Maimouna Gueye is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist in the Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation Global Practice at the World Bank since 2018. She is the team lead of the Mali Project to Promote Access to Finance, Entrepreneurship and Employment (PAFEEM). She also leads and co leads agriculture projects in the Sahel region. She started her financial career in 2000 working for JP Morgan Chase on Wall Street in NY as a Mutual Fund’s Portfolio Analyst. She then joined the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) for 11 years and left as “Sous-Directeur“ in charge of payment systems policy and regulation. Her expertise in financial inclusion and payment systems led her to join the AFDB where she led the origination of the multi -donor trust fund : Africa Digital Financial Inclusion(ADFI) with essential funding from the Gates Foundation. Maimouna contributed extensively to the increase of payment services and digital financial inclusion in her region (West Africa). She holds an MBA degree in Finance and Economics from St Peters University and a Bachelor of Business from the City University of New York, as well as a certificate in financial inclusion from the Harvard Kennedy School of Business.