This list will be continuously updated us the conference programme takes shape and speakers are confirmed.
This list will be continuously updated us the conference programme takes shape and speakers are confirmed.
Deputy Chairperson of the Management Board
KMF (microfinance organisation)
Gulshat Akimzhanova is a member of KMF Management Board since 2006 and Deputy Chairperson of the Management Board since 2008. Since 2015 Gulshat is Deputy Chairman on Operational Development. She is supervising the regional development, branch network support, credit administration, as well as legal division and collection.
Tatjana Antić Drča is a Communication, Marketing and trainings expert with over twenty years of experience after working for blue chip companies and donor funded international projects, mostly in the Balkan region. Tatjana works for AgroInvest, Serbia, and MonteCredit, Montenegro, microfinance subsidiaries of World Vision International. She organises activities for lobbying for microfinance law in Serbia, coordinates social programmes and impact research of the company’s social performance, particularly targeting human rights and an equal right approach to vulnerable groups.
Responsible Finance Expert (Microfinance Centre (MFC))
Ewa Bankowska works as Responsible Finance Expert at Microfinance Centre (MFC) since 2005. Ewa is MFC Master Trainer in financial education and training curriculum developer. She leads the projects reaching out to excluded groups. With a background in market research, her previous professional experience covered marketing research in the banking sector and market analysis for the B2B service global alliance.
Network Deputy Manager
Matthieu Barrier is based in Paris and is in charge of Adie’s expansion in France and French overseas territories. As Product Manager of the new loan application, he is involved in the digitalisation of France’s main microfinance institution.
Senior Research Officer
European Microfinance Network
Nicola Benaglio works as Senior Research Officer at the European Microfinance Network. Starting as a financial analyst, Nicola then joined the social economy sector dealing with the management of a start-up project in the social inclusion field. He then moved his attention to EU funds, working in Brussels for a business federation and a network promoting the development of social economy. In 2014 he gained field experience in Peru joining a cooperative that provides financial services and technical assistance to rural microfinance institutions.
Head of Investment Pipeline
Anya Berezhna leads the Investment Pipeline team ensuring the institutions’ demand is matched with the funding. Prior to this Anya headed Symbiotics’ Singapore office developing activities in Asia and before that she covered Caucasus and MENA region as an analyst. Prior to joining Symbiotics in 2008, Anya worked with the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance.
Nicolas Blondeau is an enthusiastic and committed professional with 15 years of experience in the microfinance sector, both in the field (Brazil, Kosovo and Guatemala), and with renowned specialized asset managers (Incofin IM, BIO and ADA), and since 2 years with Inpulse to work on the recently launched investment fund Helenos.
Head Financial Institutions Debt for EECCA/MENA (responsAbility Investments AG.)
M. Bouet is heading the financial institutions debt team for the EECCA/MENA regions at responsAbility since 2015. M. Bouet has over ten years of experience in the impact investing industry, mainly focusing on microfinance, downscaling to SMEs and also energy (renewable and energy efficiency). M. Bouet holds a degree in Internal Business from the Sciences Po school in Paris.
Head of Unit
DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion – European Commission
Ann Branch heads the unit in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, which is responsible for inclusive entrepreneurship, microfinance and social enterprise. She has been working for the EU institutions since 1999. Since 2008, she has held various managerial positions dealing with EU policies and funding programmes relating to employment, industrial relations & social dialogue, education & training, and the cultural and creative sectors.
Director of Business Finance
GC Business Finance
Paul Breen is Director of Business Finance at GC Business Finance (GCBF). He is responsible for developing and implementing an effective Business Finance strategy across Greater Manchester and the UK. GCBF is an FCA-regulated microfinance provider, offering loans and equity services from £500 to £500k together with back office services based on the latest digital banking technology.
