GMW Supporters

Global Supporters

Over the past years the GMW Campaign has gathered international support and created momentum around the financial awareness of children and youth worldwide.

Below you can see some of the earlier GMW supporters and GMW Ambassadors, all of whom have encouraged entire communities to take action to create awareness, challenge out of date financial polices, and give young people the tools and inspiration they need to shape their own future.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 has been able to raise awareness about money matters.



H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

In 2018, for the second consecutive year, H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands joined a special joint celebration organised by CYFI in collaboration with the Money Wise Platform (platform Wijzer in geldzaken) and partners to launch Global Money Week.

Queen Máxima is a leading global voice advancing universal access to affordable, effective and safe financial services in order to strengthen human development, especially among the poor. She holds the role of Honorary Chair of the Money Wise Platform and is the UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The mission of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

GMW is held in partnership with the OECD since 2015. The OECD has been a strong supporter of CYFI and encouraged its member and partner countries to join the GMW celebrations.

African Union

African Union Commission (AUC)

The mission of the Commission is become “an efficient and value-adding institution driving the African integration and development process in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens.”

GMW is held in partnership with the AUC. The AUC has been a great supporter of GMW, endorsing the global event and reaching out to their member states to raise awareness of GMW.


Mastercard has offered CYFI and the GMW Campaign continued support, providing a platform from which the campaign has been able to grow.

As a long-term partner of CYFI, Mastercard joined the GMW celebrations on 12 March 2018 participating in the GMW Launch Event in The Hague, The Netherlands. Rose Beaumont, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Communications at Mastercard, participated in the round table discussion.

During GMW2017, Mastercard joined the GMW celebration on March 30 and took part in the day’s activities, moderating an interactive workshop for local students. Mastercard Vice Chairman, Walt Macnee, and CYFI Founder, Jeroo Billimoria, presented the leading document ‘Safer Payments for Minors: Guiding Minors Towards Financial Autonomy’ to H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands as part of a special ceremony during the event.


German Presidency of the G20

The launch event for Global Money Week 2017 was held at the Bundesbank in Frankfurt, Germany in collaboration with the German Presidency of the G20.

The event included an interactive panel discussion, where school students were able to ask panel guests questions relating to the theme of GMW2017 “Learn.Save.Earn” and gain new insights into the world of money. Young people also took part in a guided tour of the Money Museum.

Students also took part in a guided tour of the Money Museum to learn about the history of money as well as an interactive show with TV presenter Ralph Caspers.

See video here.

World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI)

WSBI focuses on international regulatory issues that affect the savings and retail banking industry. It supports the aims of the G20 in achieving sustainable, inclusive, and balanced growth, and job creation, whether in industrialized or less developed countries.

Each year WSBI, as a partner of CYFI, encourages its members to take part in the GMW Campaign. Over fifteen WSBI-ESBG members from over 15 countries have taken part in the Week.

European Parliament

GMW2015 was held under the patronage of the European Parliament. The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz offered the following support for both Global Money Week and the Child and Youth Finance Movement:

“The work of Child & Youth Finance International to educate and empower young people financially, in particular those less favored, is recognized and very much valued by the European Parliament. (…) The European Parliament recognizes the importance of education in the fields of business and finance and believes that developing entrepreneurship skills should be included in the basic education systems.”

European Money Week

European Money Week has been planned to coincide with Global Money Week (GMW). European Money Week and Global Money Week work towards the same goal to raise awareness about financial education and inclusion for youth.

During GMW2018, the 4th edition of the European Money Week took place across Europe with many events organised by national banking associations, under coordination of the European Banking Federation to highlight financial education. This annual initiative involves young people in over 30 countries, with activities ranging from classroom sessions to seminars and conferences, all seeking to improve financial literacy through better financial education.

Aflatoun International

Aflatoun International

Aflatoun International is a social and financial education organisation, also founded by Jeroo Billimoria. The organisation closely supports GMW through the celebration of Alfatoun Day amongst its partner organisations.

Gianni Pittella

Gianni Pittella, Vice-President, European Parliament

Sending a message to express his support of GMW2014, 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.

See video here.

Aisha Acres, GMW Ambassador

Aisha is a financial services professional, currently serving as Manager, Credit Administration with a credit union in her native Trinidad and Tobago. After years in the financial sector, she was inspired to help others improve their money management skills and founded Connect The Dots, a consulting agency specializing in financial literacy education and business strategy development. Borne out of her concern for the financial education of children, passion for entrepreneurship and desire to encourage children to pursue their goals and dreams in spite of their circumstances, she authored The Money Adventures of Mike Murray and Friends and Mike's Mission.

Aisha has a BSC Management from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill and an MBA in Strategic Management and Leadership/International Business from Tulane University's Freeman School of Business. She is also a Certified Financial Education Instructor.


Jose Adolfo Quisocala Condori, GMW Ambassador

Eleven-year-old Jose 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.

Kalpana Fitzpatrick, GMW Ambassador

Kalpana Fitzpatrick is a well-respected financial journalist and founder of – 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


Prakash Koirala, GMW Ambassador

Prakash has been working to promote financial literacy and financial inclusion in Nepal since 2009. He has founded FINLIT Nepal Pvt Ltd company working on financial inclusion. FINLIT Nepal is working with Central Bank of Nepal and other Banking and Financial Institution to design and implementation of the financial education project. For his work, Mr. Koirala was awarded the Child and Youth Youth Finance Financial Education Awareness Award presented by Valerie Howarth at the British Parliament. He was selected by Western Union as a Financial Inclusion Champion from 17K application from all over the world. He has presented papers on promoting financial literacy at various events organised by Organisation Economic Cooperation and Development. He has received a fellowship from Harvard Kennedy School, Frankfort Business School, Geneva University and Canadian Government Fellowship on micro-finance, digital finance, financial inclusion policy, SMEs, and Housing. He is the author of FINLICO- comic's book of financial literacy and TEDx Speaker. He was one of the US Embassy Youth Council Member for 2016-2017. He is serving as a Global Shaper in World Economic Forum and One Young World Ambassador. He is s visiting faculty of Bridgewater State University.

You can follow Prakash on Twitter @lightkoirala

Sofía Macías, GMW Ambassador

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, 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 programme for Latin America, an active participant in Global Money Week and Child and Youth Finance Education supporter.

You can follow Sofía on Twitter @sofiamaciasl

Tumelo Sejo Boitumelo, GMW Ambassador

Tumelo Sejo Boitumelo is a financial consultant by profession. Ms. Boitumelo is a founder of a social enterprise called Fin-Gen, which is currently listed as one of the Impact champions for the bank the Youth campaign by United Nations Capital Development Fund ( UNCDF).

She is a financial literacy activist and advocate, particularly among young people. She is a blogger on issues of personal finance, a columnist on the Business Weekly, writing about the same matter. She is currently a Global Money Week ambassador for Botswana.

She remains relentless in the pursuit to improve financial literacy and inclusion.


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