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«There’s Nothing Micro About A Billion Women»

Mary Ellen Iskenderian makes a compelling case that financial inclusion isn’t simply the right thing to do – it makes money while doing so, and all of us can benefit.


Tuesday, 28. November 2023, 18:30 – 20:00 h

At the University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zurich, KOH-B-10

Event Language: English

Nearly one billion women worldwide are excluded from the formal financial system, lacking basic services many of us take for granted. Rather than seeing unbanked women as a charity case, Women’s World Banking identifies the one billion as a clear business opportunity: a new, global market of small business owners, heads of households, and purchasers of financial products and services.

Admission is free. No pre-registration necessary. No seat reservation possible.
This event will be live-streamed and provided for replay.


Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO, Women's World Banking

Short Bio

Mary Ellen Iskenderian joined Women’s World Banking in 2006. She is a passionate advocate for women’s economic empowerment through greater access to finance and is a leading voice for women’s leadership in financial services. Prior to Women’s World Banking, she worked at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, and for Lehman Brothers. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the Women’s Forum of New York, and the UN’s Business and Sustainable Development Commission. She serves as a Director on the Board of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. 2022 saw the publication of her first book, “There’s Nothing Micro About a Billion Women. Making Finance Work for Women” (MIT Press).

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