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.
Esther Abodunrin – Partnerships
Esther is a budding global health practitioner with an inquisitive and curious eye. Esther is passionate about finding lasting and informed solutions through sustainable development schemes for less economically developed countries. Esther is currently pursuing an MSc in Global Health Policy and Management and a Social Impact MBA at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. After supporting the pioneering work of the Project Last Mile (PLM) partnership to improve the availability and uptake of life-saving medicines, Esther is keen to diversify her skillsets to further contribute to improving healthcare outcomes on the African continent. Esther is a go-getter, with a “can-do” attitude who enjoys working with people who are ready to identify and solve the problem as well as the conditions that enable problems to thrive. Esther is a champion of creating empowering and development programs. Her key interests are in the areas of global health, social impact, economic empowerment of women and girls and public private partnerships.
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Anne Jenkins – Logistics & Conference Planning
With a background in both sciences and business, Anne Jenkins combines interests in entrepreneurship and the future of learning, applying her interests in areas as diverse as SME policy, research, and the voluntary sector. Anne was a member of the Small Business Centre of the University of Durham and a core team member of the pioneering Foresight project funded by the NatWest Bank in the late 90’s, focusing on small business futures. She was involved in measuring and representing key trends and applying scenario thinking to improve the effectiveness of the small business ecosystem. She has served as review editor for the Futures Journal, guest editor for a special issue of the Journal focusing on learning at work, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Corporate Finance Review. Over the last decade, Anne has been very active in the voluntary sector, focusing both on developing and implementing strategies for fundraising and relationship building. She is a trustee of Suubi Africa, a charity focused on educating young people in Uganda to give them the skills to improve their futures. As part of this, she is currently developing a programme focused on enterprise development.
A member of the core team of WEI, Anne has been heavily engaged in making the 2019 WEI-WES Women’s Economic Empowerment Conference, supported by RBS, a success.