The Financial Inclusion Forum has gone from strength to strength over its 15 year history, diversifying our programme of events and expanding our audience while continuing to deliver high quality content. We believe the Forum remains a unique convener for UK-based financial inclusion, social finance and impact investment practitioners and enthusiasts.
As attendance grew and events sold out, the volunteer board was keen to take the Forum to the next level. Through the generosity of some of our institutional members (CDC Group, Citi Inclusive Finance, and EY), we are delighted to announce the appointment of Dana Lunberry as our first Executive Director.
Dana has over 15 years of experience in delivering innovative campaigns and strategies for local, national, and international not-for-profit organizations. She brings a diverse background that includes experience in programme and project management, business development, marketing, strategic planning, non-profit volunteering, and financial administration. Her experiences which span five continents include working with refugees at World Relief, onboarding new microfinance partners at Kiva, managing financial inclusion programs at Opportunity International, and teaching management courses at the London School of Economics. In recent years, she has led research and consulted various not-for-profit and commercial financial institutions on digital innovation and strategy, payments infrastructures, and customer experience. Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College, USA and a Master of Science degree from London School of Economics where she is currently a doctoral candidate.
“Dana brings a rare combination of skills and experience to the role – a real passion for our cause and focus on the end beneficiary, combined with academic expertise and a wealth of on-the-ground implementation experience with world-leading NGOs in this space; we’re delighted that Dana is joining us”, commented Paul Blyth, Financial Inclusion Forum, Chairperson.
“For more than a decade, Citi has collaborated with the Financial Inclusion Forum as it transformed into a thriving network that stimulates best practice sharing and thought leadership amongst the global inclusive finance sector”, said Bob Annibale, Global Director, Citi Inclusive Finance. “We are delighted to celebrate this milestone in the Forum’s evolution and continue building on their efforts to drive collective progress in financial inclusion”.
Gulenn També, Partner, EY Financial Services EMEIA stated, “We are thrilled that Dana will become the first Executive Director to the Forum, and are excited to work with her and all the other members to build and strengthen financial inclusion in the UK. Ensuring that everyone has access to financial services is essential. There is a real need to drive technological change and education programmes that break down some of the barriers people face. There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are excited to be part of the ongoing solution”.
On being appointed, Dana stated, “I’m honoured, and I am grateful to the board for this opportunity to lead the Forum. Over the years, and due to the hard work of the Directors and others, the Forum has been very successful in bringing people and various industries together around such a great cause. We have pushed the dialogue on Financial Inclusion forward. Through my role, I hope to build on this success ensuring that we continue to deliver high-quality events to our members and help drive collaboration and best practice within the industry”.
CDC has been and continues to be a strong supporter of the FIF, and looks forward to continued engagement in its future growth as it plays a vital role for the financial inclusion community in the UK.
To find out more about the Financial Inclusion Forum, please visit www.financialinclusionforum.org.uk.
Press Release | 15 February 2020