Show me the Data: SMEs and Private Markets

Thursday, 1 nOVEMBER

3:30-5:00PM

Location: ULSTER 

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Moderator: Katherine Miles, UNCDF

Conversation Starters:

Alison Holder, Equal Measures 2030

Karen Mathiasen, Data 2X

Shruti Chandrasekhar, IFC

Session Description:

What is the purpose of SME gender data to inform diverse types of investment decision-making in small and growing businesses to catalyze more inclusive markets? What’s working, what’s not, and what potential multi-stakeholder collaborations could close existing gender-SME data gaps? Join us to co-create some calls to action, setting out principles for collecting and using SME gender data. Interactive discussions will focus on both the supply and demand-side of SME data to meet these needs, and current gender data gaps, challenges, and bottlenecks.

Bios:

 Katherine Miles

Katherine Miles

 Alison Holder

Alison Holder

 Karen Mathiasen

Karen Mathiasen

 Shruti Chandrasekhar

Shruti Chandrasekhar

Katherine Miles has over 15 years international experience working in private sector development, gender and women’s financial inclusion. She has provided technical expertise on women’s financial inclusion to develop UNCDF’s global women and girls͛ economic empowerment strategy and implementation plan. She is...

...UNCDF’s gender advisor for its SHIFT ASEAN Programmed including its challenge fund and has led the development and guides the implementation of its regional gender strategies. She has mapped the social enterprise ecosystem in India for GIZ and co-authored several publications on gender-lens investing including: The State of the Field of Gender-Lens Investing for US-based Criterion Institute, and The Sky’s the Limit – Increasing Social Investment impact with a gender lens, for the Young Foundation in the UK. Katherine authored a technical paper on gender and business environment reform (BER) for the DCED and has worked closely with private banks targeting the women’s SME banking market, through supporting the Global Banking Alliance for Women and the IFC. In India, on behalf of GIZ, she worked on private sector development with the SME bank SIDBI. In collaboration with UN Women, she developed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Global Assessment Tool – a private sector gender self-assessment tool.

Alison Holder is Director of Equal Measures 2030, an independent civil society and private sector-led partnership that connects data and evidence with advocacy and action, helping to...

...fuel progress towards gender equality. Equal Measures 2030 makes sure that girls’ and women’s movements, advocates and decision makers have easy-to-use data and evidence to guide efforts to reach the gender equality promises built into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Alison has nearly 20 years’ experience working in international development and the private sector, including leading policy, advocacy and campaigning work on issues ranging from inequality, tax justice, accountability, and corporate responsibility at Action Aid, Oxfam, and Save the Children. She has also worked on livelihoods projects with women’s groups in India and small business development in South Africa. Prior to working in the development sector, Alison worked in corporate social responsibility and business strategy consulting at Accenture. Alison has an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada.

Karen Mathiasen is the Senior Director of Global Advocacy at Data2X, a platform housed at the U.N. Foundation dedicated to improving the use and production of gender disaggregated data to inform public and private sector decision makers and strengthen outcomes for women and girls. Previously Karen served as Acting U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank, where...

...she helped launch the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (WI-FI) and secured a commitment to double Bank-wide sourcing from women owned businesses. Karen has also held several senior positions with the U.S. Department of Treasury, including Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Development Policy, where she managed U.S. engagement with five major international development banks. Karen holds a B.A. from Smith College and a Masters from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

SHRUTI CHANDRASEKHAR IS THE HEAD OF SME VENTURES AT THE IFC/WORLD BANK GROUP. SME VENTURES IS AN SME-FOCUSED PRIVATE EQUITY FUND INVESTMENT PROGRAM. SHRUTI ALSO LEADS IFC’S GENDER FOCUSED INITIATIVES ACROSS PRIVATE EQUITY AND VENTURE CAPITAL. SHRUTI HAS SPENT...

...around seven years at the IFC in various roles – leading direct investments in early stage companies in e-logistics and digital health as well as investing in funds across Asia. Prior to the IFC, Shruti was with PremjiInvest, the multi-billion dollar family office / endowment manager for Mr. Azim Premji, the 7th largest signatory of the Giving Pledge (and largest non-American giver). At PremjiInvest, Shruti held multiple roles including leading the global fund investment program, late-stage direct VC investing in Silicon Valley, and mid-market PE in India. Prior to her investment career, Shruti was a management consultant. She has an MBA from the Wharton School and an undergraduate degree from MIT.