Technical Advisor (Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB))
Isabelle is a senior Technical Advisor at the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). She covers a diverse portfolio of projects, which she helps preparing and implementing, across a wide range of sectors; these include complex infrastructure as well as lending programs supporting MSMEs and microfinance operations. In addition to her technical and financial expertise, she holds extensive project management experience acquired during her previous operational roles in the construction sector. A civil engineer, member of the engineers and scientists of France association, Isabelle also holds an MBA from London Business School (LBS) and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Country Manager (Lemon Way)
Patricia Choy holds 11 years of experience in financial services. After 8 years of working in banking, Patricia decided to pursue a MBA (master in Business Administration) in France and started her career in the fintech sector in order to enrich her knowledge with the innovations of today. She currently works as Country Manager for Spain and Portugal in Lemon Way, a payment solution that allows traditional businesses to go into digital.
Regional Manager for MENA (MicroFinanza Rating (MFR))
Joris is MFR Regional Manager for MENA and lead assessor under GSMA Certification Scheme. He has experience in training financial institutions on the client protection certification process and social rating methodology; senior expert in institutional and social performance ratings, certifications and evaluations, including digital financial service providers (100+ assignments worldwide);
BCRS Business Loans
Stephen Deakin is Finance Director at UK based regional business lender, BCRS Business Loans. Stephen leads the finance team and is a member of the senior leadership team, who oversee the strategic direction of BCRS. Stephen is an expert in securing and managing funding streams and is committed to improving organisational efficiency.
Deputy CEO, Adie
Marie Degrand-Guillaud is Deputy CEO of Adie, the leading French microfinance institution. She is involved in the microfinance sector at international level as board member of microStart (Belgium), Taysir (Tunisia), AFI (Greece) and also at EMN. At Adie, Marie is in charge of marketing and product development, strategy & innovation, partnership & fundraising and international development.
The Dean of the EIB Institute
Prior to that he was Director for EIB Operations in Asia and Latin America (2004-2015), after having been Director of the Department for Planning and Settlement of Operations in the EIB Financial Directorate (2000-2004). Francisco started his career at the EIB in 1987, as a loan officer for the ACP countries. In 1989, he became Manager of the EIB’s bond portfolio at the Treasury Department after which he became Head of the Loans Back Office. After graduating from Solvay Business School,University of Brussels, and before joining the EIB, Francisco de Paula Coelho held successively the following positions: financial analyst with Unido, assistant lecturer in Economics at the University of Lisbon and consultant in investment promotion for Emerging Countries in New York, before joining the World Bank, in Washington DC.
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Diguet has been passionate about development since he was 6 years old, so he naturally underwent engineering training in maths & computer sciences. He started his career in computer security, then he quickly joined Dassault Systèmes as a developer. After a few years of experience, he became director of the R & D department of CATIA software. He also founded a mobile application development company in his free time. Then, in 2015, he founded Yelloan with 2 partners with a mission to facilitate access to credit in France.
Lecturer and Director for Northern Spain
Deusto Business School and Ibermática
Guillermo Dorronsoro is lecturer at the Deusto Business School and is also the newly appointed Director for Northern Spain for Ibermática. Guillermo is also currently President of the UNESCO Basque Country Centre; Member of the Board of Directors for the Bilbao Stock Exchange, the Basque Economic and Social Council, and the ALBOAN Foundation; and Member of the Advisory Boards for the MET Community (Women, Enterprise and Technology).
Microfinance Investment Manager
European Investment Fund
Cristina Dumitrescu has been active in the financial sector for more than 20 years, gathering vast experience of the Central and Eastern Europe markets by working with both financial services providers but also final beneficiaries. Cristina entered into the microfinance world by working for the European Fund for Southeast Europe. She joined the Inclusive Finance Team at EIF in 2013, being directly involved in the implementation of the EU programmes for microfinance and social entrepreneurship finance.
