6-7 September, 2018

Almaty, Kazakhstan




The concept of Microfinance was introduced about 35 years ago. However, now it is not just a poverty reduction tool but a foundation for further financial sector development in developing countries. At present, the sector is facing significant changes:

  • new products are being developed and launched by MFIs (microfinance institutions)
  • more and more traditional financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions are getting involved in microfinance
  • local authorities are developing and tuning up regulations in order to facilitate and speed up further financial sector development
  •  microfinance is seen as a reliable sector for private equity investments

For the 8th consecutive year, we at Uniglobal are committed to continue with the tradition of bringing on board a unique network of experts and senior level speakers who will share their experiences & perspectives on current and future trends and challenges in microfinance despite the difficult economic climate and ongoing changes in regulation.

Event will gather together development organizations, banks, specialized microfinance institutions, foundations, and responsible investment managers. The participants will discuss transparency, regulations, transformation of MF industry, social reporting standards, investment, risk and asset management, and innovation from a different angle (senior top level speakers that will bring lessons learned in order to derive applicable solutions)



  • Micro and SME finance market outlook for 2017-2018 in Caucasus and Central Asia markets
  • MFI challenges after getting funds for sustainable development
  • Sustainable development and management of microfinance institutions
  • Local currency risks from fund management perspective
  • How can MFIs become more appealing for investors
  • PANEL DISCUSSION:  What do investors expect from MFIs today?
  • Green economy: microfinance and poverty
  • PANEL DISCUSSION:  Success factors of Green Microfinance. Which Microfinance products and services are in trend now?
  • Development of finance online education for continuous improvement of MFI staff
  • Technology driven microfinance institution
  • Digital microfinance: new trends and opportunities
  • How to make Central Asia and Caucasus microfinance market more competitive and efficient
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: People technology and finance as key factors of microfinance development
  • Client focus: IT solutions to enhance in MFIs customer service
  • MFI digital transformation: knowledge management strategies and training
  • Performance management and data protection
  • Credit guaranty and funds cooperation
  • Prospects of investing into “woman in business”


Dr. Markus Aschendorf

Member of the Supervisory Board

Allianz Partners

Givi Javakhadze

Investment Officer

Triple Jump BV, Georgia

Debbie Watkins

Managing Director, APMEA

Fern Software, Singapore

Emir Boobekov

Head of Coordinating Unit of the National Fin Lit Program

National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic

Farida Abdulhafizova

Regional Manager for Central Asia, the Caucasus and Russia

MicroFinanza Rating, Kyrgyz Republic

Hans van Houwelingen


ACTIAM, Netherlands

Natia Tsotsonava

Head of Division, First Division of Non-Banking Institutions Supervision

Non-Banking Institutions Supervision Department

National Bank of Georgia

Anatoliy Glukhov


AMFOK, Kazakhstan

Rishat Mukhamedzhanov

Chief Operations Officer

The First MicroFinance Company, Kyrgyz Republic

Inna Mazur

Country Manager

Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation, Tajikistan

Kakha Gabeskiria

Head of Committee of Finance

Georgian Microfinance Association

Rusudan Kharabadze

Business Development Manager for Caucasus and Africa

ASPEKT – Business Analysis and Global Solutions, Macedonia

Peter Johnson

Managing Partner

Developing World Markets, USA

Karlygash Rayhanova

Chairman of the Board

MFO “KMF”, Kazakhstan

Cassandra Colbert

Regional Manager for Central Asia

International Finance Corporation, Kyrgyz Republic

Nurgul Dzhunushalieva

Head of the Methodology of Supervision and Licensing of Non-Bank Financial and Credit Organizations Division at the Supervision of Non-Bank Financial and Credit Organizations Department

National Bank of Kazakhstan

Dauren Salimbaev

The Director of the Department of methodology of the financial market

National Bank of Kazakhstan

Akihisa Shirasaka


Crowdcredit, Japan

Natalia Barker

Project Manager

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany

Giovanni Capannelli

Country Director

Asian Development Bank, Kazakhstan

Kairat Shalabay

MSME Finance Expert

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany

Elena Sikk

Manager of the Project “Transition to EPS and OSU”, expert in automation of accounting financial reporting and synchronization of business processes

Brainysoft, Russia

Marat Bekzhanov


Solva.kz, Kazakhstan

Eugene Kovalev


Suretly, Russia


“Good networking opportunity, sharing experience”
IFC, Kyrgyzstan

“We found the Uniglobal conference beneficial and interesting, especially in this challenging times.”
Triple Jump, Georgia

“The event in Bishkek was a really good one – well organized, right audience, interesting topics. We are going definitely to support it in the future.”
Software Group, Bulgaria


Where and when


181 Zheltoksan Street
Almaty, 050013

6-7 September, 2018


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