WEI Council of Advisors

Belinda Ngongo – Co-chair of WEI Council of Advisers and Founder of Pan African Woman in Health (PAWH)

Belinda Ngongo is the founder of the Pan African Women in Health (PAWH). PAWH brings together leaders passionate about a common goal: increasing and improving women’s opportunities and grooming the next generation of female African health leaders and actors

A seasoned social impact leader with over 13 years’ experience working in global health coupled with strategic planning, operations program development and business development, Belinda has dedicated her career representing and engaging the private sector in health issues through forging public-private partnerships (PPP) with various actors to increase access for populations at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Belinda is driven to bring about significant change to meet the needs of the underserved and has unique experience in infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and maternal, neonatal, and child health. She has executed projects in more than  17 African countries and has experience in emerging markets such as Brazil and India.

Belinda holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in health policy and management and international health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science Honours in Applied Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a Global Health Leaders’ fellow at the Public Health Institute in California.

 

Hon. Luis Guillermo Solis –  Co-Chair of WEI Council of Advisers

Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Costa Rica since 1981.  Has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan (1983) and Florida International University (2000).  Served as Director of the Central American Graduate Program of Political Science and as Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences, at the University of Costa Rica.  Professor Solis is author or co-author of more than 10 books and over 60 scholarly articles in academic publications in Latin America, the US, China and Europe. He holds Honorary Degrees from universities in China, Costa Rica, France, Korea and the US. As a diplomat, Professor Solis was Chef de Cabinet, Special Envoy to Central America, and Director General for Policy at the Costa Rican Ministry for Foreign Affairs.  He was also regional representative of the General Ibero-American Secretariat for Central America and Haiti. He co-chaired the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel for the Economic Empowerment of Women.

In May of 2014, he became 47th President of the Republic of Costa Rica for a four-year period.  Currently, he is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU.

 

Captain Irene Mutungi – Kenya Airways Pilot and First Female African Dreamliner Pilot

Captain Mutungi was the first female on the African continent to receive certification as captain of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. She was also the first female pilot at Kenya Airways and stayed the only female pilot at the airline for the next six years. She has received several awards in this male-dominated category. Video

 

Ghela Boskovich – Founder of FemTech Global and Chapter Leader/Head of Europe at Financial Data and Technology Association

Ghela Boskovich is a self-proclaimed Fintech fanatic, and Founder of FemTechGlobal™, a network dedicated to challenging the status quo, and improving the inclusiveness and diversity in Financial Services. FemTechGlobal™also sponsors the annual Women In Tech, Banking Technology Award.

Frequent keynote speaker and editorial contributor, Ghela focuses on how to fast-track internal innovation, focusing on the practical application and comercialisation of fintech/bank collaboration. She has a distinct preoccupation with modernizing legacy banking systems, disruptive business models, and facilitating banks’ emerging technology consumption. Her primary focus and expertise is in constructing Proof of Concept/Proof of Value scenarios and experiment design, including tech sprint mapping and process solutioning for commercial pilot programs.

Her background in regulatory economics underpins her work with several Regtech firms in the space, as well as supports her advocacy for identity and privacy solutions. Ghela also has a successful track record in strategic business development, sales strategy and enablement, go-to-market strategy, and translating value propositions into business drivers for executive change agents in financial services.

An advocate of nurturing Customer Lifetime Value for both banks and those they serve, Ghela is a confirmed evangelist for adopting technology to transform the Financial Services industry for the greater good.

Named to Fintech 2016: Top 100 Influencers by Onalytica
Named to Brummell Magazine’s 2016 ‘30 Inspirational Women Innovators’
Included in Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist 2016 & 2017
Named to Silicon Republic’s 2016 20 Influencers You Need to Know (Dec 2016)
Named by BBVA as one of the Women Leading the Way in Fintech, 2017
Named to the Top 50 RegTech Influencers by Planet Compliance, 2017 & 2018

 

Martha Mghendi-Fisher – Founder & Chair to the Executive Board on European Women Payments Network

Martha Mghendi-Fisher is a fintech & payments leader, an immigrant, a social entrepreneur, diversity & inclusion advocate and a philanthropist with years of experience in cards & payments, NGOs and social entrepreneurship.

Martha is the Founder & Chair to the Executive Board at European Women Payments Network (EWPN), a Pan-European network championing diversity & inclusion in fintech & payments; Founder of African Women in Fintech & Payments (AWFP); Founder of Dali Spaces-Coworking Spaces for WomenFemtreat & The Fintologist.

