Digitization of SME Finance

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Global SME Finance Forum 2016

+400 Attendees
+60 Speakers
+180 Institutions



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Join us in Berlin for the Award Ceremony hosted by the SME Finance Forum


Why Attend

Join 400 leaders from banks, fintech companies and development finance institutions at our annual flagship event. This year’s conference will explore issues around “Digitization of SME Finance”. The action-packed 3-day event will include interactive sessions, study tours to high-performing institutions, fintech demos, a B2B marketplace and networking opportunities.

Registration ends October 25!



Learn about industry trends


Meet industry leaders


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Study Visits

  • AccessHolding
  • Bitbond
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Deutsche Bank Labs Berlin
  • Fidor Bank
  • Funding Circle
  • Kontist
  • Mambu
  • Mobisol
  • Raisin
  • Spotcap
  • SumUp

Morning 9:00 – 12:00; Afternoon 13:00 – 15:30. Meet at 8:00 a.m. for morning visits and 12:00 p.m. for afternoon visits.

SME Finance Forum Member Meeting

(by invitation only)

Cocktail Welcome Reception

(open to all participants)


Welcome Remarks

  • Ted H. Chu, Chief Economist, IFC
  • Ludger Schuknecht, Chief Economist, German Ministry of Finance

SME Finance: A Priority for G20/GPFI

  • Natascha Beinker, GPFI Chair
  • Jake Hess, Research Analyst, World Bank

Keynote: The Digitization of Payments and Innovation in SME Finance

Carlos J. Menendez, President, Enterprise Partnerships for Mastercard

Networking Break

The Next Frontier in SME Banking

Highlighting innovative developments, trends, & industry recommendations for banks and fintechs to leverage digital banking to serve MSMEs.
       Moderator: Qamar Saleem, Global Technical Lead, SME Banking Practice, IFC

  • Rajeev Chalisgaonkar, Global Head Business Banking, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Matias Nunez, Executive Director of SMEs, Banco Santander Mexico
  • Joyce Siew Hong Tee, Group Head of SME Banking, DBS

Debate: Will Robots Replace Bankers as the Best Advisors for SMEs?

What are the advantages of robots as SME advisors and what is the next phase in bot/AI technology to revolutionize SME lending?

Moderator: Silvia Pavoni, Economics Editor, The Banker

  • Lázaro Campos, Co-Founder, FinTechStage 
  • Slavoljub Dordevic, Head of Consumer and Small Business Banking, Raiffeisen Bank International
  • Ignacio López-Perea, Head of Distribution Models - Corporate and Commercial Banking, BBVA
  • Raoul Van Engelshoven, Vice President Financial Services Sector, IBM
  • Pau Velando, General Manager, Strands
  • Bing Xiao, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo


How the Fintech Revolution is Transforming SME Lending

  • Anju Patwardhan, Senior Partner, CreditEase Fintech Fund

Fintech Demos

  • Chekk
  • Finvoice
  • OpenCBS
  • Crowdcredit
  • Mambu
  • Dashu
  • Novo
  • Verde

Networking Break

Vision 2022: Investment Outlook in SME Finance

Moderator: Silvia Pavoni, Economics Editor, The Banker

  • Sharmila Hardi, Senior Manager Financial Institutions Group, IFC
  • Roger Havenith, Deputy Chief Executive, European Investment Fund

B2B Marketplace

Dinner & Award Ceremony

BBVA Open Talent 2017 and SME Finance Forum Member Awards

  • Matt Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum
  • Carlos López-Moctezuma, Head of New Digital Businesses, BBVA Bancomer
  • Oscar Robles, Chairman and CEO, ePesos
  • Hans Docter, Director for Sustainable Economic Development, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

Keynote on Financial Innovation in SME Finance

  • Guga Stocco, Co-Founder, Koolen & Partners and Digital Bank Advisor, Banco Original

Panel: Driving Growth & Profitability in SME Finance

How can financial institutions drive profit and growth in the digital era as customers’ demands change and competition increases?

Moderator: Anju Patwardhan, Managing Partner, CreditEase Fintech Fund 

  • Isaac Awuondo, CEO, Commercial Bank of Africa
  • Dirk Elsen, Director Emerging Markets, Triodos Investment Management
  • Lesley Lawrence, Senior Vice President, Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Luca Pagetti, Head of Innovation for Corporate and SMEs, Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Murali Ramakrishnan, Senior General Manager and Business Head of the SME Group, ICICI Bank

Networking Break

SME Credit Risk Management and Collection Strategies

What are some innovative tools for improving credit risk and best practice strategies from around the globe?

Moderator: Anushe Khan, Associate Program Officer, IFC

  • Syed Abdul Momen, Head of SME Banking, BRAC Bank
  • Bruce Brenkus, CRO, Spotcap
  • Belkacem Krimi, Risk & Compliance Leader, Funding Circle
  • Patrick Reily, CEO, Verde International 

SME Product Innovations of the Future

What are the newest product innovations that will change the future of SME lending?

