Webinar: Leapfrogging Microfinance Institutions into the Digital Age

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May 23nd, 2018


9:30am - 10.30 am EST


With the entry of new financial services actors relying on alternative credit scoring, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other cutting-edge technologies, how can Microfinance Institutions stay relevant and reap the benefits of technology in a digital age? 

Join us for a webinar sharing the experience of financial service providers in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Colombia and Mexico, partners of the OPTIX project, in weighing the cost and benefits of digital solutions and experimenting innovative approaches for their businesses and their clients. 

Mr. Krishna Thacker, Asia Regional Director for MetLife Foundation will open the discussion. Dr. Ashirul Amin, Data Analytics and Fintech expert at BFA interviewed by Maelis Carraro, Program Manager of OPTIX, will discuss the opportunities and obstacles for these financial institutions and how data-driven approaches can help them rethink their business models. 


Dr. Ashirul Amin (Senior Associate @BFA)

Ashirul is a Senior Associate at BFA, specializing in forensic portfolio analytics of financial institutions, which provide savings and loan services to low-income clients. His work informs discussions around client segmentation, product sustainability, savings behavior and cross-sell by utilizing custom-built algorithms.

Maelis Carraro- Senior Associate @BFA

Maelis is a Senior Associate at BFA. Her work focuses on business models and technology innovation to bring financial services to excluded communities. She focuses on product development and business strategy for financial service providers and fintech startups. She heads the OPTIX program, helping financial institutions digitize and build better product portfolios for their low-income customers; as well as Catalyst Fund, an accelerator for early stage inclusive fintech startups.

Krishna Thacker- Asia Regional Director @MetLife Foundation

Krishna Thacker is the Regional Director for MetLife Foundation in Asia. He is responsible to further MetLife Foundation’s mission and commitment towards financial inclusion and financial health in the Asia region. Krishna brings more than 12 years of hands-on experience in working with a wide range of financial inclusion institutions in Asia including public, private banks, and central banks.

Webinar: A Fintech Approach to Financial Inclusion

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November 2nd, 2017


9:00am - 10.30 am EST

We are pleased to announce that BFA will be hosting a Financial Inclusion Week event, which will be part of a week of global conversation exploring the most important steps to achieving full financial inclusion.  Partners from around the world are holding conversations to explore this year’s theme New Products, New Partnerships, New Potential.

BFA will host a webinar focused on the benefits, challenges and insights of fintech approaches to financial inclusion as part of Financial Inclusion Week. The webinar will highlight key findings from three of BFA’s global programs: Catalyst Fund, FIBR and OPTIX.