3rd Annual APAC Microfinance Forum

3rd Annual APAC Microfinance Forum

9-10 February 2021

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

With possibility of virtual access


With a growing number of Fintech platforms and increased digitalization infiltrating the microfinance industry, the pressure to adapt and implement these technologies in order to stay competitive and innovative puts MFIs to the test. While some microfinance industries excel at digitalization, others struggle to keep up. Part of the challenge of technological transformation is the widespread skepticism of leaving behind traditional operations to adopt more digital ways of working. How well the industry has adapted to these changes and challenges varies from region to region and opens a multitude of possibilities to learn and start shifting from the basics to more complex areas of digitalization. 

Changing social expectations, like increased gender equality, and unprecedented external factors, like the outbreak of COVID-19, have major influences on the operational success of MFIs around the APAC region and have become common points of concern. This conference will be a platform for experts and industry professionals operating within microfinance to convene, network, and share knowledge and experiences. The common themes and topics of discussion will include the difficulties of digitalization and key trends for microfinance industry-players, challenging traditional working systems and innovating, and becoming more agile to changing external factors.

Day 1

  • Addressing One of the Great Pitfalls of Microfinance: Over-Indebtedness
  • Building Resilience to the Influences of Changing External Factors
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: COVID-19 and Microfinance – Impacts and Adjustments in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Addressing the Gender Financing Gap
  • Tablet Banking: Looking Beyond the Basics  
  • WORKSHOP: Finetuning Digitalization – Tools for Creating an Integrated Strategy for MFIs
  • Digital Competition: Surviving and Innovating
  • Digital Lending: Adapting to a New Lending Model

Day 2

  • DFS Innovations Extending Financial Inclusion
  • Mobile Wallets
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Similar Economies, Varied Levels of Financial Inclusion
  • Leaving Behind Traditional Risk Assessment Models
  • Catering to Customers Unprepared for Technological Transformation
  • Exploring Alternative Sources of Capital
  • A Detour: P2P Lending
  • Resources Per Developmental Stage 
  • Looking Beyond Capital Funding



Dr. Abhishek Agrawal

Chief Regional Officer – Asia
Accion, India


Athivadee Panuvatvanich

Investment Manager
Norfund, Thailand


Swapnil Neeraj

Principal Investment Officer – Microfinance Lead
International Finance Corporation, Singapore


David Z Wang

CEO, Co-founder
Helicap Pte Ltd, Singapore


Pranav Kumar

Director, Investments
LeapFrog Investments, Singapore


Ritwik Ghosh

Vice President
CDH Investments, China


Ulla Huotari

Investment Manager
Finnfund, Finland


Geert Peetermans

Chief Investment Officer
Incofin Investment Management, Belgium


Nikunj Oli

Regional Manager – Asia
BlueOrchard Finance Ltd, Cambodia


Madhur Mehta

Managing Director, Financial Institution Capital Markets
Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore


Quentin Vanoekel

Co-Founder, Chief Investment and Financial Officer
Helicap, Singapore


Galina Bakhmetyeva

Brainysoft, Russia


Natalie de Wit-Solounov

Director Financial Institutions Europe/Asia
DEG, Germany


Kate Hallam

Investment Director
CDC Group plc, UK


Suma Swaminathan

Vice President
Developing World Markets- DWM, USA


Christian Ruehmer

Chief Investment Officer
Bamboo Capital Partners, USA


Jaap Reinking

Director Private Equity
FMO – Dutch Development Bank, Netherlands


Sung Su KIM

Financial Sector Specialist
Asian Development Bank, Philippines




from previous event

2nd Asia Pacific Microfinance Forum


“It was indeed a great event and was well attended /participated by relevant entities across the Asia Pacific. Look forward to participation next year,
Svatantra microfin Pvt. Ltd., India 

“This was a very productive one and had a lot of experience,”
Commercial Leasing & Finance, Sri Lanka

“Extremely professional arrangements and organization. Really appreciate the experience,”
Amret, Cambodia

Who Should Attend?

Heads, Directors, Officers, Leads, Vice-Presidents, and Managers working in investment, microfinance, and solution-providing companies are welcome to join the event 2020, including:

  • Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)
  • Local authorities
  • Impact investors
  • Multilateral & national development agencies
  • Commercial banks
  • Micro-banking & micro-insurance managers
  • Financial consultants
  • Support service providers
  • International finance organizations
  • Organizations providing a technical assistance to MFIs
  • Financial Innovation Labs
  • Micro-entrepreneurs
  • Microfinance researchers
  • NGOs

Why Should Experts Attend Our Event?

  • Unlock unparalleled opportunities for your business
  • Connect with the decision makers, investors, and senior-level executives
  • Gain the key insights into how to adapt to the most dynamic microfinancing environment
  • Help shape future trends in the financial inclusion industry

Where and When?

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9-10 February 2021

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