Events

Feb
08
SME FINANCE FORUM
Marketplace
Add to Calendar 2023-02-07 19:00:00 2023-02-07 19:00:00 SME Finance Virtual Marketplace - 2023 February Monthly Session   The “SME Finance Virtual Marketplace” is an online match-making platform that promotes partnership and collaboration between members of the SME Finance Forum, especially financial institutions, fintech companies and development finance institutions/ investors. The virtual Marketplace is powered by GlobalLinker, an AI powered ‘Digital Ecosystem’ offering SMEs a range of services to build digital presence including e-commerce.  February Marketplace Session This monthly marketplace session, scheduled on Wednesday, February 8th from 8 am to 9 am EDT, will feature a series of insitutions who will present their products/services. Following the presentations, participants can reach out directly to the presenters to make inquiries or explore partnership opportunities!  Companies Piching CayeshCayesh is a Fintech for Supply Chain stakeholders that facilitates availability, management, and mobilization of working capital through technology, know-how, and operations. CIFOR-ICRAF The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) provide the evidence and innovative solutions needed to scale up investment in sustainable development and improve land management, livelihoods, sustainably and resiliently. iFarmeriFarmer bundles finance with agriculture inputs, advisory services, insurance and market access for the farmers. Silver LiningSilver Lining works with banks, lenders and economic development agencies to ensure that the SMEs they serve have access to the comprehensive support that they need to really succeed. Presenters Fahad Ifaz is the Co Founder of iFarmer, which aims to provide end-to-end solutions for smallholder farmers.Fahad has 10 years of experience in economic development with organizations like the World Bank,CARE International,Swisscontact and Palladium.He has worked extensively in South Asia managing and providing advisory services to multimillion-dollar projects to improve access to finance and markets of smallholder farmers.He holds an undergraduate degree in International Business and has a MSc in Economics.     Mahmoud Hassan is the Founder and full time Managing Partner of CAYESH - a Supply Chain Finance Solution Platform that aims to facilitate working capital to MSMEs and supply chain stakeholders. Also, Mahmoud is a non-executive Co-Founder of the first Venture Builder and Digital Platform in Egypt D-Fin. Prior to that role, Mahmoud has been a banking, consulting and private equity operations professional with more than 25 years of experience in multinational and multilateral developmental financial institutions (IFC-WBG).Before the WBG, Mahmoud worked more than 12 years in consulting with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young (EY), capital markets and banking industries and private sector banks in the MENA region including; KSA, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Kuwait, and Jordan.  Also, he made Angel Investment in Startups in Egypt and is participating on the Board of one of the investees.  Mahmoud holds a Bachelor Degree from Ain Shams University. He is CFA Level II Candidate, and completed his CFE, CIA and PMP certifications over the course of his professional development career.   Carissa Reiniger is the Founder & CEO of Silver Lining. She created Silver Lining in 2005 and created the Silver Lining Action Plan (SLAPTM). SLAP is a science backed behavior change methodology which  has been used by 14K+ Small Business Owners in 65+ countries to set and hit their growth goals. She has worked with major organizations such as Google, The White House, Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, Citi Cards, Staples, Citrix, and American Airlines to bring more resources and support to small businesses. Silver Lining’s work has been featured in places such as The New York Times, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes and BizJournal. She is on a mission to help more Small Business Owners make money doing what they love because she genuinely believes that we CAN change the economy one small business at a time. As part of her mission, Carissa also founded  Silver Lining Finance, a revolutionary way for SMBs to access capital based on behavior, Impact5x, economic justice programs to help marginalized Small Business Owners, and Thank You Small Business, a global movement to recognize and support Small Business Owners.   Michael Brady is a Principal Scientist at CIFOR-ICRAF and leads the Sustainable Value Chains and Investment (VC) theme. Based at Bogor, Indonesia, Dr. Brady manages VC programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America in i) achieving sustainable value chains and commodity supply in forest landscapes, ii) developing business models that deliver improved social and environmental outcomes, and iii) promoting responsible finance that contributes to advancing sustainable land and resource uses. At CIFOR-ICRAF, he manages the Green Finance for Sustainable Landscapes project, which includes the Land Finance Hub. Prior to joining CIFOR he was a Senior Forestry Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. There, he managed forestry and wood product advisory and investment projects throughout Asia and Africa. He has a BSc in biology, a MSc in forest management and a PhD in tropical forestry.   