Task Force Members

The Task Force includes seventeen leaders from the financial, technology, policy, regulatory and international development communities, co-chaired by Achim Steiner and Maria Ramos.

Task Force members have participated in a personal capacity and are not expressing endorsements or commitments on behalf of their institutions.


Achim Steiner

Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Achim Steiner is a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation, championing the SDGs across the UN system. He is  UNDP Administrator and Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group. He previously led the United Nations Environment Programme and was Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Maria Ramos

Previously Chief Executive, ABSA Group Ltd

Maria Ramos has been ranked as one of the most powerful women in business when she served as Chief Executive Officer of the Absa financial services group in Africa. Before that she served as Chief Executive of Transnet Ltd, the South African state-owned freight transport and logistics service provider, following a seven-year tenure as Director-General of the National Treasury.


Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari

Governor and Chair, Central Bank of Samoa

Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari, Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa has extensive experience in macroeconomic policy development and implementation, and regulation for financial inclusion and anti-money laundering, both nationally, regionally and internationally.

Henrietta H. Fore

Executive Director, UNICEF

Henrietta Fore is UNICEF’s Executive Director and has worked to champion economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a leadership career over four decades. Previously she was administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Director of United States Foreign Assistance.

Mats Granryd

Director General, GSMA

Mats Granryd is Director General of the GSMA, the industry organisation that represents mobile network operators. Mats is a strong champion of sustainability and led the mobile industry in becoming the first sector to broadly commit to the SDGs. He  serves on the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and is a Commissioner on the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.


Chief Executive Officer and Director,  DBS Group

Piyush Gupta is a leading Chief Executive Officer, named one of the world’s top 100 best-performing chief executives in Harvard Business Review – 2019. He is CEO and Director of DBS Group, a leading financial services group, headquartered in Singapore. Piyush is Vice-Chairman of the Institute of International Finance, Washington. In addition, he is a member of Singapore’s Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of AI and Data, the McKinsey Advisory Council, and the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board. He also sits on the boards of Enterprise Singapore, Singapore’s National Research Foundation, and the Singapore’s Council for Board Diversity.


CEO, EcoCash

Natalie Jabangwe is the youngest chief executive to run a mobile money business in Africa. Her company, EcoCash, is Zimbabwe’s leading and fastest-growing mobile money service. Prior to joining EcoCash, she was a Senior Mobile Financial Services Consultant at a Fortune 500 company, NCR Corporation, where she developed NCR’s digital financial service strategy across 52 countries. Ms. Jabangwe is a seasoned researcher and enthusiastic digital strategist with deep financial services and technology development experience.


Executive Chairman, Ant Group

Eric Jing is the Executive Chairman of Ant Group, and a board director of Alibaba Group.  He serves as a senior advisor to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, engages with the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders as a member of the Foundation Board.


CEO and Founder, IEX

Brad was one of the co-founders of IEX, after their team uncovered ways that the existing stock exchanges were selling high speed technology and data to the detriment of long-term investors. As CEO, Brad oversees both the long-term strategic direction of IEX and its day-to-day management. 


Director, Autonomous Research

Pooma is Director of Autonomous Research, an independent financials research firm. Previously she was Managing Director of OMFIF, an independent think tank for central banking, economic policy, and public investment and before that ran a boutique private equity firm investing into companies in countries along the Silk Road.


Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, UN DESA

Mr. Liu is the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs at the UN. Before this he was Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of China since 2013. Among his various diplomatic assignments, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland.


Executive Director, UN Women

A longtime champion of women’s rights Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government and civil society, and with the private sector, and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa. From 2005 to 2008, she served as Deputy President of South Africa, overseeing programmes to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women. Prior to this, she served as Minister of Minerals and Energy and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry.


Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Souqalmal

Ambreen Musa is a Fintech entrepreneur having worked in corporate finance and consulting. She launched Souqalmal.com in 2012, the most trusted financial comparison and insurance platform in the UAE, KSA and Bahrain. The company ranked second among Forbes’s “Top 20 Most Disrupting FinTech Startups” in the Middle East.


Governor, Central Bank of Kenya

Dr. Patrick Njoroge has been Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya since 2015. He is  Chief Executive Officer of the CBK and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee.Previously he was at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC for 20 years.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu

Vice President for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, World Bank Group

Ceyla the World Bank Group Global Practices of Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation; Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment; Governance; and Poverty and Equity. She sits on the board of the Financial Stability Board. Before the World Bank she was Deputy Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department. She was Vice President of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency of Turkey and worked as Chief Economist of Emerging European Markets at ABN AMRO.

Richard Samans

Managing Director, World Economic Forum

Rick Samans is a Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum. He has been responsible for developing and coordinating the Forum’s portfolio of public-private partnership initiatives while managing its relations with governments, international organizations. Previously he was Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute and led its transformation from a start-up non-governmental organization to a treaty-based intergovernmental institution. He previously served in the US White House as Special Assistant for International Economic Policy to President Bill Clinton.

Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou

Minister of Digital Economy and Communications, Government of Benin

In October 2017, the President of the Republic of Benin, His Excellency Patrice Talon appointed Ms. Zoumarou as Minister of Digital Economy and Communications with the mission of: making Benin a digital services platform for West Africa, in order to accelerate growth and achieve social inclusion. 


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