Мероприятия

авг
03
SME FINANCE FORUM
Marketplace
авг 03, 2022
Online
Add to Calendar 2022-08-02 20:00:00 2022-08-02 20:00:00 SME Finance Virtual Marketplace - August 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.  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.    August Marketplace Session This live marketplace session, scheduled on Wednesday, August 3rd from 8 am - 9 am EDT, will feature a series of members, who will present their products/services. Following the presentations, participants will have the opportunities to reach out directly to the presenting fintech to make inquiries or explore partnership opportunities based on their interests.  Presenters Katrin Sturm has joined AECM, the European Association of Guarantee Institutions which has 47 members from 30 countries in Europe, as Secretary General in November 2013. She has been working in Brussels since May 2001 having worked for several business and banking associations. She graduated from the University of Passau (Germany) in Law taking part in an ERASMUS exchange program with the University of Angers (France), then passed the second state exam in law in Potsdam (Germany), and finally acquired a Master of Law from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) taking part in an exchange program with the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Katrin, a German national, is a qualified bank clerk, Honorary Consultant of Taiwan SMEG and a member of the World Bank Task Force on greening credit guarantee schemes.  She is married and has three children.  Burak Kilicoglu is the Director for Global Markets at Creditinfo Group. He has over 23 years of credit risk management experience, working with international clients in the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  He is passionate about discussing the ever-changing credit risk challenges organizations are facing and finding solutions in a collaborative way; be it digitalization, collections or COVID’s impact. Burak has worked for various positions at Experian, Bank of America, Discover Card, Transamerica and Whirlpool Financial Corporation and has in-depth knowledge of the full credit cycle, from acquisition to collections.  Prashant P. Reddy, Head of Data Advisory for Demyst. Prashant has 8+ years of experience working with tier-1 and tier-2 clients, leading data-driven workflow transformations. He has also led the due diligence and onboarding of 100s of data products into the Demyst Platform. Prior to joining Demyst, Prashant worked as investment banker at Morgan Stanley where he structured and executed debt transactions for public sector clients. Prashant holds a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in International Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Gaurav Chaudhari is Head of Technology Collaborations at WeBank’s Collaborative Business Unit.  His role at WeBank is focused around helping industry partners develop new collaborative business ecosystems utilizing WeBank's open​ platform (ABCD) technologies AI, Blockchain, Cloud, and Big Data. Currently, Gaurav and his team are working on developing sustainability solutions to help organizations attain their ESG goals and drive social responsibility initiatives through collaborations with Green SMEs, and Environmental & Social Service Agencies by utilizing leading-edge collaborative technologies.    Online SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public
авг
03
SME FINANCE FORUM
Marketplace
авг 03, 2022
Online
Add to Calendar 2022-08-02 20:00:00 2022-08-02 20:00:00 SME Finance Virtual Marketplace - August Monthly Session   Monthly LIVE Marketplace Session This marketplace session, scheduled on Wednesday, August 3rd from 8 am - 9:00 EDT, will feature a series of institutions, who will present their products/services. Following the presentations, participants will have the opportunities to reach out directly to the presenting fintech to make inquiries or explore partnership opportunities on the Marketplace which is open 24/7/365. Companies Pitching AECM CreditInfo Demyst WeBank Presenters AECM  Katrin Sturm has joined AECM, the European Association of Guarantee Institutions which has 47 members from 30 countries in Europe, as Secretary General in November 2013. She has been working in Brussels since May 2001 having worked for several business and banking associations. She graduated from the University of Passau (Germany) in Law taking part in an ERASMUS exchange program with the University of Angers (France), then passed the second state exam in law in Potsdam (Germany), and finally acquired a Master of Law from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) taking part in an exchange program with the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Katrin, a German national, is a qualified bank clerk, Honorary Consultant of Taiwan SMEG and a member of the World Bank Task Force on greening credit guarantee schemes.  She is married and has three children.   CreditInfo Burak Kilicoglu is the Director for Global Markets at Creditinfo Group. He has over 23 years of credit risk management experience, working with international clients in the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  He is passionate about discussing the ever-changing credit risk challenges organizations are facing and finding solutions in a collaborative way; be it digitalization, collections or COVID’s impact. Burak has worked for various positions at Experian, Bank of America, Discover Card, Transamerica and Whirlpool Financial Corporation and has in-depth knowledge of the full credit cycle, from acquisition to collections.    Demyst Prashant P. Reddy, Head of Data Advisory for Demyst. Prashant has 8+ years of experience working with tier-1 and tier-2 clients, leading data-driven workflow transformations. He has also led the due diligence and onboarding of 100s of data products into the Demyst Platform. Prior to joining Demyst, Prashant worked as investment banker at Morgan Stanley where he structured and executed debt transactions for public sector clients. Prashant holds a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in International Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.   WeBank Gaurav is Head of Technology Collaborations at WeBank’s Collaborative Business Unit.  His role at WeBank is focused around helping industry partners develop new collaborative business ecosystems utilizing WeBank's open​ platform (ABCD) technologies AI, Blockchain, Cloud, and Big Data. Currently, Gaurav and his team are working on developing sustainability solutions to help organizations attain their ESG goals and drive social responsibility initiatives through collaborations with Green SMEs, and Environmental & Social Service Agencies by utilizing leading-edge collaborative technologies.    By registering to this event, you agree to the SME Finance Forum/IFC Event Privacy Notice. ********** 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. Relive previous session here>   Online SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public
