Sonja Kelly

Director of Research and Advocacy, Women's World Banking

Sonja Kelly is the global lead for Women’s World Banking research and was the research director at CFI from 2011 to 2018. Through research on the financial sector, policy trends, financial services providers, and end users, Sonja and her team advocate for women’s financial inclusion. Before joining Women’s World Banking, she advised the U.S. Department of State on strategy for U.S. Embassy engagement in digital finance around the world. She has also held consulting roles at the World Bank and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), and has worked in microfinance at Opportunity International. Sonja holds a doctorate in international relations from American University where she researched financial inclusion policy and regulation.



Latest by Sonja Kelly

Blog Post • Apr 27, 2021
Help Wanted: A Global Push Toward Algorithmic Fairness
Blog Post • Jul 18, 2018
Cashless Backlash? Washington, D.C. Moves Back Toward Cash
Blog Post • Jun 20, 2018
Does Greater Inclusion Lead to Financial Health? New Research Raises Pointed Questions for the Industry
Blog Post • Jun 18, 2018
Is Financial Inclusion Stalling? The 2017 Findex Results Raise Several Red Flags
Blog Post • May 31, 2018
Financial Inclusion Hype vs. Reality: Deconstructing the 2017 Findex Results
Report • May 20, 2018
Banking Sector Approaches to Customer Engagement and Capability
Report • May 04, 2018
Financial Inclusion Hype vs. Reality: Deconstructing the 2017 Findex Results
Blog Post • Mar 27, 2018
Anticipating the Global Findex 2017: Our Wish List for Financial Inclusion Progress
Blog Post • Mar 02, 2018
We want YOU… to think about big questions
Webinar • Jan 22, 2018
Webinar: Financial Inclusion and Pension Inclusion
Blog Post • Jan 10, 2018
What Does Responsible Finance Have To Do With What Is Happening in Iran?
Webinar • Nov 08, 2017
Webinar: How Financial Institutions and Fintechs Are Partnering for Inclusion
Blog Post • Oct 05, 2017
10 Ways to Organize for Digital Innovation in Financial Services
Blog Post • Aug 15, 2017
Why We Care about the SDGs… And What We’re Doing about It
Report • Jul 30, 2017
How Financial Institutions and Fintechs Are Partnering for Inclusion: Lessons from the Frontlines
Blog Post • Jul 12, 2017
Sign Here, And Put Your Face Here
Blog Post • Jul 01, 2017
Help Us Shape Our Fellows Program Research Agenda!
Blog Post • May 15, 2017
Data Are NOT Neutral (Part 1 of 2)
Blog Post • Apr 05, 2017
Measuring Financial Health: Not as Easy as It Looks
Report • Mar 20, 2017
Beyond Financial Inclusion: Financial Health as a Global Framework
Blog Post • Mar 13, 2017
Nokia’s Got a Smart Idea: A “Dumb” Phone
Blog Post • Mar 02, 2017
5G? Not so fast.
Blog Post • Feb 22, 2017
10 Things I’ve Learned from the CFI Fellows Program
Blog Post • Nov 22, 2016
Why Are Banks Required to Be Police Officers?
Blog Post • Oct 11, 2016
The G2P Silver Bullet? Not So Fast.
Blog Post • Sep 29, 2016
De-Risking: Why Should You Care?
Blog Post • Dec 16, 2015
Country of the Year: India
Blog Post • Dec 09, 2015
Where the Best Place Is to Be an Insurance Provider…and Other Insights from the 'Microscope'
Blog Post • Dec 04, 2015
Global Microscope 2015: Progress on the Financial Inclusion Front
Blog Post • Nov 17, 2015
Aging and Financial Inclusion: Steal These Ideas!
Blog Post • Oct 05, 2015
Toward an “Agent-Free” World
Blog Post • Jul 14, 2015
Calling All Inquiring Minds! Our New Research Fellows Program Is Accepting Applications
Blog Post • Jun 15, 2015
What's Insurance Got to Do with It?
Report • Jun 06, 2015
By the Numbers: Benchmarking Progress Toward Financial Inclusion
Blog Post • May 27, 2015
“Would you like a pension with that?”
Blog Post • Nov 10, 2014
The 'Global Microscope 2014': Results and Surprises
Report • Aug 20, 2013
Growing Income, Growing Inclusion: How Rising Incomes at the Base of the Pyramid Will Shape Financial Inclusion
Blog Post • Aug 16, 2013
Constance Considers Financial Inclusion
Blog Post • Aug 06, 2013
Bank Accounts: What’s Age Got to Do with It?
Blog Post • Jul 08, 2013
Fighting for Inclusion in an Expectant Brazil
Blog Post • Jun 11, 2013
Global Movement into the Vulnerable Class, and What it Means for Financial Inclusion
Blog Post • May 02, 2013
G20 Financial Inclusion Indicators: The New Data Sandbox
Blog Post • Nov 16, 2012
Measuring Financial Inclusion: The “Basic Set” Solution
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