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About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsor

Knowledge Partner

Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

Mark Your Calendars!

Registration opening soon





About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsor

Knowledge Partner

Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

Mark Your Calendars!

Registration opening soon





About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

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Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

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About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsor

Knowledge Partner

Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

Mark Your Calendars!

Registration opening soon





About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

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Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

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About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsor

Knowledge Partner

Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

Mark Your Calendars!

Registration opening soon





About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

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Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

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About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsor

Knowledge Partner

Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

Mark Your Calendars!

Registration opening soon





About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsor

Knowledge Partner

Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

Mark Your Calendars!

Registration opening soon





About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

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Knowledge Partner

Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

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About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsor

Knowledge Partner

Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

Mark Your Calendars!

Registration opening soon





About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

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Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

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About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsor

Knowledge Partner

Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

Mark Your Calendars!

Registration opening soon





About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

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Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

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About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsor

Knowledge Partner

Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

Mark Your Calendars!

Registration opening soon





About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsor

Knowledge Partner

Location

The School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London | July 13 – 14 , 2023

Mark Your Calendars!

Registration opening soon





About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

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

President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank

Mr. Shankar Arora

Mr. Shankar Arora

Social Finance Risk Head – Citi


Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Mr. Shirish Chandra Panda

Microfinance Professional

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Mr. Shalabh Saxena

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada

Managing Director, Equifax Credit Information Services Private Limited

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Mr. Raghu Venkata Harish

Founder-CEO at SaGgraha

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Mr. Tom Sanderson

Head of Profession for Private Sector Development Advisers at the UK FCDO


Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan

Additional Director – State Bank of Pakistan

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

Syed Mohsin Ahmed

CEO – SAMN & PMN

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. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury

Executive Director – COAST

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury

Founder & Principal Adviser – ANTAR

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Mr. Mifta Naim Huda

Executive Director – CDIP

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Dr. Nomita Halder ndc

Managing Director – PKSF

Mr. David Kruijff

Mr. David Kruijff

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP


Ms. Swati Sawhney

Ms. Swati Sawhney

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan

Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – CFI

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Mr. Vinura Jayanaka

Strategist – Future Life Investments

Mr. Anura Atapattu

Mr. Anura Atapattu

MD -Berendina Micro Investment

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik

Director – Annapurna Finance


Dr. Rashid Bajwa

Dr. Rashid Bajwa

CEO – NRSP

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder & Chairman – Akhuwat

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

Ms. Roshaneh Zafar

MD – Kashf Foundation

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

Mr. Vivek Tiwari

MD, CEO & CIO – SATYA

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar

MD & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Limited


Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

Mr. Sadaf Sayeed

CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

Dr. Alok Misra

Dr. Alok Misra

CEO and Director – MFIN

Md. Abdul Awal

Md. Abdul Awal

Executive Director, Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

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Location

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About The Training

South Asia’s – Financial Inclusion Training

WHERE
Dubai, UAE
WHEN
6th – 9th May, 2024 | 09:00 am – 05:00pm

The Sub-Themes of the Conference Include

1. Support from governments & donors to the civil society and private sector in increasing financial inclusion through Microfinance Organizations (MFOs) in South Asia.  Read more

2. How Covid19 has impacted the eco system of financial inclusion, both MFOs and clients. Read more

3. Elephant in the room – climate change. Read more

4. Mobilizing Private Capital. Read more

The conference is scheduled to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, UK starting from Thursday, July 13th till Friday, July 14th, 2023.

 

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.


Conference Agenda

Financial Inclusion in Post Pandemic Era: Is Digitization and Managing Climate Change Pathway to Success?
  • Day 1

    July 13, 2023


  • Welcome note from Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London

    Welcome Address by Md. Abdul Awal, Chairperson – South Asia MicroEntrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

    Address by Ms. Ase Bergstedt,Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum UK


  • Professor Christine Oughton,Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London

    Lecture followed by Q & A


  • Session Chair: Mr. Luis Anton,, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

    Panellists:

    Mr. Pranav Prashad, Technical Expert- Social Finance and Impact Insurance – International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Mr. M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director, COAST Foundation – Bangladesh

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar, Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Ms. Swati Sawhney, Senior Financial Sector Specialist – CGAP

    Panellists:, Chairperson – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director, BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – Muthoot Microfin Limited – India

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

    Mr. Vinura Jayanaka, Strategist – Future Life Investments Ltd – Sri Lanka


  • Focus Session 1:
    Evolving Microfinance Landscapes – Future of Group Lending


    Session Chair:Dr. Mohammed Kroessin, Non-Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. Advin Banurjee, Executive Director – Pidim Foundation – Bangladesh
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.



