Who We Are


Recognizing the leading role of sovereign women in the capital markets, Women in Sovereign Entities, or WSE, provides a forum for their connection and affiliation, for sharing best practices, and for supporting their leadership and development.

Women, who are under-represented at many sovereign financial entities, are playing a larger role in the sector. As the first woman-focused organization for the sovereign sector, WSErecognizes the importance of providing sovereign women with a voice. By providing an opportunity for sovereign professionals to get to know one another, and learn more about the sector, WSE can help them to be more successful.

WSE provides educational content and programs to enhance understanding of the sector, and provides research and news on women’s leadership in the capital markets.


WSE is an inclusive organization focused on women professionals in central banks, ministries of finance, state pension funds, development banks, multilateral financial institutions and other sovereign financial entities. Our members share an interest in the critical issues and trends affecting sovereign entities that their active schedules may not give them the time to synthesize. As a small geographically dispersed minority, sovereign women welcome the opportunity to share experiences within what has been traditionally a male-dominated sector.


WSE is organized as a nonprofit organization to provide the independence critical for participation of professionals in the highly scrutinized sovereign sector.


  • Facilitates understanding of the sovereign sector
  • Promotes diversity to create a more high-performing financial landscape


  • Offers a unique nexus across countries and sovereign entities to facilitate communication and sharing of best practices. According to the IMF “Sharing best practices would … allow countries to benefit from the experience of other countries
  • Enhances cross-entity understanding and collaboration
  • Supports the Santiago Principles on governance and transparency developed by the International Working Group of Sovereign Wealth Funds