8th Annual CENTRAL ASIAN & CAUCASUS MICROFINANCE FORUM

CENTRAL ASIAN & CAUCASUS
MICROFINANCE FORUM
6-7 September, 2018
Almaty, Kazakhstan

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Summary

The concept of Microfinance was introduced about 35 years ago. However, now it is not just a poverty reduction tool but a foundation for further financial sector development in developing countries. At present, the sector is facing significant changes:

  • new products are being developed and launched by MFIs (microfinance institutions)
  • more and more traditional financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions are getting involved in microfinance
  • local authorities are developing and tuning up regulations in order to facilitate and speed up further financial sector development
  •  microfinance is seen as a reliable sector for private equity investments

For the 8th consecutive year, we at Uniglobal are committed to continue with the tradition of bringing on board a unique network of experts and senior level speakers who will share their experiences & perspectives on current and future trends and challenges in microfinance despite the difficult economic climate and ongoing changes in regulation.

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

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Agenda

DAY 1

  • Micro and SME finance market outlook for 2017-2018 in Caucasus and Central Asia markets
  • MFI challenges after getting funds for sustainable development
  • Sustainable development and management of microfinance institutions
  • Local currency risks from fund management perspective
  • How can MFIs become more appealing for investors
  • PANEL DISCUSSION:  What do investors expect from MFIs today?
  • Green economy: microfinance and poverty
  • PANEL DISCUSSION:  Success factors of Green Microfinance. Which Microfinance products and services are in trend now?
  • Development of finance online education for continuous improvement of MFI staff

DAY 2

  • Technology driven microfinance institution
  • Digital microfinance: new trends and opportunities
  • How to make Central Asia and Caucasus microfinance market more competitive and efficient
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: People technology and finance as key factors of microfinance development
  • Client focus: IT solutions to enhance in MFIs customer service
  • MFI digital transformation: knowledge management strategies and training
  • Performance management and data protection
  • Credit guaranty and funds cooperation
  • Prospects of investing into “woman in business”
  • INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION

Speakers

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Dr. Markus Aschendorf

Head of Division/Financial System Development
KfW, Germany

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Emir Boobekov

Head of Coordinating Unit of the National Fin Lit Program
National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic

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Natia Tsotsonava

Head of Division, First Division of Non-Banking Institutions Supervision
Non-Banking Institutions Supervision Department
National Bank of Georgia

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Inna Mazur

Country Manager
Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation, Tajikistan

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Peter Johnson

Managing Partner
Developing World Markets, USA

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Chuck Olson

Chief Operating Officer
Frontera Capital Group, Switzerland

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Nurgul Dzhunushalieva

Head of the Methodology of Supervision and Licensing of Non-Bank Financial and Credit Organizations Division at the Supervision of Non-Bank Financial and Credit Organizations Department
National Bank of Kazakhstan

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Givi Javakhadze

Investment Officer
Triple Jump BV, Georgia

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Farida Abdulhafizova

Regional Manager for Central Asia, the Caucasus and Russia
MicroFinanza Rating, Kyrgyz Republic

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Alisher Akbaraliyev

Head of AMFI
AMFI, Kyrgyz Republic

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Anatoliy Glukhov

Director
AMFOK, Kazakhstan

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Tatyana Tyo

Associate Director and FI Business Leader for Kazakhstan and Mongolia
EBRD, Kazakhstan

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Besik Shengelia

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Georgian Microfinance Associaltion

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Karlygash Rayhanova

Chairman of the Board
MFO “KMF”, Kazakhstan

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Natalia Barker

Project Manager
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany

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Cristina Alvarez

Microfinance Investment Manager
Babyloan, France

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TBA


Oikocredit, Kyrgyz Republic

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Debbie Watkins

Managing Director, APMEA
Fern Software, Singapore

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Hans van Houwelingen

CEO
ACTIAM, Netherlands

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Rishat Mukhamedzhanov

Chief Operations Officer
The First MicroFinance Company, Kyrgyz Republic

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Rusudan Kharabadze

Business Development Manager for Caucasus and Africa
ASPEKT – Business Analysis and Global Solutions, Macedonia

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Speaker TBA


International Finance Corporation, Kyrgyz Republic

Sponsors & Partners

Testimonials

“Good networking opportunity, sharing experience”
IFC, Kyrgyzstan

“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

Photos

from previous event

Where and when

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL
181 Zheltoksan Street
Almaty, 050013
https://www.ihg.com/

6-7 September, 2018

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6-7 September, 2018
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