Country

Vienna, Austria

DATES

25th - 26th, January

Industry

Financial Institutions & Banks
Conference Summary

The 2nd Edition of the Annual Microfinance Conference will address the different perspectives between the West and the East MFIs and institutional framework challenges they are receiving in Microfinance world. This Summit focus on last regulation and legislation, the inclusion of non-developed segments in the Microfinance industry, social impact investing, latest market trends, besides the technological innovations and innovative services.

Microfinance industry starts 2018 with the 2nd Microfinance Edition in Vienna, followed by the last Barcelona’s Summit, achieving quality edition and remarkable feedbacks, with intention to create another Annual successful event, which will succeed the previous one, we aimed to invite the most influenced industry players from the regions, decision makers, MFIs leaders, regional financial institutions, investment funds and all relevant industry players.

20+ Speakers and experts

Hear from the leading professionals and experts and learn how they are coping with the challenges in the industry

Goran Tinjic

Senior Operations Officer
World Bank Group

Lis Rosenholm

Deputy Head of Department, Department for Growth & Employment
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Denmark

Bouet Benoit

Head of Financial Institutions
ResponsAbility Investments AG
France

Elwin Groenevelt

CEO & Founder
Qredits
Netherlands

Dimitrios Niafas

Programme Officer
EU policies, EU Commission- DG Empl.(Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion)
Belgium

Peter Surek

Head of Social Banking Development
Erste Group Bank AG
Austria

Andrea Limone

CEO
PerMicro
Italy

Peteris Mikelsons

Loan Originator Partnership Executive
Mintos
Latvia

Antonio Separovic

CEO & Co-Founder
Oradian
UK

Florin Berndt

Financial Systems Development
GIZ
Germany

Anaud Poissonnier

CEO
BabyLoan
France

Nathan Byrd

Head of Global Programs
Opportunity International
UK

Antonio Garcia del Riego

Member of European Economic and Social Committee
EESC
Belgium

Panytois Varangis

Global Lead, Agricultural Finance & Insurance
International Finance Corporation
USA

Josein Sluijs

Board Member
European Microfinance Platform
Netherlands

Sachin S. Vankalas

Head of Operations & Sustainability
LuxFlag
Luxembourg

Christoph Eckart

Senior Fund Manager
C-Quadrat
Austria

Yulian Lazovskiy

Vice President
Mikro Kapital
Luxembourg
Agenda Learn the latest trends in the industry

09:10 - 10:30

Speaker: Goran Tinjic, Lis Rosenholm

I MICROFINANCE INDUSTRY IS NOT IMMUNE ON REGULATIONS & LEGISLATIONS

REGULATION IMPROVEMENTS TO REACH HIGHER NUMBER OF MFIs IN MORE EFFECTIVE WAY

MICROFINANCE INDUSTRY IS NOT IMMUNE TO REGULATIONS & LEGISLATIONS

  • Opportunities for SME’s in contributing to good jobs and economic growth and other SDG’s
  • Innovation and new business models
  • Role of SME in multi-stakeholder partnerships -SDG 17

11:00 – 12:30

Speaker: Benoit Bouet, Elwin Groenevelt, Yulian Lazovskiy

II INSTITUTIONAL PLAN AT MFIs NOWADAYS, IMPOSE OR REQUIRE

MICROFINANCE CAN PLAY CRUCIAL ROLE IN HELPING SME TO TICKLE BUSINESS CHALLENGES

  • Non-bank Financial Companies (NBFC) facilitate the Microfinance sector

DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL THROUGH INNOVATION AND FINTECH SOLUTION

  • Role of Government & Banks
  • Use of guarantees
  • FinTech solutions
  • Innovative business development services
  • Mentoring

NATURAL TRANSITION FROM MICRO TO SME LOANS

  • Mikro Fund invests in loans to small and medium-sized enterprises in Russia and Belarus
  • Alternative Fund allocate resources in Europe and CSI countries and in Emerging countries

13:30 - 15:00

Speaker: Dimitrios Niafas, Peter Surek, Andrea Limone

III SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTING AT MICROFINANCE

EASI 2014-2020: EU LEVEL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS TO SUPPORT EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL INNOVATIONS

  • Range of Financial instruments under EaSI and EFSI to improve access to finance for micro and social enterprise
  • Current status of implementation
  • Next step of the EaSI microfinance and social entrepreneurship financial instruments

ARE WE TALKING STATISTICS OR REAL IMPACT? SOCIAL IMPACT MEASUREMENT AT ERSTE

  • Why to bother to impact assessment?
  • Why is portfolio statistics just not enough?
  • What says the theory of change?
  • How to perform impact assessment efficiency?

