26-27 October 2021

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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


Yevheniia Zakharova

International Business Development Officer
VSoft SA, Poland


Ulla-Maija Rantapuska

Investment Manager
Finnfund, Finland


Maria Perdomo

Regional Manager for Asia, Inclusive Digital Economies and Regional Coordinator for Asia, UNCDF
UN Capital Development Fund, Thailand


Quentin Vanoekel

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


Drew Johnson

DFS Consultant
ModusBox, Thailand


Wasim Tahir

Sector Strategist, Financial Services Group
CDC Group, UK


Sahil Gandhi

Investment Manager
CDC Group, UK


Adysti Fitri

Senior Investment Officer Originations – South and Southeast Asia
BlueOrchard Finance, Singapore


Natalie de Wit-Solounov

Director Financial Institutions Europe/Asia
DEG, Germany


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


Christian Berecz

Head of Business Development
SEON, Hungary


Daniel van Maanen

CFO & Senior Investment Manager
Lendahand, The Netherlands




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?

Virtual Event
26-27 October 2021

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