    Focus Session 2: Responsible Finance, Interest Rates & Consumer Protection in the Context of Digitisation, Evolving Risks

    Session Chair: Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan, Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial (CFI)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Shankar Arora, Social Finance Risk Head – CITI
    Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Founder & Principal Adviser, ANTAR Society for Development – Bangladesh
    Mr. H P Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd.
    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


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

    Panellists:

    Dr. Nomita Halder ndc, Managing Director – Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) – Bangladesh

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) – India

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari,Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Ltd. – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Day 2

    July 14, 2023


  • Session Chair: Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Panellists:

    Mr. Tom Sanderson, Head of Profession, Private Sector Advisory Cadre – Foreign, Commowealth & Development Office (FCDO)

    Mr. Sadaf Sayeed, CEO – CEO – Muthoot Microfin Ltd.

    Mr. Udaya Kumar Hebbar,Managing Director & CEO – CreditAccess Grameen Ltd.

    Syed Kabeer Naqvi, CEO & President – Ubank – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Panellists:

    Md Nore Alom Mahadi, Director – Microcredit Regulatory Authority

    Dr Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Mr. Venkatesh N, Managing Director, IIFL Samasta Finance Ltd.

    Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan , Additional Director, Agriculture Credit and Financial Inclusion Department (ACFID) – State Bank of Pakistan


  • Focus Session 1 – Financial Inclusion to financial Health

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Ms. Jayshree Venkatesan,Senior Director, Consumer Protection & Responsible Finance – Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)

    Mr. Mifta Naim Huda, Executive Director, Centre for Development Innovation and Practices (CDIP) – Bangladesh

    Session Chair: Mr. Paul Blyth, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF) UK

    Mr. Vivek Tiwari, Managing Director & CEO – Satya MicroCapital Limited – India

    Mr Harish Raghu,, Managing Director & CEO, SaGgraha Management Services Pvt.



    Focus Session 2 – Power of data, how can data analytics make the MFIs more impactful and customer centric

    Session Chair: Mr. Michael Rothe, Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Panellists:

    Mr. David Constantijn Kruijff, Inclusive Finance Consultant – CGAP

    Mr. Arinjoy Dhar, Senior Director BRAC Microfinance – BRAC Bangladesh

    Mr. Nanaiah Kalengada, Managing Director – Equifax Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO – National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)



    Focus Session 3
    – How digitisation can help to accelerate the gender inclusivity


    Session Chair: Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director – Kashf Foundation – Pakistan

    Panellists:

    Md. Shah Alam, Joint Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID) – Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Govt

    Mr Shirish Panda, Business Head, Microfinance, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd.

    Mr. Vineet Chattree, Director – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.



  • Session Chair: Mr. Vineet Chattree , Director, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. – India

    Panellists:

    Ms. Urja Jain, Sustainable Finance Associate, Ethos

    Mr Shalabh Saxena, Managing Director & CEO, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd.

    Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattnaik, Director – Annapurna Finance – India

    Dr. Amjad Saqib, Executive Director – Akhuwat – Pakistan


  • Session Chair: Mr. Bob Annibale, Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London

    Panellists:

    Md. Abdul Awal, Executive Director – Credit and Development Forum (CDF)

    Dr. Alok Misra, CEO & Director – Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

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

    Representative from Sri Lanka


  • Valedictory Address and Vote of Thanks – Syed Mohsin Ahmed, Honorary CEO – SAMN

    Closing remarks – Prof Christine Oughton, Professor of Management Economics, SOAS University of London & Ms. Ase Bergstedt, Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

    Distribution of Souvenirs to Sponsors & Partners


Speakers

Prof. Adam Habib

Prof. Adam Habib

Director – SOAS University of London

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor Christine Oughton

Professor of Management Economics – SOAS University of London

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Non-Executive Director – Financial Inclusion Forum

Åse Bergstedt

Åse Bergstedt

Chairperson – Financial Inclusion Forum

Mr. Bob Annibale

Mr. Bob Annibale

Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London


Ms. Urja Jain

Ms. Urja Jain

Sustainable Finance Associate – Ethos

Pranav Prashad

Pranav Prashad

Technical Lead – ILO

Mr. Michael Rothe

Mr. Michael Rothe

Co Founder – Flow Global

Mr. Luis Alton

Mr. Luis Alton

Senior Financial Sector Specialist – The World Bank

Mr. Paul Blyth

Mr. Paul Blyth

Director – Financial Inclusion Forum


Mr. Venkatesh

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder and Managing Director – IIFL Samasta Finance Limited

Mr. HP Singh

Mr. HP Singh

Chairman cum Managing Director – Satin Creditcare Network Limited

Mr. Vineet Chattree

Mr. Vineet Chattree

MD – Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. and Director – Svatantra Micro Housing Finance Corporation Ltd.