Business Fights Poverty
Futuremakers Forum 2022
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Lifting Participation
Thought leading research, employee volunteering and a two day global Futuremakers Forum helped deepen our understanding of how to unleash the full potential of women and small businesses in our core markets to improve the lives of millions of people and their communities.
Building on the knowledge that many young people, women and micro businesses struggle to access and fully benefit from formal financial systems, in 2022 we focus on this critical theme. The outcomes will help us better connect capital, people, ideas and best practices to help address the significant socio-economic challenges and opportunities of our time.
Global Impact
The Bank works with more than 100,000 Futuremakers participants per year, including the unbanked, new employees, subsistence and set-to-grow entrepreneurs.

To better understand young people's financing gaps, Business Fights Poverty recently conducted a survey amongst 1270 young people with Standard Chartered Bank and Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. The resulting research paper was shared in the run up to the Forum.  It informed the Futuremakers' strategy to lift participation through financial inclusion across its programmes and business partnerships.

Futuremakers Forum 2022 helped:
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Raise the voices of young people - specifically Futuremakers participants and young women
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Provide opportunities for Bank colleagues to give back to young people and young entrepreneurs
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Raise awareness of what Futuremakers is and the impact it has on young people

Futuremakers Forum 2022
Our amazing speakers and panelists

Claire Dixon

Group Head, Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Standard Chartered Bank

Alveena Sohail

Pakistan, Young Futuremakers Participant

Mati Remi

Ireland, Young Futuremakers Participant

Victoria Selorm Apedoh

Ghana, Young Futuremakers Participant

Canan Doslu

Turkey, Young Futuremakers Participant

Henry Baye

Chief Executive Officer, Jersey, Standard Chartered Bank

Gurdeep Singh Kohli

SC Ventures, Standard Chartered Bank

Sierra Lattuca

US, Young Futuremaker Participant

Kesia Hudson

Managing Director of Women Entrepreneurship & Technology, Zahn Innovation Center

Angela Ngure

Head Portfolio Strategy and Client Deepening Affluent Clients, Standard Chartered Bank

Dr Saira Siddique

Pakistan, Young Futuremaker Participant

Elizabeth Nkandu

Zambia, Young Futuremakers Participant

Andy Woolnough

Executive Vice President, Global Advocacy, Women's World Banking

Ciara O'Flynn

Ireland, Young Futuremakers Participant

April McKenna

CEO, Autumn

Pooja Singh

Futuremakers Goal Programme Alumni and Service Manager, Business Banking, Standard Chartered Bank 

Ayeley Commodore-Mensah

Goal Lead Trainer, Right to Dream, Ghana

Neil Fleming

Director, Financial Inclusion, Global Impact, Standard Chartered Bank

Sandie Okoro

Group General Counsel, Standard Chartered Bank

Ayeley Commodore-Mensah

Goal Lead Trainer, Right to Dream, Ghana

AGENDA
WED 6 JULY
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WELCOME & FIRESIDE CHAT

09:00 - 10:00 AM BST

Introduction with Claire Dixon, Group Head, Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Standard Chartered Bank.

Followed by:

Access to finance dialogue with Bill Winters, CBE, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank

In this fireside chat we:


  • Heard from young people and Bill Winters discuss the implication of financial inclusion and ways to help young people fully benefit from formal financial systems.
  • Checked out the access to finance research findings to understand the multiple barriers in financial planning for young people.

Speakers:

Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank

Alveena Sohail, Pakistan, Young Futuremakers Participant

Canan Doslu, Turkey, Young Futuremakers Participant

Felix Zulu, Zambia, Young Futuremakers Participant

Mati Remi, Ireland, Young Futuremakers Participant

Ifeanyi Obi Oscar, Nigeria, Young Futuremakers Participant

Victoria Selorm Apedoh, Ghana, Young Futuremakers Participant

Nur Izzah Nadhirah, Malaysia, Young Futuremakers Participant

Yvette Torres Rahman, Co-Founder, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

Ending with a conversation between Natasha Kwakwa, Global Head, Global Impact, Standard Chartered Bank & Zahid Torres-Rahman, Co-Founder & CEO, Business Fights Poverty

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PANEL & MICRO PITCHES

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM BST

How are young female entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries to achieve their goals?

In the micro pitches we:


  • Met with young female entrepreneurs from our Futuremakers initiative.
  • Tapped into their innovations and business insights in online payments and inclusive finance.

Speakers:

Brynn Kolada, Senior Partnerships Lead, IDEO.org

Cida Morrison, Owner and Founder, The Pilates Studio Accra

Khadija Hashimi, Head Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing Africa, Middle East Region and Country Head Pakistan, Standard Chartered Bank

Nazife Nur Köksal, Turkey, Young Futuremakers Participant Entrepreneur

Elizabeth Nkandu, Zambia, Young Futuremakers Participant Entrepreneur

Diana Hrisovescu, Ireland, Young Futuremakers Participant Entrepreneur

Dr Saira Siddique, Pakistan, Young Futuremakers Participant Entrepreneur

Alwinah Mohd Amin, Malaysia, Young Futuremakers Participant Entrepreneur

Pheodor Mundia Njoroge, Senior Global Sustainability Manager, Functions & Business Innovation, Unilever

Fernn Lim, Chief of Staff, nexus - SC Ventures

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MENTOR'S DEN

12:15 - 13:30 BST

How can young people make the most of financial services to achieve their goals?

