Financial Inclusion Conference and Investor Exposition 2024

  Wed 25 - Thu 26 Sep 2024

  Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi Kenya.

THEME: Enhancing financial inclusion-Bridging Economic Opportunities and Outcomes.

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About the Event

The Financial Inclusion Conference & Investor Expo 2024 endeavors to advance and promote active financial inclusion in Kenya.

The event will bring together local and international financial services providers, investors, government regulators, development partners, academia, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss innovation opportunities in Kenya's financial service system, exchange knowledge and experiences, address challenges and identify appropriate models to ensure a more active, effective and efficient financial system.

Why come to Fincon2024

The Financial Inclusion Investor Exhibition is a meeting place for focused networking, pitching and executing Kenya investments opportunities.

It presents a golden opportunity for players in the financial and social investment space at local and international level to connect and explore opportunities to partner, collaborate and invest in the sector.

Conference focal point

  • Take stock of the country's financial inclusion progress milestone, impact and bottlenecks
  • Review existing fincial inclusion models and approaches and interrogate effectiveness in the wake of the changine business environment.
  • Policy and regulatory framework for effective, sustainable and inclusive finance.
  • Financing and investment opportunities in the sector and beyond.
  • Sector alignment to government policy on Financial Inclusion and Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA).

KARIBU FINCON2024

CEO CAROLINE KARANJA
Caroline Karanja

CEO, AMFI-KENYA

"Secure Financing & Investment Opportunities."

"Take stock of key Milestones & Challenges in Financial Inclusion."

"Establish new networks & Keep up with industry trends."

CEO CAROLINE KARANJA
Oscar Murigi

CHAIRMAN, AMFI-KENYA

"Join us at FinCon2024. Showcase your solutions, connect with investors and accelerate financial inclusion in Kenya."

CEO CAROLINE KARANJA
H.E Dr. William Samoei Ruto CGH

PRESIDENT, REPUBLIC OF KENYA

"Shaping the future of financial inclusion together."

Conference Speakers

David Mukaru
David Mukaru

He has over 30 years of experience providing high level and executive leadership in microfinance and retail banking; that has led to empowering micro, small, medium, consumer and agri-businesses in Kenya; with over 10 years practical experience in executive management position excelling in leadership, business development, credit risk, credit administration and general credit operations.

CEO Caritas Microfinance Bank.

David Cracknell
David Cracknell

David Cracknell is the Director of First Principles Consulting Limited, based in Nairobi and was previously Managing Director (Africa) for MicroSave (MSC). His technical work focuses on financial inclusion, policy and regulation, strategic and institutional reviews, market research, pilot testing, delivery channel diagnostics and service delivery, and writing on microfinance and banking. He recently co- published a book on Digital Financial Inclusion and Market Development for AERC alongside other authors.

Director First Principles Consulting Limited

Ikechukwu (Ike) Godswill Iheagwam, B.Sc. (NGR), B.Sc. (UK), MSc, FCCA, CPA, CGA, LIFA.
Ikechukwu (Ike) Godswill Iheagwam, B.Sc. (NGR), B.Sc. (UK), MSc, FCCA, CPA, CGA, LIFA.

Ike serves as the Regional Director for East Africa at Agusto & Co. and concurrently holds the position of Associate Director in the Corporate, Structured Finance and Sovereign Ratings Division. Additionally, he is a member of the Agusto & Co. Group Credit Rating Committee. Throughout his credit rating career, Ike has conducted evaluations for over 200 corporate entities and 40 sub-national governments, facilitating access to over USD3 billion from the capital markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. His expertise extends to sustainable and climate finance appraisals, green bond verification, sovereign credit assessments across sub-Saharan economies, and research covering various industries in Africa.

Regional Director for East Africa Agusto & Co.

Susan Mang'eni
Susan Mang'eni

I will be speaking on Sector-Government engagement buy-in and support at the FinCon2024. See you there.

PS State Department for MSMEs Development

Symon Kamore
Symon Kamore

Symon Kamore joined SMEP with a strong foundation in accounting, having begun his career as an internal auditor at Kimani Kiarie & Certified Public Accountants. He has played a pivotal role at SMEP, advancing from Internal Audit Manager in 2003 to Finance Manager in 2007, and then to Head of Finance in 2010. Due to his exceptional performance and alignment with SMEP’s core principles, Symon was appointed as the Managing Director of the Bank in 2015.

MD SMEP Microfinance Bank PLC

Dr. Patrick Gathondu
Dr. Patrick Gathondu

Dr. Patrick Gathondu has dedicated two decades to the microfinance industry, demonstrating transformative leadership and a steadfast commitment to financial inclusion. His efforts have significantly impacted the BIMAS community, providing essential financial services and fostering entrepreneurial growth. Starting as a credit officer in 2003, Dr. Gathondu gained a deep understanding of microfinance's foundational elements. Over the years, he has held key positions such as accountant, branch manager, and internal audit manager, giving him a well-rounded perspective of the industry.

