The 2020 Global SME Finance Forum will be held virtually over three fully-immersive half-days on October 26-28 and will be accessible to all SME financing experts for FREE. Last year, our event gathered over 700 industry leaders from around the world. However, this year offers the opportunity to log in from the comfort of your homes and we expect to witness a higher turnout of industry leaders.
Our virtual conference will emulate the same in-person experience, by offering one-on-one networking, a virtual marketplace, exhibition booths, breakout sessions, fireside chats, and panel discussions, as well as the recognition of the Global SME Finance Award winners, and the presentations of the best Call for Insights articles. Please join us for a new and exciting digital journey.
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October 26th - THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON SME FINANCE
As the world moves into the next phase of responding to COVID-19, will the policies put in place be effective? How have policies impacted financial institutions in their ability to respond to the needs of SMEs? What are the broader policy implications going forward for regulators and industry participants?
With the alternative finance sector now six months into its first major economic downturn, what can we expect of the sector when the pandemic abates? How will the industry evolve as a result of the pandemic?
Senior Advisor, The World Bank Group
Gina Taylor Cotter
SVP & GM, Global Business Financing, American Express
Learn more about Experian's unique end-to-end approach which combines robust data management, innovative technology solutions, advanced analytics and a deep understanding of broad financing disciplines to match both private and social capital to underbanked SMEs.
Catering to specific SME sectors by using their advanced knowledge of eight sectors to create insightful loan products for each sub-sector, U GRO uses a unique combination of intelligence and technology using statistical predictive modelling to understand an SMEs potential for growth.
The talk will address the following points: economic relief response from Chilean government from a wide perspective; a zoom into economic relief through commercial banking based on government backed guarantee schemes, and non-financial-institution financial schemes; and the silver lining to the future that comes with the pandemic, mainly on venture capital opportunities and the development of Fintech ecosystem.
Paulo de Bolle
Senior Director, FIG, IFC
Lucas Palacios Covarrubias
Ministry for the Economy, Development, and Tourism, Chile
Various players from the financial industry will share their strategies for not only surviving but striving to serve SMEs during the pandemic. What have been their successes and challenges thus far? What are they planning for in the near term?
Digital Financial Services Specialist, Middle East & Africa, IFC
Senior Vice President, Global SME Products, Mastercard
Global Director of Innovation and New Business Models, Unilever
Are we headed for a less visible crisis deep within supply chains that could destabilize SMEs and add to the woes of the global economy? What are good practices in the supply chain finance industry to address COVID-19?
Vice President, Digital, Accion
Regional Director - East Asia and Pacific, IFC
VP Treasurer, Under Armour
CEO, HPD Lendscape
Director & Global Head, Trade Finance, Afreximbank
Both financial institutions and customers have had to quickly navigate how they can and want to interact as a result of the pandemic, so what have financial institutions done to respond to the impact of the crisis while progressing their digital transformation at the same time?
Manager of MSME Finance and Digital Transformation, IFC
Cofounder & Chief Executive Officer, GlobalLinker
Ongki Wanadjati Dana
CEO & President Director, Bank BTPN
Executive Director and Chief Growth Officer, Tyme Global
What are some of the emerging products that will be significant for SMEs as we move into the future? What are the needs of SMEs that are driving the emergence of new products? And what are the implications on the financial industry as it responds to those needs?
CEO SME Finance Forum
Knowledge Management Lead, SME Finance Forum
APac’s Managing Director for Southeast Asia and Regional Innovation, Experian.
The landscape of the global financial services industry has seen considerable changes over the past few years. The entrance of non-traditional financial institutions particularly Fintech and Big Tech has indisputably accelerated innovation in the financial sector and improved service offerings for consumers and SMEs. At the same time, they also make the industry ever more competitive, creating pressure and uncertainties for incumbents, the traditional financial institutions. What does this evolving landscape mean for SME finance?
Chief FinTech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Regional Industry Director for Financial Institutions Asia Pacific, IFC
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
Head of Global Credit Expansion, Business Development and Strategy, Paypal
Sharing their visions for the future, authors of the top submissions from the SME Finance Forum Call for Insights will present their ideas followed by a thought-provoking speaker to inspire everyone's thinking.
During the event, you will have the opportunity to network with seasoned peers, meet customers, vendors, friends or find your next partner. The chat features will allow you to get in touch with attendees, speakers and FinTechs pitching at the event. You will be able to establish one-on-one chats and video-calls to make the most out of your time during the event. Search by attendee and send an invite request to start scheduling your meetings, starting on October 25th and until the end of November!
One-on-one networking, exhibition booths, breakout sessions, fireside chats, and panel discussions, as well as the recognition of the Global SME Finance Award winners, and the presentations of the the 3 top Call for Insights Call for Insights articles.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate from anywhere provided that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet.
The conference starts at 08:00 EDT Monday, October 26th, 2020. You will be able to join and attend sessions at the times indicated on the agenda. We will be posting recordings of all sessions after the event finishes on Wednesday, October 28ty 2020 and you will be able to access those on demand until November 30th, 2020
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add documents your online swag bag and then email them to yourself or share items with colleagues by simply entering their emails.
There will be a live Q&A/chat during each session where you can ask questions or make comments directed to the speakers as well to other attendees. Additionally, if you want to connect with a speaker or another attendee, you can request that through “Meet and Greet” for a one-on-one chat or interact with whoever is in the general chatroom.
“You can make a request to chat with someone one-on-one by searching for them under the “Attendee Search” tab on the navigation bar. You will then be able to request a chat with them for a specific time. They will receive an email that they can accept or reject to meet at that specific time and you will be notified.