Agenda

Invest EU practical session for MFIs

In March 2022, the European Commission and the EIB Group signed the InvestEU agreement. EIF later launched its Call for expression of interest on its new “Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship” guarantee and will be launching its Capacity building investment product. The objective of this session will be to get a good understanding of the functioning of InvestEU and its funding products.

Speaker

Per-Erik Eriksson (EIF), Peter Surek (Erste Social Finance Holding), Polyvios Eliofotou (DG EMPL)

EMN TA in response to the Covid-19 crisis

Limited access session

Welcome from EMN President Laure Coussirat-Coustère, Adie, France

Speed networking: meet your investors & policy makers

Dedicated to creating contacts between MFIs and potential social investors and/or EU policymakers. Participants can book time slots with interesting parties over one hour and half. This tailored networking opportunity, based on the principle of ‘speed dating’ will help create new partnerships, consolidate existing ones, raise awareness on certain issues or simply exchange between microfinance professionals.

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Organisations

EMN, Banca Etica, EIF, BNP Paribas Fortis, MFR, Inpulse, Frankfurt School

Workshop 1

13 years after the Small Business Act, the European Commission released the much awaited Social Economy Action Plan (SEAP). How can the microfinance sector support social enterprises? How do the European regulatory and funding framework match the SEAP’s objectives?

Speaker

Patrick Sapy (FAIR), Ann Branch (EU Commission), Carlos Lozano (CEPES), Víctor Meseguer (SEE), Julien Le Guennec (Olenergie) 

Workshop 2

During this session our speakers will discuss how can MFIs participate more effectively in the Europe Green Deal and how they can support their clients in the green transition? How MFIs can adjust their products to better contribute to the green transformation? How to ensure a “social” green transition?

Moderator: Silke Müffelmann (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)

Speakers: Patrick Somerhausen (Funds For Good), Selma Jahic (Partner), Davide Forcella (CBIFI-Institute/ GICSF-AG), Patrick Klein (Head of sector - social economy and social entrepreneurship, European Commission), Perinne 

Singlify/Qredits Session

This session aims to present Singlify & Qredits achievements in  their journey to help MFIs’ digitilization. The session will then turn interactive, by  focusing on the main challenges faced by MFIs in creating their own digitilization strategy.

Speaker

Chair of the session: Matthew Edwards (Chairman of the board Singlify)

Speakers: Elwin Groenevelt (CEO Qredits), Evelyne Oprel (International Relations Manager Qredits), Maarten Rooney (CEO Singlify)

DigitalSolutions Marketplace

The microfinance sector is very active and has been instrumental in keeping entrepreneurs afloat throughout Europe during these tough times, but it still needs all hands on deck to achieve ”an inclusive finance for an inclusive future”. The DigitalSolutions Marketplace will be the perfect opportunity for participants to meet with various digital providers to discover what is on offer and even to establish partnerships. 

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Organisations

Fern Software, Qlana, Juakali, Rubyx, Singlify

Workshop 3

The Theory Of Change is inherently linked to impact management and measurement. This workshop will allow you to gain better knowledge of the ToC concept, provide key elements to understand why it is essential for microfinance development.

Moderator: Katia Raguzzoni

Speakers: Bruno Dunkel (Inpulse), Fermi Capel Moreno (Microbank), Sara Seganti (EVPA), Cristina Dumitrescu (EIF), Dana Verbal (European Commission)

Workshop 4

Digitalization of financial services is critical to remain relevant and sustainable in a modern economy. But usually, digitalization is envisaged in opposition to the human touch. In this session, we want to explore the mechanics through which digitalization and human touch

Moderator: Sahana Arun Kumar (Amarante Consulting)

Speakers: Herjola Spahiu (NOA), Denis Moinotte (Rubyx), Franziska Koefer (Twente University/SFIDE project)

EMN-MFC Overview Survey’s Preliminary Results Presentation

Spotlight on EFSD

During this session dedicated to our members from the Western Balkans, we will learn more on the European Fund for Sustainable Development plus (EFSD+) which could support the microfinance sector in this region.  

