Griselda (Gay) Santos Regional Director, Southeast Asia
Gay oversees the implementation of our programs and strategy in Southeast Asia. She works to expand Water.org’s reach in the region by cultivating partnerships and initiatives that mobilize capital to provide safe water and sanitation for those in need.
Through previous roles at the World Bank Group and International Finance Corporation, Gay has more than 25 years of experience in investment and portfolio management, credit operations, and operational risks and advisory services.
Gay is a financial inclusion advocate and serves as the chair of the Financial Inclusion Committee of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines. She sits as an independent director on various fintech entities in the Philippines. She developed the new financial literacy training program of the Philippines’ conditional cash transfer program and has also authored/co-authored studies in SME Finance, Insurtech and Social Enterprises.
""Ilaw ng Tahanan", the guiding light of the home, is how women are described in the Philippines. In this pandemic, each woman can be that guiding light to lead each family towards sustainable recovery and inclusive growth. I am proud to be part of an organization that helps women break the cycle of poverty for their family through sustainable access to safe water and sanitation."