Open Webinar: The Future of Finance for Women SMEs
13 April 2022
Time:toEDT ( GMT)
8 : 00
9 : 30
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Women are a driving force for the economies in which they operate. However, women entrepreneurs face a range of financial challenges in realizing their business potential and are less likely than men to have adequate financial services. IFC estimates a US$1.5 trillion finance gap for women-owned micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in emerging economies. Financial institutions in Africa, Latin America, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe have innovated to narrow the finance gap and reach these important customer segments, using innovative products and solutions that harness technology, data, and customer-centric value propositions.
To enable the financial sector to better serve women customers including women-owned businesses, IFC’s Banking on Women (BOW) business has developed scalable solutions with partners that involve investments, advisory services and blended finance supported by partners such as Goldman Sachs Foundation.
In this webinar on April 13th, 2022 at 8 am EDT, leaders and IFC partner financial institutions discuss their innovations to finance and support growth for women customers and targeted solutions in SME finance, housing finance, trade finance, and capital markets.
As of June 2021, IFC’s Banking on Women (BOW) business has mobilized and invested over US$3 billion in financial institutions, specifically to finance women-led SMEs.
Matthew Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum
Carl Wegner is the Chief Executive Officer of Contour, a network to lead a global adoption of blockchain-based trade solutions. Carl has over 30 years’ experience in Asia Cash Management, Institutional Banking, Financial Supply Chain and Distributed Ledger Technology. Carl served as R3 Managing Director for Asia, where he was instrumental in the business growth and market penetration of Corda solutions with Central Banks, Financial Institutions and Corporates. Carl’s prior experiences include Managing Director and Head of Global Transaction Banking, Greater China of Deutsche Bank, and Managing Director of Transaction Banking for Standard Chartered Bank in Taiwan. He was also Head of Asia for TradeCard (now GTNexus) building their network in 14 countries. Carl was named as a Top FinTech Leader at the Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) Awards 2020. He has also held the post of Treasurer at Taipei American Chamber of Commerce and is an Appointed Board Member of Taipei American School. Fluent in Mandarin, he holds a B.S. in both Chinese Language and Chinese History from Georgetown University.
Marcia Díaz is the Manager of SME Commercial Strategy at Banco Pichincha. She has more than 20 years of experience in the financial system of Ecuador handling various market segments. She currently leads the Small and Medium Enterprises team and promotes the SER#ImpulsoMujer Program, whose objective is to accompany the growth of businesses led by women through women-focused advice and financial and non-financial solutions. She holds a Master in Business Administration with a specialization in Corporate Strategy and she is a graduate of the Senior Management Program of Incae Business School.