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Conference Agenda
Monday, September 29, 2014
07:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:45
Opening Remarks & Keynote Speakers
Welcoming remarks by Sanabel Network and Grameen –Jameel Microfinance Ltd, The World Bank and distinguished keynote speakers from UAE and the region to address the current development of the sector.
  • Hassan Faired, Chairman – Sanabel Network
  • Zaher Al Munajjed, Chairman – Grameen Jameel Microfinance Ltd.
  • Sahar Nasr, Program Manager and Leader, World Bank Group
  • HE Abdul Basset Al Janahi, CEO Dubai SME
Location: Al Ras Hall
09:45 – 11:00
Symposium: Crossroad Reflections -How Relevant Are We?
There are ongoing changes in the region at various levels: providers, networks and support agencies, investors and regulators. This introductory session will focus on presenting the regional trends, challenges, risks, and opportunities, while broadly touching on the various topics that will be discussed during the conference. The session will challenge us to reflect on what we have achieved over the past decade and what needs to be achieved in the next one, and how.
Moderator:
  • Niveen Abboushi, Microfinance Specialist
Speakers:
  • Melina Djre, MIX
  • Mohammed Khaled, IFC MENA
  • Johannes Majewski, GIZ Regional
Location: Al Ras Hall
11:00 - 11:45 Networking Opportunity / Coffee Break
11:45 – 13:15
Concurrent Sessions
The Risky Business of Microfinance - Risk and Risk Management in the Arab Countries
This session will present the findings of the Regional Risk Survey, "The Voices", conducted by Sanabel and IFC that identifies key risks to the Arab microfinance sector. It will also discuss what can be done, and has been done, by various MFIs in the region to build strong risk management function that can help identify risks early, reduce their occurrence and mitigate their impact.
Moderator:
  • Bassem Khanfar, Microfinance Specialist
Speakers:
  • Matthew Leonard, IFC MENA
  • Hassan Faried, CEO, DBACD
  • Muna Al-Alami, Gaza Region Manager, Faten
Location: Al Ras 2
Responsible Inclusive Finance – From Intent to Action
This session discusses what is Responsible Inclusive Finance and how can we contribute to this movement? This interactive panel discussion will provide definitions and highlights some of the initiatives and resources available to MFIs; it will then provide a pathway for MFIs to improve their practices in five stages – Learn, Assess, Plan, Implement and Demonstrate.
Moderator:
  • Katie Hoffmann, Social Performance Task Force
Speakers:
  • Alex Counts, Grameen Foundation
  • Alexandra Rizzi, SMART Campaign
  • Jürgen Hammer, Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation
  • Alia Farahat, Al Majmoua
Location: Al Ras 1
An Intergenerational Perspective - Innovative Approaches to Better Serve the Youth
This panel session will present a range of examples from across the region of how MFIs in partnership with support organizations and technology providers are developing solutions to effectively target the next generation of clients, and help us understand the benefits of combining financial and non-financial services to better serve youth.
Moderator:
  • Justin Sykes, Silatech
Speakers:
  • Motaz Tabaa, CEO, Alexandria Business Association, Egypt
  • Chamseddine Ouerdiane, CEO, Proinvest, Tunisia
  • Ghada Khalifa, Head of Citizenship, Microsoft, Egypt
  • Mohamed RaafiHossain, Programme Manager, Narwi, Regional
Location: Al Ras 3
13:15 – 14:45 Networking Opportunity / Lunch Break
14:45 – 16:00
Concurrent Sessions
Transformation - Opportunities and Challenges Facing MFIs Today
This session will highlight how MFIs go about the process of transformation, how they assess their preparedness as well as the common opportunities created, and the challenges faced during the process. The panellists will guide us through their hands on experience and share with us their different perspectives.
Moderator:
  • Youssef Fawaz
Speakers:
  • Mahmoud Montassir, Tunisian MF Authority
  • Claudia Zeigler, Sanad
  • Essma Ben Hamida , Executive Director, Enda
  • GaamaaHishigsuren, IFC Global Team, DC
  • Wolfgang Reuss, Director, KfW Development Bank, Frankfurt,
Location: Al Ras 2
Microinsurance - Challenges in Developing a Market of Microinsurance in the Region
The idea behind this session is to challenge the different stakeholders of a micro-insurance market on the questions: Why is micro-insurance spreading worldwide, but not in the MENA Region. What is missing? Who has to move first? What could spark the development?
