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46th Midi de la Microfinance et de l'inclusion financière

Future Now: 3 hot topics that will impact inclusive finance in Africa: Digitalisation, client centricity and SME

7 February 2019, 12.00-14.00

at the Banque de Luxembourg

14, Boulevard Royal L-2449 Luxembourg

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2019 is an important year for ADA as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and organize the 4th edition of the SAM, African Microfinance Week, in October in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, which will focus on the real impact of inclusive finance.
Thus this year's Midis will be linked with these two important events. Discussions and debates will involve issues of how ADA and the inclusive finance sector could improve the positive impact on the lives of the end clients. 

The next 25 years of ADA start today. Therefore this Midi will be a unique opportunity to discuss topics that will play a key role to impact the inclusive finance sector and the sustainable development in the future.
Three international experts will present three different and essential topics discussed in the sector:

  • Gerhard Coetzee, client centricity expert at CGAP, will present how the inclusive finance works in terms of the added value on the end clients; 
  • Madji Sock, Founder and President of the Women's Investment Club Senegal, will focus on the importance of funding the small entrepreneurs;
  • Arnaud de Lavalette, digital finance expert at ADA, will present the importance of the digitalisation of Africa.

The debate will be moderated by Myka Reinsch, an Inclusive finance consultant which is working together with ADA on the preparation of the sessions of the next SAM. Sachin S Vankalas, Director of Operations and Sustainability at LuxFLAG will conclude this debate.
Register now to take part in this meaningful discussion as well, and find out which topic will be crucial for the future of the development of the financial inclusion in the next years and will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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The speakers of this Midi

  • Introduction by Banque de Luxembourg
  • Myka Reinsch, Inclusive Finance consultant (France) will moderate the discussion between: 
  • Gerhard Coetzee, Lead Customer Value, CGAP (USA)
  • Madji Sock, Founder and President of WIC and Partner at Dalberg (Senegal)
  • Arnaud de Lavalette, Senior Project Manager, ADA (Luxembourg)
  • Conclusion by Sachin S Vankalas, Director of Operations and Sustainability, LuxFLAG (Luxembourg) 



11.50: Admission to the event - Closing doors at 12.00 (latecomers pass by the top of the auditorium)

12.00: Welcome remarks - Banque de Luxembourg 

12.05: Debate with the speakers

12.35: Questions and answers with the audience

12.55: Closing remarks - LuxFLAG

13.00: Lunch offered to the participants

This conference will be in the form of a discussion of 30 minutes between the different participants.

The conference will take place in English.
Participation in this 46th Midi is free, but registration is compulsory.

Please arrive no later than 5 minutes before the start of the conference and do not use the parking lot of the Banque de Luxembourg, which is strictly reserved for customers. We advise you to favor public transport.


Participants are informed that they are likely to appear on photos and / or videos taken during this event. These photos and / or videos can be used on media published by the organizers of the event.
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Speakers of the Midi

Gerhard Coetzee, Lead, Customer Value, CGAP, USA

Gerhard Coetzee leads the customer value team at CGAP, including customer segments and insights, protection and value, and is also responsible for Gateway Academy, a digital learning platform. He is an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Before CGAP, Mr. Coetzee was Head of Inclusive Banking at Absa Bank (South Africa) responsible for its branchless banking proposition, founder and Director of the Centre for Inclusive Banking in Africa, Professor in Agricultural Economics at the University of Pretoria, technical lead and CEO of a consulting firm (owned by DAI) and had several senior roles at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. His specialization areas are development finance, financial inclusion, agricultural finance, and rural development. He is published widely and has worked in several countries, the majority in Africa.
Mr. Coetzee holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is fluent in Afrikaans.


Madji Sock, Founder and President of WIC and Partner at Dalberg, Senegal

Madji is a Partner in Dalberg’s Senegal office and serves as Dalberg’s Global Operations Partner. She has more than 20 years of experience implementing and managing projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the United States. Her recent project portfolio is strongly focused on supporting national governments to take a leadership role in development programs, and development partners to build and/or strengthen the mechanisms for transition to stronger government ownership of sector programs. She is the co-founder of the Women’s Investment Club Senegal (WIC).

Madji holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird, School of Global Management. She is fluent in English and French.