июл
06
SME FINANCE FORUM
Marketplace
июл 06, 2022
Online
Add to Calendar 2022-07-05 20:00:00 2022-07-05 20:00:00 SME Finance Virtual Marketplace - July 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.  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.    July Marketplace Session This live marketplace session, scheduled on Wednesday, July 6th from 8 am - 9:00 EDT, will feature a series of members, who will present their products/services. Following the presentations, participants will have the opportunities to reach out directly to the presenting fintech to make inquiries or explore partnership opportunities based on their interests.  Presenters Tiago Peroba is the Head of the Department for Institutional Relations and Credit Promotion for SMEs at the Brazilian Development Bank – BNDES. He has worked at BNDES for more than 18 years, with over 10 years of experience in dealing with the Brazilian financial system, working with public and private commercial banks, regional development banks, cooperative banks, and captive banks. He is also responsible for the relationship with more than two hundred business entities, having participated as a member of business committees and representative on boards in these entities. Tiago holds a Master's in Accounting from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. from the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration. He was a professor in the postgraduate courses at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, from 2006 to 2020. Nagla Mohamed Bahr is the Managing Director of the Credit Guarantee in Egypt (CGC-Egypt). With more than 30 years of experience in economic development, financial advisories and rating activities with a focus on emerging markets and economies in transition. Nagla has exceptional experience in MSMEs Finance, particularly in the credit guarantee field for 20 years. Her passion for MSMEs sustainable development motivated her mission to create the right ecosystem capable of facilitating their access to finance in suitable forms and with favorable conditions. With her experience in risk management and MSMEs unique characteristics, she was able to create innovative guarantee products, resulting in the boom of CGC-Egypt portfolio by more than 40x in 5 years, serving almost 160,000 MSMEs in 2022, and enabling their access to finance by USD 17 billion. Nagla is the Chairwoman of the EMGN (European-Mediterranean Guarantee Network) as well as one of the main founders of the MENA –Guarantee Network. She has B.Sc. in Economics and a Master’s degree in Professional Economic Development. Owureku Asare currently leads Digital Solutions for Ecobank Group Commercial Banking overseeing 33 Countries in Middle Africa. His role focuses on leveraging digital tools to provide financial access to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).  Prior to his current role, he was the Regional Head, Consumer Distribution for Ecobank Anglophone West Africa. During this role, he led the development of Xpress loan; a Digital lending product for Micro Enterprises and the financially excluded through a partnership with Ecobank, Jumo and MTN Ghana. Additionally, he Successfully managed a US$6 Million grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support Ecobank’s Mass Savings Projects in Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria. He also led digital financial services and financial inclusion initiatives in more than 15 countries in Central, East and West Africa.  He is a seasoned subject matter expert and International Speaker on Digital financial services with over 18 years of experience in the sector, with a purpose to drive financial inclusion. This led to his role as a Co-founder and Director of Financial Inclusion Forum Africa; An African-based non-profit organization contributing to global and national efforts of providing access to the financially excluded.  George Ogbonnaya is a vice president and the Group Head, of Business Banking at First City Monument Bank Limited.  A Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration, a Senior Honourable Member of Chartered Institute of Bankers, and a certified coach in Game Thinking with over 23 years of experience in banking, cutting across commercial banking, credit sales, and product development, product management & electronic banking. He is responsible for the SME and Commercial banking segments of the bank’s business. In addition to having the responsibility for driving growth in commercial and SME segments, George is also responsible for developing new products/solutions and finding alternative sources of funding for SMEs. He drives the bank’s strategic goals in emerging sectors including Renewable Energy, Women-In-Business, and Technology. Under his leadership, the bank has progressed to a top-rated SME financial institution winning several awards in the SME categories.   