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.

Metropolitan Hotel, Dubai

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


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
  • 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

    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)

    • 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

    • 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


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

Mr. Gamini Krishantha Kiringoda Gamage

Mr. Gamini Krishantha Kiringoda Gamage

CEO Lak Jaya Microfinance Ltd.
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)

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
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. 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
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
Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Mananging Director, Kashf Foundation
Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO, National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

Mr. Ghalib Nishtar

Mr. Ghalib Nishtar

President & CEO - Khushhali Microfinance Bank


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