In this high-energy problem solving session we:

  • Interacted with other participants and global experts.
  • Took away practical insights from the live streaming platform.

Speakers:

April McKenna, CEO, Autumn

Hira Zahid Hussain, Client Care Executive, Contact Centre - Agent, Standard Chartered Bank

Katie Hyson, Director of Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty

Keisha J. Taffe, Senior Director of Career and Alumni Services, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America

Michael Vaz, Leadership Expert, Global Brand & Business Coach

Musheer Ahmed, Founder/Director, FinStep Asia

Pooja Singh, Futuremakers Goal Programme Alumni and Service Manager, Business Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

Regina Mwangi, Programme Officer, Sightsavers

Sierra Lattuca, US, Young Futuremakers Participant

Shuzhen Lai, Lead, Partnerships & Channels, Autumn

Tiza Mbale, Zambia, Young Futuremakers Participant

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PANEL

13:30 - 14:45 BST

How can young people build resilience and wellbeing in personal and entrepreneurship environments to set them up for success?

In this panel of global experts we:

  • Heard about their life hacks and wisdom.
  • Asked questions to find out what really makes the difference and what success looks like.

Speakers:

Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, CEO, Stemettes

Ciara O'Flynn, Ireland, Young Futuremakers Participant

Fara Williams MBE, former Liverpool FC Women and England Women's footballer

Henry Baye, Chief Executive Officer, Jersey, Standard Chartered Bank

Kesia Hudson, Managing Director of Women Entrepreneurship & Technology, Zahn Innovation Center

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THU 7 JULY
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WELCOME & CLINIC

09:45 - 11:00 AM BST

How can young people better manage their money?

In this panel of money experts we:


  • Gained insights into personal and business financial management.
  • Learned about the money management support available and set financial goals for young people's life and business.
  • Learned about building credit history and making the right investing decision throughout the journey of financial planning.

Speakers:

Angela Ngure, Head Portfolio Strategy and Client Deepening Affluent Clients, Standard Chartered Bank

Ambika Sangaran, Program Director, Me.reka

Hitesh Gupta, Director, Retail Payments, Standard Chartered Bank

Jennifer Kang, Head, Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing (Taiwan), Standard Chartered Bank

Rashvin Pal Singh, Group CEO, Me.reka (Futuremakers Partner) and, Biji Biji

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PANEL

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM BST

What are the issues and challenges in access to finance for young people?

Are you one of the 9 out of 10 who has a bank account but doesn't have enough money to access financial products and services for your business? Or are you part of the 6 in 10 who don’t apply for financial products and services because you don't think you'd be eligible?

In this discussion with global experts and decision makers we:


  • Examined the issues and challenges in access to finance for young people.
  • Asked questions to find out what it would take for financial inclusion to lift participation and unleash the full potential of young people, women and small businesses.

Speakers:

Andy Woolnough, Executive Vice President, Global Advocacy, Women's World Banking

Katie Hyson, Director of Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty

Lindsey Block, Head of Partnerships and Capacity Building, Primark

Rhoda Kingori, Kenya, Young Futuremakers Participant

Sandie Okoro, Group General Counsel, Standard Chartered Bank

Tamara van den Ban, Global Head Customer, Consumer, Private and Business Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

Vallerie Thomas, Malaysia, Young Futuremakers Participant

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HACKATHON

12:45 - 14:00 BST

What financial product or service would help young people achieve their goals?

In a team of young Futuremakers participants we:

  • Ideated and innovated inclusive finance solutions.
  • Put ourselves in the driving seat and got key innovation tools to help improve young people’s life and business - from idea refining to user experience and pitching.

Speaker:

Jason Wiggin, SC Ventures, Standard Chartered Bank

Neil Fleming, Director, Financial Inclusion, Global Impact, Standard Chartered Bank

Premila Stampe, SC Ventures, Standard Chartered Bank

Rafiq Kamal, Malaysia, Young Futuremakers Participant

Rosemary Akello, Uganda, Young Futuremakers Participant

Simran Grewal, SC Ventures, Standard Chartered Bank

Simon Figures, SC Ventures, Standard Chartered Bank

Solomon Kuteesa, Uganda, Young Futuremakers Participant

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CLOSING HIGHLIGHTS

14:00  - 14:30 BST

In this session we heard a recap of what happened during this year’s Futuremakers Forum from Claire Dixon, Group Head, Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Standard Chartered Bank.

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Learning Resources
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REPORTS

2022 Insights: Lifting youth participation through financial inclusion

2021 Insights Paper: How can business leaders support young people to transition to the future world of work?

2021 Summary Paper: What can we learn from young people and business leaders about the future of work?

2021 Insights Paper: What do young people have to say about their future of work and skills?

2020 Futuremakers Forum Discussion Series: Driving Enterprise and Employment with Young People

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