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Ms. Sadaffe Abid

Sadaffe Abid is a social entrepreneur bringing extensive experience in start ups, women's empowerment, leadership development and financial inclusion. She is the founder of CIRCLE Women Association, a leading social enterprise working on women's empowerment and inclusion through technology, leadership development and entrepreneurship. CIRCLE's flagship initiative, Tech Karo brings digital skills like coding to youth especially women from under served communities to bridge the digital gender divide and empower women through technology. Graduates of Tech Karo have joined the tech sector as software engineers or becoming part of the gig economy. 

With only 26% women in the formal economy, Sadaffe designed Elevate to mobilize CEOs, business leaders, academia and key stakeholders to commit to gender diversity, build diverse and inclusive work cultures and invest in women and girls. She is now providing advisory services to grow Elevate to the region. Furthermore, she brought She Loves Tech, the worlds largest women and start up competition to Pakistan in 2017 to showcase women tech start ups with the winner going to a global platform in Beijing. Sadaffe was a founding team member, COO and later CEO of Kashf Foundation, a Forbes 50 global micro finance organization that she helped grow to 300,000 women clients in Pakistan delivering a menu of financial products to under served communities. She has also worked as a consultant for World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) amongst others advising on leadership development, women's empowerment and financial inclusion. 

Sadaffe is INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence. She chairs the Inclusive Development committee of National Bank of Pakistan to promote agriculture, SMEs, women's empowerment and financial inclusion. She is also on the board of Pakistan Microfinance Network, UN Women Pakistan Civil Society Advisory Council and Indus Earth. She is an advisor to the global Dell Women Entrepreneurship Network (DWEN). She completed her Masters at the Harvard Kennedy School, Advanced Management Program at INSEAD and her B.A. at Mount Holyoke College. Sadaffe received the Mount Holyoke Alumni Achievement award in recognition for her services.




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