INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, 181 Zheltoksan Street Almaty, 050013

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Event Date Thu Sep 6 BST - Fri Sep 7 BST (about 3 years ago)
In your timezone (EST): Thu Sep 6 12:00am - Fri Sep 7 12:00am
181 Zheltoksan Street Almaty, 050013
Region EMEA

The concept of Micro finance was introduced about 35 years ago. However, now it is not just a poverty reduction tool but a foundation for further financial sector development in developing countries.
At present, the sector is facing significant changes:
- new products are being developed and launched by MFIs (microfinance institutions)
- more and more traditional financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions are getting involved in microfinance
- local authorities are developing and tuning up regulations in order to facilitate and speed up further financial sector development
- microfinance is seen as a reliable sector for private equity investments,

Event will gather together development organizations, banks, specialized microfinance institutions, foundations, and responsible investment managers. The participants will discuss transparency, regulations, transformation of MF industry, social reporting standards, investment, risk and asset management, and innovation from a different angle (senior top level speakers that will bring lessons learned in order to derive applicable solutions)


2018 Speaker:

Dr. Markus Aschendorf
Head of Division/Financial System Development KfW, Germany

Dr. Markus Aschendorf
Head of Division/Financial System Development KfW, Germany

Debbie Watkins
Managing Director, APMEA, Fern Software, Singapore

Emir Boobekov
Head of Coordinating Unit of the National Fin Lit Program, National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic

Farida Abdulhafizova
Regional Manager for Central Asia, the Caucasus and Russia Micro Finanza Rating, Kyrgyz Republic

Hans van Houwelingen
CEO, ACTIAM, Netherlands

Natia Tsotsonava
Head of Division, First Division of Non-Banking Institutions Supervision, Non-Banking Institutions Supervision Department National Bank of Georgia

Anatoliy Glukhov
Director, AMFOK, Kazakhstan

Rishat Mukhamedzhanov
Chief Operations Officer, The First MicroFinance Company, Kyrgyz Republic

Inna Mazur
Country Manager, Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation, Tajikistan

Kakha Gabeskiria
Head of Committee of Finance, Georgian Microfinance Association

Rusudan Kharabadze
Business Development Manager for Caucasus and Africa, ASPEKT – Business Analysis and Global Solutions, Macedonia

Peter Johnson
Managing Partner, Developing World Markets, USA

Karlygash Rayhanova
Chairman of the Board, MFO “KMF”, Kazakhstan

Cassandra Colbert
Regional Manager for Central Asia, International Finance Corporation, Kyrgyz Republic

Nurgul Dzhunushalieva
Head of the Methodology of Supervision and Licensing of Non-Bank Financial and Credit Organizations Division at the Supervision of Non-Bank Financial and Credit Organizations Department, National Bank of Kazakhstan

Dauren Salimbaev
The Director of the Department of methodology of the financial market, National Bank of Kazakhstan

Akihisa Shirasaka
Manager, Crowdcredit, Japan

Natalia Barker
Project Manager, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany

Giovanni Capannelli
Country Director, Asian Development Bank, Kazakhstan

Kairat Shalabay
MSME Finance Expert, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany

Elena Sikk
Manager of the Project “Transition to EPS and OSU”, expert in automation of accounting financial reporting and synchronization of business processes, Brainysoft, Russia

Marat Bekzhanov
CEO,, Kazakhstan

Sponsors & Partners

2018 Sponsors and partners:


• Fern Software
• ASPEKT Business Analyses and Global Solution
• Frankfurt School
• Crowdcredit

• Micro Capital
• CGAP Micro finance Gateway
• Gregorian Micrifinance Association
• Association of Microfinance Organizations of Kazakhstan