MICROFINANCE SUMMIT – Empower tech innovations & mobile digital channels

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Rome, Italy

6th - 7th, February

Financial Institutions & Banks

Conference Summary

EuroEvents is pleased to invite you to the Microfinance Summit 2020, which will take place at the heart of culture and tradition as well as the heart of innovation and prosperity – Rome – La Città Eterna.

Following the success stories of the microfinance summit throughout the years, Euro Events is inviting you to its brand new edition which brings together experts, decision-makers, knowledge bearers and microfinance masterminds from all over the globe to present their stories, share their knowledge and discover to you the paths forward towards success, prosperity and ultimate gain through ample of technological trends, innovations and advancements opening to you the doors to long-lasting and enduring success. Special focus will be placed on digitalization and the role that various digital channels play towards creating and achieving long-lasting success. Micro-insurance by itself represents an intriguing puzzle and will be presented throughout the summit together with the latest microinsurance products and insurtech innovations.

The comprehensive programme of this year’s summit is a result of careful and diligent work that has been carried out throughout the whole year and takes into perspective the past trends and future predictions for the area and is carefully designed to tailor the needs of the most prominent Microfinance organizations, Institutions, networks and organizations, technology solution providers, fintechs and insurtechs.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the prestigious group of individuals and companies that will shape the future of microfinance in the coming decade. Don’t miss the opportunity to benchmark with the best and become a success story of your own!

Mark your calendar today and be part of the microfinance event of the year that will shape the future of the industry in the upcoming decade!

Secure your place today and join us in the Capital of the World to shape the future of tomorrow!

Speakers and experts

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

Claudio Viezzol

Company:
EBRD

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Position:
Managing Director, SME Finance & Development

Company:
EBRD

Country:
UK

Andrea Limone

Company:
PerMicro

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Position:
President

Company:
PerMicro

Country:
Italy

Elwin Groenevelt

Company:
Qredits

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Position:
CEO

Company:
Qredits

Country:
Netherlands

Jean-Marc Debricon

Company:
Alterfin

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Position:
General Manager

Company:
Alterfin

Country:
Belgium

Martin Holtmann

Company:
International Finance Corporation

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Position:
Global Manager – Financial Inclusion- MSME Finance, Digital Transformation

Company:
International Finance Corporation

Country:
USA

Vincent van Dugteren

Company:
Oikocredit

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Position:
Global Financial Inclusion Specialist Social Performance & Innovation

Company:
Oikocredit

Country:
Netherlands

Claudia Belli

Company:
BNP Paribas

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Position:
Head Microfinance and Social Business

Company:
BNP Paribas

Country:
France

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Bechir Yakhlef

Company:
UniQ Soft Technology

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Position:
Managing Director

Company:
UniQ Soft Technology

Country:
Switzerland

Huib-Jan de Ruijter

Company:
FMO, Dutch Development Bank

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Position:
Director Financial Institutions

Company:
FMO, Dutch Development Bank

Country:
Netherlands

Invited

Richard Leftley

Company:
MicroEnsure Holdings

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Position:
CEO

Company:
MicroEnsure Holdings

Country:
UK

Maximilian Kern

Company:
European Investment Fund

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Position:
Investment Officer, Inclusive Finance

Company:
European Investment Fund

Paloma Perez Castañares

Company:
BBVA Microfinance Foundation

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Position:
Digital & Customer Experience

Company:
BBVA Microfinance Foundation

Country:
Spain

Jan Dewijngaert

Company:
Incofin

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Position:
Regional Director EECA & Director Private Equity

Company:
Incofin

Country:
Belgium

Markus Aschendorf

Company:
KfW Bankengruppe

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Position:
Head of Division, Financial Sector and Economic Development Southeast Europe/Turkey

Company:
KfW Bankengruppe

Country:
Germany

Andrew McCusker

Company:
Opportunity International

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Position:
Head of Education Finance

Company:
Opportunity International

Country:
UK

Altynai Valikhanova

Company:
Triodos Investment Management

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Position:
Senior Investment Officer

