16TH ANNUAL GLOBAL MICROFINANCE FORUM

16th ANNUAL GLOBAL MICROFINANCE FORUM

12-13 March 2020

Lisbon, Portugal

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 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.

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 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?

Speakers

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Huib-Jan de Ruijter

Director of Financial Institutions
FMO, The Netherlands

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Claudia Belli

Head Social Enterprises and Microfinance
BNP Paribas, France

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Peter Johnson

Managing Partner
DWM Asset Management, USA

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Jarri Jung

Head of Financial Institutions
Triple Jump, The Netherlands

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Frank Streppel

Head of Global Investments
Triodos Investment Management, The Netherlands

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Vincent van Dugteren

Global Financial Inclusion Specialist Social Performance & Innovation
Oikocredit, The Netherlands

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Jurgen Hammer

Managing Director
SPTF Europe
Former Director Risk & Social Performance
Foundation Grameen Credit Agricole

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Theo Brouwers

Director Impact Investing
ACTIAM, The Netherlands

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Tatia Jajanashvili

CFO
MFI Micro Business Capital, Georgia

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Milena Loayza

Manager Financial Institutions
BIO Invest, Belgium

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Florian Ott

Social Banking Development Manager
Erste Group Bank AG, Austria

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Stephanie García Van Gool

Director of Impact Assessment & Strategic Development
BBVA Microfinance Foundation, Spain

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Samuel Clause

Senior Microfinance Investment Manager
European Investment Fund, Luxembourg

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15th Global Microfinance Forum

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • MFIS
  • INVESTORS
  • NGOS
  • MIVS
  • BANKS
  • FINTECH COMPANIES
  • PRIVATE EQUITY FIRMS
  • CREDIT GUARANTEE FUNDS
  • SOFTWARE COMPANIES
  • SOLUTION PROVIDERS
  • CONSULTANCY COMPANIES
  • 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.

WHY SHOULD MICROFINANCE EXPERTS ATTEND THE EVENT?

  • 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?

Lisbon, Portugal
12-13 March 2020

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