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

Elwin Groenevelt

Company:
Microfinanciering

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Position:
CEO

Company:
Microfinanciering

Country:
Netherlands

Andrea Limone

Company:
PerMicro

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Position:
President

Company:
PerMicro

Country:
Italy

Bruno Cassola

Company:
ICCREA Banca

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Position:
Manager Micro & Small Business

Company:
ICCREA Banca

Country:
Italy

Jean-Marc Debricon

Company:
Alterfin

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Position:
General Manager

Company:
Alterfin

Country:
Belgium

Momina Aijazuddin

Company:
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

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Position:
Global Head for Financial Inclusion and Microfinance

Company:
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Country:
USA

Vincenzo Trani

Company:
MikroKapital

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Position:
Founder and Chairman

Company:
MikroKapital

Country:
Luxembourg

Arturo Liguori

Company:
Galileo Network

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Position:
IT Manager

Company:
Galileo Network

Claudia Belli

Company:
BNP Paribas

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Position:
Head Microfinance and Social Business

Company:
BNP Paribas

Country:
France

Invited

Bechir Yakhlef

Company:
UniQ Soft Technology

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Position:
Managing Director

Company:
UniQ Soft Technology

Country:
Switzerland

Andrew Shaw

Company:
FMO Dutch Development Bank

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Position:
Head of Technical Assistance and Grants

Company:
FMO Dutch Development Bank

Country:
Netherlands

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

Irene Bertucci

Company:
Italian Government Agency for Microcredit

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Position:
Member of the Board of DIrectors

Company:
Italian Government Agency for Microcredit

Country:
Italy

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 Investment Management

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Position:
Regional Director EECA & Director Private Equity

Company:
Incofin Investment Management

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

Invited

Lens Lapauw

Company:
microStart

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Position:
Director of Operations

Company:
microStart

Country:
Belgium

Invited

Sachin Vankalas

Company:
LuxFLAG

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Position:
General Manager

Company:
LuxFLAG

Country:
Luxembourg

Tatia Jajanashvili

Company:
JSC MFO Micro Business Capital

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Position:
CFO

Company:
JSC MFO Micro Business Capital

Country:
Georgia

Philippe Guichandut

Company:
Credit Agricole

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Position:
Head of Inclusive Finance Development at Foundation Grameen

Company:
Credit Agricole

Country:
France

Agenda

Agenda Learn the latest trends in the industry

10:00-13:00
Speaker: Andrew Shaw, Arturo Liguori, Vincenzo Trani, Elwin Groenevelt, Bechir Yakhlef
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I VIEW OF TECHNOLOGY INFLUENCE OVER MICROFINANCE INDUSTRY
  • Including the most excluded
    – Using new technology
    – Sharing risk
    – Successful examples
    Andrew Shaw, FMO Dutch Development Bank
  • Internet-based Micro-credit Eco-system is making the game easier
    Arturo Liguori, Galileo Network
  • How Crowdfunding and P2P platforms are facilitating your business’s financial source access?
    Vincenzo Trani, Mikro Kapital
  • An IT-driven MFI business model to facilitate sustainable growth
    – IT-driven business model: central approach
    – Regional loan officers & mentors: decentral approach
    – Innovative loan products & online learning
    Elwin Groenevelt, Microfinancieruing
  • The role of 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
    Bechir Yakhlef, UniQ Soft Technology

 

13:00 - 13:30
Speaker: Maximilian Kern, Andrea Limone
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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.
14:30 - 15:30
Speaker: Paloma Perez Castanares, Davide Loriggiola
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II 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
    Paloma Perez Castanares, BBVA Microfinance Foundation
  • Accelerating inclusive digital transformation through impact investing
    – Towards a digital strategy for financial inclusion
    – The role of MIVs: investing in new digital players and supporting transforming MFIs
    Davide Loriggiola, Triple Jump
15:30 - 16:00
Speaker: Sachin Vankalas, Andrea Limone, Paloma Perez Castanares, Andrew Shaw, Tatia Jajanashvili
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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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III 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
    Markus Aschendorf, KfW Bankengruppe
  • 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.
    Claudia Belli, BNP Paribas Group
  • 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
    Altynai Valikhanova, Triodos Investment Management
09:30-11:00
Speaker: Claudio Viezzol, Momina Aijazuddin, Irene Bertucci
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IV 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.
    Claudia Viezzol, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Digital financial inclusion – an investor’s perspective
    – IFC is one of the largest global investors in the financial inclusion space, both in traditional models as well as in FinTechs
    – How does the digital transformation of finance impact our risk-return profile as an investor?
    – What are the most successful coping strategies for traditional players and how do we assist them?
    – Where and how do we invest in digital challengers?
    – How can regulators foster responsible digital innovation?
    Momina Aijazuddin, International Finance Corporation

 

11:30 - 13:10
Speaker: Andrea Limone, Bruno Cassola, Jan Dewijngaert, Valentina Patetta
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V.1 COMPETENCE BETWEEN FINANCIAL INCLUSION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES. (Successful case studies)
  • 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
    Andrea Limone, PerMicro S.p.A
  • 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
    Bruno Cassola, ICCREA BANCA S.p.A.
  • From social intent to social impact: measuring outcomes
    Jan Dewijngaert, Incofin Investment Management
  • 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
    Valentina Patetta, Banca Etica

PART I 20 MINUTE Q&A – SESSION V

 

14:00 - 16:00
Speaker: Andrew McCusker, Lens Lapauw, Jean-Marc Debricon, Philippe Guichandut
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V.2 COMPETENCE BETWEEN FINANCIAL INCLUSION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES. (Successful case studies)
  • 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
    Andrew McCusker, Opportunity International
  • 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
    Lens Lapauw, microStart VZW/ASBL
  • 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
    Jean-Marc Debricon, Alterfin
  • How to facilitate the financial inclusion of refugees
    – The needs of refugees to access to Financial and non Financial services
    -How to support MFIs in reaching out this new potential market
    – The importance of strong collaboration among the various stakeholders
    Philippe Guichandut, Foundation Grameen Credit Agricole

PART II 20 MINUTE Q&A – SESSION V

16:00 - 16:30
Speaker: Richard Leftley
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VI MAKING INSURANCE WORK FOR MICROFINANCE INSTITUTIONS
  • Using technology to distribute insurance to millions of people
    – Distribution is the critical challenge to overcome with insurance
    – From using MFIs to using mobile networks, wallets and e-commerce as points of sale
    – Challenges that we still need to overcome

 

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