Roshaneh Zafar

Founder and President, Kashf Foundation

Roshaneh Zafar is the Founder and Managing Director of Kashf Foundation, Pakistan's first specialised Microfinance company providing financial services to women from low income areas. Under her leadership, Kashf Foundation has been a pioneer in not only linking micro women entrepreneurs to capital markets by floating Pakistan's first gender bond but in also providing a holistic approach to women's financial inclusion. She has worked with the World Bank as a women-in-development associate in the water and sanitation sectors. Roshaneh has been the recipient of many international and national awards, including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan's highest civilian awards, the Vital Voices for Women's Empowerment and Skoll Foundation's Social Entrepreneurship Award. She has also served on the World Economic Forums Global Agenda councils on the Gender gap and Pakistan and was a member of the United Nation's Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial sectors. She holds an honorary Phd from the University of Antwerp, a Masters in Development Economics from Yale University and a Bachelors in Science in Finance & Economics from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

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