Addressing the Mobile Gender Gap in the APAC region

Meet the Speakers

Claire Sibthorpe, Head of Digital Inclusion in the Mobile for Development (M4D) team at GSMA

Claire is Head of Digital Inclusion in the Mobile for Development (M4D) team at GSMA. She leads the Connected Women and Connected Society programmes which are focused on accelerating digital inclusion for the underserved in low- and middle-income countries. Connected Women has a specific focus on accelerating digital and financial inclusion for women. Claire has been working for over 25 years with public, private and international development organisations on social policy and service delivery with a focus on information and communications technology (ICT) policy and practice. She has developed, managed and implemented programmes in Africa, Asia and the UK. Claire holds an MSc in Social Research Methods and an MSc in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Pippa McDougall, Senior Advocacy Manager, Connected Women, GSMA

Pippa McDougall is the Senior Advocacy Manager for GSMA’s Connected Women team, advocating for the digital and financial inclusion of women and girls in low-and middle income countries. Prior to joining GSMA, Pippa worked as an International Consultant for SheTrades Initiative at the International Trade Centre (ITC), which is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining ITC, Pippa worked for the Government of Canada on public policy as a Legislative Assistant to a Canadian Member of Parliament. Pippa holds a Master’s degree in the Political Economy of Emerging Markets from King’s College London in the UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Political Science from Queen’s University in Canada.

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