Company:
Triodos Investment Management

Country:
Netherlands

Valentina Patetta

Company:
Banca Etica

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Position:
International and Institutional Relations Officer

Company:
Banca Etica

Country:
Italy

Davide Loriggiola

Company:
Triple Jump

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Position:
Investment Manager

Company:
Triple Jump

Country:
Netherlands

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Saad Menjour

Company:
ADA asbl

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Position:
Impact Investment | MFI & SME Financing

Company:
ADA asbl

Country:
Switzerland

Invited

Lens Lapauw

Company:
microStart

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Position:
Director of Operations

Company:
microStart

Country:
Belgium

Invited

Giovanni Nicola Pes

Company:
Italian Government Agency for Microcredit

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Position:
Deputy Secretary General

Company:
Italian Government Agency for Microcredit

Country:
Italy

MikroKapital Management

Company:
MikroKapital Management

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Position:
TBA

Company:
MikroKapital Management

Country:
Luxembourg

Sachin Vankalas

Company:
LuxFLAG

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Position:
General Manager

Company:
LuxFLAG

Country:
Luxembourg

Bruno Cassola

Company:
ICCREA Banca

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Position:
Manager Micro & Small Business

Company:
ICCREA Banca

Country:
Italy

Tatia Jajanashvili

Company:
JSC MFO Micro Business Capital

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Position:
CFO

Company:
JSC MFO Micro Business Capital

Country:
Georgia

Agenda

Agenda Learn the latest trends in the industry

10:00-12:00
Speaker: Vincent van Dugteren, MikroKapital TBA, Elwin Groenevelt
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I: VIEW OF TECHNOLOGY INFLUENCE OVER MICROFINANCE INDUSTRY
  • Internet-based Micro-credit Eco-system is making the game easier
  • How Crowdfunding and P2P platforms are facilitating your business’s financial source access?
  • How the leverage of the new technologies is improving the customer communication?
  • Get familiar with the latest neobanking platform for SMEs and startups.

 

12:30 - 13:00
Speaker: Maximilian Kern
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(Keynote presentation)

EaSI instruments in support of fintech and digitization

  • The European Investment Fund manages the European Commission’s Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (“EaSI”, funded by DG Employment). Among its instruments is the EaSI Capacity Building Investments (“CBI”) Window, supporting financial intermediaries to strengthen their institutional capacity;
  • Several case studies of intermediaries (including Fintechs/crowdfunding platforms) in the area of microfinance and social entrepreneurship finance that use the CBI proceeds to scale up and develop their IT infrastructure.
13:00 - 14:40
Speaker: Bechir Yakhlef
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II INNOVATIVE TOOLS THAT PUSH THE INDUSTRY INTO A NEW DECADE
  • Transaction Costs in Microfinance Business Success
    – Transaction Cost Analysis
    – Strategy and the need for an Innovative Approach
    – Financial Information System Review
    – UniQ Total Cost Accounting Solution

 

  • How E-wallet Solutions can help you access financial services and make secure transactions anytime and anywhere?
  • Cloud tech-innovations automate your credit scoring and loan application processes
  • Fintech in Microfinance: the Sparkle that revolutionizes the Industry 

20 MINUTE Q&A – SESSION II

15:30 - 16:30
Speaker: Paloma Perez Castañares, Sachin Vankalas, Andrea Limone, Vincent van Dugteren, Huib-Jan De Ruijter, Tatia Jajanashvili
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III HOW DIGITIZATION COULD TRANSFORM YOU INTO MARKET LEADER?
  • Optimizing synergies between digital finance and financial inclusion
    – Opportunities of the digital world for microfinance.
    – The digital transformation in the BBVA Microfinance Foundation Group.

 

  • (Panel Discussion) Digital Transformation is helping MFIs building their better future.

