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The Financial Inclusion 2020 Global Forum is a few days away! Kicking off with side sessions this Sunday the 27th on persons with disabilities and the Microfinance CEO Working Group, the landmark event for expanding global financial inclusion is almost here.

Taking place on October 28-30 in London, the event will convene approximately 300 leaders in financial inclusion, spanning sectors and industries, in a collaborative environment where they can map the action agenda for achieving financial inclusion by the year 2020. Participants include key players from the financial sector, technology providers and the corporate sector, international non-profits, and public policymakers. For the full list of attendees, click here.

The Forum agenda includes an assortment of session types, with a number of opportunities for participant engagement. In one roundtable breakout session, participants will discuss how to take the Roadmap recommendations from ideas to action, identifying priorities for implementation. Other sessions include a Forum-opening discussion on factors that put financial inclusion by 2020 within reach, a plenary on mobile money and spurring innovation, a presentation on the forthcoming CFI report Opportunities & Obstacles in Peru, and a fireside chat and Q&A with Ajay Banga and Michael Schlein, CEO’s of MasterCard and Accion. For the full agenda, click here.

Along with Banga and Schlein, Forum speakers include Cherie Blair, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, CEO of Access Bank, Nick Hughes, Founder of M-PESA and M-KOPA, Duvvuri Subbarao, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and Bindu Ananth, President of IMFR Trust. For the full speakers list, which includes a handful of newly confirmed speakers, click here.

Complimenting the core agenda, there are roughly a dozen side sessions convening before and after the Forum. There will be two special side meetings on financial inclusion for persons with disabilities held before the Forum, the evening of October 27 and the morning of October 28. Following the Forum’s closing, on the afternoon of October 30 will be the European launch of the Global Microscope on the Microfinance Business Environment 2013. The event will feature a panel where the findings of the new Microscope and their implications for financial inclusion will be presented. Presenters include Lucy Hurst of EIU and Bob Annibale of Citi Microfinance. For more details on the Microscope launch, which is open to the public with RSVP, click here.

An open panel event on the Microfinance CEO Working Group initiative during the evening of October 30 will cap off the final day of the Forum. The panel includes several of the group’s leaders, including Alex Counts, President and CEO of Grameen Foundation, Rosario Perez, President and CEO of Pro Mujer, and Steve Hollingworth, President and CEO of Freedom from Hunger. The event is hosted by Citi in London and co-sponsored by the Microfinance Club UK and Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM) UK, and will include a networking reception to follow the panel. To register for the Microfinance CEO Working Group event, click here. For additional information on all the Forum side sessions, scroll to the second-half of the online agenda, available here.

Stay tuned to this blog next week for the most comprehensive FI2020 Global Forum updates and coverage. We’ll be sharing daily summaries of that day’s sessions, as well as noteworthy quotes, photos, media clips, and other highlights. We invite you to comment on these blog posts, and to join in the Forum discussions on Facebook and Twitter using the #FI2020 hashtag. We’ll be posting on Twitter via @CFI_Accion continuously throughout the Forum as well. To receive a Forum digest each day of the event through email, and to receive a Forum summary after the event wraps, join the FI2020 updates list.

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