Member Kenya Institute of Management

Tamara Cook
Tamara Cook

Tamara Cook was appointed the CEO of FSD Kenya in July 2019. She has been with FSD Kenya since 2014 as the Head of Digital Innovations with a focus on using finance to create value for low-income households, women and enterprises. With more than two decades of experience in inclusive finance, Tamara has also worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank’s Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), and Equity Bank in Kenya. She has an MBA from INSEAD, a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University and is an Executive Coach. Tamara currently serves as the Chair of the FSD Network Council.

Chair FSD Network Council

Grace Mburu
Grace Mburu

Grace Mburu is the Executive Director of Flywheel Advisory. She is a passionate financial crime risk practitioner with significant experience in governance, risk and compliance, from both industry and advisory. A forensic accountant by training, Grace’s expertise spans across anti-money laundering, countering financing of terrorism, combatting proliferation financing, forensic analysis and investigations, litigation support, dispute advisory and forensic expert witnessing. Grace has been invited as a guest speaker to address pertinent matters concerning illicit financial flows and money laundering in Africa by the Attorney General Alliance - Africa Programme in Accra, Ghana and by the ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) SheLeadsTech Program amongst others. Grace has advised and trained fintechs, central bankers, commercial bankers and financial intelligence units from various African countries, in a bid to strengthen the collective effort of fighting financial crime in the continent. Grace holds a Master of Science in Forensic Accounting, she is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS), a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, (MCSI).

Executive Director Flywheel Advisory

Patrick Lumumba
Patrick Lumumba

Patrick is a development finance specialist with experience spanning over 20 years working directly with different financial institutions in Africa as well as international development organizations. Prior to joining African Guarantee Fund (AGF), he was the Head, Social Performance Management for Grameen Foundation covering the Africa Region. A Kenyan national, Patrick holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing from Kenyatta University, and is a Certified Expert in Climate Finance and a Certified Expert in SME Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. He is passionate about impact and capacity enhancement along the different development finance value chains in Africa.

Group Director Capacity Development

Rohin Otieno
Rohin Otieno

Rohin Otieno is the Regional Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning at Inkomoko. He brings over 10 years of experience in M&E framework development, systems design and implementation, rigorous research and evaluation methods, design and implementation of development research, tools and methodologies, data collection, analysis and reporting of quantitative and qualitative development research results. Prior to joining Inkomoko, Rohin was the Senior Impact Manager at the African Management Institute (AMI). Rohin has also provided Research & Evaluation support to different organizations with operations in Eastern and Southern Africa, including the WorldBank, USAID, GIZ, JICA, NORAD, GIZ, AGRA and Philanthropies, including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MasterCard Foundation and Argidius Foundation.

Regional Director Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

Sheru W. Muuo
Sheru W. Muuo

Sheru is a Research Associate supporting the East, Central and Southern Africa region within Sightsavers and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. She completed her Bachelor’s degree (First class) in Biochemistry from the University of Nairobi and Masters of Science degree in Public Health from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She has over 15 years of experience in leading or supporting research activities within different organisations such as the Nagasaki University Institute of Tropical Medicine – Kenya Medical Research Institute (NUITM- KEMRI), the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), Global Programs for Research and Training (GPRT). She has worked in a wide variety of settings from rural areas, urban slums to refugee camps in Kenya. Most recently she led an assessment of financial inclusion of persons with disabilities in Migori and Nairobi counties, Kenya. Sheru is passionate about using her research to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in Africa.

Research Associate Sightsavers

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

Jacqueline is the Executive Director of the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda (AMFIU). Her experience spans over 20 years in the areas of financial inclusion with specific focuses on microfinance, rural development, and support for small- and medium-sized enterprises. Prior to joining AMFIU, she worked with the Microfinance Outreach Plan Project under the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development and began her career at the Microfinance Support Center Ltd., a government-owned credit wholesale lending company supported by the African Development Bank. Jacqueline has also served on various Boards and technical committees that include among others, the Uganda Microfinance Regulatory Authority, SOLUTI Finance East Africa Ltd, CERISE+Social Performance Task Force (SPTF), the MasterCard Foundation Micro and Small Enterprise Recovery Fund, and the National Advisory Council for Consumer Protection. Jacqueline is also a committee member of the inter-institutional Committee overseeing the implementation of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy for Uganda. She has a Masters degree in Business Administration and has received specialized training in microfinance and enterprise development from several in-country and international institutions.

