December 5th meeting: Mary Ellen Iskenderian, Women’s World Banking

Mary Ellen Iskenderian, Women's World Banking

The next Silicon Valley Microfinance Network meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5th at Omidyar Network’s offices in Redwood City. Our speaker will be Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking (WWB).

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Mary Ellen will speak about leading WWB at a historic inflection point in the microfinance industry . She’ll also talk about how WWB continues to evolve as an industry catalyst for microfinance institutions & low-income women around the world.

To register for the event, please click on the SVMN eVite here:

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(more info below)

When: Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

6:00-6:30pm: Registration, Dinner & Networking
6:30-8:00pm: Speaker & Discussion
8:00-8:30pm: Networking & Wrapup

Where: auditorium on first floor below Omidyar Network offices

1991 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063
(directions here)

Costs:

$20 includes event + dinner (or $10 for students & non-profits)

A brief bio for Ms. Iskenderian is provided below:

Mary Ellen Iskenderian became President and Chief Executive Officer of Women’s World Banking (WWB) in September 2006.

Ms. Iskenderian, who has held numerous leadership positions at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group (IFC), brings to WWB over twenty years of experience in building financial systems globally, in particular in Asia, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. Ms. Iskenderian leads WWB’s efforts in developing and delivering a wide array of products and services that meet the needs of low-income women and their households through the WWB network of microfinance institutions and banks.

Ms. Iskenderian’s leadership positions at the IFC included Director of Partnership Development, Director of Global Financial Markets Portfolio and Director of the South Asia Regional Department. She also sits on the boards of directors of the National Bank of Commerce in Tanzania and ShoreCap International, an important equity and loan fund for microfinance. She has held corporate directorship positions with a number of organizations including Banco Caja Social, Confisura S.A. and the Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation. Ms. Iskenderian holds an MBA degree from the Yale School of Organization And Management and a BS in International Economics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

WWB is a global not-for-profit financial institution devoted to increasing poor women’s economic access, participation and power. Founded in 1979, WWB is at the forefront of microfinance globally. The WWB global network of over 50 microfinance institutions and banks provide financial services to over 23 million low income women and men in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

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