Microfinance International Conferences at Greenwich

Conference 3 (London, UK, 31st January 2012)

Optimising the Dual Goals of Microfinance

The 3rd International Microfinance Conference took place at the World Heritage site of the University of Greenwich in historical Maritime Greenwich, London. Main research findings of the Leverhulme-funded project 'Optimising the Dual Goals of Microfinance' were presented alongside research on global financial crises and the social performance of microfinance.

Principal Investigator: Dr Ana Marr

Presenters: Dr Riccardo de Vita, Dr Francesco Guidi, Sefa Awaworyi and Cornell Jackson.

We are grateful for the financial sponsorship of The Leverhulme Trust.  

Presentations from the conference 3

Conference 2 (London, UK, 19th September 2011)

Social Performance in Microfinance: Challenges and Solutions

The conference Social Performance in Microfinance took place on 19th September, 2011 at the University of Greenwich, Hamilton House. Our distinguished speakers included:

Anton Simanowitz, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK
"Challenges to the Field and Solutions: A Global Perspective"

Bernie Morgan, CEO, Wizzmoni, former CEO of Community Development Finance Association, UK
"Challenges and Solutions: A UK Perspective"

Aude deMontesquiou, Task Team Leader, The Graduation Programme at CGAP

Karishma Huda, Research Manager, Brac Development Institute: "Shocks, Stresses, Safety nets: Stories from the Poverty Trap"

Selim Gulesci, Assistant Professor in Economics, Bocconi University and IGIER: "Can Entrepreneurship Programs Transform the Economic Lives of the Poor?"

We acknowledge the financial sponsorship of the Centre for Business Networks, University of Greenwich.

Presentations from the conference 2

Conference 1 (London, UK, 6-7 September 2010)

Global Partnerships in Microfinance

The conference Global Partnerships in Microfinance was a successful event that took place on 6-7 September 2010 at the University of Greenwich, located at a World Heritage site in historical Maritime Greenwich and adjacent to the world's foremost financial centre at Canary Wharf in London, UK.

Our distinguished keynote speakers included:

HRH Princess Maxima of The Netherlands, UN Secretary General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

Mr Robert Annibale, Global Director of Microfinance, Citi Group, UK.

Dr Elisabeth Rhyne, Managing Director, Center for Financial Inclusion, USA.

Emeritus Professor Malcolm Harper, Cranfield University, UK.

Ms Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women's World Banking, USA.

Ms Bernie Morgan, CEO, Community Development Finance Association, UK.

The audience was formed of over 200 participants from over 15 countries. A special session was dedicated to disseminate research findings of the "Optimising the Dual Goals of Microfinance" project being funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Selected papers were presented at various panels over the 2-day conference.

We acknowledge, with gratitude, the financial sponsorship of Citi Microfinance, CITIGROUP.

Conference 1 brochure

HRH Princess Maxima's keynote speech

Presentations from the conference 1


Photos from Conference

HRH Princess Maxima giving her speech

Robert Annibale, CITI Microfinance, together with Vice Chancellor Baroness Tessa Blackstone, University of Greenwich, and HRH Princess Maxima.

Audience participating in the conference.

Dr Ana Marr, conference convenor and chair of Leverhulme-project special session.

Keynote speakers Elisabeth Rhyne and Malcolm Harper with Professor Tom Barnes, University Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Keynote speakers Bernie Morgan, Elisabeth Rhyne and Mary Ellen Iskenderian.