Chief of Staff, International
With 17 years’ experience in international business and digital payments, Maria-Clara joined Mastercard’s UK&I Digital Payments team in 2015. In 2016, she was appointed Chief of Staff to Mastercard’s President International. In this role, she supported the President International with the delivery of gender-related initiatives such as Leave a Legacy. Maria-Clara is a passionate advocate of gender balance; she was part of the team who coordinated Mastercard’s partnership with the GBA.
Chief Executive Officer
A career banker working since 1983 with a premier Public Sector Bank in India in different key managerial areas of modern days banking. In the year 2014, he joined GHAZANFAR BANK as Chief Risk Officer. In the year 2016, having found his acquaintances in working with Afghanistan’s banking system and working proficiency, Board of Supervisors of the Bank nominated him for the position of Chief Executive Officer. The Central Bank of Afghanistan (DAB) approved his incumbency. after Khaled Walid Qutob
BRAC Bank Limited
Senior Product Manager,
Women Banking Segment TARA
I am looking after the Women Banking Segment Proposition as Senior Assistant Vice President Women Banking Segment TARA at BRAC Bank. I have worked with Standard Chartered Bank as Associate Director Priority Banking and has served their for 3.5 years. Also I started off my career with HSBC as management trainee and was designated as relationship officer NRB services as my last position. I love travelling and listen to music. In my favorite pass time I also prefer going on a drive with my car.
Vice President, Programs
Rebecca Ruf is responsible for leading peer learning and knowledge programs for the Alliance, particularly in the Latin America region. She is also in charge of designing and implementing KPIs and performance metrics. Rebecca has over 15 years of experience in international finance, having worked previously for Women’s World Banking, where she specialized in gender-focused analytics. She also worked at WWB’s Capital Markets Group. Prior to that she worked with ADV, a start-up microfinance equity fund, and the Inter-American Development Bank. She has a Master’s degree in International Development and International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from Cornell University.
Chief Credit Officer, Officiating
Nawid Saboori was born in Kabul – Afghanistan and got his Bachelor degree in Economics and MBA specialization in Finance. He attended may Advance Banking Trainings abroad and worked as Chief Compliance Officer for 3 years and as Deputy Chief Credit Officer for 6 years. Currently he is working as Chief Credit Officer, Officiating of Ghazanfar bank.
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
VP, UKI Commercial Issuing
Deb is Head of UKI Commercial Issuing at MasterCard, particular areas of expertise are business expansion, marketing, digital and product development roles within Mastercard’s largest customers – BofAML, RBS, LBG, BC, WEX and Tesco. Deb is an Alumnus of Ashridge Business School and Co-Chair of MasterCard European Women’s Leadership Network UKI Chapter. Prior to MasterCard, Deb was Chief of Staff to Founder & CTO, RiverSoft Plc and Executive Education Officer at London Business School
Women in Business
Founder of Zaytouneh 2011, and Atbaki 2014; creating the largest digital recipe platform in Arabic, used by +3 million people. Ernst & Young’s emerging entrepreneur 2013 Goldman Sacks 10k women Alumni 2015 Jordan’s Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurship Day 2015-2018 Co-founder of “Women in Business Arabia” 2017-which includes +33,000 members BA in Communication Arts- Lebanese American University 2004 Executive Business Leadership certificate- Harvard Kennedy School 2014