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Women and Wealth: The Role of Gender in Global Development

Ms. Carolyn Florey
Operations Officer with the World Bank's Innovation Labs
Carolyn Florey is currently an Operations Officer with the World Bank’s Innovation Labs program housed at the World Bank Institute (WBI). Carolyn's career has focused on accelerating development impact through technology and innovation. At WBI, Carolyn specializes in identifying and supporting social enterprises to effectively deliver services to populations at the base of the economic pyramid. Prior to joining WBI, Carolyn worked at the World Bank’s infoDev program, which focuses on mobile innovation for job creation and economic growth. She also developed a preliminary strategy to promote women’s entrepreneurship in the mobile sector. Prior to joining infoDev, Carolyn worked as a Private Sector Partnerships Specialist at USAID, focusing on mobile technology and maternal health partnerships. She has worked in the ICT for development space at organizations such as Jhpiego, NetHope, the Federal Communications Commission, and Earth Institute across sectors including mHealth, mobile money, women's access and eAgriculture. She has also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank’s Development Marketplace, a women’s health NGO in Delhi (Breakthrough), and as a Fulbright grantee in Jeonju, South Korea. She has an MA in international development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Tufts University.



Ms. Sujatha Sebastian
Director of the Women's Business Center at the Business Outreach Center Network
Sujatha Sebastian is the Director of the Women’s Business Center at the Business Outreach Center Network – a nonprofit microenterprise development and microfinance organization that works with hardworking entrepreneurs across New York City to start and grow successful community-based, small businesses.   Sujatha lead’s a center that provides free high-quality business education, mentoring, and counseling in 9 languages to thousands of underserved women entrepreneurs.  She organizes 100 free business start-up workshops every year and speaks publicly on women’s entrepreneurship.  In addition, she helps entrepreneurs access microloans.
Sujatha is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  Her background is in international development, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, and economic development.  She has worked with Trickle Up, an international microfinance NGO; interned with the Clinton Global Initiative; and collaborated professionally with Ushahidi Haiti, the Global Emergency Group, Mobile Metrix, Liberty &Justice, and Opportunity Collaboration.