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Embracing Change for Collective Impact. This year’s Summit theme reflects our optimism for the future and our recognition of the rapid change happening in our sector and in technology. True to NetHope’s legacy, our collaboration to explore, understand, and chart a course  to help our sector use technology well is key to achieving our respective missions.  With a renewed focus on working together, we can fully realize the promise of technology to impact our work, our organizations and our world.
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Wednesday, November 4 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Digital Payments to Financial Inclusion

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Participants in mobile transactions face different obstacles as they seek to enjoy the financial integration promised by the availability of mobile banking and transactions. Lack of numeracy and poor digital literacy often plague the demand side: participants in digital payment programs want to have access to technology and understand its value added, but cannot enjoy those benefits because they can't use a keyboard or may not be able to read or understand a text message. The supply side is answering this gap by allowing financial agents to perform transactions for clients, saving time but at the expense of client's agency, self-reliance and in some cases, safety. Panelists come from the private sector banking and technology industries, as well as the nonprofit world to offer their perspectives and hopes for collaborative action.

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Lauren Woodman

Chief Executive Officer, NetHope
Lauren Woodman is the Chief Executive Officer of NetHope, where she drives the organization’s aggressive movement to put advanced connective technologies in the hands of nonprofits whose work can be magnified by its power. It is her primary goal to spark the tech world’s interest in the NGO community and the developing world, all in the name of harnessing technology to advance humanitarian work worldwide.Lauren’s entire career has been... Read More →

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We’ve come a long way since making the first ever mobile call on the 1st January 1985. Today, more than 403 million customers around the world choose us to look after their communications needs. In 25 years, a small mobile operator in Newbury has grown into a global business and the seventh most valuable brand in the world. We now operate in more than 30 countries and partner with networks in over 50 more.  | | True to our origins... Read More →

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Claire Alexandre

Head of Commercial and Strategy - M-Pesa, Vodafone
Claire Alexandre heads the M-PESA Commercial and Strategy team within the Vodafone Group, leading the continued growth and expansion of the innovative payment and money transfer service. Based in London, she works alongside operational teams spanning from Africa to Asia.Claire has been at the forefront of the development of new mobile financial service schemes, primarily targeting developing and emerging markets. She supported the development... Read More →

Yves Eonnet

CEO, Tagattitude
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Andrew Meaney

Director, MasterCard Middle East & Africa Region, Mastercard
Andrew Meaney is part of the MasterCard Emerging Payments product division in the Middle East & Africa region. In his current role, he is responsible for managing the strategy and commercialization of Emerging Payment products to meet the needs of telco partners. Previously, Mr. Meaney worked for Samsung Electronics based in South Korea, where he was responsible for managing Global Fortune 500 enterprise customer relationships in northern... Read More →
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Sophie Marie Romana

Director, Community Finance, Oxfam America
Sophie Romana is the Director of Oxfam America’s Community Finance department where she runs two of Oxfam’s flagship programs: Saving for Change, a savings-led microfinance initiative in six countries, with over 700,000 clients, mostly women; and R4, the Rural Resilience Initiative, an innovative partnership with WFP and SwissRe providing access to savings, access to credit, disaster risk reduction practices and weather index micro-insurance... Read More →

Wednesday November 4, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Auditorium III

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