Country

Vienna, Austria

DATES

25th - 26th, January

Industry

Financial Institutions & Banks
Conference Summary

The second edition of Microfinance summit will indicate different perspectives between the West and the East Europe while identifying future challenges and overcome bottom lines. As the important segment is also comprised inclusion of the very rural and nun-developed areas among developing countries and helping them to find out new ways distributing the finances.

Alongside the Summit focus is towards social inclusion of Microfinance sector and social impact on financing, regarding impact investing of social and environmental success. Last but not less, the future development of Microfinance segment after 2020, the latest innovation that financial institution is facing while keeping on track with last and upcoming technologies and innovations besides intelligence platforms.

Microfinance in 2018 enters the Second Annual Summit succeeding the first Summit in Barcelona where overall discussions covered the power of Microfinance and future dimensions in micro-business segment, as well as, other minority segments in societies and social mission behind.

20+ Speakers and experts

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

Peter Surek

Head of Social Banking Development
Erste Group Bank AG
Austria

Sachin S. Vankalas

Head of Operations & Sustainability
LuxFlag
Luxembourg

Andrea Limone

CEO
PerMicro
Italy

Elwin Groenevelt

CEO & Founder
Qredits
Netherlands

Bouet Benoit

Head of Financial Institutions
ResponsAbility Investments AG
France

Unni Beate Sekkesæter

Founder & Managing Director
Microfinance Norway
Norway

Florian Berndt

Financial Systems Development
GIZ
Germany

Ann Branch

Head of Unit for job Creation incl. Microfinance
European Commission
Belgium

Josien Sluijs

Board Member
European Microfinance Platform
Netherlands

Irina Astrakhan

Finance and Markets Global Practice
World Bank Group

Antonio Garcia del Riego

Member of European Economic and Social Committee
EESC
Belgium

Panayotis Varangis

Head, SME Finance Advisory
International Finance Corporation
USA

Mirjana Sakic

Social Banking Development Expert
Erste Group Bank
Austria

Arnaud Poissonnier

CEO
BabyLoan
France
Agenda Learn the latest trends in the industry

09:10 - 10:30

Speaker: TBA

I MICROFINANCE INDUSTRY IS NOT IMMUNE ON REGULATIONS & LEGISLATIONS
  • Regulations improvements to reach a greater number of MFIs in more cost-effective way
  • Regulation might affect MFIs at their bottom line managing

11:00 – 12:30

Speaker: Elwin Groenevelt, Andrea Limone, Benoit Bouet

II INSTITUTIONAL PLAN AT MFIs NOWADAYS, IMPOSE OR REQUIRE
  • Microfinance can play critical role in helping SME to tackle business challenges
  • Natural transition from Micro to SME loans
  • Non-bank Financial Companies (NBFC) facilitate the Microfinance sector

13:30 - 15:00

Speaker: Unni Beate Sekkesaeter, Peter Surek& Agent Banking

III SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTING AT MICROFINANCE
  • MIVs or SMEs, who get the bigger pie at Microfinance investments
  • How to be measured the “Social Efficiency” at MFIs
  • “We are not job seekers, we are job creators!” – Microfinance for Social and Financial inclusion
  • Are we talking statistics or real impact? Social impact measurement at Erstegroup

15:20 - 16:50

Speaker: TBA

IV Demo Presentation – MICROFINANCE INSTRUMENTS AND PRODUCTS

Session IV will address the latest technologies and solution innovations present in the Microfinance sector nowadays. This session is structured in five demo (stand-alone) presentations followed by Q & A part. Following finProducts and Solution to be explored:

  • CAMELS (Capital, Assets, Management, Earnings, Liquidity, Sensitivity to market risks)
  • Customer identification and money-collection system
  • Cloud-based systems
  • Scaling technology
  • Cash Pooling
  • Payday loans
  • Treatment of factoring and the calculation of the AAR/NDER
  • Umbrella contracts

09:00 - 10:30

Speaker: Arnaud Poissonnier, Florian Berndt, Sachhin S Vankalas

V BIG DATA MEETS MICROFINANCE
  • Intelligence applications are ready to boost industry fulfillment
  • Back office platform for better MFIs effects
  • Biometric technology, is it still artificial technology or commonplace practice

11:00 – 12:30

Speaker: Josien Sluijs, Panayotis Varangis, Antonio Garcia del Riego

VI SME'S GUARANTEE OUTCOME IN MICROFINANCE
  • Geodata for inclusive finance and food
  • Financing agriculture through Microfinance institutions (focussing on lessons learned from Latin America)
  • How to finance young entrepreneurs? Promoting innovative and high growth finances
  • Student lending: too risky, or the right product for mature MFIs?

13:30 - 15:00

Speaker: Irina Astrakhan, Ann Branch

VII PROSPECTIVE ROUTE AT MICROFINANCE BUSINESS
  • Client protection practices within the microfinance industry become precondition
  • Micro-mortgages compelling replacement of traditional loans
  • Microfinance: An Alternative Means of Healthcare Financing

15:20 - 16:50

Speaker: Mirjana Sakic

VIII Panel Discussion - GOVERNING IN A DIGITAL AGE

The discussion will cover of the challenge for an “expert exchange” on technology, governance, risk and strategic planning. The Panel is structured as open discussion lead by Moderator and Panel members among, leading CEOs, board members, investors and regulators from Decision makers, MFIs, Regional Banks, Fintech and Solution providers. Thematic questions to be explored:

  •  Are MFIs working well, evolving in the right direction or Is there necessity to change completely?
  •  Will the role of bank branches change in the future to customer service centers or even cafés?
  •  How to get beneficiary for the latest technology?
  •  In what way enterprise ensures appropriate distribution of digital service towards most venerable segments or the rural clients?
  • Are “Easy Program” in Microfinance well understood and accepted by MFIs?
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