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Day 3; 26 May

 

Overview

CONFERENCE DAY 3: Friday, 26 May
09:30-10:45 Workshop 4a Workshop 4b Workshop 4c
Regulatory framework (for MFIs) and financial inclusion-overcoming challenges to ensure a proper balance Women taking lead: The empowerment of women in leadership positions. Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence?
COFFEE BREAK
11:15-12:30 Plenary session: Winners and losers in the digital and automated era: the future of jobs, skills and entrepreneurship
12:30-12:40 Presentation of the date and location of the 2018 MFC Conference
12:40-12:50 Conference closing
12:50-13:50 Lunch break MFC Digitalization Working Group lunch disscussion (by invitation only)
15:00-18:00 2017 CEO Summit

 

Description

Workshop 4a - Regulatory framework (for MFIs) and financial inclusion-overcoming challenges to ensure a proper balance

This panel will provide a brief walk-through of different institutional and legal forms of microfinance institutions, open a discussion on legal assumptions and challenges for achieving complete financial inclusion, and emphasize the challenges faced by all the stakeholders as well as experiences gained in BiH and around the world. Specifically: how can regulators design effective anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regulation, that meets national and international goals and standards without sacrificing financial inclusion? How do global examples compare to the situation of the MFI sector in BiH?

Moderator:
Mirzet Ribic, Independent Consultant, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Panelists:
tbc

 

Workshop 4b - Women taking lead: The empowerment of women in leadership positions.

What does it take for a woman to make a career and thrive as a leader? Can an organization like Woman Advancing Microfinance serve as a vehicle to promote and support a young woman's career? This panel will demonstrate careers of women who succeeded in making national and international careers in financial sector, with a special focus on microfinance. We’ll hear from the General Manager of one of the biggest and best-performing microfinance institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina on how she built up her institution, as well as two other successful women professionals, who will discuss their career paths in international financial organizations.

Moderator:       
Nejira Nalić, MCF MI Bospo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Panelists:
Dželila Hadžović, KfW, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Natasa Goronja, The Boulder Institute of Microfinance, USA
Sadina Bina, EKI, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Katarzyna Pawlak, Microfinance Centre (MFC), Poland

 

Workshop 4c - Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence?

Though the “Green Microfinance” agenda has been developing slowly (and perhaps more reluctantly on the part of some), ECA microfinance institutions are rightly proud of their notable achievements in this arena. This session will present case studies and discuss how green microfinance really is. We will unpack different institutional approaches to environment protection, and try to get to the bottom of the billion dollar question: is being green for everybody, or just those who can afford it?

Moderator:
Ewa Bańkowska, Microfinance Centre (MFC), Poland

Panelists:
Anand Chandani, responsAbility Investments AG, Switzerland
Olesya Paukova, Kompanion, Kyrgyzstan

 

Plenary session: Winners and losers in the digital and automated era: the future of jobs, skills and entrepreneurship

We have reached the threshold that some people call the “fourth industrial revolution”, one that is marked by the rise of robots, artificial intelligence and automation. Technology is transforming our lives in ways we could not have dreamed of even a few years ago.  These technologies are also reshaping the workplace and the ways we interact with each other. This will have major implications for underlying business models and the way in which work is organized.  At the same time, many scientists warn that the impact of this new revolution on labor markets will be drastic, with millions of jobs on the line.  What will jobs look like in 2037? What will happen to people who lose their jobs as a result of automation?  What skills will be in greatest demand 20 years from now?  What government policy will can (or should) counteract the impact of automation?  Will self-employment become an even more important way of designing people’s careers?  Who is likely to gain and who will lose?  Join us for this exciting discussion about the future of jobs, skills and entrepreneurship.

Moderator:
Sarah Forster, The Good Economy, UK [tbc]

Panelists:
Dimitrios Niafas, European Commission (EC), Belgium
Klaas Molenaar, Haagse Hogeschool, the Netherlands [tbc]
Elisabeth Rhyne, Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, USA [tbc]
Joanna Ramini, Aspen Institute, USA [tbc]

 

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