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After months of planning, the Financial Inclusion 2020 Global Forum, October 28-30 in London, is coming into view. We’ve shared a few rounds of Forum updates here on the blog over the past weeks (see here and here), and we’re happy to report that more exciting new speakers have been confirmed, and more side sessions have cropped up. Here are the new speakers:

  • Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the U.N. Office at Geneva
  • Bill Sheedy, Global Executive, Corporate Strategy, M&A, Government Relations and Europe, Visa, Inc.
  • Edward Effah, Managing Director, Fidelity Bank
  • Alexia Latortue, Assistant Deputy Secretary for International Development Policy, U.S. Treasury
  • Carlos Lopez Moctezuma, Global Director for Financial Inclusion, BBVA
  • Jean-Claude Masangu, Former Governor, Banque Centrale du Congo
  • Bindu Ananth, President, IMFR Trust
  • Nachiket Mor, Chair, Reserve Bank of India Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households
  • Tony Goland, Director, McKinsey & Company
  • Isaac Awuondo, Group Managing Director, CBA
  • Gino Picasso, CEO, GloboKasNet

Complimenting the core agenda, there are a number of side sessions convening before and after the Forum. As we’ve mentioned, 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. The event of the 28th, which is open to Forum participants and the public, is a panel of international experts that includes Luis Gallegos.

Last week we teamed up with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Citi Microfinance, and others in launching the Global Microscope on the Microfinance Business Environment 2013 at the Foromic. Now in its seventh year, the Global Microscope annual series examines the environment for microfinance – and increasingly financial inclusion – in developing countries around the world by considering the national regulatory environment and the corresponding institutional framework. To follow the Forum’s closing, on the afternoon of October 30 will be a side session where the findings of the new report and their implications for financial inclusion will be presented. Presenters include Lucy Hurst of EIU.

Also taking place on the afternoon of October 30 is an interactive session on the recently-released Financial Capability Roadmap. Led by Jasmine Thomas of Citi Foundation, chair of the Financial Capability Working Group, the session will examine the roadmap’s recommendations, and explore how to move them from ideas to action.

To cap off the final day, during the evening of October 30 will be an open panel event on the Microfinance CEO Working Group initiative. The Microfinance CEO Working Group is a collaborative effort by eight leading international organizations to support the positive development of the microfinance industry. CFI serves as the group’s secretariat. 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 Michael Schlein, President and CEO of Accion. Hosted by Citi in London and co-sponsored by the Microfinance Club UK and Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM) UK, following the panel will be a networking reception. To register for the Microfinance CEO Working Group event, click here.

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