Raya Yusuf-Sbitany

Chief Business Development and Financial Inclusion Officer, Bank of Palestine

Mrs. Raya Yusuf-Sbitany joined Bank of Palestine, the largest Palestinian bank, in 2011. She is currently the head of Business Development & Financial Inclusion, after holding previous roles in Investor Relations and Quality Assurance at the bank. Since then she has been leading the design and implementation of the bank’s Women’s Market program, “Felestineya.” Prior to joining Bank of Palestine, Mrs. Sbitany held positions including: Business Analyst at PADCIO Holding, PR and Communications Officer at USAID’s Palestinian Enterprise Development Project, and International Relations and Second Track Negotiations Coordinator at the Negotiations Affairs Department. Mrs. Sbitany holds a Master’s degree from King’s College London in International Management, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Middle Eastern Studies and Economics. Mrs. Sbitany is a member of the Institute of Finance (IIF) Future Leaders, and a member of the General Assembly of the Yabous Cultural Center in Jerusalem.


Saskia Vossenberg

Senior Gender Finance Advisor, FMO

Saskia Vossenberg is FMO’s Senior Gender Finance Advisor. She is spearheading the embedding of a gender lens in FMO’s investment process and building a gender finance investment and capacity development portfolio with financial institutions in emerging markets to empower female entrepreneurs. Saskia developed various projects, partnerships and dialogue initiatives in Africa and The Netherlands that take on an eco-system approach and focus on making finance work for women through improved financial and non-financial services. Saskia brings together insights from gender, entrepreneurship and development economics research that she uses for innovating evidence-based methods and tools for gender finance, including eco-system analysis (the FEMScan), gender smart market research, gender smart due diligence, and partnership models for gender smart non-financial services. Next to her work at FMO she is a researcher affiliated with the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) where she is completing her PhD on the impact of inclusive innovations in gender transformative change for female entrepreneurs in emerging markets.


Muna Sukhtian

Managing Director, Microfund for Women
Muna Sukhtian started her career as a management consultant in the US, and returned home to work in her family’s pharmaceutical business. With a passion for social service, she then served as Chief of Staff to Her Majesty Queen Rania. She is currently Managing Director of Microfund for Women (MFW), a non for profit that serves low-income entrepreneurs who are unable to access credit from conventional financial institutions. Today, MFW’s 700 employees serve 140,000 beneficiaries, 97% of them women, through 60 branches across Jordan. The organization has received many regional and international awards.
Recently, Mrs. Sukhtian was named Co-Chair of Women’s World Banking Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman of Sanadcom for Business Finance. She is also a board member at GMS Holdings, Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education, and Abdulhameed Shoman Foundation.
Muna has recently completed her term on the Washington-based Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion; Queen Raina Teaching Academy; Greater Amman Municipality and The Royal Film Commission-Jordan.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MBA from INSEAD. She is married with three boys.


Dr. Maher Sheikh Hasan

Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Jordan

Dr. Hasan started his professional career in 1994 at the Banking Supervision Department of the CBJ, where he assumed several positions including; Deputy Director of the department, and Director of the Governor’s Office. In 2005, He joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where he worked as an economist/senior economist in the Middle East and Central Asia Department. In 2009, he became Deputy Division Chief at the Monetary and Capital Markets (MCM) Department of the IMF. During his career in the IMF, he participated in several Article IV consultation missions and led several Financial Sector Assessment Programs (FSAPs) and Technical Assistance (TA) missions to member countries. In 2011, he was awarded MCM annual award for “exceptional” effort. Dr. Hasan coauthored several books and published several research papers on areas including, monetary policy, inflation, exchange rate assessment and regime choice, asset price bubbles, stress testing, Islamic banks, and simulation estimation methods. Dr. Hasan received his PhD in economics and M.S. in Statistics from Washington State University Pullman, WA.


Ziad Sheikh

Representative, UN Women Jordan Country Office

Ziad assumed the position of UN Women Representative in Jordan in September 2016.

