About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

South Asia’s Financial Inclusion Training (S-FIT) will be a 4-day residential training that aims to bring together a diverse group of professionals from across the world especially from South Asia region representing microfinance banks, non-bank microfinance companies, donors, regulators, and investors under one roof to participate in a series of interactive and informative sessions.
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 focusing on enhancing management skills in key areas such as product development, risk management, climate change adaptation, digital transformation, leadership, policy dialogue, and financial analysis.
2. Power Talks featuring industry leaders, providing participants with insights into emerging trends in financial inclusion, climate change adaptation, and microfinance, as well as invaluable lessons in transformational leadership.
3. Recreational activities allowing participants to unwind, explore Dubai, and forge connections with peers from diverse regions.

The training is scheduled to be held at the Metropolitan Hotel, Dubai starting from Monday, May 5th to Thursday, May 9th, 2022.
On the 5th of May 2024, we are excited to host an inaugural session, which will be followed by a delightful dinner. This gathering presents a unique opportunity to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds, fostering new friendships and cross-border acquaintances.

WHERE
Metropolitan Hotel, Dubai, UAE
WHEN
5th May, 2024 | Inaugural Dinner
6th – 9th May, 2024 | Training
TIME : 09:00 am – 05:00pm

5 Reasons to Attend

1. Expert Insights
Gain valuable knowledge and insights from industry experts and thought leaders in the field of financial inclusion. Learn about the latest trends, strategies, and best practices that are shaping the future of financial services in South Asia and beyond.

2. Networking Opportunities
Connect with like-minded professionals, practitioners, and policymakers from across South Asia and beyond. Forge meaningful relationships, share experiences, and collaborate on innovative solutions to common challenges in promoting financial inclusion.

3. Skill Enhancement
Enhance your skills and competencies in areas such as inclusive finance, digital banking, microfinance, risk management, microinsurance, climate change, and cross-border relations. Acquire practical tools and techniques that you can apply in your work to drive positive change and empower underserved communities.

4. Global Perspective
Gain a broader understanding of the global landscape of financial inclusion and explore case studies and success stories from diverse contexts. Expand your horizons and discover new opportunities for collaboration and partnership on a regional and international level.

5. Empowerment and Impact
Be inspired to make a difference in the lives of millions of people who lack access to formal financial services. Learn how you can contribute to building more inclusive and resilient economies that promote sustainable development and reduce poverty and inequality in South Asia and beyond.

Don’t miss out on these opportunities.

 

The 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.


Agenda

5th May – 9th May, 2024 | Venue: Metropolitan Hotel, Dubai, U.A.E.
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  • Day 0

    Sunday, May 05, 2024

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

    • Introduction and Objectives of the Training Program by Syed Mohsin Ahmed, CEO - SAMN & PMN

    • Inaugural Address by the Chief Guest Ms. Ananya Birla, Promoter - Svatantra Microfinance - scion of Birla family

    (followed by Q & A)

    Welcome / Inaugural Dinner


  • Day 1

    Monday, May 06, 2024

  • Speaker: Mr. Manoj Nambiar, Managing Director - Arohan Financial Services Limited

  • Track 1: Workshop Session I - Data-Driven Decision Making in Microfinance
    Trainer: Mr. Blaine Stephens, Independent Advisor Inclusive Finance & Fintech

    Track 2: Workshop Session I - Design Thinking for Inclusive Financial Products
    Trainer: Ms. Petronella Chigara-Dhitima - Managing Director - Mustard Seed Advisory

  • Moderator: Professor Dr. Atiur Rahman, former Governor - Bangladesh Bank

    Speakers:
    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Managing Director - Svatantra Microfin Private Ltd.
    Mr. Suleman G. Abro, Founder & CEO - SAFCO Microfinance Company (Private) Limited
    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director - BRAC Microfinance

  • Day 2

    Tuesday, May 07, 2024

  • Keynote Address by Guest of Honor Professor Dr. Atiur Rahman, former Governor – Bangladesh Bank

  • Speaker: Syed Nadeem Hussain, Coach - Planet-N

  • Track 1: Workshop Session II - Risk Management Strategies for Microfinance Institutions
    Trainer: Mr. Swetan Sagar, Head Advocacy and Development -Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Track 2: Workshop Session II - Microinsurance and Risk Management
    Trainer: Mr. Michael J. McCord, Managing Director - MicroInsurance Centre at MILLIMAN

  • Day 3

    Wednesday, May 08, 2024

  • Speaker: Mr. Stephen Rasmussen, Financial & Development Sector Expert

  • Trainer: Mr. Haaris M. Chaudhary, Chief Operating Officer - Mobilink Bank

  • Trainer: Mr. Nitin Madan, Director, Responsible Inclusive Finance Facility for Southeast Asia (RIFF-SEA) - SPTF


  • Track 1: Master Class - Learning from Experiences of Banks and MFIs in the Region and Beyond - Strategic Directions in MSME
    Speaker: Mr. Farhan Fasihuddin, Principal at IFC - International Finance Corporation

    02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
    Continuation of Track 2 Responsible Finance Session

  • Moderator: Mr. Yasir Ashfaq, CEO – Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC)

    Panelists:
    • Dr. Alok Misra, CEO - Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)
    • Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, CEO - Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP)
    • Mr. Amir Khan, President & CEO – HBL Microfinance Bank
    • Mr. Khalid Wahidi, Deputy Director General of Financial Inclusion at the Afghanistan Central Bank.

