank. Edward brought to Fidelity more than 15 years of experience in senior executive positions in finance and treasury management. Previous positions included: Director of Global Emerging Markets (GEM) Ghana Limited (1995-1998); Chief Finance Officer, Inter-Afrique Group (1994 - 1997); Risk Manager (1990 - 1994), Rudolf Wolff; and auditor and management consultant, Coopers and Lybrand, London (1987 - 1990). Edward is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Catalina Eikenberg is Head of Sustainability at Bernhard Rothfos GmbH, part of Neumann Kaffee Gruppe, the largest coffee trading group in the world. Previously, she was the Colombia Country Manager at TechnoServe, an American NGO working on business solutions to poverty. Before that, Catalina worked at BlueOrchard Finance in Geneva and Lima, managing the company's portfolio of investments in microfinance institutions in South America.
Sieka Gatabaki Kungu is the Mercy Corps AgriFin Accelerate Digital Financial Services Manager. Before AgriFin, Sieka served as a Technical Advisor with IFC, with over 12 years’ experience spanning from digital financial services to telecommunications. His experience ranges from the launch of mobile payments services to commercialization and usage expansion. Prior to IFC, Sieka worked with and consulted for various organizations including, Airtel Africa, Zain, Celtel, Vital Wave, Ernst & Young, and Grameen Foundation.
Maimouna Gueye is Principal Financial Inclusion Officer at the African Development Bank. She is a financial sector professional with over 17 years of experience in development finance and payment systems. After working on Wall Street as a Financial Analyst, Maimouna spent a decade at the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), becoming an Assistant Director (“Sous Directeur”) in charge of regulation and policy of payment systems. Since 2015, Maimouna has been leading the AfDB’s work on aspects of digital financial inclusion in several African countries and economic regions.
Soren Heitmann is Operations Officer, Financial Institutions Group at IFC. He leads the applied research and knowledge program for the Partnership for Financial Inclusion, a joint initiative of IFC and Mastercard Foundation. He works at the nexus of data-driven research and technology to deliver learning and innovation for IFC’s DFS projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Soren led IFC’s M&E and Portfolio team for Europe and Central Asia. He has a background in cultural anthropology, database management, and software engineering, and is the co-author of the recently published Data Analytics and Digital Financial Services Handbook.
Jennifer McDonald is Director of Product Development at Women’s World Banking. She became part of the organization in 2009, leading its digital finance practice and designing sustainable financial solutions for low-income women and their families. In recent years, she collaborated with banks, MNOs, and other partners in Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Pakistan and Colombia to introduce tailored products for women and innovative channels to reach them. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Jennifer was a senior manager in the ProCredit network with IPC GmbH, and Program Manager at the Boulder Institute for Microfinance and The MIX.
Ann Miles is Director of Financial Inclusion at the Mastercard Foundation. She is a seasoned leader in microfinance with many years of experience in financial services. Ann began her career in banking and spent 18 years with Citibank in the trade, financial institutions and private banking groups. From Citibank, Ann was recruited to Women’s World Banking to head the financial products and services team that served microfinance institutions within the network. She joined BlueOrchard Finance in 2005 and has led the development of several microfinance investment funds.
Olga Morawczynski is a Program Manager at the Mastercard Foundation. She has spent close to a decade actively working in the financial inclusion space. She has engaged closely with low-income clients to better understand their financial needs and with financial service providers to design and scale impactful solutions. Olga has published her work widely, both through peer reviewed journals and industry focused publications, and continues to actively innovate in the industry, engaging providers, regulators and customers to push the needle on financial inclusion.
Roger Morier is a Senior Manager, Communications at the Mastercard Foundation. He develops and oversees implementation of its strategic communications work around financial inclusion. This includes working with more than 40 of the Foundation’s partners to help leverage their outreach activities. Prior to joining the Foundation, Roger was a Communications Advisor at the World Bank, leading the design and implementation of communications strategies for internal, global or sectoral programs. Before that he worked in Paris as a senior communications officer in various positions in the public and private sectors, following a career in broadcast journalism in Canada and France.
Dickson Naftali is the Head of the MobiGrow program at KCB Bank. With 16 years of experience in the sector, he leads all MobiGrow activities in Kenya and Rwanda, including financial services provision, as well as non-financial services (knowledge provision, access to inputs and markets and coordination of MobiGrow core teams) and partner/donor relations. Previously, he worked at TechnoServe as a Portfolio Lead, charged with giving strategic leadership and guidance to a number of agribusiness programs. Prior to TechnoServe he spent 10 years in Kenya’s telecommunications sector, his last role being Product Manager for SMS innovation solutions at Airtel Africa.
Reeta Roy has been President and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation since 2008. Since its founding in 2006, the Foundation has committed more than $US 2.2 billion to improve the lives of almost 24 million people in 66 countries. Prior to joining the Foundation, Reeta was Divisional Vice President of Global Citizenship and Policy at Abbott, and Vice President of the Abbott Fund, its corporate foundation. From 1991 to 2002, she held a number of leadership positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Before joining the private sector, Reeta worked at the United Nations. She is regularly called upon by the United Nations, the World Bank, and World Economic Forum to represent the philanthropic sector and contribute to global development strategies.
Sumaiya Sajjad is a Program Manager at the Mastercard Foundation. As such, she is responsible for partnerships that are aimed at talent building in the financial inclusion sector, building the institutional and human capacity of financial service providers, as well as expanding access to finance through alternative delivery channels. Sumaiya leads management of the annual Mastercard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked with the First MicroFinance Foundation in Egypt, Pact in Washington, D.C., and BRAC in Bangladesh.
Khalil Shariff joined Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) as Chief Executive Officer in 2005. He was previously with McKinsey & Company where he advised governments, financial institutions and health care providers on strategy, organization, and operational improvement. Khalil served on AKFC’s National Committee for five years and has cultivated his interest in international development and conflict resolution through a variety of activities, serving as: Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Negotiation Law Review; Policy Co-ordinator and Research Associate, Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research; Legal Intern, Chambers of the Vice-President, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; and Intern, Office of Under- Secretary-General, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
Mike Williams is an Associate Program Manager at the Mastercard Foundation. He is responsible for partnerships that leverage alternative delivery channels and innovative product design to reach the unbanked. He also works with partner organizations to build their leadership capabilities and help them transform to meet the challenges of the future. Previously, Mike worked with several major Canadian foundations leading programs on economic inclusion and social innovation in Canada, Asia, and Africa. Mike is a board member of CatalystsX, an organization that develops the skills and capabilities of social entrepreneurs and changemakers.