Women's Economic Imperative

Council of Advisors

Belinda Ngongo ​

Co-Chair of WEI Council of Advisors​

Hon. Luis Guillermo Solis

Co-Chair of WEI Council of Advisors​

Jessica Jean Francois 

Captain Irene Mutungi​

Ghela Boskovich ​

Martha ​Mghendi-Fisher

Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu


Elizabeth Kemp Caulder

Dr. Mei-Po Kwan​

Dr. Yang Peng​

Toyin Abiodun​

William Reese

Deema Bibi​

Deborah McGargle ​

Michael Adenuga

Janet Longmore

Sandra Saric

Sue Black ​

Than Baardson

Domina Achiayomen

Belinda Ngongo – Co-chair of WEI Council of Advisors​​

Belinda Ngongo is the founder of the Pan African Women in Health (PAWH), an organization supporting women working in the health sector across Africa through the provision of mentorship and career development. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Ramaiah International Centre for Public Health Innovations (RICPHI). A seasoned social impact leader with experience in global health, Ngongo has dedicated her career engaging the private sector in health issues through forging public-private partnerships (PPP) to increase access to populations at the bottom of the economic pyramid in emerging markets. She has worked for global corporations including Becton Dickinson (BD), Medtronic Foundation and GSK. ​​


Ngongo holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in health policy and management and international health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science Honours in Applied Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a Global Health Leaders’ fellow at the Public Health Institute in California.​​

Hon. Luis Guillermo Solis –  Co-Chair of WEI Council of Advisers

The Honorable Luis Guillermo Solis has served as Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Costa Rica since 1981. He is the author and co-author of several books and scholarly articles in academic publications in Latin America, the US, China, and Europe. He is currently a Professor and Interim Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University.​​

In 2014, Dr. Solis was elected the 47th President of the Republic of Costa Rica and served a constitutionally mandated four-year term.​​

As a diplomat, Professor Solis served as the Chef de Cabinet, Special Envoy to Central America, and Director General for Policy at the Costa Rican Ministry for Foreign Affairs. As President of Costa Rica, he was appointed Co-Chair of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel for the Economic Empowerment of Women.​​

Jessica Jean François WEI Council of Advisors

Jessica Jean François is Senior Manager of Standards at B Lab, an organization with the mission of transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. A leader in economic systems change, B Lab’s global network creates standards, policies, and tools for business, and certifies companies—known as B Corps—who are leading the way. To date, the B Lab community includes over 3,900 B Corps in 70 countries and 150 industries, and over 100,000 companies manage their social and environmental impact with B Lab’s Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in economics and masters degrees in education and urban planning. Her previous experience includes international development program implementation, research, evaluation, behavioral design and education. 

Captain Irene Mutungi – Kenya Airways Pilot and First Female African Dreamliner Pilot​

Captain Mutungi was the first female on the African continent to receive certification as captain of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. She was also the first female pilot at Kenya Airways and only female pilot at the airline for the next six years.

She has received several awards for her pioneering efforts in the field of aviation and was named among “The 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa”, by Forbes Magazine in 2014.​

VIDEO: https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2020/01/02/africa-pilots-kenya-south-africa-aviators-avc.cnn

Ghela Boskovich – Founder of FemTech Global and Chapter Leader/Head of Europe at Financial Data and Technology Association​​

Ghela Boskovich is a self-proclaimed Fintech fanatic and Founder of FemTechGlobal™, a network dedicated to challenging the status quo, and improving the inclusiveness and diversity in Financial Services. She is also Head of Europe for the Financial Data and Technology Association.​

As a frequent keynote speaker and editorial contributor, Ghela focuses on how to fast-track internal innovation, focusing on the practical application and commercialization of fintech/bank collaboration. She is preoccupied with fostering an ethical data democracy, individual consumer empowerment over their data, data economy disruptive business models, and facilitating banks’ emerging technology consumption to transform the Financial Services industry for the greater good.

Web: http://ghelaboskovich.com/

Martha Mghendi-Fisher – Founder & Chair to the Executive Board on European Women Payments Network​​

Martha Mghendi-Fisher is a fintech and payments thought leader, an immigrant, a social entrepreneur, diversity and inclusion advocate and a philanthropist with years of experience in cards, payments, financial industry, NGOs and social entrepreneurship. 

She is the Founder and Chair to the Executive Board at European Women Payments Network (EWPN), founder of African Women in Fintech & Payments (AWFP), founder of the Dali Spaces, Femtreat and The Fintologist.​

A passionate philanthropist, Mghendi-Fisher founded, Beyond Innocence Foundation (BIF), a charity organization created to provide a safe haven for sexually abused minors age in Kenya.