A passionate philanthropist, she founded, Beyond Innocence Foundation (BIF), a charity organisation to provide a rescue center & safe house for sexually abused minors aged 0-16 in Taita, Kenya.

She sits on various Boards including, RemitFund; Sote Hub; CodeOp, Rise Up Advisory Board Member for Money 20/20 EU and  Advisory Board Member for Merchant Payments Ecosystem(MPE2020)

Before that, she worked as Global Card Scheme Compliance Director for Payvision and Client Advising Manager for TSYS.

Martha has been listed on Women In Fintech Powerlist 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 

Elizabeth Kemp Caulder – President and CEO of Phoenix Lifestyle Marketing Group

Elizabeth Kemp Caulder has enjoyed an extensive career as an executive in the field of brand marketing. Over the past two decades, she has served in leadership roles at prominent US strategic marketing agencies, providing brand strategy and marketing expertise to Fortune 500 Companies, Lifestyle Brands, Government Agencies, NGOs, and Non-Profit Organizations. This diversity in experience has precipitated a unique aptitude for the design of effective campaign strategy that reimagines boundaries and redefines convention. Ms. Caulder was honored to support the Chief Secretariat by leading the design of the strategic communications plan for the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Responsible for establishing the brand positioning, visual representation, messaging strategy and tactical implementation plan for the HLP, Elizabeth’s team was also instrumental in the compilation and delivery of the report to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon: “Leave No One Behind- A Call to Action for Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment”.

Elizabeth is passionate about issues impacting women, particularly Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, Premature Birth and Infant Mortality. She serves on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes as the Marketing and Outreach Chair and is committed to drive awareness and inspire support for initiatives designed to eradicate these issues. As the President | CEO of PHOENIX Lifestyle Marketing Group, Elizabeth sets the strategic direction for the firm and serves as a mentor and advisor to young professional women throughout the US. Her commitment to community service is not a new passion. She has been a member of the international service organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, for nearly 25 years.

 

Mei-Po Kwan, PhD – Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Mei Po Kwan is a Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science. Her research interests include environmental health, human mobility, access to healthcare, neighborhood effects, sustainable travel and cities, and application of GIS methods in geographic research. She is interested in understanding how social differences (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, and religion) shape urban residents’ everyday experiences and perceptions/use of the built environment. She has received over $24 million grants as PI or Co-PI from sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has also served as Editor of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers for 12 years.

She has received many prestigious honors and awards, including the Distinguished Scholarship Honors (2011), the Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography (2018), and the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award (2016) from the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the Alan Hay Award in Transport Geography (2017) from the Transport Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (U.K.), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Research Award (2005), the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS) (2017), the Edward L. Ullman Award from the AAG Transportation Geography Specialty Group (2005), and the Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award (2016) from the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group. She was recognized in 2009 as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2016 she was named a Guggenheim fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

She has published 37 edited or co-edited volumes (including two encyclopedias, five books and 30 journal special issues) and over 185 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has delivered over 200 keynote addresses and invited lectures in 18 countries and served as an advisory panelist or reviewer of grant proposals for 14 U.S. National Science Foundation programs, U.S. National Institutes of Health, European Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Australian Research Council, Austrian Science Fund, Research Foundation of Flanders, Royal Geographical Society (U.K.), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and Swiss National Science Foundation.

 

Yang Peng, PhD – Founder, So Orange

Dr. Yang Peng was born in Fengjie Chongqing. Dr. Yang majored in Land Economy and accomplished her undergraduate, Mphil, and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge. Later, she worked for many top-rated international investment banks in Hong Kong and Singapore and received highly-praised remarks because of her work performance. Her disseration was co-published with her professor by the World Bank’s publication, focusing on how to boost the economic development of Chongqing while reducing the financial gap between the rich and the poor. In her dissertation, she mentions that it is important to promote the development of large-scale agricultural industry, the deep-processing industry of agricultural goods, and the extension of the agricultural industrial chain.

So Orange Co., Ltd, founded by Yang Peng, aims at fulfilling targeted poverty alleviation and frames a co-development structure for the company with all the local growers, and also integrates the whole supply chain of the Fengjie Navel Orange. Based on the holistic management of growing, processing and deep-processing, logistics, sales, and marketing, the company recreates the new production standard for the Fengjie Naval Orange. Through personalized marketing and product individualization as well as the flattenization of distribution channels, the company also reshapes the new marketing standard for the Fengjie Naval Orange. So Orange Co., Ltd has achieved social, economic, and environmental sustainable development by creating the sixth industry of Fengjie Naval Orange.

 

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