Celebrating Sustainability & Gender: Panel Event

When: June 23, 2020

Where: Your home

Join MicroLoan this June as we Celebrate Sustainability and Gender Equality.

Achieving positive impact and sustainability by empowering women is at the core of MicroLoan’s work. Our panel of business leaders and innovators will be discussing how and why they are putting sustainability and gender equality at the forefront of their business.

This interactive event will give attendees a unique opportunity to be part of a frank conversation about the obstacles, challenges and opportunities that corporate giants and mavericks in the field of sustainability are facing up to. Terri Moloney, from Salesforce will be leading the conversation with top leaders in the field of sustainability: Mamadou Biteye OBE from VISA, Gill Thorpe from The Sourcing Team, Tessa Clarke from OLIO and Medha Wilson from MicroLoan Foundation.

This event is open to anyone who believes that gender equality is a corner stone of responsible and sustainable business – from those starting their career to business leaders and CEOs – who want to be inspired and learn from the experts. You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panel directly.

MicroLoan Foundation is a women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation charity that helps some of the poorest women in sub-Saharan Africa to become successful micro-entrepreneurs. Tickets cost £12 – this is the cost of providing one woman with the agricultural training she needs to start a small farming business to feed her family. All funds raised at the event will be donated to MicroLoan.

Mamadou Biteye OBE

Mamadou is Vice President, Social Impact for the Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa at VISA developing the social impact strategy for these regions. Mamadou has extensive experience of working in leadership and community development roles around the world including Africa.

A long-term advocate of gender equality, Mamadou currently serves as an advisor to the African Women Leadership Fund and the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and the African Leadership Network.  His work in Africa lead him to be recognised in the 2019 Top 100 Most Influential Africans by The Africa Report.

Gill Thorpe

Gill is an award winning entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of The Sourcing Team, a leading company in ethical, innovative and sustainable promotional products. The company places sustainability and gender equality at its core, by promoting close attention to detail on its supply chains and support for national and international charities.

Gill founded and currently chairs the Women Business Enterprise Council of WEConnect Europe an organisation dedicated to promoting gender diversity across supply chains.

Medha Wilson

Medha is the Group CEO at MicroLoan Foundation. She has extensive experience in Impact Investing, in both senior operational and investment management roles. As a microfinance expert she has successfully been driving financial inclusion projects across Asia and Africa for many years. In her current role, she overseas the activities of MicroLoan’s operations in Africa, and is responsible for developing the overall strategy of the group. Medha is a board member of all three MicroLoan subsidiaries in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Terri Moloney

Terri is Senior Director, Employee Success, at Salesforce. In this role, Terri leads the company’s efforts in Ireland to attract, develop and retain the best talent possible.

Terri has led Human Resources and employee development in multi-national companies across USA, UK, and Ireland. Joining Salesforce in 2015, Terri has led from the front creating a strong, engaged work culture which champions gender quality, leading to Salesforce’s recognition as a Great Place to Work.

Tessa Clarke

After a 15 year corporate career, Tessa Co-Founded OLIO, the world’s only neighbour-to-neighbour food sharing app, which is solving the problem of household food waste at scale. OLIO has grown to over 2 million users in just over 4 years and its impact has been widely recognised, most notably by the United Nations who highlighted OLIO as a “beacon” for the world, and by Vivatech who awarded OLIO “Next European Unicorn”. Tessa is passionate about the sharing economy as a solution for a sustainable world, and about the need for diversity to solve humanity’s most pressing issues.


This event is being generously supported by:

Salesforce are generously supporting this event. They are a leading global software organisation which brings companies and customers together through one integrated CRM platform – including marketing, sales, commerce service and data. Sustainability and equality are core values of Salesforce which is why they are proud to be supporting MicroLoan Foundation.

Smith & Williamson work with entrepreneurs and management teams at every stage of the business lifecycle. Their unique ‘one-stop-shop’ of professional services has been developed to meet the personal financial and business needs of founders, management teams and investors.

They champion and promote entrepreneurship, focusing their energy and expertise on businesses whose founders want to succeed and make a difference. They have a specific focus on female entrepreneurs leading to the founding of their Female Founder program, which has spurred their support of MicroLoan Foundation.




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