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Pivoting in a Pandemic: Women Entrepreneurs Tap Regional Opportunities

January 29th, 2021 | 8am ET

Join our next #OneSouthAsia live conversation to hear how three women entrepreneurs are navigating the pandemic and tapping regional opportunities to create jobs, contribute to economic growth, and reduce gender gaps. South Asia has the world’s lowest rate of women entrepreneurs, with just 18% of small, medium and large businesses principally owned by a woman. Few engage in trade. As South Asia rebuilds after COVID-19, the region needs more women entrepreneurs to help drive innovations in services and products.

Entrepreneurs Maheen Adamjee of Pakistan, Sairee Chahal of India, and Ayanthi Gurusinghe of Sri Lanka will share their experiences growing their businesses domestically and regionally, accessing finance, and using digital technology. Former banker Anshula Kant, now chief financial officer of the World Bank Group, will offer insights about the World Bank’s support to women entrepreneurs globally and in South Asia. Cecile Fruman, the World Bank’s direction of regional integration and engagement in South Asia, will lead the conversation.

No pre-registration needed for this event. Simply return to this page when the event begins on Jan. 29.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speakers

Anshula Kant, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, World Bank Group

Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, World Bank Group

Maheen Adamjee, Chief Executive Officer of Dot & Line, a Pakistan firm offering math and literacy tutoring

Chief Executive Officer of Dot & Line, a Pakistan firm offering math and literacy tutoring

Sairee Chahal, Chief Executive Officer of SHEROES, an online community for women

Chief Executive Officer of SHEROES, an online community for women

Ayanthi Gurusinghe, Managing Director of Cord360.com, a Sri Lanka-based e-commerce trading platform

Managing Director of Cord360.com, a Sri Lanka-based e-commerce trading platform

Host

Cecile Fruman, Director, Regional Integration and Engagement in South Asia, World Bank

Director, Regional Integration and Engagement, South Asia

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