Moderator: Raja Debnath, Global SME Banking Advisory Services Specialist, IFC

  • Giada Monti, Head of Finance for Innovation, Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Balazs Topor, SME Product & Segment leader, Raiffeisen Bank International

Workshop – Sales Management in the Era of Digital Banking

What sales models work best in today’s new multi-channel set up? How can you build an activity-management based “sales machine”?

Sandy Vaci, MD, Bay Devonshire Ltd  

Workshop – Big Data: What it Really means and How to Turn it into Business Advantage

Join this session to learn what ‘Big Data’ really means, how you can use this responsibly to turn it into business advantage - and learn from the success of Compass Banca, one of the leading providers of consumer credit services in Italy.

  • Leandro Guerra, Data Science Manager, Experian EMEA
  • Compass Banca


Panel: Managing Fraud & Cybersecurity in SME Finance

How can lenders redefine their infrastructure, policies and controls in the age of digital banking and greater vulnerability to financial losses, theft of intellectual property and operational disruption?

Moderator: Jack Aldane, Editor, Development Finance

  • Ravi Aurora, Senior Vice President and Group Head, Global Community Relations, MasterCard
  • Lázaro Campos, Co-Founder, FinTechStage
  • Markus Gunter, CEO, N26 Bank
  • Alla Kramskaia, Global Leader of Advanced Analytics, Dun & Bradstreet 

Networking Break

Disruptive Innovation: Blockchain and the Transformation of SME Finance

Blockchain has made financial transactions faster, cheaper, more secure and transparent. What are the different areas of SME lending where this technology is being used?

Moderator: Matthew Saal, Head of Digital Finance, IFC

  • Omer Ahsan, Digital Trade Chain Lead, HSBC
  • Allison Baller, Global Leader Mobile Payments, IBM
  • David Sutter, Independent Expert
  • Peng Zuo, President, Gingkoo

Non-Financial Services for Digital Banking

What are the best practice NFS offerings to improve portfolio quality, client retention, and customer service? How will NFS evolve in response to digitization of SME Finance?

Moderator: Rachel Freeman, Advisory Manager, IFC

  • Maya Margie, Head of Marketing Group, BLC Bank
  • Sandra Peloquin, Director International relations at BDC & Secretary General for The Montreal Group
  • Tamuna Zhizhilashvili, Deputy Director of Marketing Communications and Business Banking, TBC Bank

Digital Technologies to Disrupt Agricultural Finance

What are the cutting-edge technology solutions for improved access to finance for farmers and SME agribusinesses in emerging markets? How can we utilize potential links between digital technology companies, mobile phone operators and financial institutions?

Moderator: Ulrich Hess, Component leader and Senior Advisor, GIZ

  • Bolaji Akinboro, CEO, Cellulant
  • Sebastian Mahler, Head of the Agricultural Weather Risk Management and Weather Insurance Business, gvf
  • Stefan Zelazny, CIO, Mobisol

Closing Keynote: Demonetization and its Impact on the SME Market in India

Vijay Chandok, Executive Director, ICICI Bank

Closing Remarks

Matt Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum

TechPitch DEMO

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Study Tours


SumUp is a leading financial technology company that is set to become the first ever global card acceptance brand. The company enables businesses to accept card payments at the point of sale or on the go. The company has gone on to develop a full suite of SDKs and APIs for third parties to integrate card payments into their mobile apps.


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Bitbond is the first global marketplace lending platform for small business loans. In October 2016 Bitbond received their own regulatory license by German financial services supervisor BaFin. Bitbond uses the bitcoin blockchain for payment processing and is one of the few fully regulated and licensed blockchain based financial services providers.

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Mambu is the core engine powering digital first banking and lending. We provide financial institutions of all sizes with the agility to rapidly design, launch, and service their banking and lending portfolio. With over 180 live operations in 40 countries, Mambu helps financial institutions thrive in the digital age.

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Spotcap allows SMEs to focus on what really matters - their business. The company has developed a sophisticated and dynamic decision process, assessing the real-time performance of businesses to grant short-term credit lines and loans. Headquartered in Germany, Spotcap also operates in Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, UK and New Zealand.

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AccessHolding operates a network of commercial banks and MFIs in developing and transition countries with a target group focus on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The AccessGroup currently comprises ten microfinance institutions with the aggregated assets of over EUR 1BN, more than 7,500 employees and around 1.5M clients.

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Deutsche Bank Labs Berlin

DB Labs help apply new technologies from global centers of innovation to enhance its products, services and processes. It also further strengthens the Bank’s ability to innovate, while deepening its relationships with technology start-ups. In addition to Berlin, DB also runs innovation labs in New York, Silicon Valley and London.

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Fidor Bank

Fidor Bank is a German digital bank founded in Germany in 2009. It is one of the world's most innovative banks and has received several international awards for its disruptive, transparent approach to banking, its Fintech activity and innovative use of social media. It was acquired by BPCE in 2016.

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Kontist is built to support the needs of freelancers. We bring our experiences as freelancers to the work we do every day, and combine it with our expertise in banking, technology and adminstration to build products for freelancers everywhere.

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Mobisol combines solar energy with an affordable payment plan via mobile phone, comprehensive customer service and innovative remote monitoring technology. The Berlin-based company offers low-income customers in developing nations quality solar home systems that are a clean alternative to unhealthy, environmentally harmful, and expensive fossil fuels.