Executive Director the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda (AMFIU

Anthony Githinji
Anthony Githinji

Anthony is the Africa business director at Water.org. He leads a regional business team that supports commercial banks, microfinance institutions and networks in Africa to develop, pilot and scale water and sanitation lending programs to households, enterprises and utilities. He has +26 years’ work experience gained in management and leadership roles with non-profit organizations, microfinance banks and institutions. Anthony possesses an MBA (Finance) from the University of Nairobi, a B Comm (Accounting) from Kenyatta University and is a Certified Public Accountant (Kenya).

Africa business director Water.org

Andrew Kabucho
Andrew Kabucho

Andrew is currently an investment manager with Kiva, a US based impact focused asset manager that provides wholesale funding to microfinance institutions through their crowdfunding platform. He has over 9 years' experience working in the impact investment sector having previously worked for other microfinance investment vehicles such as responsAbility and Incofin. He has facilitated over $100m in debt investments and technical assistance transactions to financial service providers across Sub-Saharan Africa for purposes of advancing financial inclusion.

Investment manager Kiva

Kamal Budhabhatti
Kamal Budhabhatti

Kamal Budhabhatti is a visionary entrepreneur who has made a significant impact in the field of technolo- gy and innovation. He serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of two pioneering companies, Craft Silicon Ltd. and Little - Africa's first innovative Super- App platform. Under Kamal's leadership, Craft Silicon Ltd. has emerged as a global software development and services powerhouse based in Kenya. The company has expanded its reach with development centers in India and the USA, reflecting its recognition as one of the largest software houses in emerging markets. Craft Silicon boasts a talented team of technology architects and domain experts who provide cutting-edge solutions to the banking, financial services, and insurance industries. Kamal's commit- ment to 'Innovative Thinking' continues to drive groundbreaking solutions for Craft Silicon's 300+ customers across 45+ countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Craft Silicon Ltd. and Little

Laban Hihu
Laban Hihu

Laban is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA K) with a Master's degree in Banking and Finance (Microfinance Option) and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, specializing in Accounting and Finance. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership. With over 20 years of progressive experience in microfinance institutions (MFIs), savings and credit cooperative societies, and community development institutions, Laban has honed his skills in overseeing the business and financial operations of these organizations. His responsibilities have included formulating and implementing sustainable fiscal strategies, directing and reviewing financial performance and budgeting activities, managing business marketing and operational activities, and ensuring compliance with statutory reporting requirements.

Certified Public Accountant

Curtis Musembi
Curtis Musembi

Curtis serves as the Investments Manager, East & Southern Africa at Oikocredit, a global cooperative and social impact investor specializing in providing both debt and equity investments. Oikocredit’s primary focus is on promoting financial inclusion and contributing to the growth of the agriculture and renewable energy sectors. In his previous role, Curtis was engaged with the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre, a World Bank initiative. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through acceleration programs and early-stage financing assistance. These programs specifically targeted innovative solutions in response to climate challenges. Curtis has also established a notable track record in credit during his time at Unaitas. With over 12 years of progressively advancing experience, he has consistently been at the forefront of financial inclusion efforts and impact-driven investments across the Sub-Saharan African region. Curtis holds a degree in Finance and Banking from Moi University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K). His passion is dedicated to uplifting communities from impoverishment through sustainable investment strategies and tailored financial solutions.

Investments Manager East & Southern Africa at Oikocredit

Jan Martin Hunderi
Jan Martin Hunderi

I will be a panelist in the discussion on the impact of financial inclusion in Kenya at the FinCon2024

CEO & Founder Data Driven Finance Kenya Ltd

Gideon Kipyakwai
Gideon Kipyakwai

Prior to this, he has served in different roles in academia, professional accountancy, public service management, ICT and banking, locally and in the US. He has been in the credit information sharing space for nearly a decade and has passionately supported a myriad of initiatives that have led to increased financial literacy, automation and adoption of data-driven decisioning. Among his achievements is the work done at Metropol to increase access and affordability of credit for the common mwananchi. Gideon is a trained banker with academic qualifications in science and business. He holds a BSC (first class honours), MSC, MBA, CPA(K), CPS(K) and is currently studying for his Doctorate. He is an avid reader who loves outdoor sports and adventure.

CEO Metropol Credit Reference Bureau Kenya

Mary Munyiri
Mary Munyiri

Mary joined ECLOF Kenya in 2011. She brought to ECLOF Kenya her over 20 years work experience. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ECLOF Kenya. Prior to joining ECLOF Kenya, she was the Head of Business Development Department in Faulu Microfinance Bank. She was among the team that pioneered Faulu Kenya which is today one of the big microfinance institutions in Kenya. Mary’s career began as a civil servant with the Government of Kenyan in the then Ministry of Trade. She then moved to manufacture firm and later settled in microfinance.  Her major experience is in Microfinance, Microenterprise development and Community development

Chief Executive Officer ECLOF Kenya

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