European Crowdfunding Network
Oliver co-initiated ECN in 2012 and went on to establish ECN as an international NGO in 2013 as Founding Executive Director and Chairman. The past decade, Oliver has worked with venture capital, microfinance, technology and social entrepreneurship in both commercial and non-profit settings in Europe and the USA. Oliver is an Advisory Board Member at Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V. (FGF). A former journalist, he started his career in the early 1990s in the publishing and business information industries. Oliver holds Master’s degrees from Solvay Business School and from the University of Hamburg and studied at SEESS (UCL) in London.
Microfinance Centre (MFC)
Grzegorz Galusek as MFC director has designed regional and country specific access to finance programs which address the needs for financial and non-financial services among low-income people and micro-entrepreneurs in Europe and Asia. Grzegorz has initiated a regional, financial inclusion policy program with a broad goal of fostering creation of a favourable legal and regulatory framework for access to financial services for low-income people and micro-entrepreneurs.
Head of International Relations
Gabriele Giuglietti is Head of International Relations at Banca Etica. As one of the founders of Banca Etica he deals with microcredit institutions in Europe, Palestine, Africa and Latin America in order to increase financial inclusion. He keeps a close working relationship with the Italian Parliament and with EU authorities in order to support the development of Ethical Finance.
Project Manager Adie International
Adrien Gizon has been at Adie since 2011 and is an international project manager and board member of AFI in Greece. Adrien provides technical assistance on strategic and operational issues for microfinance programmes. He previously worked on development and emergency relief programmes in Southern America & Africa. Adrien has two Master’s degrees in cooperation and Development from Pavia University (IT) and in Political Sciences from the IEP in Toulouse (FRA).
Co-Founder & CEO (Musoni Services)
Cameron is an expert in the marriage of microfinance and technology. His goal is to improve the quality and availability of financial services in the developing world—a quest that has taken him to in Kenya, Tanzania, the UK, and now Myanmar. He co-founded Musoni Services, a pioneering new software company providing low cost technology to MFIs across Africa.
Elwin Groenevelt studied business administration for the financial sector in Amsterdam. After 15 years working in commercial banking and management, he founded Qredits in 2009. It is the only nationally operating microfinance organisation in the Netherlands offering microcredit loans and SME loans, mentoring, and an array of business development tools. Elwin is also President of the EMN Board.
European Investment Fund
Salome has been working for the Research and Market Analysis department of the European Investment Fund for more than five years. As a research officer, she covers a variety of topics, ranging from general market analysis to impact assessment for venture capital, credit guarantees and inclusive finance.
Cristian Jurma has a strong practical experience in microfinance and has been working in the field since 1998, fulfilling over time different top management positions with different microfinance institutions. Cristian has more than 10 years of direct management experience in SME, housing and community infrastructure lending in Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina and over 3 years of management experience in MIS and IT for microfinance. Cristian is also a Chairman of the MFC Board.
BCRS Business Loans
Paul Kalinauckas is the Founder Chief Executive of BCRS Business Loans which has lent over £40 million to small businesses in the West Midlands Region of the UK since 2002. Paul is a Board Director of Responsible Finance and was awarded the “Outstanding Leader of the Year” in 2016.
Director-General in DG EMPL
Joost Korte was appointed Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in March 2018. He has previously served as Deputy Director-General for the Trade Department; for Agriculture and Rural Development; and for Enlargement. Furthermore, Mr Korte spent several years in the Secretariat General as Director responsible for relations with the Council of Ministers and gained extensive experience in the private offices of Sir Leon Brittan, Chris Patten and Danuta Hübner. A lawyer by training Mr Korte joined the Commission in 1991 after eight years of academic work on European law.
Alexis Lebel has operational experience managing MFIs, namely in Afghanistan where he started local institution OXUS. He has also worked in China, Rwanda, Liberia, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan as a consultant on technical assistance projects in microfinance and SME finance. In 2013 he co-founded OpenCBS, which is providing a SaaS Open Source Core Banking System and other digital finance solutions.