Arnaud de Lavalette, Senior Project Manager, ADA, Luxembourg

Arnaud de Lavalette is currently leading the Digital Finance Initiative at ADA, helping African MFI digitalize their operations.
He is a seasoned expert in microfinance and SME funding with over 10 years of experience in this domain in Asia (Nepal, India and Philippines), West Africa and Latin America (Mexico).

In the SME domain, Arnaud has worked in Nepal where he conducted surveys for the IFC and supported SME entrepreneurs with the European Commission. In India he designed an investment vehicle (equity fund) which aimed at supporting Indian social SMEs.
In the microfinance sector – beside many technical assistance missions around the world, he managed the turnaround and sold MicroCred Mexico, and more recently was CEO of mBank Philippines, a greenfield banking project financed by international investors (FMO, Finnfund, MBH) and Smart the leading telecom company in the Philippines.

Currently, he works with ADA on a new digital finance project, helping African MFI digitalize their operations, i.e. integrate the mobile services as communication and distribution channels and migrate MIS into the cloud. As of now, half a dozen institutions are accompanied in their change process.

Prior to joining the development sector Arnaud gained a bright experience in both finance and new technologies. He started his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen (3 years), evolved as a controller and finance analyst (3 years) and founded a web agency he has managed for 7 years.

Myka Reinsch, Inclusive Finance consultant, France

As a consultant to ADA, Myka is leading the strategic development of the 2019 Week of African Microfinance. Myka brings two decades of experience in international economic development, inclusive finance and livelihood development with a focus on brokering strategic, cross-sectoral partnerships and developing innovative approaches to equip poor people with sustainable tools to overcome poverty. 

She has consulted to CGAP/World Bank, Grameen Foundation USA, Ayani Inclusive Financial Sector Consultants, the European Microfinance Platform, AGRA, ARD Inc., Chemonics International, FHI-360, MIX, SEEP, United Nations Capital Development Fund, UN Women, numerous USAID projects, The New York Public Library and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (a financial intermediary for underserved communities in the US), among others. Myka is also Innovations Director at Ayani Inclusive Financial Sector Consultants and serves on the board of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) MRI Development Institute in the Philippines.

Myka spent six years at Freedom from Hunger, where she held various roles including Vice President of Programs, Director of Microfinance and Health Protection, and Senior Technical Advisor—providing direct training and technical assistance to financial service providers in West Africa and Southeast Asia. She led a four-year project funded by the Gates Foundation to test innovative combinations of microfinance and health protection services on three continents, resulting in five pioneering models that have gone on to reach millions of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Myka has an MBA in Development Economics and Nonprofit Management from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Linguistics from Vassar College. She has lived and worked in a dozen countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America; she currently resides in France.


Sachin S Vankalas, Director of Operations and Sustainability, LuxFLAG, Luxembourg

Sachin S Vankalas is a multilingual financial services professional with a broad spectrum of international experience in Microfinance and Impact Investing.  At present, in his role as a Director of Operations and Sustainability at LuxFLAG, Sachin primarily works with Investment Funds active in Sustainable Investing themes which include Microfinance, Climate, ESG, Impact Finance, etc. He is a member of the Board of Directors at European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg (InFiNe) and International Climate Finance Accelerator (ICFA).

Prior to joining LuxFLAG, Sachin worked first as an Investment Officer for a Swiss Microfinance Asset Management firm and as a Rating Analyst for an international rating agency. While working in a Rating Agency specialized in Microfinance and in a Social Investment firm operating in developing countries and economies in transition, Sachin worked on ratings, due diligences, institutional assessments and investment projects for more than 75 financial institutions across continents.

Sachin completed executive education programs in Financial Inclusion and Sustainability from Harvard University & NYU Stern School of Business and holds a MS in Banking and Finance from the Luxembourg School of Finance.

This 46th Midi de la microfinance is organised with the support of the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and the InFine.lu network, and in collaboration with the Banque de Luxembourg.
The Midis de la microfinance are held during lunch breaks, between 12 and 2 p.m. Their agenda includes the presentation by an inclusive-finance expert of a study or a practical case, which is followed by a questions and answers session with the audience. At the end, a lunch is offered to all the participants.

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