Over the course of 2 days a wide range expert speakers and market leaders will share their insights: hear the latest on emerging topics and on the most active markets.


Day 1

 08:30           Registration & welcome coffee
SESSION 1 - OPENING PLENARY
 09:00            Welcome and Opening Address
 09:20            Financial Inclusion: Enabling Growth

  • Enabling Asia’s growth through increasing access to financial services
  • Capitalizing on an opportunity to realize impact on an unprecedented scale

 09:45            Universal Financial Access by 2020

  • Opportunities and challenges of providing financial services to over 4 billion people
  • What is needed to ensure we reach the SDG targets on time?
 10:10            Networking Break
SESSION 2 - COMING OF AGE OF AN INDUSTRY
 10:50            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?

 11:40            Financing SMEs - A Catalyst for Impact

  • Trends in SME financing in the region
  • How to enable growth for enterprises throughout the region?
  • What players are instrumental in growing a burgeoning SME market?
 12:30            Lunch
SESSION 3 - COUNTRY DEEPDIVES
 13:45              Myanmar

  • What are the most pressing challenges of today for Banks and MFIs?
  • Where do these challenges align and where do the differ?
  • How does the current regulatory environment affect financial institutions, and what does it impose?
  •  13:45              The Philippines

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • The role of (cross-border) remittances in financial markets
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  14:30              Afghanistan

  • Breaking barriers in the region’s most frontier market
  • Managing risks in the post-conflict context
  •  14:30              Bangladesh

  • MFIs in the shade of the big founding fathers?
  • How to reach the second largest market in South Asia?
  •  15:50            Networking Break
    SESSION 4 - BROADENING THE REACH AND SCOPE
     16:30            Gender Lens Financing

    • Mapping the market opportunity
    • Identifying key financing challenges for female founders
    • Lessons learned from investing in the female economy

     17:20            International Banks and their Impact on the Ground throughout the Region

    • 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

     18:15            Wrap-up day 1 and closing words
     18:30            Networking cocktail reception
     19:30            Conference dinner


    Day 2

     08:30           Registration & welcome coffee
    SESSION 5 - SCALING UP DEBT AND EQUITY INITIATIVES
     09:00            Welcome words and recap of Day 1
     09:10            Drawing private equity into the MFI sectors

    • Review of latest transactions and market updates
    • What do valuations look like for 2019?
      10:00            Money market matters - mitigating and managing risks

    • Keys to developing stable and inclusive money market ecosystems
    • Lessons learned by central and regional banks in money market transactions
    • Solving challenges in legal enforceability that inhibit investor comfort and recourse
     10:50            Networking Break
    SESSION 6 - DISRUPTION & INNOVATION
     11:30            Disruptive Innovations and Trends in Asia’s Financial Markets

    • How do impact and development investors support local financial markets?
    • What do investors look for and how do they approach new markets?
    • Can we align efforts and goals?
     12:10            AWARD CEREMONY - Disruptive Ideas for Financial Inclusion

    • 3 finalists will pitch their disruptive ideas for the chance to win an award
    • The audience and jury will vote for the best innovation
    • An award ceremony will be held for the winner
     12:45            Networking Lunch - Co-located with Country Focused Roundtables
    SESSION 7 - COUNTRY DEEPDIVES
     13:45              India

  • What has happened in the biggest microfinance market in 2018?
  • Which key risks are prevailing in the country?
  • Setting expectations for 2019 and what to look out for?
  •  13:45              Uzbekistan

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  14:30              Niche Markets: Does Size Matter?