Spotlight on InvestEU for social and microfinance

In the light of the new InvestEU Guarantee product for Social & Micro enterprises, the Capacity Building Investment Product as well as the new Technical Assistance Programme (MFSETA / SEFTA) for practitioners in the EU-27, the word shall be spread among the sector. The EMN conference presents a good platform for announcing the initiatives and to invite practitioners for application. 

Speaker

Speakers: Caroline LENTZ (EMN), Bruno Robino (EIB), Cristina Dumitrescu (EIF)

Workshop 5

Due to the current situation in Ukraine, and its dramatic outcome, this session aims to outline the best practices of financial and social inclusion for migrants and refugees. A special focus will be on the “cross fertilisation” that can happen between East & West Europe

Speaker

Moderator: Caroline Tsilikounas (EMN)

Speakers: Stefan Buciuc (BCR Social Finance), David Taquin (microStart), Sofia Tzelepi, Andrea Limone (PerMicro)

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Pre-Conference Activities
15th June

11:00 - 12:30
Chestnut I & II

Invest EU practical session for MFIs
(members only, upon invitation) + EasiTA session

12:30 - 14:00
1st Floor Lobby
Lunch
14:00 - 15:00
Buckeye I
EMN Advocacy Committee meeting
Buckeye II
EMN TA in response to the Covid-19 crisis - project closure meeting
15:00 - 16:00
Elm
EMN Research Committee meeting
Chestnut I & II
Working Group: National Networks
16:00 - 16:30
1st Floor Lobby
Coffee Break & General Assembly registrations
16:30 - 18:00
Chestnut I & II

General Assembly Meeting

Speakers: Franziska Koefer (SFIDE projet), Davide Forcella (CBIFI-Institute/ GICSF-AG), Stefano Baldussi (Banca Etica), Silke Müffelmann (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management), ImpaktEU project presentation, Cristina Dumitrescu (EIF)

18:00 - 20:00
1st Floor Lobby
Members’ Cocktail

 

1st Day Conference
16th June

08:00 - 09:00
Lobby Ground Floor
Registration
09:00 - 10:15
Ballroom II

Welcome from EMN President Laure Coussirat-Coustère, Adie (France)

Address from Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians

Keynote speeches:

Gelsomina VIGLIOTTI, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
(EIB)

Ruth PASERMAN
Director for Funds, Programming and Implementation DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Commission

10:15 - 11:45
Ballroom I/ Walnut II & III/ Lobby
Networking & Coffee Break
Speed networking: meet your investors & policy makers
Are you an Investor / Policy Maker interested in taking part of this networking and meet new partners? » Contact us
11:45 - 13:00
Ballroom II

Workshop 1

"What role can financial inclusion actors play under the Social Economy Action Plan"(EaSI TA)

13:00 - 14:15
Ballroom I/ Walnut II & III/ Lobby
Lunch Break
14:15 - 15:30
Ballroom II

Workshop 2

"Greening inclusive finance" (EaSI TA)

Chestnut I & II

Singlify/Qredits Session
“How the Singlify/Qredits partnership is helping MFIs to digitize”

15:30 - 16:45
Ballroom I/ Walnut II & III/ Lobby
Networking & Coffee Break
DigitalSolutions Marketplace

Are you a Digital Solutions Provider interested in taking part of this networking and meet new partners? » Contact us
16:45 - 18:00
Ballroom II

Workshop 3

"Impact and Theory of Change: what, how, why?"

Chestnut I & II

Workshop 4
"Digitalisation and human touch: where does one start and one end?"

18:00 - 20:00
Ballroom I/ Walnut II & III/ Lobby
Cocktail

 

2nd Day Conference
17th June

09:00 - 09:30
Ballroom II
Welcome & EMN-MFC Overview Survey’s Preliminary Results Presentation

Olivier de Schutter (video message)
09:30 - 10:30
Chestnut I
Spotlight on EFSD
Ballroom II

Spotlight on InvestEU for social and microfinance

10:30 - 11:00
Ballroom I/ Walnut I, II & III/ Lobby
Coffee Break & departure for the field visit
11:00 - 12:45
Ballroom II

Workshop 5

“Financial inclusion for migrants and refugees:
East and West experiences”
(EaSI TA)

11:30 - 13:30
Visit to the European Parliament (Max. 50 people)
12:45 - 13:45
Ballroom I/ Walnut I, II & III/ Lobby
Lunch

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