Citi and MasterCard CEOs Join Financial Inclusion 2020 Global Forum Agenda

Landmark event brings key leaders from public and private sectors to advance
global financial inclusion in October

Washington, D.C., August 23,2013 –Today, the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion announced thatMichael Corbat, CEO of Citi (NYSE: C) andAjay Banga, CEO of MasterCard (NYSE: MA) will attend and deliver remarks at theFinancial Inclusion 2020Global Forum. Taking place in London on October 28-30, 2013, the Forum is a one-time event that will promote a global agenda for bringing about thefinancial inclusionof more than 2 billion people around the world, using the year 2020 as a focal point.

Other confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations

  • Matthew Bishop, U.S. Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist

  • Elizabeth Buse, Global Executive, Solutions, Visa Inc,

  • Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations

  • Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics at Harvard

  • Duvvuri Subbarao, former Governor of Reserve Bank of India

Organized in partnership with Citi, Visa Inc., MasterCard, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Western Union Foundation, MetLife Foundation, and the Financial Times, the Global Forum is a unique opportunity to engage a broad range of players in financial inclusion through a collaborative environment. The Forum will build on the project’s two-year efforts and unveil recommendations from the Roadmap for Financial Inclusion that outlines the most important steps to advance financial inclusion in 2014 and beyond.

“We are thrilled and grateful to have the support of such a wide range of high-level participants at the Global Forum,” said Elisabeth Rhyne, Managing Director of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion. “The breadth of involvement – from across the private and public sectors – demonstrates the broad support of Financial Inclusion 2020 and the fact that reaching full global financial inclusion will require the combined efforts of all stakeholders.”

Financial Inclusion 2020 is soliciting recommendations for seasoned experts, innovators, and executives in financial inclusion, financial services, technology, and relevant fields, along with regulators, policymakers, and client advocates, who can further determine the actions needed to advance financial inclusion in 2013 and beyond. For more,

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About the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion

The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) helps bring about the conditions to achieve full financial inclusion around the world. Constructing a financial inclusion sector that reaches everyone with quality services will require the combined efforts of many actors. CFI contributes to full inclusion by collaborating with sector participants to tackle challenges beyond the scope of any one actor, moving from thought leadership to action.

About Financial Inclusion 2020

Financial Inclusion 2020 (FI2020) is building a movement that mobilizes stakeholders worldwide to achieve quality financial inclusion, using the year 2020 as a focal point to galvanize action. FI2020 engages diverse players through two initiatives: the research project Mapping the Invisible Market and Building a Roadmap to Financial Inclusion with input from hundreds of private and public sector experts. A Global Forum in October 2013 will launch the effort to transform the findings into action. FI2020 is made possible through the generous support of Citi, Visa Inc., MasterCard Worldwide, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and many other leading organizations. Learn more

FI2020 is supported by the following organizations:

Allianz • Banco Solidario • Bankable Frontier Associates • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation • Business Information Industry Association (BIIA) • CARE International – UK • Center for Financial Inclusion/Smart Campaign • Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) • Child and Youth Finance International • Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) • Cherie Blair Foundation for Women • Citi Foundation • Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) • Deutsche Bank • UK Department for International Development (DFID) • Equifax • Equity Bank • Grameen Foundation • GSMA • HMS Wireless Consulting • Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) • International Finance Corporation (IFC) • LeapFrog Investments • Making Cents • MasterCard Worldwide • MetLife Foundation • Microcredit Summit Campaign • Microfinance Opportunities • Microinsurance Network • MicroSave • Omidyar • Pakistan Microfinance Network • Policy and Economic Research Council (PERC) • SEEP • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation • The Financial Services Roundtable • United Nations Capital Development Fund • Visa Inc. • Vodafone • Western Union • World Bank

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