Over the past 7 years GMW celebrations have gathered international support and created momentum around the financial awareness of children and youth worldwide.
Below you can see some of our GMW Ambassadors and featured supporters, all of whom encourage entire communities to take action to create awareness, challenge out of date financial polices, and give young people the tools and inspiration they need to shape their own future.With their support, the GMW Team can continue to raise awareness about money matters, saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment and becoming an entrepreneur in fun and interactive ways!
H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is a long-time supporter of financial inclusion for youth. She holds the role of UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Develpment and Honorary Chair of the Money Wise Platform.
You can read more about Queen Máxima's work as the UNSGSA here.
Kalpana Fitzpatrick is a well-respected financial journalist and founder of MummyMoneyMatters.com – which provides financial information, news and tips to families.Kalpana regularly appears on TV and radio as a money saving expert and is often quoted in various media outlets.
As well as managing Mummy Money Matters, Kalpana is a columnist for Daily Mail’s Femail, writing about money for a wider consumer audience.She also worked for Channel 4’s Superscrimpers show and regularly writes for numerous publications.
Kalpana is passionate about financial education and believes all children should be given a head start in life when it comes to being in the know about money. When she’s not on TV, radio or putting pen to paper, Kalpana is mum to two boys, aged two and six.
You can follow Kalpana on Twitter @KalpanaFitz
Sofía Macías is a Personal Finance and Financial Literacy consultant. She is the author of “Pequeño Cerdo Capitalista: Finanzas Personales para Hippies, Yuppies y Bohemios”, a financial education best-seller published in 2011, and also wrote "Pequeño Cerdo Capitalista Inversiones", a book on investment strategy and the different Asset classes, published in october 2013.
Sofía Macías started to write about Financial Education in 2006, in financial media, such as El Economista, Expansión and Entrepreneur, and also in general media as El País and Rolling Stone Magazine. In 2008, while she was El Economista's front page editor she started www.pequenocerdocapitalista.com, her personal finance blog and the origin of her books.
In the same year, Sofía became a financial education consultant for Consumo Inteligente, Mastercard’s financial education program for Latin America, an active participant in Global Money Week and Child and Youth Finance Education supporter.
You can follow Sofía on Twitter @sofiamaciasl
Prakash Koirala is the Winner of CYFI's Youth Financial Education Awareness Award. He is a Country Committee Representative for Child & Youth Finance International and serves to connect young people from Nepal in the spirit of Economic Citizenship EducationBefore joining the CYFI in 2013, Prakash was a Volunteer of 'My World: The United Nations Global Survey", where he worked in a broad range of Millennium Development Goals over one year. He has served as a Jr. Finance Officer at Biz Serve Pvt. Ltd. He began his career at Module United Nation, Financial Education, Youth Development, and Policy Discussion, and has been representing Nepal internationally, by participating in OECD, MUN, International LEO Camp and Rotaract Cultural Exchange Program.
Prakash has worked with more than 127 classes and with more than 13,000 youth in Nepal to teach community members, children, and youth about financial education and money management. He took responsibility for organizing Global Money Week celebrations in Nepal in 2015, for which the Nepal Rasta Bank also recognized him. Prakash also helped to organize #LightTheWay Campaign in Nepal.
You can follow Prakash on Twitter @lightkoirala
Jhose Adolfo Quisocala Condori
Eleven-year-old Jhose Adolfo Quisocala Condori lives in Arequipa, Peru. When he was only seven, he created the first Cooperative Students' Bank "Bartselana" with the purpose of providing financial education and inclusion for children and youth in Arequipa and Peru, promoting the concept of "saving" in order to confront and overcome poverty.
Jose Adolfo has received several awards at the local, national and international levels for this social enterprise. After just four years, more than 2,000 children now have savings accounts. With their new alliance with "Caja Arequipa" microfinance bank, they expect to reach 20,000 child/youth savings accounts in 2016.
Jose Adolfo is not only recognized as the youngest banker in the world; he is an entrepreneur with a bank for children and youth, a Financial Education school, an "environmental mini-market", a social enterprise for environmental management (The Green Place), and a school of Business Management.
Tumelo Sejo Boitumelo
Tumelo Sejo Boitumelo is a recent graduate from the University of Botswana and holds a Finance Bachelors degree. She is very passionate about financial literacy and advocacy and has been active in many CYFI projects.
Sejo strongly believes that empowerment on money management, creation and general understanding will break the vicious cycle of poverty and economic suffering.
Before becoming a member of the network, she wrote financial literacy articles to educate people about personal finance and has also hosted seminars, outreaches and panel discussions still on advancing financial literacy. As part of her role as GMW ambassador, Sejo aims to continue to educate young people on financial matters and entrepreneurship, both in her native Botswana and beyond!
Gianni Pittella, Vice-President, European Parliament
Sending a message to express his support of GMW, Mr Gianni Pittella, Vice-President of the European Parliament, highlighted the importance of raising awareness about financial inclusion and the economic citizenship of children and youth.In his video Mr Pitella speaks about his belief in investing in young people, and giving them the tools needed to shape their futures.