Dr. Cynthia L. Drakeman is an internationally recognized thought leader in women’s economic empowerment, and is the founding CEO of DoubleXEconomy, LLC. Dr. Drakeman was the lead author of the second report for the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (March 2017) and wrote the tool kit for the Panel’s Driver 5 – “Changing Business Culture and Practice.” Among her current projects, she is developing the program for the inaugural Gender-Smart Investing Summit (November 2018), aiming to catalyze greater opportunities for women throughout the finance community. Her global policy work includes serving as a United States delegate to the W20’s 2017 meeting in Berlin, where she was a co-Chair of the Access to Finance subcommittee and will be representing the US again on the W20 in Argentina in 2018 and as an advisor to the T20’s Gender Economic Equity Task Force. Her writing has been featured in Forbes Georgia, Microfinance Gateway, and the DoubleXEconomy Blog. She has been a keynote or featured speaker at conferences around the world, including at Davos 2018, engaging diverse audiences in discussions about the necessity and opportunities of women’s economic empowerment.
Dr. Drakeman is a member of the board of directors of Solar Sister, which is dedicated to eradicating energy poverty by empowering women to become entrepreneurs selling solar lanterns. She was formerly a member of the advisory council for the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti Women’s Economic Participation Consortium; a trustee for the National Cathedral Choral Society; and a board member of the Hilton Head Institute. Dr. Drakeman has an AB from Princeton University and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.