Bamidele Kutemi currently heads the Gender & Youth Banking Team in FirstBank, overseeing the development and implementation of segment specific initiatives and portfolio management. Prior to this role, She had managed and served in lead roles across various teams and businesses in the bank, spanning over 18 years experience in Domestic Operations, Electronic Banking and Retail Products, leading her teams to develop and implement innovative initiatives and solutions for the bank in payment card management & operations, and e commerce payment solutions. A certified Prince2 Project Management Practitioner and an Associate Member of The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN), Bamidele is an alumnus of the University of Ibadan, with a Masters degree in Communication Arts. She has attended several strategic courses in banking operations, electronic payments, product development & management within and outside the country. She has worked on several initiatives within the bank aimed at driving enhanced customer experience and lately women inclusion and empowerment in a bid to yield sustainable growth in the gender segment.   Oluchi Okpara is a first class graduate of University of Sunderland, UK where she studied business management. She worked in KPMG for 4 years as an associate consultant in the Management Consulting practice of KPMG in Nigeria. Her experience covers customer experience and corporate strategic planning in the financial services industry. She was a member of KPMG’s customer experience team as well as a project team member for Nigeria’s foremost annual banking industry customer satisfaction survey (BICSS) involving over 28,000 retail customers and 4,000 SMEs and large corporate organizations. She has worked on several customer experience transformation projects which involved coming up with tailored propositions for both Retail, SME and Corporate customers of various financial institutions in Nigeria. She facilitated on several occasions bespoke trainings to help employees better understand how to deliver great customer experience in a variety of scenarios. Also led the team in conducting in depth customer experience surveys and focus group sessions that covered over 4,000 individual and 100 corporate clients across the country.   Helen Ihonre is a graduate of Economics from Enugu State University of Science & Technology and holds a Master degree in International Management from the University of Liverpool and awaiting her induction as a Chartered Banker with the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria (CIBN). She has 20 years experience in Banking which cuts across Operations, Relationship Management and Product Development. In the last 10 years, Helen has led various teams that conceptualized and developed tailor made products for SMEs in various sectors and across customer segments. The products under her purview has consistently grown in portfolio size and has been a tool in SME customer acquisition and retention for the Bank. She was a also pioneer Unit Head that successfully implemented a digital lending solution for salaried employees in the Bank. Helen is currently leading a team of product managers to implement a digital lending solution for MSMEs and is also driving the implementation of the Bank’s SME digital account opening process for ease of customer on boarding. She has attended various trainings and courses in Product development, strategy implementation, project finance, project management, digital transformation and leadership programmes. She has also been a part of several projects and initiatives for SME business growth and is also a Culture Ambassador under the Bank’s Culture Transformation project.   Sameer Jooma, Executive, Trader Ecosystems Lead, Standard Bank Group.  Experienced Innovation and Analytics executive with a history of working across industries and geographies for multinational corporations. He is a specialist in strategic analytics, an excellent curator of innovative technologies and has demonstrated the ability to bring innovation to life, for impact. He has a deep understanding of technology and also experience in large-scale enterprise analytics projects. He leverages this combination to deliver data-driven innovation initiatives. He is passionate about driving financial inclusion and developing start-ups on the African continent and believes that technology and ecosystem development are pivotal in enabling this.   Online SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public
июн
29
SME FINANCE FORUM
Event
июн 29, 2022
Istanbul, Turkey
Add to Calendar 2022-06-28 20:00:00 2022-06-28 20:00:00 24th MFC Conference – Microfinance Investing Through Uncertainty Join our partner’s flagship networking event - 24th MFC Conference that will take place on 29-30 June in Istanbul, Turkey. We are thrilled that after long time of virtual meetings Microfinance Centre is bringing the microfinance world together again! We can’t wait for 24th MFC Conference – Microfinance Investing Through Uncertainty to begin! Click for all the information and registration link In Istanbul you will find out about the changing investment landscape and new investment opportunities, discuss the key predictions on how the sector will rise to the post-pandemic, economic, technological, green and other challenges, meet new leaders and forge exciting business partnerships. MFC conference is a dynamic platform for initiating and forging relationships among participants and their institutions. Upwards of 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference this year from 40+ countries around the world.The participants include microfinance practitioners,  policy makers, experts, investors, IT providers, donors, social finance enthusiasts and more. Istanbul, Turkey SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public
июн
29
SME FINANCE FORUM
Virtual Roundtables
июн 29, 2022