Having problems registering, please contact us at smefinanceforum@ifc.org By registering to this event, you agree to the SME Finance Forum/IFC Event Privacy Notice.   How does the Marketplace operate? To participate in the marketplace, each institution must have: An institutional profile (company profile and products/services offering) A personal profile (individuals representing the companies) Individuals on the Marketplace can explore products and services available (investment products, advisory services, technology solutions...etc. ) and reach out to one another to discuss potential collaboration and partnership. To learn how to set up a company profile, a listing and an individual profile, please read the User Manual in this link. Feel free to let us know should you have any questions or need any assistance to smefinanceforum@ifc.org.    SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public
Feb
15
SME FINANCE FORUM
Communities of Practice
Add to Calendar 2023-02-14 19:00:00 2023-02-14 19:00:00 The SME Green Finance Community of Practice In response to strong interests from members, the SME Finance Forum has launched the SME Green Finance Community of Practice (SMEGreenCoP) to allow experts and practitioners from member institutions to share knowledge and good practices in their respective areas with one another. This will be the first meeting of our new SME Green Finance Community of Practice. The Green Finance CoP will act as a solutions clinic as our members explore and develop this next frontier of SME finance. At this first meeting, IFC colleagues will present the results of our green finance survey of the SMEFF membership which reveals the state, potential, and current principal obstacles to green finance for SMEs. In addition, two Members will present their green finance strategies, one with a highly developed green finance program and the other in its earliest stages. Speakers will be announced soon. Join Us!! Registration is open for members on Member's portal.   By registering for this event, you agree to the SME Finance Forum/IFC Event Privacy Notice.   Read about the work of our CoPs.   ---------------------------------------------------------------   If you are not a member and interested in participating,  please send an email to Karla Espinoza SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public
Mar
01
SME FINANCE FORUM
Virtual Roundtables
Add to Calendar 2023-02-28 19:00:00 2023-02-28 19:00:00 SME Finance Virtual Marketplace - 2023 March Monthly Session - LEADING DFIs The “SME Finance Virtual Marketplace” is an online match-making platform that promotes partnership and collaboration between members of the SME Finance Forum, especially financial institutions, fintech companies and development finance institutions/ investors. The virtual Marketplace is powered by GlobalLinker, an AI powered ‘Digital Ecosystem’ offering SMEs a range of services to build digital presence including e-commerce.    March Marketplace Session This monthly marketplace session, scheduled on Wednesday, March 1st from 8 am to 9 am EDT, will feature Leading DFIs who will present their MSMEs New Funding Opportunities. Following the presentations, participants can reach out directly to the presenters to make inquiries or explore partnership opportunities!  Companies Pitching and Presenters - To be announced soon   Having problems registering, please contact us at smefinanceforum@ifc.org By registering to this event, you agree to the SME Finance Forum/IFC Event Privacy Notice.   How does the Marketplace operate? To participate in the marketplace, each institution must have: An institutional profile (company profile and products/services offering) A personal profile (individuals representing the companies) Individuals on the Marketplace can explore products and services available (investment products, advisory services, technology solutions...etc. ) and reach out to one another to discuss potential collaboration and partnership. To learn how to set up a company profile, a listing and an individual profile, please read the User Manual in this link. Feel free to let us know should you have any questions or need any assistance to smefinanceforum@ifc.org.    SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public
Mar
15
SME FINANCE FORUM
Communities of Practice
Add to Calendar 2023-03-14 20:00:00 2023-03-14 20:00:00 Women Entrepreneurs Financing Community of Practice 1stQ 2023 Background The objective of the Women Entrepreneurs Financing Community of Practice (CoP) is to effectively share knowledge and best practices, tools, and innovative products to facilitate increased services to W-SMEs. To discuss and agree on how best to build a sustainable community of practice, we organized the first meeting on December 16th, 2020. Its purpose was to discuss and agree on priority areas of focus and how to best structure the CoP to serve members on how best to build a sustainable community to effectively share lessons learned on increasing financial services to W-SMEs.   Details and volunteers for our next WEF CoP will be announced soon.   Registration is open for members on Member's portal.   By registering for this event, you agree to the SME Finance Forum/IFC Event Privacy Notice.   Read about the work of our CoPs.   ---------------------------------------------------------------   If you are not a member and interested in participating,  please send an email to Minerva Kotei     SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public
