12-13 March 2020

Lisbon, Portugal


Microfinance is constantly facing significant changes: microfinance products are being developed and modified by MFIs; more and more traditional financial institutions, banks, fintech and other organizations, such as credit unions, guarantee funds and mobile operators are getting involved in microfinance; national authorities are developing and tightening up regulations in order to facilitate and speed up further financial sector development.

Uniglobal’s 16th Annual Global Microfinance Forum will cover a wide range of topics that make this forum appealing to MFIs, investors and other industry players from all over the world. It will bring on board a unique network of experts and senior level speakers who will share their experiences and perspectives on current and future trends and challenges in microfinance despite the difficult economic climate and ongoing changes in regulations. During multiple networking sessions the participants will discuss transformation of the industry, financial inclusion, management of FX risks, social and environmental impact investment, agro-finance and agro-insurance, client protection tools and strategies, challenges in corporate governance of MFIs, developments in Islamic microfinance products, and many other hot topics.

12-13 October 2021

DAY 1 – 12th MARCH 2020
  • Partnership is a key! Perspectives of partnering between investors and MFIs
  • MFIs & Fintechs: partners or competitors?
  • MFI’s digital transformation: re-thinking a business model
  • Promoting financial inclusion through the use of technology
  • Microclient protection in the era of digital offerings
  • Small, but mighty. Opportunities for smaller MFIs today
  • Developing solutions for a better management of local currency risks
  • Impact investment vs. investment with impact
DAY 1 – 12th MARCH 2020
DAY 2 – 13th MARCH 2020
  • Effective management of MFI’s activity and its product line
  • Housing microfinance: products to support the low-income households and improve their housing conditions
  • MFIs and digital lending: what is the future of lending?
  • On the way to digital finance
  • Supporting agribusiness and discovering new opportunities
  • Being on the other side: customer satisfaction in microfinance
  • Assessing the risks and developing solutions in refugee microfinance
  • How to adapt traditional funding to Sharjah? What shall be done and what to start with?
DAY 2 – 13th MARCH 2020


Bernie Morgan


RBS Social and Community Capital, UK

Tatia Jajanashvili


MFI Micro Business Capital, Georgia

Milena Loayza

Manager Financial Institutions

BIO Invest, Belgium

Jeroen Harteveld

Portfolio Manager

FMO – Dutch Development Bank, The Netherlands

Frank Streppel

Global Head of Investments

Triodos Investment Management, The Netherlands

Florian Ott

Social Banking Development Manager

Erste Group Bank AG, Austria

Alain Lévy

Head of Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship for Asia & Americas

BNP Paribas, France

Jurgen Hammer

Managing Director

SPTF Europe

Former Director Risk & Social Performance

Foundation Grameen Credit Agricole

Stephanie García Van Gool

Director of Impact Assessment

BBVA Microfinance Foundation, Spain

Jarri Jung

Head of Financial Institutions

Triple Jump, The Netherlands

Jurgen Hammer

Managing Director

Grassroots Capital Management, USA

Silke Mueffelmann

Head of Financial Inclusion Competence Centre and Brussels Office

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Belgium

Peter Johnson

Managing Partner

Developing World Markets, USA

Theo Brouwers

Director Impact Investing

ACTIAM, The Netherlands

Samuel Clause

Senior Investment Officer, Inclusive Finance

European Investment Fund, Luxembourg

Peter Johnson


Microfinance and Small Loans Centre, Ghana Finance and Investment Consultant

Foundation Grameen Credit Agricole

Sofia Baltsa

Business Developer

Galileo Network S.p.A., Italy

Ryuya Yokota

Manager, Sourcing and Due diligence

Nextshift, Japan

Jos Kramer

SVP Research

TCX Fund, The Netherlands

Stefan Martiniak


First MicroFinance Company, Kyrgyzstan

Loïc De Cannière

Managing Partner & Founder

Incofin Investment Management, Belgium

Rishat Mukhamedzhanov


First MicroFinance Company, Kyrgyzstan

Dr Mohammed R. Kroessin

Executive Director

GEMicro Group, UK

Alexandr Putyato

Executive Director

JLLC System Technologies, Belarus

Hatem Dhahri


Talys Consulting, Tunisia

Leonid Dulenkov

General Manager

EcoFinance, Russia

Joyce Lehman


MiCrédito S.A., Nicaragua-Costa Rica

Wesley Kading

Vice President of Growth

Angaza, USA

Evert Ludding

Equity Investments Manager Africa & Asia

Oikocredit, The Netherlands

Madina Brusnikina

International Connection Manager

Brainysoft, Skolkovo, Russia




  • MFIS
  • NGOS
  • MIVS
  • Managing Director / Director
  • CEO, CFO
  • VP, Head of Business Development
  • Fund Manager
  • Head of Microfinance
  • Investment Officer / Manager / Specialist
  • Head of Social Responsibility Programs
  • Head Social Enterprises and Microfinance
  • Head / Director of Financial Institutions 
  • Head of Microbanking – Microinsurance programs
  • Head / Manager of Impact Finance / Impact Assessment
  • Microfinance Technology Provider
  • Head of Investments
  • Director / Manager of Emerging Markets etc.


  • To understand the results of 2019 and specificity of investment landscape in 2020
  • To explore latest strategies to stay relevant and competitive
  • To know about cases of success and failure from the industry leaders
  • To learn how to evaluate and improve company’s performance through financial / investment analysis
  • To discuss the developments in impact investments
  • To interact with senior-level experts sharing their knowledge and experiences 
  • To discover the potential of product line development 
  • To address techniques to expand financial inclusion
  • To understand how to create competitive advantage and leverage operational capabilities
  • To reveal the potential / challenges of each region represented

Testimonials from previous events

“Benefited from all the sessions. Good exposure particularly on the new developments in microfinance”
Manager, Central Bank of Malaysia, Malaysia

“It was my pleasure. Congratulations for a very professionally run event and very informative. I would be happy to participate again”
General Manager, Alterfin, Belgium

“It was a great and very fruitful event for us where we had the opportunity to network and expose our brand.
We are looking forward to attend the next edition!
We would like to warmly thank you for the support and the great organization”
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany

“I am pleased to have added value to the conference. There were interesting presentations, conversations and I had the opportunity to make some promising contacts. Thank you for organizing the conference and giving Swisscontact the opportunity to be part of it”.
Regional Director – Central, East and Southern Africa Program, Swisscontact, Kenya

“It has been a pleasure and I really hope to keep this nice cooperation in the future”.
Founder & Chairman, Mikro Kapital, Luxembourg

“The overall experience is amazing”
CEO, Bosak Microfinance Bank Limited, Nigeria

“Thank you so much! I could not have asked for a more cooperative team than yours. I hope we continue our association in the future! It was a pleasure to speak to your audience”.
Head of Business Development & External Relations, Community Support Concern, Pakistan

“Very helpful for MFI practices (meeting and learning from other MFIs and investors is helpful and very worthy)”
HR & Admin Director, Alalay sa Kaunlaran (ASKI), Inc., Philippines

“Very good. The organizers are great! I liked the way the conference was managed.
Different stakeholders and active participation of both speakers and audience”
Head of Impact Assessment, BBVA Microfinance Foundation, Spain

“Very interactive and interesting”
Manager, Doverie Finance, Bulgaria

Where and When?

Hotel Novotel Lisboa
Av. José Malhoa 1 1A, 1099-051 Lisboa, Portugal
T: +351 21 724 4800
12-13 March 2020

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