Head of Markets
Vincent joined Symbiotics in 2007 as an Investment Analyst. He was later appointed as Regional Manager in Africa and is now Head of Markets. He previously worked for Nestlé, for the International Committee of the Red Cross and for IBM. Vincent holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
European Microfinance Network
Caroline Lentz is deputy director of EMN and was previously Operations Manager. She has demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organisation management industry. Caroline has strong experience in European-funded project management, event design, social performance for MFIs and network related activities. She holds a master’s degree in Business Economics and a complementary MA in Microfinance from Solvay Business School.
Andrea Limone is CEO of PerMicro, the first MFI in Italy specialised in small loans for the start-up and development of small enterprises as well as for primary needs of families (housing, health, education). PerMicro has been a BCorp since December 2016 and in 2017 it was awarded the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision from the European Commission.
Senior Manager Financial Inclusion & Capital Markets
Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter
Adriana Llorca has over 15 years’ experience in the banking sector and international corporations (investments, savings and credit management). Her expertise includes financial product development for low-income groups and institutional technical assistance activities to leverage housing finance with private funding. She leads the Financial Inclusion and Capital Market’s team in LAC region at Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter.
Communications Manager, Fundación Nantik Lum
Fran Lores is a journalist with a master’s in Democratic Leadership and Political Communication. He has worked in different media in Spain and in the communication departments of different NGOs related to immigration, Human Rights and universal justice. Since 2015, he is Communications Manager and PEM’s coordinator at Nantik Lum Foundation.
Operations Manager (IMF Oportunitas)
Francesca Malizia is Operations Manager at Oportunitas. She previously worked as a project manager assistant for NGOs and has experience in international cooperation projects of the European Commission. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in International Relations from La Sapienza University (Rome) and a Master of Science in Development Management from the London School of Economics.
Global Digital Financial Systems Architect (VisionFund)
Justin McAuley is responsible for the digital technology direction at VisionFund, and has extensive experience implementing digital channels for customers and staff, CRM and core banking systems globally. VisionFund operates Microfinance Institutions in more than 30 countries.
German Chancellor Fellow
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Swati has nine years of experience working on projects to achieve inclusive financial sector development in India, Africa, and Asia. Her work focuses on understanding the financial needs of low-income households, piloting innovative products, and disseminating lessons for policy-making. She was awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship to conduct a research on financial inclusion of refugees in Germany.
Banca Popolare Etica scpa
Alessandro Messina is CEO of Banca Etica (Italy) since June 2015. Born in Rome in 1969, he graduated in Business Administration and specialized in Finance at the Luiss School of Management. Previously he worked as a manager for the Italian Federation of Cooperative and Rural Banks (Federcasse); the Italian Banking Association (ABI); the Italian Ministry of Social Solidarity; the Municipality of Rome. He has been also director of “Lunaria” (a social promotion association); coordinator of “Sbilanciamoci!” Campaign and president of the Ethical Finance Association.
Founder member/Shareholder/Board Member/Managing Director (MicroFinanza Rating Srl)
Aldo leads MFR’s Management Team and chairs the Rating Committee Unit. Aldo represents MFR with external stakeholders and he is an active member of various initiatives in the industry, including Board Member of the SPTF and AMT and SMART Campaign Certification Committee member. Aldo has carried out 500+ rating and assessment missions worldwide and has been leading the technical evolution of MFR services and assessment tools.
Hybrid Entrepreneur, Consultant and Academic
The Hague University of Applied Science
Klaas Molenaar is EM. Professor of Financial Inclusion and New Entrepreneurship at the Hague University of Applied Science. In that capacity, he leads various research programmes in the field of new forms of microfinance and hybrid entrepreneurship. He is also a Founder of Timpoc Consultants specialised in Entrepreneurship and MSME financing and development.
Founder and CEO
José Moncada was Civil Administrator of the State and has developed his career in National and European financial policy in the Public Treasury (Madrid), the European Commission (Brussels) and the European Markets and Securities Authority (ESMA, Paris). In 2015 he returned to Madrid to found the “Bolsa Social” , a community of companies and investors with positive social and environmental impact, and the first participatory financing platform authorized by the CNMV in Spain. Through the “Bolsa Social”, hundreds of private investors have channeled more than 2 million euros to companies with positive social impact. José is also Professor of EU Financial Markets at the University of La Sorbonne in Paris.
