15TH ANNUAL GLOBAL MICROFINANCE FORUM

15TH ANNUAL GLOBAL MICROFINANCE FORUM

14-15 March 2019

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Summary

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 15th 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, social and environmental impact investment, microinsurance, agri-finance and green finance, challenges in corporate governance of MFIs, risk management and many other hot topics.

Day 1

  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Investing into MFI today. Making decision and evaluating prospects
  • GUIDED AUDIENCE DISCUSSION: Doing business in different markets
  • Digitalization: Key benefits for MFIs and investors
  • FOCUS DISCUSSION: Effectively managing FX risks while getting funding
  • Loans and equity investments through crowdfunding
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Achieving financial returns and social impact
  • Prospects and challenges in agri-finance development
  • Green inclusive finance: Defining and implementing the environmental strategy
  • FOCUS DISCUSSION: Evolution of microfinance services
  • Microinsurance: Making insurance accessible to microclients
  • INTERACTIVE SPOTLIGHT SESSION: MFIs meet INVESTORS

Day 2

  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Expanding financial inclusion
  • Digital finance and financial inclusion
  • Fostering financial inclusion of MSMEs
  • Empowering female entrepreneurs through financial inclusion
  • Financial inclusion of refugees: a high-risk group or an ideal microfinance client?
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Islamic microfinance
  • FOCUS DISCUSSION: Challenges of corporate governance in MFIs
  • Effective risk management in MFIs: Why important?
  • Contributing to MFI’s success through effective HR management

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Speakers

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Hans van Houwelingen

Chief Executive Officer
ACTIAM, The Netherlands

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Claudia Belli

Head Social Enterprises and Microfinance
BNP Paribas, France

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Henry Russell

Director, Financial Institutions
EBRD, UK

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Ashwin Mahabaleswara

Head of Debt Investment, Asia, Africa, Middle East
DWM Asset Management, USA

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Dirk Elsen

Director, Emerging Markets
Triodos Investment Management, The Netherlands

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Tatia Jajanashvili

CFO
Micro Business Capital, Georgia

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Paloma Perez Castañares

Microinsurance Specialist
BBVA Microfinance Foundation, Spain

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Cameron Goldie-Scot

CEO
Musoni, The Netherlands

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Jean-Marc Debricon

General Manager
Alterfin, Belgium

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Debbie Watkins

Managing Director, APMEA
Fern Software, Singapore

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Huib-Jan de Ruijter

Director Financial Institutions
FMO, The Netherlands

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Markus Aschendorf

Head of Division/Financial System Development
KfW, Germany

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Roy Budjhawan

Head ING Impact Finance
ING Bank, The Netherlands

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Cristina Dumitrescu

Microfinance Investment Manager
European Investment Fund, Luxembourg

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Kate Hallam

Investment Manager
CDC Group, UK

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Florian Ott

Social Banking Development Manager
Erste Group Bank AG, Austria

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Stefan Martiniak

CEO
First MicroFinance Company, Kyrgyzstan

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Emilio Santandreu

CEO
OUR MicroLending LLC, USA

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Dr. Barbara Drexler

Associate Dean of International Affairs & Lecturer
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany

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Jurgen Hammer

Director
SPTF, Luxembourg
Former Director Risk & Social Performance
Foundation Grameen Credit Agricole, France

 

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Wim van der Beek

Founder and Managing Partner
Goodwell Investments, The Netherlands

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Guillermo Salcedo

Deputy Director Credit
Oikocredit, The Netherlands

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Jonas Enrico Luini

Associate, Structuring
TCX, The Netherlands

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Chuck Olson

COO
Frontera Capital, Switzerland

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Jessica Schicks

Investment Officer
BIO, Belgium

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Davide Loriggiola

Investment Manager and Fintech Specialist
Triple Jump, The Netherlands

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Lars Saquero Møller

General Manager
Agroclimatica, Nicaragua

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Rahul Jessel Mittra

Managing Director & CEO
Margdarshak Financial Services Limited, India

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Arturo Liguori

Member of the Board
Galileo Network S.p.A., Italy

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Günther Berger

Director
Creditec, South Africa

Partners & Sponsors

Testimonials

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

“Main was a very positive experience with Uniglobal. Well informed prior the conference and well organized during the conference. Thank you for your support as a speaker. Looking forward to meeting in another interesting conference soon”
— Programme Manager, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany

“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

“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

“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

Why Should Experts Attend Our Event?

  • Understand the specificity of investment landscape in 2019
  • Explore latest strategies to stay relevant
  • Know about successful cases from the industry leaders
  • Learn how to evaluate and improve company’s performance through financial / investment analysis
  • Analyze responsible practices to achieve better results
  • Discuss the developments in impact investments
  • Interact with senior-level experts sharing their knowledge and experiences
  • Discover product diversification and development potential
  • Address techniques to improve financial inclusion
  • Understand how to create competitive advantage and leverage operational capabilities
  • Know more about how to drive changes within the company effectively
  • Reveal the potential / challenges of each region represented

Where and When?

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

14-15 March 2019

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