Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women's World Banking
Mary Ellen Iskenderian
Mary Ellen Iskenderian became President and CEO of Women's World Banking in September 2006, making her the organization's first new president in 16 years. Ms. Iskenderian brings to WWB over 20 years of experience in building financial systems globally as a director at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. She is poised to develop and launch WWB's new strategy that will focus on continued leadership in capital markets development, renewed strategic focus on gender and women's leadership initiatives, and the creation of an expansion strategy for WWB's global network of microfinance institutions and commercial banks.
Ms. Iskenderian has held numerous leadership positions in various regions and sectors at the IFC, including Director of Partnership Development, Director of Global Financial Markets Portfolio and Director of the South Asia Regional Department. She currently sits on the advisory boards of the Dignity Fund and Kiva. Prior to joining WWB, she was a director on numerous corporate boards, including ShoreCap International, an important equity and loan fund for microfinance.
Ms. Iskenderian received an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Organization and Management and a B.S. in International Economics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.