Scholarship for the Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators

The Centre of Excellence on Gender-smart Solutions (CoE) together with Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii), are once again jointly sponsoring the participation of an insurance supervisor and a high-potential woman leader in the Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators 2023. The program is taught by Women’s World Banking and Faculty from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and implemented together with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). It is intended to support insurance supervisors in developing policies that close the gender gap in inclusive insurance and in developing women’s leadership capacity in regulatory organizations.

About the Program

This multi-week blended learning program equips senior officials and high-potential leaders from central banks and other regulatory agencies in emerging markets, with the skills to create an enabling environment for women’s financial inclusion and advance gender diverse leaders within their institutions.

Participants join a series of interactive, live online sessions, individual and group assignments, peer action learning and expert consultation opportunities with 4 days of intensive in-person learning from 24-27 July 2023 at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

Each senior official (m/f/d) identifies a policy initiative to advance women’s financial inclusion and selects a high-potential woman leader from their institution who partners with them in designing and implementing their policy. Participants will use Women’s World Banking’s Women-Centered Policy Design Framework and complementary skills taught in the program to design, plan, implement and measure the impact of a policy initiative to close the gender gap in their market. Senior officials also commit to supporting their high-potential woman leader program partner’s professional development during and after the program through career mentorship and sponsorship. Senior officials will receive 4 executive coaching sessions.

The program culminates with live or in-person capstone presentations of each participating team highlighting the policy initiatives, progress and plans for making a difference in the lives of low-income women.

In-person location:
Oxford Said Business School
Executive Education Campus
Oxford, England

Why it is unique

For nearly 20 years, Women’s World Banking has trained leaders from more than 80 countries. This is the only program for financial regulators at the intersection of leadership development and women’s financial inclusion. It equips participants with technical and strategic know-how to design gender-inclusive policy, and leadership skills to affect change. With a specific dual-track approach, senior officials gain the tools to sponsor women leaders, modelling an approach for building a pipeline of gender diverse talent within their institutions.

What participants gain

With expertise from Women’s World Banking, Alliance for Financial Inclusion and Oxford Saïd Business School’s world-class faculty participants will gain:

Leadership Skills: Learn core skills such as change leadership, persuasion, negotiation, emotional intelligence, and unconscious bias.

Women’s Financial Inclusion Knowledge: Understand global challenges and best practices in gender-inclusive policy design and implementation.

A Global Network: Engage in an action learning methodology that leverages peer-to-peer learning and support. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates join our Alumni Network, gaining access to a wealth of experience, expertise and opportunities for further learning and support.

About the Scholarship

The scholarship is particularly tailored for senior officials (m/f/d) and high-potential women leaders who intend to develop policy initiatives focusing on Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance solutions (e.g., agricultural insurance, risk transfer solutions for the most vulnerable, and similar) against the backdrop of increasing risk of climate change impacts in countries of the Global South.

With the scholarship, the CoE and A2ii support selected candidates by covering the tuition fees of the program and offering the opportunity for individual coaching sessions for the professional development of each senior official and high-potential woman leader. The aim is to strengthen their leadership skills and support them with the implementation of their gender-inclusive policy initiative in the insurance regulator.

The virtual program begins April 26, 2023. More details on the course are accessible here.

Please apply via the online form below until February 28, 2023.

Scholarship for the Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators – Application Form 2022/2023