Financial Inclusion Forum Press Release

Financial Inclusion Forum Press Release

Financial Inclusion Forum Welcomes Two New Board Members

LONDON – Financial Inclusion Forum today announced the appointment of Kelly Jennings-Robinson and Sian Williams to their Board of Directors

“We are absolutely delighted to be joined by two experts who bring unique skills and knowledge that materially strengthen our board.  Sian is one of the leading experts on UK financial inclusion and enables FIF to deliver on our long-term strategic goal of helping the UK financial inclusion sector to learn from the developing world and vice versa and Kelly adds considerable expertise to boost our fundraising capabilities.  This is a very good day for FIF and our Mission”, commented Paul Blyth, Financial Inclusion Forum, Chairperson.

Sian Williams is committed to the creation of a banking and finance sector that serves people and planet. Sian is the Head of Financial Inclusion of Toynbee Hall, Chair of the financial system and banking reform think tank, Positive Money, and Vice-Chair of the UK Financial Inclusion Commission. Sian also represents the interests of people at risk of exclusion on a range of advisory bodies, including the UK government’s Financial Inclusion Policy Forum, the Pay UK End User Council, the Link Scheme Ltd. Consumer Council, and the UK Finance Consumer Advisory Group. She is also currently working on setting up a UK pilot of a no interest loan scheme and championing the roll out Request to Pay, both tools aimed at supporting financial resilience for people on low and unpredictable incomes. 

“I first encountered the Financial Inclusion Forum back in 2009. I was just starting out on my journey into the UK’s financial inclusion sector and found the learning and networking events invaluable in exploring the international field of microfinance. Here in the UK, far too many people are still without access to a transactional account, affordable credit, or effective savings tools. We have much to learn from international experience and solutions to these problems, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to help join the dots between international and UK financial inclusion work through my new role for the Financial Inclusion Forum," said Sian Williams.

Kelly Jennings-Robinson has over 15 years of global experience working internationally and in multiple sectors. In recent years, she served as Opportunity International’s Philanthropy Manager, responsible for working with individual donors and corporate partners to secure support for a range of financial inclusion programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to moving into the international development sector, Kelly held several roles in international educational publishing for the EMEA region, working for Oxford University Press, National Geographic Learning, and Capstone Publishers.  She is currently finishing her MA in Education and International Development at UCL’s Institute of Education.

On being appointed, Kelly Jennings-Robinson stated, “I am delighted and honoured to join the board of Financial Inclusion Forum. Sustainable, responsible financial inclusion unquestionably makes an impact on the lives of society’s most marginalised. FIF’s core mission is to disseminate knowledge and share best practice from a wide range of financial inclusion initiatives in both the developed and developing world. By raising awareness, we can use this knowledge to create even more opportunities for economic empowerment and reduce inequalities. I am looking forward to working with an exemplary leadership team, our professional networks, and our corporate partners to further this crucial work.”

To find out more about the Financial Inclusion Forum, please visit www.financialinclusionforum.org.uk.

 

Press Release | 19 November 2020


Financial Inclusion Forum Welcomes Inaugural Executive Director

We are delighted to announce Dana Lunberry as the first Executive Director of the Financial Inclusion Forum.

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 GroupCiti 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

 

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