9th Annual Central Asian and Caucasus Microfinance forum

3-4 October 2019

Tbilisi, Georgia


For the 9th consecutive year, Uniglobal team is committed to continue with the tradition of bringing on board a network of experts and senior level speakers to share experiences and perspectives on current and future trends, ongoing changes in regulation and challenges in Microfinance.

Event will gather together development organizations, banks, specialized microfinance institutions, foundations, and responsible investment managers. The participants will discuss transparency, regulations, transformation of Microfinance 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 suggest and discuss applicable solutions).

  • Investment outlook for 2019 in Caucasus and Central Asia
  • Microfinance impact on sustainable development of entrepreneurship
  • Local currency risks: successfully managing currency exposure your portfolio
  • How to attract investors: what investors are looking for
  • Exploring the opportunities of private investments
  • Islamic Microfinance development: challenges and initiatives
  • Financial education: ways to improve financial literacy
  • Lifecycle of technology driven financial institution
  • Alternative Financing: enhancing financial inclusion
  • MFI digital transformation: knowledge management strategies and trainings
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Operating in a digital world
  • Client focus: IT solutions to enhance customer service
  • Performance management and data protection: new approaches to measure social performance of MFIs
  • Green economy: microfinance and poverty
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Success factors of Agro finance.


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Elvina Garayeva

Investment Manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Incofin, Belgium

Armenuhi Mkrtchyan

Head of Consumer Protection and Financial Education

Central Bank of Armenia

Anja Deinzer

Regional Director Caucasus, Iran & Ukraine

Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation, Georgia

Farida Abdulhafizova

Regional Manager of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Russia

MicroFinanza Rating Kyrgyz Republic

Cassandra Colbert

Regional Manager for Central Asia

International Finance Corporation, Kyrgyz Republic

Tamar Basilashvili

Investment Officer for ECCA

Triple Jump, The Netherlands

Urmat Imankulov


Frontera Capital Group Limited, United Arab Emirates

Debbie Watkins

Managing Director, APMEA

Fern Software, Singapore

Basit Arshad

VP – Senior Investment Officer

BlueOrchard, Georgia


National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic

Aida Karabaeva

Head of Public Relations Department

National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic

Besik Shengelia

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Georgian Microfinance Association


Crowd Credit, Japan

Elizabeth Davitashvili

Principal Banker

EBRD, Georgia

Davit Utiashvili

The Head of Division of Financial Risks and Macro prudential policy

National Bank of Georgia

Zinaida Vasilenko

Former Sr. Investment Officer

ResponsAbility Investments AG, France

Alisher Akbaraliev


AMFI, Kyrgyz Republic

Akihisa Shirasaka


Crowd Credit, Inc., Japan

Rishat Mukhamedzhanov


First MicroFinance Company, Kyrgyzstan

Tattygul Tadjibaeva

Deputy Chairman of the Board

Ayu Finance, Kyrgyzstan



“Good networking opportunity, sharing experience”
IFC, Kyrgyz Republic

“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

Who should attend?

  • Microfinance Institutions/Organizations
  • Microfinance Associations
  • Banks (Development Banks, Banks with MF Department)
  • Investment Companies
  • Solution providers

Why Should Experts Attend Our Event?

  • To gather industry professionals to network and share experience in front of each other
  • To network with the most experienced people from microfinance industry
  • Examine financial programs and share ideas on microfinance programs that can be profitable business opportunities, as well as a tool for poverty reduction
  • Analyze the attractiveness of microfinance from  the investments point of view, creating an investment that has an impact
  • Take a look at new tools to resist different types of market risks
  • To have a look at evolution of microfinance industry, transforming from micro to traditional finance

Where and When?

3-4 October 2019

Holiday Inn Hotel
1, 26 May Square, 0171
Tbilisi, Georgia

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