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Asia-Pacific Financial Inclusion Summit

27 October 2015 - 29 October 2015


Financial inclusion has been recognised as one of the most powerful tools in the fight against poverty.

However, despite the success achieved by financial institutions in providing services to millions of excluded people throughout Asia-Pacific, the region is still home to an estimated 1.2 billion people who do not have access to a bank account or formal financial services. The creation of inclusive financial systems remains critical for both social and economic progress.

While responses continue to focus on access to finance, income generation, and the fundamentals of saving, the inclusive finance ecosystem is evolving rapidly. Globalisation, digitisation and urbanisation are influencing the many programmes being developed by governments, private financial services providers, microfinance institutions and NGOs.

What are the key measures required to accelerate financial inclusion? How can these efforts achieve maximum impact? What role can financial services providers play in driving economic progress? How is the rapid spread of digital technology helping to bridge the gap between financial services and the larger ecosystems of cities, markets and government? These issues and more will be discussed at the Asia-Pacific Financial Inclusion Summit, a major new initiative being launched by the Citi Foundation, the Foundation for Development Cooperation and the Financial Times, in partnership with the Banking with the Poor Network.

The Summit consolidates two leading forums, the Citi-FT Financial Education Summit and the Asia Microfinance Forum, to create a new platform that reflects the integration of capability, access and other key elements that can deliver impact and scale in inclusive finance. The event will be a catalyst for debate, best practice, knowledge exchange and partnerships among more than 500 practitioners, policy-makers and other stakeholders seeking to achieve significantly greater financial inclusion in the region.

More information about the event can be found here.


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Opening Keynote

Amando Tetangco, Jr, Governor, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (video)

Plenary Panel DiscussionFinancial Inclusion: A Catalyst for Sustainable Development and Economic Transformation

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean and Executive Director, Institute for Business in the Global Context, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (Presentation – PDF File). Stephen Groff, Vice President, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Moderator: Graham Macmillan, Director of Corporate Citizenship Partnerships, Citi, and Senior Program Officer, Citi Foundation

Plenary Panel DiscussionFinancial Inclusion in the Digital Era – Transformation in the Market 

Sheikh Md Monirul Islam, Chief External & Corporate Affairs Officer, bKash Limited Yahya Khan, Chief Financial Services Officer, Telenor Pakistan, and Head of Easypaisa Jason Lamb, Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation John Rubio, President and CEO, BPI Globe BanKO

Moderator: Amy Auster, Principal Consultant, Foundation for Cooperation Development (FDC)

Panel: Best Practice Features of National Financial Inclusion Strategies

Luxmon Attapich, Senior Country Economist, Thailand Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank (ADB) (Presentation – PDF File) Chuchi Fonacier, Managing Director, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and Co-Chair, Inter-agency Working Group for Policy and Regulation, National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (Presentation – PDF File) Jeff Liew, Regional Capacity Advisor, Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) (Presentation – PDF File) Waseem Malik, Communications and Business Development Analyst, Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) (Presentation – PDF File)

Moderator: Ed Jimenez, Microfinance Consultant, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Panel: Women as Drivers of Financial Inclusion

Deanna Morris, Programme Analyst, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Preeti Telang, CEO, Swadhaar FinAccess Cathleen Tobin, Director, Product Development, Women’s World Banking

Moderator: Nina Nayar, Associate, Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC)

Workshop: Becoming Investor Ready

Facilitators: Anya Berezhna, Regional Manager, Symbiotics Rajitha Bearden, Senior Investment Analyst, Symbiotics Eugene Tan, Investment Analyst, Symbiotics

Workshop: How Human-Centred Design Can Uncover Insights and Create Solutions for Low-Income Communities

Facilitator: John Won, Senior Design Lead, IDEO.org (Presentation – PDF File)

Plenary Panel DiscussionRegulatory Frameworks Conducive to Financial Inclusion

Nestor Espenilla, Deputy Governor, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas U.S. Paliwal, Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India

Moderator: Catherine Simmons, Head, Asia Pacific Government Affairs, Citi

Plenary Panel DiscussionScaling Microfinance Institutions for Greater Impact

Shameran Abed, Director of Microfinance, BRAC Royston Braganza, CEO, Grameen Capital India Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, Chairman and Managing Director, Bandhan Dolores Torres, President and CEO, CARD Bank

Moderator: Chandula Abeywickrema, Chairman, Banking With The Poor Network (BWTP)

Panel: Making the Business Model Customer-Centric

Ravi Agarwal, CEO, engageSPARK Anil Kumar, Founder and CEO, Samunnati Sokha Huot, Chief Business Officer, AMK Microfinance Institution

Moderator: Eric Duflos, Regional Representative for East Asia Pacific, CGAP (Presentation – PDF File)

Panel: Creating Economic Opportunity for Smallholders and Traders through Value Chain Microfinance 

Andi Ikhwan, Agriculture and Financial Services Program Director, Mercy Corps Indonesia (Presentation – PDF File) Dirk Lebe, Deputy Program Director and Financial Services Specialist, Sustainable Cocoa Production Program, Swisscontact (Presentation – PDF File) Abhay Pareek, Senior Analyst and Practice Group Leader, Microsave (Presentation – PDF File)

Moderator: Dan Songco, President and CEO, PinoyME Foundation

Workshop: Financial Education in Flipped Classrooms

Facilitator: Subrata Sarkar, Operations Director, Digital Equalizer Program, American India Foundation (Presentation – PDF File)