Apr
05
SME FINANCE FORUM
Marketplace
Add to Calendar 2023-04-04 20:00:00 2023-04-04 20:00:00 SME Finance Virtual Marketplace - April Session The “SME Finance Virtual Marketplace” is an online match-making platform that promotes partnership and collaboration between members of the SME Finance Forum, especially financial institutions, fintech companies and development finance institutions/ investors. The virtual Marketplace is powered by GlobalLinker, an AI powered ‘Digital Ecosystem’ offering SMEs a range of services to build digital presence including e-commerce.  April Marketplace Session This monthly marketplace session, scheduled on Wednesday, April 5th from 8 am to 9 am EDT, will feature Leading Small Business Lenders and Finance Facilitators who will present their MSMEs Product and Services. Following the presentations, participants can reach out directly to the presenters to make inquiries or explore partnership opportunities!  Companies Pitching  Basix SubK   Finnovating   Slovene Enterprise Fund   Link to Register will be shared shortly How does the Marketplace operate? To participate in the marketplace, each institution must have: An institutional profile (company profile and products/services offering) A personal profile (individuals representing the companies) Individuals on the Marketplace can explore products and services available (investment products, advisory services, technology solutions...etc. ) and reach out to one another to discuss potential collaboration and partnership. To learn how to set up a company profile, a listing and an individual profile, please read the User Manual in this link. Feel free to let us know should you have any questions or need any assistance to smefinanceforum@ifc.org.    SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public
Jun
08
SME FINANCE FORUM
Event
Varignana, Italy
Add to Calendar 2023-06-07 20:00:00 2023-06-07 20:00:00 2023 ACCIS Conference: Powering data-driven financial decisions Our member ACCIS announced the date and theme of its 2023 annual conference! The 2023 Conference theme is Powering data-driven financial decisions. Companies must have best-of-class information-driven tools to target and acquire customers, while managing risks and maintaining healthy margins. Businesses and consumers have to make purchasing and financial decisions in a changing, sophisticated economic and legal environment, where options multiply, as do the risks associated to them. The agenda will explore how technology, data and analytics can support financial decision-making in new, purposeful ways. We will also discuss the role and importance of the credit data ecosystem in reducing irresponsible lending, while promoting financial inclusion and helping prevent fraud. CRIF, as strategic event partner, and FICO have confirmed their support of our event. If your organisation is interested in becoming a conference sponsor, please check out the sponsorship section of the website The organising committee is currently working on the conference programme, and we will contact you in the New Year when a more detailed programme is available. In the meantime, we welcome any suggestions regarding potential speakers. Registration will open in 2023 - https://www.accisconference.eu/registration-2023 Varignana, Italy SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public
Jul
24
SME FINANCE FORUM
Event
Add to Calendar 2023-07-23 20:00:00 2023-07-23 20:00:00 Applications are now being accepted for Women's World Banking’s 2023 Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators Women's World Banking’s 2023 Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators. Application deadline: 31 January 2023   This is the only program for financial regulators at the intersection of leadership development and women’s financial inclusion. This year, part of the program will be face-to-face over four days of intensive, in-person learning at Oxford University's Saïd Business School in the UK from 24-27 July. As economies across the globe face recession, our challenge to reach the 742 million women still outside the formal financial sector, who are the most vulnerable and the hardest to reach, becomes even more essential. This multi-week blended program, taught by Women’s World Banking and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, equips senior officials from central banks and other regulatory agencies in emerging markets with the skills to identify, design and implement a policy initiative to advance women’s financial inclusion, coupled with the skills to create an enabling environment to advance women leaders within their institutions.  Download the Brochure This is an opportunity for participants from across the globe to connect, network, and put the skills they learn into practice. The program cost per pair: is USD 8,000 (Senior Official + High-Potential Woman Leader) There is sponsorship available, but spots are limited! Please send your application as soon as possible. More Information SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public