Microfinance: Why does it matter? Where can you take it?

February 7, 2011

A topical discussion with leading experts on the development and impacts of microfinance around the world. Chaired by Lori Bittner, a director in Deloitte Consulting LLP focused on emerging markets, the event will feature a panel discussion among experts from both the commercial and non-profit sectors.

Microfinance is an area of considerable research and attention in the economic development community. The Deloitte Northeast International Business Resource Group (IBRG) hopes to deepen understanding of microfinance and engage Deloitte professionals and guests by offering:

  • An overview of the microfinance industry, including recent developments in the U.S. and emerging markets
  • An assessment of key challenges and trends in microfinance, including socioeconomic impacts, drivers of commercialization, and the effect of the international financial crisis
  • Interaction with experts in the microfinance field from academia, non-profit organizations, the commercial sector, and donor community
  • The opportunity to learn how and why to get involved

The distinguished panelists will include:

  • Kate McKee, Senior Advisor at Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
  • Martin Holtmann, Chief Microfinance Specialist at IFC, World Bank Group
  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President & CEO, Women’s World Banking
  • Miguel Herrera, Senior Investment Advisor at Frontier Investments Group, ACCION International