Tuesday January 22 // Conference day 1

 08:00      Registration & welcome coffee
SESSION 1 - OPENING PLENARY
 09:00       Word of welcome
 09:15       Opening Address
   
 09:35       The financial industry by 2020

  • Integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria in investments
  • Opportunities and challenges of providing financial services to over 4 billion people
  • What is needed to ensure we reach the SDG targets on time?
Moderator: Mr. John McGinley - Mekong Strategic Partners
Gregory Clemente - Proparco
Peter van Mierlo - FMO

 10:35      Networking coffee break
SESSION 2 - COMING OF AGE OF AN INDUSTRY
  • Plenary sessions
  • 11:10 Blended Finance
  • What is the current status quo of blended finance in Asia?
  • How does it support financial institutions?
  • What is needed to further expand its reach and impact?
  • Moderator: Ms. Safia Gulamani - Convergence
    Jerome Pirouz - TCX
    Curtis Slover - LIFT Myanmar

  • 11:10 Mongolia
  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Investment opportunities in sustainable housing
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  • Moderator: TBD
    Ms. Bolormaa Luvsandorj - Mongolia Sustainable
    Development Partners
    Mr. Tserendash Sedvanchig - DBM
    Mongolian Stock Exchange
  • Country sessions
  •  11:55 Financing MSMEs - A catalyst for impact
  • Trends in MSME financing in the region
  • How to enable growth for enterprises throughout the region?
  • What players are instrumental in growing a burgeoning SME market?

  • Moderator: TBD
    Melissa Kang - Jupiter Partners
    Freek Kortekaas - Triple Jump
    Femke Bos - Triodos
    Daniel Schriber - Symbiotics

  •  11:55 Afghanistan
  • Breaking barriers in one of the region's most frontier markets
  • Managing risks in the post-conflict context
  • Sustainability strategies and priority sectors to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth?
  • Moderator: TBD
    Frank van der Poll - FMFB
 12:45      Networking lunch
 13:00       Luncheon session: Advancing Solutions for "Forgotten" Countries

  • How can we scale up investments in small/frontier economies in Asia?
  • Making the case for fringe markets in Asia such as the Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, Bhutan etc.

Celine Georges Picot - responsAbility

SESSION 3 - MARKET DEEPDIVES
  • Plenary sessions
  • 14:00 Green Finance
  • How green is the industry and how to enable a greener economy?
  • What existing initiatives can guide the industry?
  • How does the current regulatory environment affect financial institutions, and what does it impose?

  • Antoine Predour - responsAbility

  •  14:00 The Philippines
  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • The role of (cross-border) remittances in financial markets
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  • Gus Poston -Bridge Capital
  • Country sessions
  • 14:45 Sustainable Banking and Overseas Investment from the perspectives of Thailand
  • How commercial and investment banks support the local financial markets?
  • What impact is sought after, and how to connect needs with means?
  • Outlook for a changing FI landscape
  • Sarinee Achavanuntakul - Sal Forest Foundation

  •  14:45 Bangladesh
  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  • Saiful Islam - BEES
 15:45      Networking tea break
 15:45       Workshop session: Local Currency Solutions

  • Bridging the gap between cross-border borrowers and lenders
  • Sustainable strategies for mitigating currency risk in volatile markets

SESSION 4 - BROADENING THE REACH AND SCOPE
  • Plenary sessions
  • 16:15 Gender Lens Financing
  • Mapping the market opportunity
  • Identifying key financing challenges for female founders
  • Lessons learned from investing in the female economy
  • Moderator: Michael Rabonza - Connecting
    Founders
    Jayaroopa Jeyabarathi - Patamar Capital
    Jessica Robinson - Moxie

  • 16:15 Vietnam
  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  • Moderator: TBD
  • Country sessions
  •  17:05 Agri-business and Forestry
  • Overview of business models and opportunities for investment
  • Successful initiatives and options for scaling up
  • Key barriers and solutions across the region
  • Moderator: TBD
    Anil Kumar - Samunnati

  •  17:05 Pakistan
  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  • Asad Mahmood - Sima Funds
    Omer Ghani - Enclude
 17:55       Wrap-up day 1 and closing words
 18:10            Networking cocktail reception
 20:00            End of day 1

Asad Mahmood

Asad Mahmood, CEO and Managing Partner of Social Investment Managers & Advisors, LLC (SIMA), is one of the longest serving fund managers in the social investment space. SIMA is a unique asset management company focused on attracting scaled private sector institutional investments to social sectors, starting with a $75mm fund for off-grid solar and financial inclusion in Africa and South Asia. Asad has created 10 funds for Deutsche Bank’s Global Social Investments group in microfinance, health, housing, and social enterprise, and has managed over US $1.5 billion in social investments domestically and internationally in 50+ countries covering 200+ relationships with less than 0.5% of losses. Asad is also (i) a Founding Board member of the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), (ii) a member of the Advisory Council for Social Investments for the World Economic Forum, (ii) a member of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) working committee to establish financial definitions for the solar industry, and (iv) an Advisory Board member for Enterprise Community Partners.