Denis co-founded Rubyx, a consulting team in AI and Product. Rubyx combines service design and AI to create bespoke, people-first digital products. Before Rubyx Denis was responsible for Microcred’s digital strategy. He helped make the company become a 100% cloud based, single codebase and centrally serviced financial institution group on the African continent.
Chief Executive Officer
good.bee Credit IFN
Oleg Moraru has over 19 years of working experience in the financial sector, adding experience and knowledge in different national and international projects, holding management positions over time within banking and non-banking institutions such as: General Manager – German-Romanian Fund (7 years), Head of SBB – Bancpost – Eurobank EFG (2 years) and, consecutively Risk Manager, Network Manager and General Manager with Patria Credit IFN (8 years). Starting 2016, Oleg is working in GBC.
EaSI TA Team Leader
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Silke Müffelmann is an internationally recognised Microﬁnance, SME and TA expert. She has worked in team leading and general management roles for over 20 years, in more than 40 countries including fragile states and EU countries. Currently, Silke is Head of Frankfurt School’s Microbanking Competence Centre, and develops Team Leading and Senior Project Management roles for a variety of advisory and training projects, including the EaSI TA LOT 1: Provision of targeted capacity building services for microcredit providers through trainings on behalf of EC/DG EMPL.
Head of Business Banking
Laboral Kutxa –Gaztenpresa
Oscar Muguerza is Head of Business Banking at Laboral Kutxa, a co-operative bank based in Northern Spain. He is also part of the general coordination of the Gaztenpresa Foundation. Oscar is responsible for product development, marketing, pricing, commercial policy and international development for business clients, including entrepreneurship and microfinance.
Nejira Nalić has been Director of MI-BOSPO since its inception. MI-BOSPO’s mission is to serve primarily low-income women who are economically active, and it serves more than 22,000 clients (65% women). Nejira has spoken in numerous events on microfinance for women and on responsible finance. MI-BOSPO is affiliated to the Women’s World Banking and Nejira serves on their Board of Directors.
Head of Digital Banking Advisory Services, EMENA
International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group)
Kaiser H. Naseem heads IFC’s (International Finance Corporation) Digital Banking Advisory Services in MENA, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. He has worked as an international development banker for over 30 years and is a global thought leader on development issues, disruptor and innovator with an entrepreneurial flair. Kaiser has conceptualised and developed new institutions and business models in challenging environments around the world. In recent years, Kaiser has assisted many banks and MFIs in developing digitization strategies.
Balázs is an invited expert for the World Economic Forum’s Digital Identity Taskforce and has been in the blockchain digital identity space for over 2 years. He has a passion for delivering real impact with the use of technology and blockchain. Taqanu, his company is focusing on creating public, mission-critical infrastructures in the identity space that can provide privacy by design for systems in both the developing and developed world.
Finance in Motion
Jacob Ole Nestingen heads the Technical Assistance Facility of the SANAD Fund for MSME. He has over ten years’ experience in commercial banking and development finance. After beginning his career with Wells Fargo in the United States, Jacob entered development finance as a consultant for GFA Consulting Group. He has been at Finance in Motion since 2013, primarily working in favor of the SANAD Fund. With experience across the Middle East and Africa, Jacob has managed over one-hundred different projects in favor of multiple donors and investors.
International Relations Manager, Qredits
Evelyne Oprel is International Relations Manager at Qredits. She maintains close relations with international peer and network organisations and was actively involved in setting up Qredits’ locations in the Caribbean Netherlands over the past few years. Prior to her joining Qredits she worked for several non-profit organisations in Central and Eastern Europe and lived and worked in the US for 15 years.