From 2012 to 2016, he served as the UN Women Representative in Nepal, leading UN Women’s response to the 2015 earthquake. During this period, he also served as the acting Country Director for UN Women in Egypt.

Before this, he served as UN Women’s Resource Mobilization Lead in New York HQ from 2010 to 2012 and as UNIFEM’s Deputy Country Director in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2010. From 2003 to 2007, Ziad worked with UNICEF designing and implementing global, regional and country level policy advocacy strategies and campaigns for girls’ education and maternal health, including with UNICEF India.

Before joining the UN system, he worked with Save the Children UK and the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Laws, University of London.

Ziad holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Government from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Sussex.

He is married and has one child.


Daniel Sharaiha

Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank al Etihad

Daniel Sharaiha is a human capital practitioner with more than 18 years of experience. He offers a full range of skills in leadership, experience in conflict transformation, and extensive experience in talent management programs, recruitment and retention, learning and development, total rewards and compensation programs, organisational effectiveness and efficiency, Change Management, and in creating and implementing performance management systems.

He is a charismatic facilitator and trainer of trainers who is the first in the Arab world to become a Certified Dialogue Education Practitioner and Teacher by Global Learning Partners – Canada. He is a Certified Trainer in the Extraordinary Leader Program by Louis Allen – USA and a Six Sigma practitioner by Motorola University. He fulfilled the PMP course requirements and completed programs from INSEAD, London Business School, and EMU in the US.

Daniel Sharaiha is an electrical engineering graduate. His experience includes working with consultants such as McKinsey and Oliver Wyman. He is also a management consultant to public and private sector organizations, USAID and NGOs of different sizes. He regularly volunteers to work with refugees and marginalized people in Jordan and the Middle East.


Cristina Shapiro

Head of 10,000 Women, Goldman Sachs

Cristina Shapiro is head of the 10,000 Women initiative, a global program that fosters economic growth by supplying female entrepreneurs in developing economies with business and management education, mentoring and networking opportunities and access to capital.

Cristina joined Goldman Sachs in 2011, in the Urban Investment Group, as the lead for the Access to Capital program that is part of the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. She also lead transactions with a focus on social innovation such as the Hurricane Harvey Emergency Loan Fund and the social impact bond deals in Massachussetts, Utah and Chicago.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, she was Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, overseeing the suite of services to help businesses start, operate and expand.

Prior to that, she worked at L’Oreal and ran a $100 million consumer product business.

Cristina serves on the board of Accion East, a nonprofit organization that assists small business owners through access to capital and financial education.

Cristina received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Economic Development from Columbia University. She was born and raised in Mexico and lives in NYC with her husband and three children.


Jessica Schnabel

Global Head, Banking on Women; IFC

Jessica Schnabel is the Global Head of IFC’s Banking on Women business. She is responsible for building IFC’s global investment and advisory services portfolio with financial institutions in emerging markets, to radically scale-up and improve financial services for women-led SMEs. She has led her team to invest over US$1.8 billion and provide solutions to over 65 financial institutions in emerging markets to build profitable financial business with women customers. Her prior experience in IFC’s Financial Institutions Group includes a range of debt, equity, and balance sheet risk-management investments with commercial banks, private equity funds, and asset finance companies. Ms. Schnabel holds a BA from Indiana University and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.


Kursat Sanli

SME Banking Marketing and Business Development Director, TEB

Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1982, Kursat Sanli graduated from ITU (Istanbul Technical University) in 2004 and pursued his MBA degree at Koc University. He started his marketing career in automotive industry, later he moved to telecom business and held various marketing positions on both consumer business unit and corporate business unit for 12 years.

He joined TEB (Turkish Economy Bank) in 2018 as SME Banking Marketing and Business Development Director. Prior to joining TEB, he was Head of Marketing at Turkcell since 2013. Under his leadership, Turkcell achieved all time high revenue and customer acquisition growth at corporate business unit in 2016 and 2017 consecutively.