Add to Calendar 2022-06-28 20:00:00 2022-06-28 20:00:00 Algorithmic bias in Women-MSMEs Credit Scoring: Insights & Solutions Community of Practice (CoP) Registration is open for members on the Member's portal Introduction The SME Finance Forum’s MSME Finance GAP estimates a $1.53 trillion finance gap for Women-MSMEs (W-MSMEs). Historically, women have been victims of conscious and unconscious bias in lending decisions resulting in a disproportionate lack of access to traditional credit facilities through banks and other traditional lenders compared to their male counterparts. Gender-based algorithmic bias happens when an algorithm creates results that are systemically prejudiced against people, with gender explaining the bias. Algorithmic bias is the result of prejudices introduced by individuals, analysts, and developers, due to unintended biases or real-life prejudices. Credit scoring has the potential to improve access to capital and financial inclusion for W-MSMEs. As financial institutions begin to have access to different types of data, the variety of credit scoring mechanisms have increased. One way that financial institutions have kept track of these alternative data and found ways to understand them is using algorithms and artificial intelligence. Innovative methods for credit scoring have the potential to expand access to capital and other financial services for W-MSMEs. However, their creation must be intentional and transparent to account for the possible biases that may arise from biased data or biased algorithms. Technology along with effective management and organizational processes, provides new solutions for bias mitigation in credit scoring. During our next session member FinDev Canada and their partners at 2X Collaborative’s Financial and Digital Inclusion and Tech Community of Practice will delve into biases propelled by technology and discuss possible solutions to address algorithmic bias, biased data and data quality in an attempt to facilitate increased financing, and open-up new credit markets to new and under-served W-MSMEs.   Objectives: · Share experiences on gender-based credit scoring models in lending to W-MSMEs · Showcase emerging technologies, models, and platforms · Deep dive into challenges and possible solutions to address algorithmic bias, biased data and improving data quality · Discuss Mitigation Strategies to address algorithmic bias · Role of Policy and Regulation · Facilitate CoP participants’ contribution in sharing unique experiences and solutions Speakers: Sonja Kelly,  Director of Research and Advocacy, Women’s World Banking (WWB). Sonja is the global lead for Women’s World Banking research. Through research on the financial sector, policy trends, financial services providers, and end-users, Sonja and her team advocate for women’s financial inclusion. Before joining Women’s World Banking, she advised the U.S. Department of State on strategy for U.S. Embassy engagement in digital finance around the world. She has served as the director of research at the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, has held consulting roles at the World Bank and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), and has worked in microfinance at Opportunity International. Sonja holds a PhD in International Relations from American University where she researched financial inclusion policy and regulation. (Source: Women’s World Banking).    Alfonso Martínez, Chief Growth Officer at Eticas. Alfonso is an experienced communication and sales director with an analytical and strategic mindset and a creative and holistic approach that he applies to every project he tackles. His educational background ranges from English Philology to a Master's degree in Digital Transformation through to an MBA and various certifications. As Chief Growth Officer at Eticas, he is responsible for the areas of PR and Communications, Marketing and Sales. His goal is to raise awareness of the projects and initiatives developed by the organization. Under his leadership in the area, the community outreach has doubled in a few months and the presence in the media has become stable and solid, growing internationally. He is also responsible for the market expansion of Eticas' main services, especially algorithmic audits.   Partin Pruthi,  Head of Legal Department, TEB Bank in Kosovo. Partin Pruthi is a legal expert specialized in the legal aspects of Information Technology, Finance, and Data Protection. His focus is particularly suited to the Cybersecurity and the Blockchain sector, since its a combination of his experience. Partin has advised many Kosovo startups and companies to streamline their operations and minimize their legal risk.     Moderator: Eugénie Viatchaninova, Sr Gender Advisor, FinDev Canada. Eugenie is an expert on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment at FinDev Canada, focusing on leading approaches on this thematic to support the private sector in emerging markets. Prior to joining FinDev Canada, Eugenie worked as a Digital Development consultant at the World Bank where she designed and implemented gender-focusing interventions and co-authored publications on gender inclusion. Overall, Eugenie collaborated on investment project financing and technical assistance projects across different ICT business lines in over 20 countries, from the world’s most fragile and low-income to upper-middle-income economies. Eugenie holds an MBA from HEC Montreal, with a specialization in technological innovation and commercialization from the Polytechnique Montreal. Formerly, a Ukrainian grantee of the Fulbright Program, she graduated from a signature Public Diplomacy program at Syracuse University, with a dual master’s degree in International Relations and PR from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.   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.   SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public
июн
27
SME FINANCE FORUM
Event
июн 27, 2022
Add to Calendar 2022-06-26 20:00:00 2022-06-26 20:00:00 Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSME) Day 2022 Join the 5th Anniversary of MSME Day: Resilience and Rebuilding: MSMEs for Sustainable Development On April 6, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing the crucial role Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) play in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution (A/71/279) designates June 27 as “Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day”. With support from ICSB, the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN authored the resolution that was presented to and negotiated with all UN member states. The resolution was co-sponsored by 54 member states, representing over 5 billion people. Since the adoption of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, all countries have been working on its implementation, which aims to ensure that every actor can contribute in the best possible way. Register Today   Visit the Official Website SME FINANCE FORUM ronyg@panapps.co America/New_York public