About The Event

South Asia’s Financial Inclusion Training (S-FIT) will be a 5-day residential training that aims to bring together a diverse group of professionals from across the world representing microfinance banks, non-bank microfinance companies, donors, regulators, investors and larger FinTech industry under one roof to participate in a series of interactive and informative sessions.

WHERE
Metropolitan Hotel, Dubai

WHEN
Sunday to Thursday
May 22 to 26, 2022


Training Key Features:

One of the largest platforms providing a great opportunity for peer-learning experience and build a strong network of professional contacts, and to learn from the best trainers and renowned speakers in the industry.

Key Features:
1. Training workshop sessions to further enhance management skills of the participants in the areas of product development, risk management, governance, digital transformation, strategic leadership, customer satisfaction and financial analysis.
2. Power Talks with renowned industry leaders where participants will take part in discussion with them on emerging trends in the financial inclusion, climate change and microfinance space, learn about key institutional lessons learned and a variety of transformational leadership approaches.
3. Recreational Activities for team members to relax, explore Dubai and network with other participants from the region.

 

South Asia Micro-Entrepreneurs Network

SAMN

The South Asia Micro-Entrepreneurs Network (SAMN) is a regional network aiming at enhancing capacity, financing and regional dialogue in the microfinance sector of South Asia. SAMN governance is composed of leading Apex Institutions from the countries of the region along with the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED). SAMN also partners with MFIs, Investors, Banks and other key microfinance stakeholders to fulfil its objectives.
SAMN was established in 2008 with a vision to improve financial inclusion among low-income population in the region. The early foundation of SAMN was laid by ACTED, a French INGO along with ACCESS Development Services and other regional and global microfinance stakeholders.


Training Schedule

South Asia Microfinance Training
Bootcamp
  • Day 0

    Sunday, May 22, 2022

  • Registration process
    Where
    Metropolitan Hotel, Dubai

  • • Introduction and Objectives of the Training Program by Syed Mohsin Ahmed, CEO – SAMN

    • Welcome Note by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson - SAMN

    • Keynote Address on the ‘Landscape of Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh’ by Md. Fashiullah, Executive Vice Chairman – Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA)*

    • Motivational speech by Mr. Manoj Nambiar, MD & CEO, Arohan Financial Services Limited/Vice Chair of the Group Executive Council, Aaavishkar/Ex Chairperson MFIN (followed by Q & A)*

    Pre-Event Dinner

  • Day 1

    Monday, May 23, 2022

  • Topic : Growth in Time of Crisis: What's Ahead for South Asia

    Speaker: Mr. Steve Rasmussen – Senior Advisor to the CEO, CGAP
    Where
    Metropolitan hotel, Dubai

  • Track 1 Track 2
    Importance of Governance
    in a Complex Financial
    Ecosystem

    Trainer: Ms. Deborah Drake, VP, Independent consultant
    Financial Analysis & Portfolio Quality for MFPs

    Trainer: Mr. Blaine Stephens, Advisor Inclusive Finance
    (Including Lunch)
    Where
    Metropolitan hotel, Dubai

  • Fireside Chat: Black Swan Events - How One Can Plan In Terms Of Business Continuity?

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director - MFIN & Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director - Kashf Foundation
    Where
    Metropolitan hotel, Dubai

  • Day 2

    Tuesday, May 24, 2022

  • Topic:Entangling Digitization With Reaching The Last Mile - Making Digital Transformation a Reality for Financial Inclusion
    Moderator: Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO - SAMN
    Speakers:
    Mr. Steve Rasmussen – Senior Advisor to the CEO, CGAP
    Mr. Yasir Ashfaq, CEO – Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC) An interactive discussion with FinTech and Microfinance Experts

  • Track 1 Track 2
    Risk Management in a Time of Uncertainty – A Framework for Analysis and Strategy

    Trainer: Ms. Deborah Drake, VP, Independent consultant
    Making Leaders At The Mid-Level

    Trainer: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation
    (Including Lunch)
    Where
    Metropolitan hotel, Dubai

  • A Session with Mr. Zubair Mughal, CEO – CIBE

  • Recreational Activity : Desert Safari with Dinner
    Where
    Metropolitan hotel, Dubai

  • Day 3

    Wednesday, May 25, 2022

  • Topic : Financial Inclusion - The Path Ahead

    Speaker: Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director Microfinance - BRAC

  • Track 1 Track 2
    Building Customer-Centric Solutions for Uncertain Times

    Trainers: Dr. Vinay Singh Kumar, Head SRO -MFIN
    Ms. Sheetal Jain, VP SRO - MFIN
    Product Development

    Trainer: Ms. Petronella Chigara-Dhitima - Managing Director, Mustard Seed Advisory
    (Including Lunch)
    Where
    Metropolitan hotel, Dubai

