Achieving Financial Equality with Mary Ellen Iskendarian

In Episode 28 of Business Diplomacy Today, host Matthias Catón is joined by Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking. Matthias and Mary Ellen examine the persistent gender gap in financial inclusion and its linkages to digital inclusion.

Matthias and Mary Ellen begin their conversation by analysing why finance is not optimised for women, looking at the lack of access to financial services for women and the intricate connection of financial equality and digital inclusion. Using India as a case study, Matthias and Mary Ellen illustrate the importance of implementing digital public infrastructure that is inclusive and motivates individuals to stay in the system.

Looking at the topic from a business perspective, Matthias questions why banks and companies are not working harder to push for financial inclusion. Mary Ellen shares that there is a lack of utilising data to see what products and services are offered, demanded and can drive their businesses.

Matthias and Mary Ellen further discuss why innovation in this sector seems to come from emerging economies and the polarising debate on the efficacy of cryptocurrencies in achieving financial inclusion.

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The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO) — FP

The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO) — FP

A Foreign Policy series about women creating change through economic empowerment, hosted by Reena Ninan. This season, host Reena Ninan and reporters across Africa are focusing on one theme: the role of male allies. When are they effective? Why are they doing this work? And how do they influence men and boys?We visit religious leaders in Kenya, interview a former politician in Lesotho, and talk to male allies changing men’s attitudes toward gender-based violence in South Africa, among others. HER♀️ is a Foreign Policy production made possible in part through funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mary Ellen Iskenderian On Women’s Financial Inclusion — Do One Better!

Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President & CEO of Women’s World Banking, on women’s financial inclusion — The Do One Better Podcast

Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking joins us to discuss the importance of women’s financial inclusion.

We look at the topic of women’s financial inclusion from various angles, including digital literacy, social norms and impact investing, and we also look at some of the research that tells us that this is not just a moral imperative but also an objective that makes commercial sense.

Women’s World Banking is a 44-year old global non-profit organisation and they currently work with 65 partners in 36 countries. Their partners include a range of organisations, such as mainstream banks, FinTechs, mobile money provides and non-bank financial institutions that recognise the commercial potential of serving low-income women in a responsible and sustainable way.

Why are women poorer than men? — LSEG Sustainable Growth Podcast

Why are women poorer than men? Closing the gender wealth gap through financial inclusion.

How can we bridge the gap in financial inclusion around the world and ensure women are financially independent? In this episode, we chat to Mary Ellen Iskenderian, president and CEO of Women’s World Banking, about what exactly we mean by financial inclusion, why women are a large focus for their financial inclusion efforts, and steps they are taking to achieve security and prosperity for women as well as inclusive economic growth for all.
Mary Ellen Iskendarian joins the LSEG Sustainable Growth podcast to discuss.


World Affairs Podcast: On Shifting Ground with Ray Suarez

World Affairs PODCAST: On Shifting Ground with Ray Suarez, KQED

Geopolitical turmoil. A warming planet. Authoritarians on the rise. We live in a chaotic world that's rapidly shifting around us. "On Shifting Ground with Ray Suarez" explores international fault lines and how they impact us all. Each week, NPR veteran Ray Suarez hosts conversations with journalists, leaders and policy experts to help us read between the headlines – and give us hope for human resilience.

Can Microloans Lift Women Out of Poverty?

So far, the world has failed to keep up with the U.N. development goals for gender equality... and the clock is ticking. Can increased financial inclusion and political participation for women help bridge the gap? Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women's World Banking, believes our traditional financial system fails women. She speaks with Ray Suarez about how tech and global investment can help level the playing field.

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Humans of Fintech Podcast episode: Live from Money 20/20: Financial Inclusion is the Only Thing Keeping Fintech from Failing

Humans of Fintech Podcast episode: Live from Money 20/20: Financial Inclusion is the Only Thing Keeping Fintech from Failing

Humans of Fintech Podcast episode: Live from Money 20/20: Financial Inclusion is the Only Thing Keeping Fintech from Failing
Live from Money 20/20 Nicole is joined on stage by two stellar guests, moving the needle on financial inclusion. Nicole is in conversation with Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President at Women’s World Banking and Shivani Siroya, CEO and Founder at Tala. The panel gets into 720 billion reasons for financial equity, helping women and marginalized people across the globe get access to financial products, and how to build a business with empathy. This is a special episode you won’t want to miss.

What the FinTech? | S.3 Episode 15 | Unleashing the potential of half the planet

In this episode of the What the Fintech? podcast, we’re joined by president and CEO of Women’s World Banking (WWB), Mary Ellen Iskenderian, to discuss how the group is broadening access to financial services for women across the world.

Mary Ellen and FinTech Futures reporter Alex Pugh discuss how the world’s largest network of microfinance institutions and banks marries a macro and local approach, the cultural and economic roadblocks that prevent women accessing financial services, how to tackle ‘app islands’, the war in Ukraine, and the effects of the pandemic on women gaining access to the financial ecosystem.

Lastly, we discover what fintech buzzword Mary Ellen wants to liberate from our Fintech Jail.

Markets, The French Election, And Women In Finance — Bloomberg

The Tape Episode

Jess Menton, Equities Reporter with Bloomberg News, discusses markets, stocks, and inflation. Laura Wright, Producer with Bloomberg TV, discusses the French election and what it means for the US and global economies as well as the war in Ukraine. Hans Olsen, CIO at Fiduciary Trust Company, talks about markets, investing, and the economy. Mary Ellen Iskenderian, CEO at Women’s World Banking, talks about women working in finance and job opportunities in the sector in America and in developing nations. Hosted by Matt Miller and Kriti Gupta.





Episode 6: Mary Ellen Iskenderian Talks Financial Inclusion for Women Around the World

Global Partners for Development proudly presents: What do you understand? A deep dive into the many facets of philanthropy and development. Experts in their field will discuss an aspect of their work that they understand particularly well. Let’s talk about big bets, innovation, social enterprises, large scale humanitarian aid, and the fixation on ending things or solving human’s greatest problems and the issues that arise while tackling it all.

I am your host Ria Pullin, and my co-host is the executive director of Global Partners for Development, Daniel Casanova.