Debby Bielak

The Bridgespan Group

Debby Bielak is a partner in the San Francisco office of Bridgespan, where she has led advisory and knowledge-generation projects focused on shifting power, advancing equity, and breaking cycles of intergenerational poverty. Her clients have included institutional foundations, high-net-worth individuals, funding collaboratives, and advocacy and influence organizations. She co-leads Bridgespan’s work in gender equity, and is a co-author of “Lighting the Way: A Report for Philanthropy on the Power and Promise of Feminist Movements.” Previously, Debby was an engagement manager and social sector fellow at McKinsey & Company, a high school mathematics teacher, an econometrics researcher, and a grassroots activist.

Event Schedule

18 July 2023
Start Time End Time Session Description Action
10:30 am EEST 12:00 pm EEST Funding Feminist Movements: Building on Global Momentum
Room MH 3-2

The most effective way to advance women’s rights worldwide is to directly invest in feminist movements. This session will showcase actors including governments and women Read More

Sachini Perera

Executive Coordinator

Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ)

Debby Bielak


The Bridgespan Group

Pontso Mafethe

Director of Programmes

African Women's Development Fund

Louise Holt

Director General, Social Development, Global Issues and Development

Global Affairs Canada

Delphine O

Ambassador and Secretary General for the Generation Equality Forum

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cynthia Eyakuze

Co-Vice President, Global Programs

Equality Fund


Magdalene Dorto

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Deborah Nyirenda

Not applicable Not applicable

Yashmin Fernandes

Director Women's Digital Financial Inclusion Hub, Women's World Banking

Stella Anyangwe

End Polo Now Coordinator Rotary International

Blandine Umuziranenge

Founder and CEO Kosmotivr

Taryn Russell

Deputy Executive Director Results Canada

Djeinaba Kane

Advocacy & Partnership Lead AfricaNenda

Rafiat Akinokun

Youth Advorate and cub's health nurse

Melania Chiponda

Gender and Climate Advisor The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

Aries Setiadi

Managing Director Fintech Association Indonesia

Claude Mambo Muvunyi

Director General Rwanda Biomedical Center

Hanna Lemma

Co-founder & Contributor Addis Powerhouse

Kathryn Toure

Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office IDRC

Dr. Lisa Avery

Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba; Director Africa Initiatives

Carmen Correa

CEO Pro Mujer

Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Price Laureate Tawakkol Karman Foundation

Anis Farid

Research Project Manager Women's Aid Organisation

Patricia Elias

Every Woman International Lawyer; Chief, Global Diplomatic Campaign

Lipi Rahman

Executive Director, Badabon Sangho Every Woman Indrani Fellow

Kigali Convention Center - KG 2 Roundabout, Kigali, Rwanda