Web: http://ewpn.eu/

Web: https://www.awfp.tech/

Web: https://dalispaces.global/

Web: https://thefintologist.com/

Web: http://www.beyondinnocence.org/

Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu – Advisor & WEI Board Member​

Joannes Yimbesalu is a self-described “global citizen” having lived, studied and worked all over the world. Over the past year with UNICEF in Nigeria, He has led Generation Unlimited (GenU) – a multi-global partnership working to prepare young people to become productive and engaged citizens.

As a youth advocate, Joannes has provided expert policy recommendations to governments and Think Tanks and has worked with several institutions including the Medical College of Wisconsin (USA) and most recently as the Community Engagement Officer with UNICEF Canada.

Elizabeth Kemp Caulder – President and CEO of Phoenix Lifestyle Marketing Group​​

Elizabeth Kemp Caulder has enjoyed an extensive career as an executive in the field of Marketing. A brand strategist by trade, over the past two decades, she has served in leadership roles at prominent U.S. strategic marketing agencies, providing her brand development, strategic planning and internal/external marketing expertise to Fortune 500 Companies, Government Agencies, NGOs and Non-Profit Organizations.​

Elizabeth is passionate about issues impacting women, particularly Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, Premature Birth and Infant Mortality, which disproportionately impact communities of color. She serves on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes as the Vice Chair of the Board and the Chair of the Marketing and Outreach Committee and is committed to driving awareness and inspiring support for initiatives designed to eradicate these issues. ​

Dr. Mei-Po Kwan – Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong​​​

Dr. Mei Po Kwan is Choh-Ming Li Professor of Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include environmental health, human mobility, access to healthcare, neighborhood effects, sustainable travel and cities and application of GIS methods in geographic research.

Dr. Kwan’s work also focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of how social differences shape urban residents’ everyday experiences and perceptions and use of the built environment.​​

She has received a number of prestigious honors and awards for her work and was named a Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.​​

Dr. Yang Peng – Founder, So Orange​

Dr. Yang Peng accomplished her undergraduate, MPhil, and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge where she focused on the area of Land Economy. In her career, she has worked for several top-rated international investment banks in Hong Kong and Singapore.​​

Her company, So Orange Co., Ltd, aims at fulfilling targeted poverty alleviation and frames a co-development structure with local growers of the Fengjie Naval Orange. Based on the holistic management of growing, processing and deep-processing, logistics, sales and marketing, the company has recreated a new production standard.​​

Toyin Abiodun – Strategic Advisor to the Hon. Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda​

In her current role, Toyin Abiodun is advising on trade and industrialization sector strategies for Rwanda. As a Strategic Trade and Industrial Development Advisor, her experience has encompassed trade facilitation, industrial cluster mappings, value chain development and investment engagements with both public, private and non-profit sectors in ways that have centered on the enabling of a thriving business climate that underscores sustainable inclusive growth and development.

Toyin furthers trade interests through diplomatic liaisons at regional economic communities – EAC, COMESA, ECCAS. More recently Toyin has actively advised on structural steps needed to mainstream women into government procurement so as to ensure it’s more accessible.​​

William Reese – Board Member​

Bill Reese is the emeritus President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Youth Foundation (IYF). In this role, Mr. Reese provide leadership and oversight for the management of the Foundation’s operations and programs supporting positive youth development in more than 70 countries and territories. Prior to joining IYF he served as President and CEO of Partners of the Americas.

Mr. Reese currently sits on the boards of several esteemed global business and humanitarian organizations including Youth Business International, Solutions 4 Youth Employment, Global Citizen Year, W.R.A.P. and the ICTI Care Foundation. 

Web: https://www.iyfnet.org

Deema Bibi – Chief Executive Officer, INJAZ​​

Bibi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Electronics, an MBA and is currently doing her PhD in Entrepreneurship.​

Bibi has 28 years of diverse experience, including working in the private sector, the UN, the public and the social sectors. Her strategic insight has helped build bridges between the social and the private and public sectors through the building of partnerships that contribute to sustainable development.

Stemming from her firm belief in actively contributing to society, Bibi serves on several national, regional and global boards.​

Bibi is also a lifetime fellow in a number of global networks, including Eisenhower Fellowships (EF), the ASPEN Institute, Synergos, International Women’s Forum (IWF) and is the first Arab woman to become a graduate fellow of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Network.​

Deborah McGargle

Deborah is a qualified corporate and commercial UK lawyer who has enjoyed a varied career in law for over two decades.  She has held significant General Counsel roles at Rolls Royce PLC and Siemens PLC.  She has worked with high growth technology startups, accelerator programs and tech giants on the US East Coast before returning to the UK to take up the role of Chief Legal Officer at a London based LawTech SaaS company. She currently represents a large family office in the Middle East and holds a number of private company General Counsel and non-executive director appointments. 