Social Banking Development
Erste Group Bank AG
Florian Ott has more than 13 years of professional experience in international banking and consultancy. He has held several expert and management positions in risk management and was responsible for multiple international IT projects in CEE before he turned to Social Banking in 2017. Today he is working in Erste Group’s Social Banking Development supporting social organisations, starting entrepreneurs and marginalised client groups.
Director of SPM and Communications (Opportunity Bank Serbia (OBS))
Started working in Opportunity Bank Serbia (OBS) in 2014 as an Executive Secretary. Performed a number of roles over the years including Office Manager, HR Manager and Marketing Manager/Director. In 2015, took over the responsibility for bank’s social performance management
Director, Supervision Department
Iulia Pasa has over 18 years of experience in advisory, commercial banking and risk management. She is also a lecturer at the Romanian Banking Institute. Iulia joined the social economy sector 9 years ago, dealing with the management and implementation of EU Funded projects. She is currently Director of the Supervision Department within the Romanian Association of Credit Unions (UNCAR).
General Manager (microlux)
Samuel Paulus has a master’s degree in Tourism Management and in Economic Intelligence. He began his professional career in the support of innovative start-up and social entrepreneurship projects. In 2016, he participated in the launch of microlux, the first MFI in Luxembourg. Samuel manages the office, including project management for the IT system, relations with external partners, administrative tasks, fundraising, and communication.
Microfinance Centre (MFC)
Katarzyna Pawlak has been working in the financial inclusion sector for over 20 years. She oversees the Microfinance Centre’s programs in the area of financial inclusion. Currently she manages the MFC strategic partnership with DG EMP and drives MFC new strategy focused on promoting innovation in social finance.
Assistant professor of Economics of Financial Intermediaries
University of Parma
Lucia Poletti is assistant professor of Economics of Financial Intermediaries at the University of Parma (Italy), where she studies microfinance, SME financing, and financial education. She is currently working on the application of SROI to microfinance in the EIBURS sponsored project “Measuring Microfinance Impact in the EU. Policy recommendations for Financial and Social Inclusion”
Board member/ Chief Operating Officer
Microfinance Centre/ Software Group
Lucija Popovska is the Chief Operating Officer of Software Group, a global technology company that is specialized in delivery channel and integration solutions for institutions that provide financial services. Lucija is a seasoned development management professional with experience in operations across Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Cofounder; Assistant Professor (AMA Institute; Warsaw School of Economics)
Dr Karol Przanowski is an experienced manager with many years of work knowledge in Credit Scoring. He is passionate about building, monitoring and validating analytical models. During his career he has repeatedly built effective business processes in terms of credit risk, analytical CRM and consumer finance. Karol has authored many scientific publications. He is also an active teacher at Warsaw School of Economics.
Coopest S.A. (Manager)
Michał Radziwiłłhas 30 years of experience in various areas of finance and audit. He has worked for audit firms (Deloitte & Touche, Mazars) as well as international corporations. In 2000 joined TISE. Since 2006 Michał has actively contributed to the creation of CoopEst and the development of its investment activity. Simultaneously with the duties of Manager of CoopEst, he holds the position of General Manager of TISE SA.
European Microfinance Network (EMN)
Jorge Ramírez has vast experience in the management of internationally funded projects, addressing economic development policies such as Foreign Trade, R&D, Entrepreneurship, and also SME financing, which is how he first came across microfinance. Jorge has led many different teams and has developed strong skills in advocacy, fundraising and network-related activities
President of the Provincial Council of Biscay
Unai Rementeria Maiz started his professional career in 1999 as the secretary-controller of Nabarniz Council. From 1999-2007, he was Deputy Mayor of his hometown municipality, Mundaka. He then was the Mayor until 2013. In 2009 he became a member of the Basque Parliament representing the Basque Nationalist Party – EAJ-PNV (up to 2011). From January 2013 until 1 July 2015, he was Deputy for the Presidency and the spokesperson of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia.
