Suzanne Biegel, Co-Producer

Biegel is founder of Catalyst at Large Ltd and is a globally-recognised expert on gender-smart investing. As Co-Producer of the Gender-Smart Investing Summit, she steers programming, participation, and communications. In 2015-2016 she piloted Women Effect, a global community of investors with a gender lens, which transitioned to Wharton Social Impact Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. She is an adviser to foundations, DFIs, and other institutional investors on gender-smart investing, and is a pioneer with her personal portfolio in this arena.

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Darian Rodriguez Heyman, Co-Producer

Heyman is an accomplished impact investor, social entrepreneur, conference producer, and best-selling author. His work “helping people help” started during his five-year tenure as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation, after which he co-founded several social impact conference series, began consulting to a wide range of mission-led clients, and served as a frequent UN advisor. His role on the Summit includes overseeing fundraising, event production, operations, and marketing.

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Heather Mason, Summit logistics

Mason is the founder of Caspian Agency. Her firm, which also produces the Skoll World Forum and many other social impact programmes, will be responsible for logistics and planning for the Summit. She founded her agency in 2005 and is intent on bringing strategic discipline to white-glove event creation. Her expertise in the innovation and social good business space have led to successful projects for the Skoll Foundation, Oxford University, Rockefeller Foundation, and Omidyar Network, among many others.

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DR.Cynthia Drakeman, Senior Content & Research Advisor

Drakeman is the founding CEO of DoubleXEconomy, LLC, a world-leading research and consulting firm on women’s economic empowerment. She was the lead author of the second report for the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment (March 2017) and she co-chaired the W20’s Access to Finance subcommittee in Berlin. Her role in the Summit includes developing the programme and conducting a series of stakeholder interviews to ensure clarity of delegate expectations and objectives.


In addition to our core team, we recognise the critical contribution of the following industry leaders and champions of gender-smart investing, all of whom support our efforts to ensure the most relevant, pressing topics are featured in the Summit agenda, in addition to advancing speaker, keynote, and facilitator selection and outreach:

Our Programme Advisory Council:

Joy Anderson, Criterion Institute

Samina Anwar, UNCDF

Jennifer Braswell, CDC Group

Shalaka Joshi, IFC

Kate Murphy, Open Society Foundations

Ruth Shaber, Tara Health Foundation

Laurie Spengler, Enclude

Alexander Stiehler, UBS

James Soukamneuth, Investing in Women

Nancy Swanson, Linked Foundation  

Jackie VanderBrug, US Trust

Rachel Whittaker, UBS