G20 EMPOWER envisions a world of equal opportunities. However, the lack of access to credit, networks, and high-value markets continues to challenge the growth of women-owned enterprises across countries. Women's entrepreneurship has been a priority under India's Presidency, with a commitment to proactively address the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs.

The G20 EMPOWER Working Group on Financial Inclusion and Business Acceleration (FIBA), chaired by Ms Chetna Gala Sinha, Founder and Chairperson of Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation, aims to foster women's economic empowerment through entrepreneurship. The Working Group focuses on spurring industry and policy actions to advance gender-intentional financial inclusion and build skills and capabilities.

Moreover, evidence indicates that the majority of businesses owned by women remain small, and it is imperative that these enterprises are encouraged to scale. Enhancing market linkages for women-owned enterprises has also been a key agenda for discussion under the Working Group.

Women entrepreneurs have significant untapped potential, and closing the gender gap in women's entrepreneurship can tremendously boost global GDP growth. Our joint efforts to find solutions for expanding access to finance, capabilities, and networks can help unlock a plethora of opportunities for women entrepreneurs, propelling them to new heights.


Chetna Sinha

Founder, Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation

Vardhani Ratnala

Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialist, International Solar Alliance

Andrea Mariela Grobocopatel

Argentina's G20 Empower Representative President, Fundacion FLOR and Resiliencia SGR

H.C Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen

Chair Executive Board, Aon Holdings, The Netherlands

Tan Tien Fen

CEO, Wah & Hua, Singapore

Rochelle White

Assistant Secretary Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet , Office for Women

Rishi Goyal

Deputy Director and Senior Advisor, Gender, Strategy Policy and Review Department, International Monetary Fund

Indra Mallo

Joint Secretary, MoWCD

Priyanka Jain

Public Policy - India and South Asia- WhatsApp Inc. , Meta India

Anjalee Tarapore

Additional Senior General Manager Management Services & Investor Relations, HDFC Limited

Subhashini Chandran

Vice President Social Impact, Mastercard,Asia Pacific

Dhruvi Shah

Chief Executive Officer, Axis Bank Foundation

Aloka Majumdar

Head of Corporate Sustainability, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited , India

Mohan Tanksale

Former Chief Executive, IBA

Pramod Dubey

Group Product Head - Rural and Agri Business, ICICI Bank

Anubha Prasad

General Manager, SIDBI

Royston Braganza

CEO, Grameen Capital India

Selima Ahmad

Member of Parliament, Vice Chairperson, Nitol-Niloy Group, President, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ajit Agarwal

Policy Lead, Women's World Banking

Ashish Desai

Policy Lead, Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies, IIT-Bombay

Ratna Sahay

Senior Fellow, NCAER

Vandana Bhatnagar

President, Udaiti Foundation

Shyamala Gopinath

Former Deputy Governor, RBI

Prerna Saxena

Senior Digital Payments Expert, Better Than Cash Alliance, United Nations Capital Development Fund

Kalpana Ajayan

Regional Head, South Asia, Women’s World Banking