Moderator:
  • Matthias Range, GIZ Headquarters
Speakers:
  • Arup Chatterjee, Principal Financial Sector Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • JérômeDroesch, AXA Insurance – Middle East and Gulf States
  • Youssef Bencheqroun, Executive Director, Al Amana, Morocco
Location: Al Ras 1
Engaging with the Private Sector – Potential Benefits
During this session, the panelists with their diverse background will share their experiences of engagement with the private sector; highlighting potential benefits and challenges and allowing us to explore how such partnerships can benefit the microfinance sector, in its attempts to diversify its offer and increase its outreach.
Moderator:
  • Rebecca Hill
Speakers:
  • Amira Halaby, Grameen Jameel Microfinance Ltd.
  • Dalal Takla, HR and Development Manager, DBACD, Egypt
  • Ajay Bhandoola, Volunteer from the Private Sector
  • Edward Hills - Associate at Latham & Watkins
Location: Al Ras 3
16:00 – 16:30 Networking Opportunity / Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:30
Concurrent Sessions
The Missing Middle Opportunities - Lessons Learned from VSE
This session will present the findings of a recent IFC paper that explored how MFIs in the more mature markets of Latin America and the Caribbean have adapted their products and processes in order to serve the missing middle, and highlights the motivations behind it and the challenges faced in doing so. It will also compare this experience to that of other MFIs in the region who are currently up scaling their lending to this segment.
Moderator:
  • Gaamaa Hishigsuren, IFC Global Team, DC
Speakers:
  • Youssef Al Kuraimi, CEO, Al Kuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank, Yemen
  • Gaamaa Hishigsuren,  IFC Global Team, DC
  • Hiba Farid, CEO, Leaders of Change Consultancy
Location: Al Ras 2
Innovation in Sharia Compliant Microfinance – Going Beyond Murabaha
The discussion will revolve around several issues around the sharia compliant financial services, and will help us respond to key questions specifically on innovation and replication of these products, the potential scale, and sustainability – is it attainable?
Moderator:
  • Hoda Salman, Triple Jump
Speakers:
  • Mayada El-Zoghbi, CGAP
  • Yasir Tariq, COO of Wasil Foundation
  • ShehabMarzban, Shekra
Location: Al Ras 1
Value Chain Finance – Successful Approaches for Expanding Microfinance Services Along the Value Chain
The session will begin with an overview of the main characteristics and background on value chains in general and value chain finance in particular, before describing different value chain finance approaches in different industry sectors. The discussion will lead us to consider a few issues; can innovative VCF approaches enhance MSME outreach and competitiveness? Is it a viable consideration? Or are credit guarantee schemes necessary? And could it be the next phase of enhanced product diversification efforts for the MFIs in the region as they envision a more inclusive environment?
Moderator:
  • Simone Iltgen, GIZ, Germany
Speakers:
  • Daniel Lambart, GIZ Morocco
  • Victor Gran Serat, MIT D-Lab
  • Nahla El-Okdah , IFC
Location: Al Ras 3
19:00 – 23:00 Networking Opportunity / Gala Dinner
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
09:00 – 10:30
Symposium: Legal and Regulatory Framework for Microfinance in the Arab countries
This session will highlight current efforts taken by Arab governments to address the major deficiencies in the regulatory and legal framework while improving access to financial services and products. The discussion will address measures needed to transform the underdeveloped microfinance sector to be more inclusive, efficient, and transparent. The speakers representing regulators from Arab countries will highlight their experiences from several countries across the region and help us betterunderstand the progress so far, and what remains to be achieved.
Moderator:
  • Sahar Nasr, Program Manager and Leader, World Bank Group – MENA
Speakers:
  • Mahmoud Montassir, Tunisian Microfinance Authority
  • NiveenBadr, Social Development Fund, Egypt
  • Mohammed Al Lai, Al Amal Bank, Yemen
Location: Al Ras Hall
10:30 - 11:15 Networking Opportunity / Coffee Break
11:00 – 13:00
Asset & Liability Management Workshop
The workshop will provide an overview on the definitions and concept of ALM, as well as its relevance to MFIs, in addition to the institutional structures and risk management functions that are necessary for the successful Asset and Liability Management. It will also provide an understanding of how to use ALM in generating reports and adjusting policies.