  • Day 4

    Thursday, May 09, 2024

  • Moderator: Mr. Stephen Rasmussen, Financial & Development Sector Expert

    Panelists:
    • Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director and CEO - Satya Microcapital
    • Mr. Hojatullah Fazly, Board Director - Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA) and CEO - Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility Organization (HARAKAT)
    • Mr. Suleman G. Abro, Founder & CEO – SAFCO Microfinance Company
    • Mr. Murshed Alam Sarker, Executive Director - People's Oriented Program Implementation (POPI)
    • Mr. Priyantha Dematagoda, LMFPA President & General Manager/CEO - Sewa Community Credit Ltd.
    • Mr. Syed Kabeer Naqvi, Chairperson Pakistan Microfinance Network.

  • Trainer: Mr. Junaid Ahsan, Chief Executive / Transformation Coach, Certified NLP Master Practitioner & Personal Breakthrough Coach, Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator -Talent Experts International

  • Closing Ceremony & Certificate Distribution

Speakers

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training
Mr. Suleman G. Abro

Mr. Suleman G. Abro

Founder & CEO - SAFCO Microfinance Company
Mr. Haaris M. Chaudhary

Mr. Haaris M. Chaudhary

Chief Operating Officer - Mobilink Bank
Mr. Hojatullah Fazly

Mr. Hojatullah Fazly

Board Director - AMA | CEO - Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility Organization (HARAKAT)
Mr. Nitin Madan

Mr. Nitin Madan

Director, Responsible Inclusive Finance Facility for Southeast Asia (RIFF-SEA) SPTF
Syed Nadeem Hussain

Syed Nadeem Hussain

Coach - Planet-N

Junaid Ahsan

Junaid Ahsan

Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator -Talent Experts International
Ananya Birla

Ananya Birla

Artist and Businesswoman
Mr. Khalid Wahidi

Mr. Khalid Wahidi

Deputy Director General, Financial Inclusion Department, Da Afghanistan Bank
Ms. Petronella Dhitima

Ms. Petronella Dhitima

Managing Director Mustard Seed Advisory
Michael J. McCord

Michael J. McCord

Managing Director, Microinsurance Centre at Milliman

Mr. Murshed Alam Sarker

Mr. Murshed Alam Sarker

Executive Director People’s Oriented Program Implementation (POPI)
Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO, SATYA MicroCapital Ltd.
Muhammad Amir Khan

Muhammad Amir Khan

President & CEO , HBL Microfinance Bank
Mr. Farhan Fasihuddin

Mr. Farhan Fasihuddin

Principal Investment Officer IFC
Dr. Atiur Rahman

Dr. Atiur Rahman

Professor University of Dhaka

Mr. Swetan Sagar

Mr. Swetan Sagar

Head, Advocacy and Development (MFIN)
Mr. Vineet Chattree

Mr. Vineet Chattree

MD - Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. and Director - Svatantra Micro Housing Finance Corporation Ltd.
Syed Kabeer Naqvi

Syed Kabeer Naqvi

Chairperson Pakistan Microfinance Network
Md. Fashiullah

Md. Fashiullah

Executive Vice Chairman, Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA)
Mr. Arinjoy Dhar

Mr. Arinjoy Dhar

Senior Director Microfinance, BRAC

Mr. Yasir Ashfaq

Mr. Yasir Ashfaq

CEO -Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC)
Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director - CDIP
Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – National Rural Support Program (NRSP)
Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director - MFIN
Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Chairman South Asia Micro-Entrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

Mr. Stephen Rasmussen

Mr. Stephen Rasmussen

Financial & Development Sector Expert
Mr. Blaine Stephens

Mr. Blaine Stephens

Advisor Inclusive Finance
Mr. Priyantha Dematagoda

Mr. Priyantha Dematagoda

GM/CEO Sewa Community Credit Limited
Mr. Ganesh Bista

Mr. Ganesh Bista

CEO – Centre for Microfinance (CMF) Nepal
Mr. Manoj Kumar Nambiar

Mr. Manoj Kumar Nambiar

Managing Director - Arohan Financial Services Limited

Knowledge Partners

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

Location

Metropolitan Hotel, Dubai | U.A.E | May 5th - May 9th