Date: November 16-20, 2020

Location: Virtual classroom (Webex platform)

Language: French

Number of participants: 20 (selection based on the size of the MFI and the function of the participant)

Participation fees: free of charge

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Training: Risk Management Excellence in Microfinance

Connecting Luxembourg to Leading MFIs

Training: Risk Management Excellence in Microfinance
Training: Risk Management Excellence in Microfinance

What's the objective of the training?

The main objective of the 12nd edition of the training Risk Management Excellence in Microfinance is to allow the CEOs and high level executives of leading MFIs to understand the importance of the risk management and the mecanisms in order to establish, as a goal, a specific risk management culture in their institutions.

Who should attend?

The training targets CEOs and high level executives of leading MFIs, who have already created or are in the process of creating their own Risk Management department.

Training program

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The various topics covered during the training are:

  • Governance
  • The positioning of microfinance partners in terms of risk management and interactions between microfinance and investment funds in Luxembourg
  • Manage risks related to major projects/changes
  • Introduction to the risk management model developed by the Risk Management Initiative for Microfinance (RIM) - Risk Management Graduation Model (RMGM)
  • Transforming governance principles into an effective risk management function
  • Case Study: Developing key risk indicators
  • The coaching approach in risk management
  • Liquidity risk management tactics
  • Credit risk management
  • Case Study: Main steps in building a risk map and planning risk analysis exercises
  • Risk Management Strategies
  • Conclusions and debriefing of the training


  • Yves Deceuninck, Independent Consultant and Coach, Coach in the project
  • Benjamin Gauthier, Partner, PWC Luxembourg, ALRIM Board Member
  • Samuel Grand, Executive Committee Member, Chief Risk Officer, Rothschild Europe, Luxembourg, ALRiM Member, Coach in the project
  • Thierry López, Senior Vice President - ExCo Member, Chief Risk Officer, Northern Trust Global Services SE, ALRiM Board Member
  • Guy Mertens, Partner, Plutus RIC (specialized in risk management), Coach in the project
  • Gilles Ossana de Mendez, HR consultant and Coach, Inspirance Consulting
  • Sergio Scandizzo, Head of Model Validation, European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxembourg, Coach in the project
  • Kaspar Wansleben, Executive Director, Luxembourg Microfinance and Development Fund (LMDF)


The training takes place from 16 to 20 November 2020 (5 sessions of about 4 hours in a virtual classroom).

Testimonials of participants

“Very inspiring course that has enriched my skills and knowledge in risk management. Good course for all senior managers, CEOs, internal audit heads, risk managers, operation managers, etc. All categories of senior staff following the three lines of defence should be given an opportunity to attend this course.”

Mr Charles Isingoma, General Manager, Hofokam Ltd., Uganda

“I was managing my institution mostly on solid passion without looking at the level of risk embedded within it. I now understand the importance of encouraging and implementing a risk culture within my institution and my first step is to create a RM department in its full sense.”

Mr K. Paul Thomas, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, ESAF Microfinance & Investments, India

“We realize that having Risk Management Unit in an organization is very important. We will now recommend it to the board.”

Mrs Lourdes Dijan, Vice President for Finance, CARD Bank Inc., Philippines

Testimonials of experts

“At the heart of every MFI CEO and freshly appointed Risk Managers' natural questioning on the usefulness and contents of a sound risk management function, the coaching approach has proven to be The best approach to then create Their best practices. No mirroring of common practices, but creating their own way and own success.”

Mr Samuel Grand

“The Microfinance events have so far been over the years a very stimulating experience.  As a coach for CEOs of MFI’s in the field of risk management, I find the mix of different risk topics which are presented and actively discussed very interesting. This forum also gives me an opportunity to meet and network with CEO’s and risk officers from MFI’s all over the globe. I look forward to the next conference.”

Mr Guy Mertens


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