Workshop: Financial Inclusion Technology Showcase

Facilitator: Lara Storm, Director, Financial Inclusion, MIX

Panel: Bank Responses to the Challenges and Opportunities of Financial Inclusion

Darwin Wibowo, President Director, Bank Andara (Presentation – PDF File) Finn Erik Kolnes, Senior Manager, Accenture Business Strategy (Presentation – PDF File) Alok Prasad, Principal Advisor, RBL Bank, and former CEO, Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) (Presentation – PDF File)

Moderator: Bea Teh-Tan, Consumer Business Manager and Managing Director, Citi Philippines

Panel: Extending Inclusive Credit Using Non-Traditional Data

Tony Lythgoe, Practice Manager, Credit Infrastructure and Inclusion, Financial Markets, World Bank Group Mark Mackenzie, Asia Director, Lenddo (Presentation – PDF File) Robin Varghese, Senior Fellow and Vice President of International Operations, Policy and Economic Research Council (PERC) (Presentation – PDF File)

Moderator: Kelly Hattel, Financial Sector Specialist (Rural and Microfinance), Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Workshop: Strengthening Financial Inclusion of Women – Introduction to the Gender Performance Indicators

Facilitators: Jessie Fisher, Program Officer, Good Return Jaclyn Berfond, Specialist, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, Women’s World Banking (Presentation – PDF File)

Workshop: New Practical Tools for Digital Financial Inclusion

Facilitators: Joey Mendoza, Senior Advisor, Payment Innovations, NetHope (Presentation – PDF File) Manoj Sharma, Managing Director, MicroSave (Presentation – PDF File) Camilo Tellez, Knowledge and Research Consultant, Better Than Cash Alliance

Plenary Panel DiscussionFinancial Inclusion in the Digital Era – Maximising Collective Impact

Greg Chen, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP Ruth Goodwin-Groen, Managing Director, Better Than Cash Alliance Orlando Vea, Founder, Smart Communications, and President, Voyager Innovations

Moderator: Jorge Rubio Nava, Business Director, Citi Inclusive Finance

Plenary Panel DiscussionThe Philippines Experience – What’s Next?

Marina Dimova, Vice President, Ideas42 (Presentation – PDF File) Mark Ruiz, President, Hapinoy (Presentation – PDF File) Simoun Ung, President and CEO, Omnipay (Presentation – PDF File) Rolando Victoria, Executive Director, ASKI (Presentation – PDF File)

Moderator: Pia Roman-Tayag, Director, Inclusive Finance Advocacy, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Panel: How G2P Transfers Can Accelerate Financial Inclusion

Randolph Montesa, First Vice President and Head, Card and Electronic Banking Group, Land Bank of the Philippines (Presentation – PDF File) Nataliya Mylenko, Senior Financial Sector Specialist in Finance and Markets, World Bank Group (Presentation – PDF File)

Moderator: Shankar Pande, Chief General Manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)

Panel: Technology-Enabled Asset Building and Preservation

Gigi Gatti, Regional Director, Asia, Grameen Foundation (Presentation – PDF File) Parul Khanna, Director, Micro Pension Foundation (Presentation – PDF File) Mina Zhang, Senior Adviser, International & Institutional Relations, Asia Region, World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) (Presentation – PDF File)

Moderator: Doris Dumlao, Senior Business Reporter, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Workshop: Using Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) for Better Product Design

Facilitators: Pooja Wagh, Program Manager, Financial Capability Initiative Zahra Niazi, Senior Manager, Financial Inclusion Program, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) (Presentation – PDF File)

Workshop: Understanding and Monitoring Social Performance Management Standards

Facilitator: Dina Pons, East Asia Regional Director and Social Performance Manager, Incofin Investment Management (Presentation – PDF File)

Panel: Strategies for Building the Financial Resilience of Customers

Arup Chaterjee, Principal Financial Sector Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Brian Lund, East Asia Regional Director, Oxfam America (Presentation – PDF File) Nhan Phan Cu, Director of International Cooperation Department, Vietnam Bank of Social Policies (VBSP)

Moderator: Alok Prasad, Principal Advisor, RBL Bank, and former CEO, Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

Panel: Digital Finance – A New Wave in Payments and Remittances

Imelda Nicolas, Chair, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Office of the President of the Philippines (Presentation – PDF File) Martin Camahort, President and CEO, OK Remit (Presentation – PDF File) John Owens, Chief of Party, USAID E-PESO (Presentation – PDF File)

Moderator: Pedro De Vasconcelos, Manager, Financing Facility for Remittances, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Workshop: Alternative Delivery Channels and Technology – Navigating the Options

Facilitator: Charlene Bachman, Regional Business Development Manager, Software Group (Presentation – PDF File)

Workshop: Building Agent Networks for Digital Finance

Facilitator: Manoj Sharma, Managing Director, MicroSave (Presentation – PDF File)

Plenary Panel DiscussionEmpowering the Customer – The Future of Financial Inclusion

Rachel Freeman, Advisory Manager Asia, Financial Institutions Group, IFC Ganesh Rengaswamy, Co-founder and Partner, Quona Capital and Accion Frontier Pia Roman-Tayag, Director, Inclusive Finance Advocacy, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Moderator: Victor Mallet, South Asia Bureau Chief, Financial Times


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