  • Fireside Chat:A Tale of Two South Asian Countries - Conversation On Deposit Taking MFIs Their Growth & Challenges In India & Pakistan

    Moderator: Mr. Blaine Stephens, Advisor Inclusive Finance
    Speakers:
    Mr. Ajay Kanwal, MD & CEO, Jana Small Finance Bank
    Mr. Ghalib Nishtar, CEO & President – Khushhali Microfinance Bank Ltd.
    Where
    Metropolitan hotel, Dubai

  • Day 4

    Thursday, May 26, 2022

  • Morning Brew: Role of Financial Inclusion in Climate Change Adaption and the SDGs
    A conversation between Mr. Antonis Malagardis,Advisor – GIZ/SAR & Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)
    Where
    Metropolitan hotel, Dubai

  • Speaker: Google Representative*

  • Lego Serious Play: Finding Opportunities in Interesting Times
    Trainer: Mr. Rob Oddi, The Change Expert
    Where
    Metropolitan hotel, Dubai

  • Grand Debate: How Has Industry Evolved In The South Asian Countries?
    Moderator: Ms. Momina Aijazuddin, Regional Senior Manager Middle East Central Asia Turkey and Pakistan/Afghanistan - IFC
    Afghanistan: Mohammad Akbar Sarwari, Executive Director- Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA)
    Bangladesh: Professor Baqui Khalily, Former Executive Director - Institute of Microfinance (InM)
    India: Mr. Udaya Kumar, MD & CEO, CreditAccess Grameen
    Nepal: Mr. Ganesh Bista, CEO – Centre for Microfinance (CMF) Nepal
    Pakistan: Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)
    Sri Lanka: Mr. Priyantha Dematagoda, General Manager - Sewa Community Credit Ltd.
    Where
    Metropolitan hotel, Dubai

Pricing

Training Fee – USD 2,000*
• Registration & Course Fee
• 5-nights’ Accommodation at a 4-star hotel
• Training Material
• All meals covered
• Recreational Activities
* Airfare and Visa charges are not included

Accommodation Option:
Single/Twin sharing (subject to availability)

Registration Closed


Our Speakers

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Honorary CEO – South Asia Micro-Entrepreneurs Network (SAMN)
Ms. Momina Aijazuddin

Ms. Momina Aijazuddin

Senior Industry Manager, Financial Institutions Group, MCT - IFC
Mr. Arinjoy Dhar

Mr. Arinjoy Dhar

Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance
Md. Fashiullah

Md. Fashiullah

Executive Vice Chairman – Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA)
Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Chairman - South Asia Micro-Entrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

Muhammad Zubair Mughal

Muhammad Zubair Mughal

Managing Director - AlHuda CIBE FZ LLE – UAE (Islamic Banking Expert)
Rob Oddi

Rob Oddi

The Change Expert
Dr. Antonis Malagardis

Dr. Antonis Malagardis

Advisor - GIZ / SAR
Mr. Yasir Ashfaq

Mr. Yasir Ashfaq

CEO - Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC)
Dr. Vinay Kumar Singh

Dr. Vinay Kumar Singh

Head (Self-Regulation & Compliance) MFIN

Ms. Sheetal Jain

Ms. Sheetal Jain

Vice President, SRO MFIN
Mr. Ajay Kanwal

Mr. Ajay Kanwal

Managing Director & CEO - Jana Small Finance Bank Ltd
Mr. Stephen Rasmussen

Mr. Stephen Rasmussen

Senior Advisor to the CEO, CGAP
Ms. Deborah Drake

Ms. Deborah Drake

VP, Investing in Inclusive Finance, Center for Financial Inclusion, Accion
Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director - MFIN

Mr. Blaine Stephens

Mr. Blaine Stephens

Advisor, Inclusive Finance
Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO of CreditAccess Grameen Limited (CA Grameen)
Ms. Petronella Chigara-Dhitima

Ms. Petronella Chigara-Dhitima

Managing Director, Mustard Seed Advisory Pvt Ltd.
Mr. Mohammad Akbar Sarwari

Mr. Mohammad Akbar Sarwari

Executive Director, Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA)
Dr. M.A. Baqui Khalily

Dr. M.A. Baqui Khalily

Professor Department of Business Administration - University of Asia Pacific

Mr. Priyantha Dematagoda

Mr. Priyantha Dematagoda

President - Lanka Microfinance Practitioners Association
Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Mananging Director, Kashf Foundation
Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO, National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)
Mr. Ganesh Bista

Mr. Ganesh Bista

Chief Executive Officer for Centre for Microfinance (CMF) Nepal
Mr. Ghalib Nishtar

Mr. Ghalib Nishtar

President & CEO - Khushhali Microfinance Bank

Mr. Manoj Kumar Nambiar

Mr. Manoj Kumar Nambiar

Managing Director, Arohan Financial Services Limited

Location

South Asia’s Financial Inclusion Training (s-fit), Metropolitan Hotel Dubai