Edel Were

Financial Sector Specialist

Edel Were is a Financial Sector Specialist supporting CGAP’s work on rural and agricultural livelihoods, which focuses on women and the critical roles they play in food and financial systems. Her work interrogates the design and delivery of financial services to support rural women in benefitting from emerging digital economies and investing in more resilient, climate-smart agriculture practices. 

Prior to CGAP, Edel was a Senior Consultant and Co-Lead of the Education and Employment platform at Dalberg Advisors. Her work specialized on skills-building, entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, agriculture and gender across Africa and Asia.

She has an MSc in International Social and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Financial Economics at Strathmore University. Edel is based in Paris, France.

By Edel Were


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