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Women's Economic Empowerment Program

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Following the workshop sessions there will be a series of Masterclasses to delve deeper into topics discussed in the workshops.  Masterclasses will be presented on Zoom, and are open to previous participants but require registration by contacting to confirm your participation.

June 10: Financial Projections

June 24: Investor Readiness and Types of Funding

July 29: Understanding Customer Insights

August 26: Pitching to Investors

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Masterclasses Speakers

Jackie Stenson

Co-Founder, Essmart Global

Jackie specializes in facilitating sustainable innovation processes, and in the development and dissemination of socially impactful solutions to underserved markets. She has facilitated numerous programs on developing sustainable and socially impactful solutions, including as an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD and at UNLEASH, a global innovation lab for youth to develop solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals.
Jackie is co-founder and Executive Chair of Essmart, a social enterprise that distributes 300+ life-improving technologies to rural India by connecting them with local retail shops. An engineer by training, she has designed socially impactful technologies in 11 African countries and India.

Jackie has a BS in mechanical engineering from Harvard and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge. She has been featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and is an Echoing Green Fellow. She has been an expert contributor both on National Public Radio in the US and in the Economist and has taught courses at Harvard and at MIT.


Emma Colenbrander is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur and international development professional. She is founder and Head of the Global Distributors Collective, a collective of over 200 last mile distribution organizations operating worldwide. She is a co-founder and former Executive Director of Pollinate Group, a multi award winning social enterprise that distributes life-changing products to underserved communities in India and Nepal through a network of women entrepreneurs. 

Emma is a Trustee at Ashden and has also worked with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), focusing on development finance and innovation. She is an experienced facilitator, including facilitating the SDG Bootcamp at INSEAD Business School.

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Emma Colenbrander

Founder, Global Distributors Collective

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Sameer Malik is an innovation expert, whose core experience is in designing and implementing innovation programs for early-stage ventures, corporate, and universities. He has designed and led start-up programs as an organizer across India, and South Asia. He also led innovation programs as a trainer in Dubai, Germany, U.S., and most recently in China where he was a facilitator for Unleash, an innovation program for 1000+ entrepreneurs working on SDGs. 


Previously, he spearheaded Nexus as its first employee, for the U.S. government for two years. Prior to Nexus, as an entrepreneur Sameer was the co-founder and managing partner of Galaxy Exports, a manufacturer of home décor products. The startup currently clocks over $500k in yearly revenues. 

Sameer is a post-graduate of Delhi School of Economics, and a qualified Company Secretary (CS).

Sameer Malik

Co-Founder, Token Amigos

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