PERMICRO: SOCIAL IMPACT EVALUATION OF AN MFIs

  • Why an outsourcing of the Social impact evaluation?
  • The design of an ad hoc methodology for the evaluation
  • Result and impact of PerMicro in Italy: customers and states

15:30 - 16:30

Speaker: Peteris Mikelsons, Christoph Eckart, Elwin Groenevelt

IV MICROFINANCE INSTRUMENTS AND PRODUCTS

MARKETPLACE FUNDING

  • What is marketplace funding?
  • Pros and cos vs Balance sheet funding
  • Future of marketplace funding

WHAT KIND OF CHALLENGES INVESTMENT FUND IS FACING? – C-QUADRAT EXPERIENCE

  • Esperia Fund CISAV: C-Quadrat global convertible plus (Lux UCITS)
  • Multi Assets Fund: Blue Sky Balanced Fund (Irish QIF)

09:00 - 10:30

Speaker: Antonio Separovic, Florin Berndt, Arnaud Poissonnier

V BIG DATA MEETS MICROFINANCE

CHALLENGES FACING MICROFINANCE INSTITUTIONS AROUND THE GLOBE – ORADIAN SOLUTION

  • “Service” in Software-as-a-Service
  • Instafin is the world’s first true Core Microfinance System

FINANCIAL INCLUSION AND DATA PRIVACY – OPPORTUNITIES AND RISK DIGITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Balance has to be struck between innovation and risk to achieve financial inclusion of the very rural population
  • Selected concepts, problems, common grounds and open questions

CROWDFUNDING CONTRIBUTION AND POTENTIAL IN MICROFINANCE INDUSTRY

  • Impact of crowdfunding industry in Microfinance
  • Big data, what about the future relation between crowdfunders and final beneficiaries?
  • Is microcredit crowdfunding a solution to address remetentes?

11:00 – 12:00

Speaker: Nathan Byrd, Antonio Garcia del Riego

VI SME'S GUARANTEE OUTCOME IN MICROFINANCE

EDUCATION FINANCE: A BUSINESS CASE FOR INTELLIGENT SOCIAL IMPACT

  • Data-driven lessons from the history and performance of a 14 – country education lending and quality improvements portfolio.
  • Product specifications and mechanics for use by financial institutions
  • How to get started: achieving BOTH profitability and social impact in Education Finance

PROMOTING INNOVATIVE AND HIGH GROW FIRMS

  • Develop equity culture in Europe
  • Strengthen the single market
  • Cutting unnecessary red tape
  • The European Investment Fund, to support innovative firms with seed capital to facilitate technological transfer

 

13:00 - 14:00

Speaker: Panytois Varangis, Josien Sluijs

VII PROSPECTIVE ROUTE AT MICROFINANCE BUSINESS

ROLE AND EXPERIENCES OF MFIs IN PROMOTING FINANCING TO AGRICULTURE

  • the projected fragile upturn and risk from heightened policy uncertainty and geopolitical risk
  • future financial programs over the period after 2020

GEODATA FOR INCLUSIVE  FINANCE AND FOOD

  • What Geodata and ICT solution provide?
  • Missing link between smallholder farmers, value chain actors, and financial institutions
  • The requirements of long-term and high risk management
  • 4 level intervention

 

14:30 - 15:00

Speaker: Sachin S. Vankalas

VIII Panel Discussion - GOVERNING IN A DIGITAL AGE

TOPIC: “Future inspiration Microfinance world challenge and how MFIs deal with it”

  • “How to finance Young Entrepreneurs? They are brave, bold and risky and they believe in themselves”
  • “State of Investments in Microfinance Sector”
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