Creating Markets tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the people, trends, and ideas that are driving private sector investment in developing countries, reshaping economies, creating jobs, and addressing development challenges.
It is produced by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a sister organization of the World Bank, and a member of the World Bank Group.
S2 E8: The Case for Diversity with Soula Proxenos
In the final episode of Season 2 of Creating Markets, we talk to professional board member Soula Proxenos about what it means to lead both from inside and outside of a company. We learn where she found her fighting spirit and why it is important to have not only women, but a diversity of people represented and listened to at the highest level of an organization. Proxenos tells us why diversity is very good for business.
IFC’s Trailblazer’s report
IFC’s Women on Boards and in Business Leadership program
Creating Digital Safe Spaces for Women featuring Sairee Chahal
In this episode of Creating Markets, IFC speaks with Sairee Chahal, the CEO and founder of Sheroes, a women’s only social network. Born out of a legacy of women-only spaces in India, with the Sheroes platform, Sairee’s goal is to create peer-to-peer networking across a range of topics from financial literacy to health and wellbeing. She tackles the challenge of making a safe space for women in the digital age, and notes that when women are included financially, economies perform better.
The Sheroes Platform founded by Sairee Chahal
IFC’s work in India
Funding “hidden gems” in Africa - featuring AECF’s Victoria Sabula
As the CEO of the African Economic Challenge Fund, Victoria Sabula looks for innovative companies to fund. In this episode, IFC speaks with Sabula about what it means to support local businesses across Africa, what investment can do for a community and how to get more African businesses “investor ready.”
IFC’s SME Finance
The Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund
Connecting Brands to Buyers in Latin America - featuring Santiago Sosa
In this episode of Creating Markets, IFC speaks with Santiago Sosa, co-founder of the online commerce platform Nuvemshop about what it takes to start an online business and how to scale it. We also speak about the opportunities for growth and investment in Latin America and how to support small business owners so they can thrive.
Santiago Sosa’s platform, Nuvemshop
IFC in Latin America and the Caribbean
How Creative Financing can Connect Africa - featuring Andile Ngcaba
In this episode of Creating Markets, IFC speaks with Andile Ngcaba, the chairman of Convergence Partners, a private equity fund that specializes in information and communications technology (ICT). He talks about impact investing and the rewards that have come from decades on the ground building digital infrastructure across the African continent. He also shares the exciting future ahead for a continent that is fast becoming digital.
Andile Ngcaba’s Private Equity firm Convergence Partners
A global initiative to connect every school to the internet
A pan African cloud-based digital service provider
Africa’s first broadband submarine cable
IFC’s work on disruptive technologies and venture capital
A bank for women in India featuring Chetna Sinha
In this episode, IFC speaks to Chetna Sinha, founder of Mann Deshi Mahila Cooperative Bank, a bank in India aimed at rural women. Chetna speaks to us about what financial literacy means for women, why it’s important to have access to a bank account, and what financial institutions can do to empower women in India.
Chetna Sinha’s bank for women in India IFC’s Work on Gender in South Asia IFC’s work on microfinance