Female Entrepreneurship: What do we know? How to operationalize... April 6 , 2011 Wednesday JB1-080

Female Entrepreneurship: What do we know? How to operationalize it?
April 6th, 2011 Wednesday
8:30-9.00 am
9:00-9:10 am
9:10- 10:00 am
10:00 - 11:00am
Registration and breakfast
Opening Remarks, Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group Managing Director (TBC)
Opening Session – Women’s businesses: obstacles and catalysis to growth, policy, research and
industry perspective.
 Ana Revenga, Co-Director World Development Report 2012 Gender Equality and Development
 Nancy Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary Western Hemisphere, Department of US Treasury
 Noa Meyer, Global Program Director for 10,000 Women, Goldman, Sachs & Co
 Deborah Holmes, Global Director, Corporate Responsibility, Ernst & Young
 Piyush Tantia, Research Director - Financial Design, ideas42, IQSS, Harvard University
Session 1 - Enabling Environment and Policy Reforms to Support Female Entrepreneurship
 Pierre Guislian, Director, Investment Climate Department
 Mary Hallward-Driemeier “Expanding Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs in Africa”
 Sarah Iqbal, “Women, Business and the Law”
 Sevi Simavi, “Gender Dimensions of Investment Climate Reform”
11.00 – 11.15am
11:15 – 12:30pm
Coffee break
Session 2 - Training, skill upgrading, and support to micro-small entrepreneurs
This session will discuss the role of training and business development services to support female
entrepreneurs, new research in this area and emerging findings from the operational work.
Moderator: Mayra Buvinic, Director, Gender and Development Unit, World Bank
 Louise Fox (Lead Economist, Sub-Saharan Africa region, PREM, World Bank) “Training, skill
upgrading, and support to micro-small entrepreneurs”
 Michel M. Botzung, SME toolkits
 Martin Valdivia (Senior Researcher, Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo) “Business Training for
Female Entrepreneurs in Peru: an Impact Evaluation”
 Claudia Piras (Lead Social Development Economist, Inter-American Development Bank – IDB)
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12:30 – 2:00 pm
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Networking Lunch feature WBG tools, products and projects on female entrepreneurship
Session 3 - Women in Trade and Supply Chains
This session will discuss the role of women in trade and global supply chains; what is the role of
governments and private sector to support women entrepreneurs so they have access to increased
opportunities and resources.
 Monika Weber-Fahr, Senior Manager, Sustainable Business Advisory Department, IFC Advisory
 Sarah Thorn, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations, Wallmart “Global Corporate
initiative to support female entrepreneurship”
 Alejandra Eguiluz Zamora, Integration and Trade specialist, IADB “Improving market access for
female entrepreneurs, lessons learned from a Handicrafts project in Cusco, Peru”
 Radha Muthiah, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Alliances, CARE “Women in
agribusiness supply chain”
3:00 - 4:00pm
Session 4 - Access to Finance and New Technologies
This session will discuss opportunities and challenges for women’s access to finance.
Moderator: Marilou Uy, Director, Financial and Private Sector Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, World
 Zouera Youssoufou (Head, Women in Business, IFC) “Gender, finance, and banking”
 Piyush Tantia (Research Director, ideas42) “Keeping it simple: The results of rule of thumb
based financial literacy training on business outcomes and savings”
 Leonardo Iacovone (Economist, Finance and Private Sector Development, Central and West
Africa, World Bank) “Gender and Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: Are Women Disadvantaged?”
Keynote speaker, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala , Managing Director (TBC)