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December 31st is the first application deadline for the 2013 Harvard Business School-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership for Microfinance.

The Program – the world’s first education course to provide high-level management and leadership training for those shaping the microfinance industry – will be held April 1-6 at the HBS campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As in previous years, the course will employ the HBS-pioneered case method approach in which participants work through real-life situations and decisions while exploring the key issues shaping financial inclusion.

Past Program participants encompass an array of financial inclusion leaders, including executives from microfinance institutions to conventional commercial banks and policymakers. Here’s what a few of them have said about their experiences with the Program:

“It was a wonderful experience with detailed insights of case studies and networking with leaders across the global microfinance community.” Carol Furtado, COO – South, Ujjivan

“I can still feel the legendary environment of HBS, load of reading material, morning meetings, classroom, case studies, discussions, meeting people from other part[s] of the world, weather, food, fun and most importantly [the] flow of knowledge. All was absolutely outstanding.” Tariq Anwar, Senior Executive Director, Tameer Bank

“An experience everyone should aspire to have!” Sophie Chitedze, Senior Advisor, CARE USA

“As a CEO of my organization I was able to get practical insights through case studies that have improved my leadership skills which has in turn helped me to manage my teams to be able to deliver better results at a low cost.” Wilson Twamuhabwa, CEO, UGAFODE

 “This program is a perfect blend of case studies and practical issues facing microfinance sector across the globe…The faculty is amazing and they keep you engaged all the time.” Faisal Malik, Branch Manager, Tameer Bank

“The perfect learning atmosphere, surrounded by such a diverse group of microfinance professionals from around the world, provided me with a great insight of our industry, that changed my vision and that of my institution.” Jose Manuel Gonzalez, Director de Negocios, Te Creemos
The second, final deadline for this year’s Program is January 31st. We look forward to reviewing your applications and further gearing up for this year’s Program. For additional information, including details on accommodations and logistics, tuition costs, and information on scholarships, please visit www.accion.org/hbs, or email hbsaccion@accion.org.

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