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As the leading marketplace for investments throughout Europe, Raisin gives its customers access to exclusive savings products from all over Europe. Since its founding in 2013, more than 85,000 retail customers have invested over €3.8 billion. Raisin now has more than 120 attractive products from over 30 partner banks in 15 countries.

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Funding Circle

Funding Circle is the world’s leading lending platform focused exclusively on small businesses, matching established and creditworthy businesses who want to borrow with investors who want to lend in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe.

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Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is a leading European bank with a global reach supported by a strong home base in Germany, Europe’s largest economy. We serve the real economy needs of our corporate, institutional, asset management and private clients, providing services in transaction banking, corporate finance and capital markets, asset management, wealth management and retail banking.

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Market Place

AMP Credit Technologies

AMP Credit Technologies provides loan origination, servicing and risk management solutions to banks and other institutions to increase profitability, improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and extend the scope of their small business lending activities.

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Fin2B provides alternative financing solutions to SMEs, which have challenges in obtaining access to finance to grow.  Our primary goal is to expand access to finance for SMEs by driving innovations B2b supply chain

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IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We provide investment and advisory services to financial institutions, as well as fintechs, for the mission of financial inclusion.

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KfW Development Bank is both an experienced bank and an institution specialising in developmental policy. We help our partners to fight poverty, maintain peace, protect the environment and shape globalisation in an appropriate way.

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OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help address critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities.

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Strands is the FinTech partner for Banks, leveraging 10+ years of expertise in Big Data and Machine Learning. Strands BFM (Business Financial Management), easily integrated with any core banking system, is a simple and powerful solution that helps SME owners better understand and manage their finances.

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Triodos is a globally active impact investor with 20+year emerging markets experience. They use values-driven approach with both (subordinated) debt & equity financial instruments.

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Verde International

Verde International fully automates underwriting and integrates behavioral, econometric and financial models with offer optimization to maximize returns for all stakeholders. Aurora collects customer and market data to engineer offers that satisfy lenders, investors, borrowers, regulators, among others.

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The mission of DEG, a subsidiary of KfW (German government-owned development bank), is to promote business initiative in developing and emerging market. To this end, they make long-term financing and advice available to private enterprises investing in these countries. With a portfolio of around EUR 8.6 billion in over 80 countries DEG is one of the world's largest private-sector development financiers.

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Symbiotics is a leading investment boutique specialized in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance which offers market research, investment advisory and asset management services.

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Inter-American Investment Corporation

The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) is a multilateral investment institution that is part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group.  The IIC supports the private sector and state-owned enterprises through financing in the form of loans, equity investments, and guarantees.

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With individuals are empowered to own their digital identity and control what data they share. Businesses get a secure platform for seamless customer interactions and data requests (eg. banks' KYC at on-boarding and refresh).

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CreditEase is dedicated to providing clients with inclusive finance and wealth management services with multiple products, services and channels through the internet, big data and innovation of credit technologies.

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GlobalLinker (a DigiVation portal) is a cobranded business networking solution for banks to offer to their SME and startup clients, embedded with their business banking capabilities.

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Fern Software

Fern Software is a leading provider of banking software with Functional, flexible, and easy-to- use banking solutions, used by over 300 inclusive financial institutions, in 30+ countries worldwide.

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Finvoice is an enterprise SaaS startup offering a lending as a service solution. Finvoice’s software turns offline lenders into online lenders in 30 days. Our software is best-in- class through modern design, 10+ APIs and data analytics.

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Software Group

Software Group is a global technology company that is specialized in delivery channel and integration solutions for institutions that provide financial services. They help financial service providers digitize their business and successfully go through the process of digital transformation, extend their outreach and improve operational efficiency.

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eFactor Network

eFactor Network helps large buying organizations improve their working capital by extending payment terms without increasing the burden on their supply chain. Their award-winning Fintech platform improves efficiencies through the exchange of information and transparency in payment and invoice flows.

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Triple Jump

Triple Jump is an impact-focused investment manager that provides meaningful and responsible investment opportunities in developing countries. We believe that opportunities are not spread equally around the world, but talented people are.

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Berlin, Germany

Intercontinental Berlin


Accommodation options are available at Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Center-West, Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre, Pestana Berlin Tiergarten and Hotel Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof, all within walking distance from the event venue.

Visa and Travel Arrangements

Participants should check with their local German embassy regarding visa issues and make sure that fair and exhibition visa type is appropriate. Once event registration has been completed, participants are provided with an electronic confirmation letter they can use to submit their visa request. We strongly recommend participants to register early and apply for a German or Schengen visa as sometimes visa procedures can take between 4-6 weeks. Visa FAQs.

You can fly into either Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) or Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL).  Schoenefeld Airport (SXF) is situated 18 km from the city center, to the south-east of the city. Tegel Airport (TXL) is approximately 8 km to the city center. Cancellation or change of travel reservations is the sole responsibility of the attendee.

Transportation will not be provided to or from the airports. A taxi from Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) is approximately 20 Euros and a taxi from Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) is approximately 50 Euros.


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