  • Is there space for smaller countries?
  • How to attract or set up an impactful industry?
  •  14:30              Pakistan

  • How can financial institutions thrive in a difficult macroeconomic environment?
  • How do national institutions, like the State Bank, assist the industry?
  •  15:15            Networking Break
    SESSION 8 - EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES BY SECTOR
     16:00              Making leasing models work in microfinance

  • Current status of the business model in the region
  • What role can leasing companies fulfill?
  •  16:00              Green Finance

  • How green is the industry and how to enable a greener economy?
  • What existing initiatives can guide the industry?
  •  16:45              Housing Finance

  • Status and outlook for inclusive housing markets
  • Financing opportunities and challenges in the region
  •  16:45              Agri-Finance

  • Overview of business models and opportunities across the region
  • Successful initiatives and options for scaling up
  •  17:15            Closing the loop, universal financial access by 2020

    • What will drive the conversation coming year?
    • Where should the industry focus their efforts?
    • What pitfalls to avoid?
     18:00            Closing Words and Recap
     18:30            End of Conference with Networking Cocktail Reception

     
     

    Day 1

     08:30           Registration & welcome coffee
    SESSION 1 - OPENING PLENARY
     08:45            Welcome and Opening Address
     09:00            Financial Inclusion: Enabling Growth

    • Enabling Asia’s growth through increasing access to financial services
    • Capitalizing on an opportunity to realize impact on an unprecedented scale

     09:45            Universal Financial Access 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?
     10:30            Networking Break
    SESSION 2 - COMING OF AGE OF AN INDUSTRY

     11:00              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?
     11:00              Mongolia

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Investment opportunities in sustainable housing
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  11:50              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?
  •  11:50              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?
  •  12:40            Lunch
    SESSION 3 - MARKET DEEPDIVES
     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?
  •  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
  •  14:45              Agri-business and Forestry

  • Overview of business models
  • Successful initiatives and options for scaling up
  •  14:45              Bangladesh

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  15:45            Networking Break
    SESSION 4 - BROADENING THE REACH AND SCOPE
     16:15              Gender Lens Financing

  • Mapping the market opportunity
  • Identifying key financing challenges for female founders
  • Lessons learned from investing in the female economy
  •  16:15              Vietnam

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  17:05     International Banks and their Impact on the Ground throughout the Region

  • 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
  •  17:05              Pakistan

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  17:55            Wrap-up day 1 and closing words
     18:10            Networking cocktail reception
     19:30            Conference dinner


    Day 2

     08:30           Registration & welcome coffee
    SESSION 5 - SCALING UP EQUITY AND DEBT INITIATIVES
     08:45            Welcome and Opening Address
     08:50       Mobilizing private equity for inclusive finance

    • Review of latest transactions and market updates
    • What do valuations look like for 2019?
    • How can more private equity be mobilized?
     08:50       Uzbekistan

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  09:40       Money markets matter - mitigating and managing risk

  • Why money markets matter?
  • Most common real and perceived risks that inhibit well-functioning, deeper and more liquid money markets in the region.
  •  09:40       Cambodia

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  10:30            Networking Break
    SESSION 6 - INNOVATION

     11:00              Disruptive Innovations and Trends in Asia’s Financial Markets

  • How do impact and development investors support local financial markets?
  • What do investors look for and how do they approach new markets?
  • Can we align efforts and goals?
  •  11:00              Indonesia

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  11:50            DISRUPTIVE IDEAS CHALLENGE - 3 pitches from shortlisted candidates including interactive voting
     12:45            Lunch
    SESSION 7 - MARKET DEEPDIVES
     14:00       Building climate resilient incomes for rural households

  • Understanding how rural and peri-urban household’s income generating activities in the region are at risk
  • Solutions for building resilient sources of income through specialized micro-insurance
  •  14:00       Nepal

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  14:50       Myanmar commercial and MFI case studies

  • Overview of business models
  • Successful initiatives and options for scaling up
  •  14:50       Sri Lanka

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  15:50            Networking Break
    SESSION 8 - TOWARDS AN INCLUSIVE FUTURE
     16:20       Making leasing models work in microfinance

  • Current status of the business model in the region
  • What role can they fulfill?
  • Future outlook and investment opportunities
  •  16:20              India

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  17:10     Sustainable Housing finance

  • Status and outlook for inclusive housing in the region
  • Financing opportunities and challenges
  •  17:10              Thailand

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  18:00            AWARD CEREMONY AND NETWORKING RECEPTION