Lead - Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)
Sonal Jaitly leads the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Practice at MSC. Sonal is a gender and development finance professional with more than 2 decades of experience with development banks, international funding agencies, UN Women, MFIs and community-based institutions in Asia.
Sonal’s work focuses on women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment, integrating a gender perspective into policies and programs, gender mainstreaming with financial service providers, combining insights from behavioral sciences and technology use, and digital financial services to enhance inclusion. Her prior experience includes working as a Theme Leader for Gender at the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). She led women’s enterprise development programs and provided technical assistance to government stakeholders. She has also led programs for ending violence against women during her tenure at UN Women. She has authored and contributed to several reports on gender equality, and her writing was featured in The Washington Times.