Facilitator:
  • Karla Brom
Language: Arabic & English
Location: Al Ras 3
11:15 - 12:45
Concurrent Sessions
Weathering the Storm - Dealing with the 2009 Moroccan Crisis
This session will highlight the lessons learned from how the three largest MFIs managed to address and deal with the impact of the Moroccan crisis, share the main lessons learned from this process, as well as re-examine some of the reasons behind it based on the findings of a new paper commissioned by IFC which takes a second look at data collected during this period from the leading MFIs in Morocco.
Moderator:
  • Nadine Chehade, Regional Representative – CGAP MENA
Speakers:
  • Daniel Rozas, IFC Consultant and Author of Moroccan Microfinance Crisis Paper
  • Mohamed Allouch, Executive Director, Attawfik Microfinance/FBP, Morocco
  • DrissBennani, Executive Director, Fondep, Morocco
  • Youssef Bencheqroun, Executive Director, Al Amana, Morocco
Location: Al Ras 2
Unlocking the Opportunity of the Women's Market - Leadership, Innovation and Measurement
In this panel, speakers will explore the key elements of successfully reaching the women's market, including investment in women's leadership at the institutional level, product innovation to meet women client's lifecycle needs, and the monitoring tools to demonstrate the financial and social impact of serving low-income women.
Moderator:
  • Cathleen Tobin, Women World Banking, New York
Speakers:
  • Huda Sayegh, Al Majmouah
  • Fadi Tawabini, MFW jordan
  • Celina Kawas,  Women's World Banking
Location: Al Ras 1
12:45 – 14:15 Networking Opportunity / Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00
Corporate Governance Workshop
The workshop will discuss the relevance of Corporate Governance in the microfinance sector and how it differs from other industries. It will also discuss the current corporate structure and understand in-depth its composition; in terms of diversity, leadership, board responsibilities and legal obligations (duty of care, fiduciary duties). By understanding the Board's internal and external framework, as well as its surrounding culture we can begin to understand the ramifications that it may have and how that can impact the Board's ability to mitigate risk, which will help in identifying and prioritizing these risks and subsequently dealing with them.
Facilitator:
  • Karla Brom
Language: Arabic & English
Location: Al Ras 3
14:15 – 15:45
Concurrent Sessions
A Debate: Is the era for donor funding in Arab Countries over?
There have been major changes in the regional landscape with regulators opening up to the importance of financial inclusion; many countries have made important regulatory changes which are opening up opportunities for innovations. Most importantly, there are many emerging players. In this landscape, what is the role of MFIs? Will they remain relevant and if so, how? And yet, donor funding and how it has been allocated continues in the same way it has for the past 10 years or more.
Moderator:
  • Mayada El-Zoghbi, CGAP
Speakers:
  • Peter Mchonaghy,  World Bank Group, DC
  • Claudia Zeigler, Sanad
  • Matthias Range, GIZ Headquarters
Location: Al Ras 2
Digital Finance and Mobile Banking - Technology and Regulation (the Hen and the Egg Problem)
This session is supposed to kick-off an open and realistic discussion on the real chances and current developments that takes place in the Arab region in Digital Finance. It looks at the hen-and-egg problematic context regarding digital finance in the Arab countries, and explicitly asks critical and realistic views.
Moderator:
  • Thomas Rahn, GIZ
Speakers:
  • Alaa Al-Abbassi, CGAP, Legal Advisor
  • MichealLooft, Kiva - Global
  • Ziad El Refai, Tamweelcom, Jordan
  • Simon Bill, World Bank
Location: Al Ras 1
15:45 – 16:15 Networking Opportunity / Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:15
Awards Ceremony
The ceremony will honor the "GIZ/Sanabel Award" winner in Innovative Approaches to Enhance Access to Finance for Women, as well as and "Grameen Jameel Award" winners in 3 categories; Leadership, Sustainable Growth, and Innovation. The ceremony will highlight their achievements and distribute their trophies.
Moderator:
  • Fatina Abu Okab, Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd.
Speakers:
  • Johannes Moyewski, GIZ, Egypt
  • Zaher Al Munajjed, Chairman, Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd
  • Representatives of the four winning MFIs .
Location: Al Ras Hall
17:15 – 18:00
Closing Session
  • Hassan Faried, Chairman, Sanabel
  • Zaher Al Munajjed, Chairman, Grameen Jameel Ltd
Location: Al Ras Hall
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