Banking on Women: The Next Emerging Market

Jessica Schnabel

Monday, 05 Feb 2018 at 5:00 pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union

This event will take place as planned.

Jessica Schnabel is Global Head of the Banking on Women business at the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. She works with financial institutions all over the world to provide financial services and support to women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Schnabel will discuss how women are changing the face of the global economy, often despite challenging legal, cultural, and economic contexts, and the importance of tapping into the power of women as leaders, employees, and entrepreneurs. WLC World Cultures Lecture Series
As head of the Banking on Women program Jessica Schnabel is responsible for developing IFC's global portfolio of investment and advisory services for financial institutions in emerging markets in order to radically scale-up and improve financial services for women-led small and medium sized enterprises. She has led her team to invest in and provide advisory solutions to over 60 financial institutions in emerging markets to help them sustainably and profitably bank on women, with committed investments of roughly US$1.6 billion.

Schnabel's prior experience in IFC’s Financial Institutions Group includes a range of debt, equity, and balance sheet risk-management investments in commercial banks, private equity funds, microfinance institutions and leasing companies. She also has extensive experience providing technical advisory services to commercial banks to improve their small business lending, and to companies and business associations to improve their commercial practices.

Jessica Schnabel is based in Washington, DC, and was previously based in Bamako, Mali. She has a BA from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She served three years in the US Peace Corps in Guinea, an assignment that changed the course of her career

Cosponsored By:
  • Economics
  • International Studies Program
  • Women's & Gender Studies Program
  • World Languages & Cultures
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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