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Gender-Lens Investing in Emerging Markets: Key Insights from the Field
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We invite ANDE members, friends of Acumen, and anyone interested in entrepreneurship in emerging markets to join us for a panel discussion and networking reception on Wednesday, April 3rd from 6:00-8:00PM.

When: Wednesday, April 3rd
6:00-8:00 PM EDT
Where: 40 Worth St #303
New York, New York  10013
United States
Contact: Carly Giddings

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We invite ANDE members, friends of Acumen, and anyone interested in entrepreneurship in emerging markets to join us for a panel discussion and networking reception on Wednesday, April 3rd from 6:00-8:00PM

The panel discussion, led by a diverse group of ANDE members and partners, will explore the myriad of ways SGB sector actors empower women entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Panelists will share key insights on gender-lens investing, including what's working and what isn't, and more.

Light appetizers and drinks will be served. 


Moderator: Katie Harrison, Co-Founder, Hive

Katie is a co-founder of Hive (, a social impact collective created with Sheila Roche, Erin Thornton, and Jenifer Willig, experts in strategy, policy, advocacy, marketing and communications. Hive helps companies, nonprofits and individuals maximize their social impact while building their brands. Hive works with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Girls not Brides, Women Moving Millions, lululemon and more and is committed to invest a percentage of profits in women and girls empowerment - as an Acumen partner. Prior to Hive Katie co-founded Motive, a social innovation company whose clients included Morgan Stanley, Gap Inc., Old Navy, NYSE & Getty Images. Before becoming an entrepreneur she was Head of Strategy at creative agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty.

Diana de Castro, Chief Alliance Officer, ProMujer

Diana de Castro is the Chief Alliance Officer of Pro Mujer, a leading women’s development organization that delivers transformative services to low-income women in Latin America. Diana brings broad experience in social finance, private banking, consulting and private equity in Latin America. Prior to Pro Mujer, she was the Founder of Ascenda, a consultancy committed to business solutions that drive meaningful social change. Diana was also Principal of FIRST, a private equity fund investing in Brazilian growth stage companies delivering social impact alongside financial returns. Additionally, she spent several years as an international private banker at Royal Bank of Canada and Barclays. Diana serves on the board of Pro Mujer Nicaragua, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs Central America and Mexico Steering Committee and the Career Advisory Board of Peace and Collaborative Development Network. Diana graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and later earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She also attended Harvard University’s Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development, an executive education program for microfinance at the JFK School of Government.

Rebecca Fries, Managing Director, Value for Women

As Managing Director and co-founder of Value for Women, Rebecca leads the organization in creating opportunities for women’s economic inclusion, leadership, and SME entrepreneurship around the globe. With more than 17 years of experience in gender, entrepreneurship and development, she specializes in designing innovative gender and social inclusion strategies and partnerships across sectors such as sustainable energy, agriculture and finance. In her work with banks, financial institutions, development organizations, corporate foundations and government agencies, Rebecca has authored sector-changing research and tool design focused on the intersection of gender, entrepreneurship, and economic development. Under her leadership, the Value for Women team works globally in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary manner to take practical, hands-on approaches when solving business challenges.

Esha Mufti, Insights Lead, Acumen

Esha Mufti leads Acumen’s knowledge and insights work. She partners with different teams at Acumen to help them achieve learning objectives, move from learning to action, and share Acumen's insights and ideas externally. She has also spearheaded the organization’s evolution to incorporating a gender lens into different aspects of work. Prior to Acumen, Esha worked at the Stimson Center, a security and development think tank in Washington, DC. Esha holds a bachelor's in International and Area Studies from the University of Oklahoma, graduating magna cum laude and with honors. She spent time in Turkey during and following her undergraduate studies, first studying at Bogazici University in Istanbul and later working at Baskent University in Antalya.

Cristina Shapiro, Global Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women 

Cristina Shapiro is head of the 10,000 Women initiative, a global program that fosters economic growth by supplying female
entrepreneurs in developing economies with business and management education, mentoring and networking opportunities and access to capital. Cristina joined Goldman Sachs in 2011, in the Urban Investment Group, as the lead for the Access to Capital program that is part of the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. She also lead transactions with a focus on social innovation such as the Hurricane Harvey Emergency Loan Fund and the social impact bond deals in Massachussetts, Utah and Chicago. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, she was Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, overseeing the suite of services to help businesses start, operate and expand. Prior to that, she worked at L’Oreal and ran a $100 million consumer product business. Cristina serves on the board of Accion East, a nonprofit organization that assists small business owners through access to capital and financial education. Cristina received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Economic Development from Columbia University. She was born and raised in Mexico and lives in NYC with her husband and three children.


Wednesday, April 3rd
6:00 - 8:00PM EDT


40 Worth St #303 
New York, NY 10013