Pedro Sasia has a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country. He is a researcher and professor of the Centre for Applied Ethics of the University of Deusto. Pedro has been a Board Member of Banca Popolare Etica since May 2013 and President of the European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and financiers (FEBEA) since May 2017.
Senior Communications Manager
Mackenzie Schnell specialises in connecting microfinance institutions with the resources they need to grow.Prior to joining Oradian, Mackenzie worked at a US-based microfinance investment fund that lends to small MFIs. In 2017, she joined Oradian, the financial inclusion company delivering cloud-based technology to MFIs in Asia and Africa, as the Senior Communications Manager.
Manager IT & Innovation (Qredits)
Vincent Stulen leads the IT & Innovation department within Qredits. Digitalisation, risk models, data-science, mobile apps, BDS tooling, digital marketing, AI, blockchain and IT architecture are some of the areas Vincent is active in. With over 10 years of experience in microfinance he is a strategic bridge builder between Qredits’ organisational goals and high-tech solutions.
Senior Officer, Technical Assistance Management
Finance in Motion GmbH
Marianne Sulzer is responsible for Technical Assistance Management for the European Fund for Southeast Europe at Finance in Motion. Her expertise is in systemic Private Sector Development, with a strong focus on inclusive financial system development and MSE promotion, as well as in complex international project management and customized advisory services for investment managers and partners.
Head of Social Banking Development
Erste Group Bank
Peter Surek is banker with 20 years of experience in running retail banking, founding a direct bank and more recently setting up social banking in different CEE markets. He heads the Social banking division in Erste Group, holds CEO position in good.bee holding and chairs the Supervisory Board of good.bee credit, Erste microfinance institution in Romania.
Senior Investment Manager (Kiva)
Kendra is dedicated to providing equal access to opportunity for all. As the Senior Investment Manager for Europe & Central Asia at Kiva, she supports Kiva’s partners to leverage crowdfunding to better serve those most in need.
Investment Manager (European Investment Fund)
Investment Manager for Inclusive finance programs at the EIF since 2014. Prior to joining EIF, Simone was based in Peru with Triple Jump Investments where he covered investments in MFIs across Latin America. He has also worked 5 years with Microfinanza Rating, providing ratings to a large number of MFIs in Latin America and Africa. Simone holds an MSc in International Business Management (LUISS, Rome) and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Director of management
Seed Capital Bizkaia Mikro
Oscar Ugarte is director of management at Seed Capital Bizkaia, a public-private Risk Capital entity with a long track record in Seed Capital operations. This company manages three Investment funds (one of the funds is focused in Social Impact Investments) and one venture capital entity named as Seed Mikro. Oscar is also Managing Director of Seed Mikro, a company specialised in microfinance operations. Likewise, he has recently created an Equity Crowdfunding Platform with the objective of reinforcing the alternative financing market for the companies of the territory.
Director of Operations and Sustainability
Luxembourg Finance Labelling Agency (LuxFLAG)
Sachin S Vankalas is a multilingual finance professional, with over a decade of professional experience in Microfinance and Impact Investing. At present, in his role as a Director of Operations and Sustainability at LuxFLAG, Sachin primarily works with Investment Funds active in Sustainable Investing themes which include Microfinance, Climate, ESG, Impact Finance, etc. He is a member of the Board of Directors at European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg (InFiNe) and International Climate Finance Accelerator (ICFA).
Team Leader at DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Shadin Viratham Pulsawatdi is a team leader within the unit in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion which is responsible for inclusive entrepreneurship, microfinance and social enterprise. He has been working for the EU institutions since 2015. He leads the team dealing with policies and funding for microfinance, including financial instruments and technical assistance, under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).
SPTF & Smart Campaign
Leah is a specialist in financial inclusion, with expertise in consumer protection and social performance management (SPM). She is a key contributor to standards, guides, and tools for SPM and consumer protection in the financial services sector. Her current roles include Accreditation Manager for the Smart Campaign and Sr. SPM Specialist for the Social Performance Task Force.