 

16:30 - 18:00
Speaker: Markus Aschendorf, Claudia Belli, Altynai Valikhanova
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IV IMPROVING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE IN MICROFINANCE SECTOR
  • Micro and SME Finance Market Opportunity
    – Microfinance in the context of SDGs
    – Microfinance as a tool to escape poverty: empirical data, critiques, challenges and opportunities to improve
    – Project example: supporting micro firms and SMEs in Serbia – Serbian Start-up facility

 

  • Engagement Strategy incorporated in Industry Leader’s program
    How the engagement strategy is deployed from the “do no harm” to “do good”. How the corporate social responsibility drives positive banking for more deals with a positive impact on sustainability? And how the need for financial inclusion is tackled on a worldwide point of view and through all different aspects including the volunteering of the future top managers?  – It would highlight different ways in emerging markets and mature markets to support microfinance industry. through lending, through impact investment, equity, probono, technical assistance.
    – It will also explain the key drivers for an innovation that has been sourced in microfinance and now is used in other industries.

 

  • How to stay competitive in today’s world: MFI’s experiences with the use of the new technologies
    – Cases from existing microfinance institutions/ banks
    – Successes achieved and where were the pitfalls 
09:30-11:00
Speaker: Claudio Viezzol, Martin Holtmann, Giovanni Nicola Pes
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V INTERNATIONAL INJECTION AND SUPPORT OF DEVELOPING MICROFINANCE SEGMENTS
  • In face of technology disruptions and New players change, Regulators need to fully comprehend this changing environment and be prepared with adequate oversight tools.

 

11:30 - 13:30
Speaker: Huib-Jan de Ruijter, Saad Menjour, Andrea Limone, Jan Dewijngaert, Valentina Patetta
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VI.1 COMPETENCE BETWEEN FINANCIAL INCLUSION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES. (Successful case studies)
  • Integrating micro-loans for improving people’s health wellbeing
  • Interconnections between support-ecosystems towards social entrepreneurship.
  • Microfinance as a way to social inclusion for detained people re-entering society
    – when microfinance meets Civil Society and Social Support;
    – enhancing opportunities for training and self-employment
    – the importance of a wide network of partners
  • How to measure impact in microfinance institutions?
  • Improving financial inclusion through social impact assessment: the experience of Banca Etica
    – ethical finance and social impact assessment;
    – why does impact measurment really mean?
    – The added value for ethical banks and MFIs

PART I 20 MINUTE Q&A – SESSION VI

 

13:30 - 15:30
Speaker: Lens Lapauw, Jean-Marc Debricon, Andrew McCusker, Davide Loriggiola, Bruno Cassola
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VI.2 COMPETENCE BETWEEN FINANCIAL INCLUSION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES. (Successful case studies)
  • Entrepreneurship without borders: How to support migrant communities through microfinance
    – microStart: services & target audience
    – Adapted services & tools for indigent (migrant) communities
    – Community officer
    – Our impact

 

  • Support microfinance fintech to increase rural outreach and reduce the Missing Middle gap
    – Financial inclusion is most challenging in rural environments where operational costs are high
    – Fintech can be used as an effective tool to reach out to rural communities in a more cost-effective way
    – And pave the way for reducing the Missing Middle gap

 

  • Education Lending for MFIs: How to Achieve Profitability and Impact?
    – How MFIs can access the US$24bn Education Finance Market
    – How MFIs are Profitably Lending to the Education Sector
    – Tools to Help MFIs Grow a Profitable EduFinance Portfolio

 

  • Banking vs. Non “bankable”! Italian way to business and personal microcredit through the cooperative banks
    – Banking the non bankables. An oxymoron?
    – Italian Cooperative Banks and financial inclusion through Microfinance. Some business cases developed by the Gruppo Bancario Cooperativo ICCREA

PART II 20 MINUTE Q&A – SESSION VI

16:30 - 17:30
Speaker: Richard Leftley
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VII MAKING INSURANCE WORK FOR MICROFINANCE INSTITUTIONS
  • What are the benefits of micro-insurance?
  • Insurtech influence over Microinsurance. (a Practice example)

 

17:30 - 18:00
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VIII ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS
  • Table discussion 1: Technology Innovations which can transform the entire Customer experience
  • Table discussion 2: European Fundraising potentials and tools for the upcoming decade
  • Table discussion 3: Micro-insurance perspective of the Industry

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