For the last decade Deborah has built teams and products for companies looking to innovate within the legal profession and has provided legal and strategic advice to thousands of startups, business angels and private investment funds.  As a result of her extensive work in this ecosystem her attention has become focussed on gender inequality in STEM with a particular focus on discrimination in technology companies, gender bias in venture capital and the very real challenges women entrepreneurs face when trying to access finance.  Deborah is committed to bringing about change not only in tech but also in trying to address the wider economic gap felt by all women led businesses regardless of sector, geography, turnover or structure.  



Michael Adenuga


Michael is a Director at Cognizant USA, a fortune 200 global technology and management consulting firm, where he serves as a Senior Advisor to C-suite executives in the global banking industry to address their large-scale digital transformation and digital banking initiatives. Prior to his role at Cognizant, Michael was a Managing Consultant at Navigant, a leading global consulting firm, and a Senior Consultant at Enclude (now Palladium Group) both in USA. 


Michael has worked with banks, central banks, FinTechs, regulators, multilateral organizations and global foundations in over 20 countries across the world to implement disruptive digital financial and payment technology solutions geared towards improving access to financial services for the financially excluded and underserved. 


He holds a master’s degree in International Business & Management from Alliance Manchester Business School, UK.

Janet Longmore

Founder and CEO, Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)

Janet Longmore is the founder and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) , a global network of young women and men who are invested in their communities as social entrepreneurs and leaders of change. In 2016, Janet was decorated with a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her “strong example of social innovation and leadership that brings considerable honour to Canada.”

Janet is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a Senior Ashoka Fellow, sits on ITU’s EQUALS Global Partnership steering committee, and is a member of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation’s Business Leaders Caucus . Janet is a recipient of the CATA Alliance Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2011), and has been recognized as a Trailblazer and Trendsetter by the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2012).


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Sandra Saric ​​

Founder and Managing Partner Inclusive Path Inc.

Sandra works globally with industry, education, government, and NGOs offering strategic insights and solutions on growth, disruption, and innovation to incite systemic change, bridge learning, foster capacity-building, enable collaboration, and promote inclusivity in digital disruption. She focuses on sharing her expertise to help organizations create effective, action-driven outcomes and systems-level changes.

For over 22 years, Sandra has implemented successful, strategic initiatives and led diverse teams through organizational change. Prior to launching Inclusive Path, as a technology council executive, Sandra built extensive experience working to accelerate opportunities for women, newcomers/refugees, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities and youth into the digital economy.

Sue Black Bio

A multi award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker.

Sue set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen in 1998 and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 codebreakers. Sue’s first book Saving Bletchley Park details the social media campaign she led to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011. Sue has championed women in tech for over two decades, founding the #techmums social enterprise in 2013 and the pioneering TechUPWomen retraining underserved women into tech careers in 2019.

Passionate about technology as an enabler Sue didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. Sue now has 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

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Than Baardson​​

Than Baardson, CEO and cofounder of Unseen (an organization accelerating the fight against human trafficking and its root causes), is involved across the globe in frameworks invested in improving the lives of people, defining the vision of businesses, and furthering the betterment of humanity as a whole.

Serving on multiple boards and councils, including Women’s Economic Imperative, Slavery & Trafficking Risk Template, and The Abernathey Foundation to Fight Human Trafficking, Than has a pulse on the challenges facing people groups around the world and is able to contribute to the solution-focused operations of the organizations he serves.

As an entrepreneur, Than has experience in a little bit of everything from real estate to media production companies and often provides advisory counsel for several different business ventures, especially in his local hometown of Fargo, ND, a booming entrepreneurial environment.

Living with his wife and two children on an idyllic river setting in the Fargo area, Than is involved in community efforts and global justice, while still connecting with leaders and influencers across the country and the world. People are his passion, and the core of the missions of the work he is involved in.

Domina Achiayomen

Domina Achioyamen is passionate about the success of women and girls. She is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur who never let the opportunity to make a difference in the lives women and girls pass by.  She is a Co-funder and CEO of Precious Gems which is international charity operating in United Kingdom and several countries in Africa, with aim to empower women and to fulfil their potential though improvement of their health and wellbeing, economic empowerment and community development.

Domina is also the Co-funder of Bolton CDP that is aimed at engaging members of the ethnic minority communities to play active roles in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship and volunteering. She also a business management graduate of the University of Bolton, United Kingdom. 

Janiece Welcome Bio

Janiece Welcome has worked for several years in the fields of management, administration and education. She has developed her management and administration experience in a number of different large corporations, including Starbucks Coffee Company. In addition, she has worked with AmeriCorps Project Change and the Montgomery County Public Schools. 

Her commitment to incorporating diversity into her project management work contributed to her successful completion of projects and increased the impact of her efforts in effecting progressive change within her community.

Janiece is a leader, whose outstanding customer service and drive shines through her work. She has extensive operational and technical skills.

Janiece attended Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree. She has completed a training program at the Project Management Institute and is currently pursuing her certification in Project Management.