Margo Thomas, PhD – Founder & CEO
Throughout her career spanning more than two decades as a senior official at the World Bank Group, Margo Thomas, PhD has provided policy advice to over 50 national and sub-national governments. Dr. Thomas successfully completed her appointment as the Chief of Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. She plays leading roles in a large number of international organizations including Chatham House and MET Community. In her ongoing role as Founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Imperative, Dr. Thomas serves as a catalyst for initiatives aimed at increasing opportunities for the economic empowerment of disadvantaged and under-represented groups globally.
Teewa Akers – Accountant
Teewa Akers, an entrepreneur, works to increase financial literacy one individual at a time. Teewa is the CEO & Principal Accountant at The Bookkeepers Accounting Services MD, Inc. The Bookkeepers MD is a Maryland based accounting company specializing in bookkeeping & accounting services for individuals and small businesses headquartered throughout the continental United States, US Territories, Canada. She currently serves clients with additional locations in Central Asia, Latin America, as well as several other locations. Working with such a diverse client base, Teewa is required to maintain up to date knowledge of international accounting principles, country specific tax reporting, FBAR reporting standards, etc. She is passionate about educating about accounting and finance. Teewa currently holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Accounting (Howard University) and a Master of Science Accounting & Financial Management (University of Maryland University College).
Dooter Malu – General Counsel
Dooter Malu is an attorney with many years of experience in law reform, financial institutions, human rights and international humanitarian & criminal law. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he previously worked with the office of the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia where he was involved in the prosecution of suspects responsible for the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya and the Srebrenica massacre in the former Yugoslavia respectively. Dooter also worked as a Principal Legal Officer with the Human Rights Commission in Nigeria and served as Head of the Freedom of Information Department. Dooter previously served as an in-house counsel for Keystone Bank in Lagos where he coordinated the legal work of 35 branches of the bank. He has served as a delegate at the Nigeria-Switzerland Political Dialogue on Human Rights and a reader for the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2015 & 2016. He is currently a Senior Manager with Kings & Goodman where he leads its strategic engagement in North America. He is a licensed attorney in New York and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He currently resides in Washington DC.
Helen Walbey – Project Systems Tracking Officer
Helen is an entrepreneur and member of the T20 Gender Equity global policy think tank advising the G20 nations. She is based in Wales where she chairs the Welsh Government expert advisory panel and is leading the development of the national Framework for Women’s Enterprise in Wales. Helen is the UK Policy lead for Home Affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses, the largest business membership organisation in the U.K. and she is also the business representative to the Future Generations Commissioner, responsible for implementing the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015). This Act requires public bodies in Wales to think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other, and to prevent persistent problems such as poverty, health inequalities and climate change.The Act is unique to Wales attracting interest from countries across the world as it offers a huge opportunity to make a long-lasting, positive change to current and future generations.