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On the UNCDF Youtube channel you can view the +30 sessions, UNCDF is organizing in partnership with the Singapore FinTech Festival under the lead theme : Building Inclusive and Resilient Economies in the Digital Era. Scroll down to see full programme. For all other sessions organized by the Singapore FinTech Festival, get your digital pass from USD 50 here! http://fintechfestival.sg

From 7 to 11 December, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in partnership with the Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) is organizing a series of events across multiple countries called the “Building Inclusive and Resilient Economies in the Digital Era” .


The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) share the common goal of building a community of practice that contributes to inclusive digital economies and builds financially resilient societies.

The Global Satellite Events organized by UNCDF will feature policymakers, senior government officials, industry leaders, and academics to explore various avenues for driving the SDGs using digital tools. The four objectives include:

  • Develop a global community of practice to leave no one behind in the digital era

  • Create a global platform
    that connects start-ups
    and investors

  • Raise awareness on Financial Health beyond Financial Inclusion to build back better post COVID-19

  • Share findings from the UN SG Digital Financing Task Force’s latest report: People’s Money

For more information on the Singapore Fintech Festival, visit their website

  • 240+
    Hours of World-Class Content

  • 800+
    Global Speakers

  • 40+
    Global Satellite Events

  • 60,000+
    Attendees in 2019


Over 30 sessions in multiple cities with discussions on inclusive digital economies and financial health
Connect 6 innovators to investors across our markets in Asia and Africa for pre-series and series A funding
3 discussions on the recommendations of the UN SG Digital Financing Task Force for the SDGs
1 forum on financial health with private sector leaders and policy makers

Check the full programme below and register here


7 December 8 December 9 December 10 December 11 December
Date Theme Session Name Speakers Format
7 December
7 December

14:00 -14:45 (IST)
16:30 - 17:15 (SGT)
09:30 - 10:15 (CET)
Impact Driving Innovations for an Inclusive Digital Economy in Bangladesh Francois Coupienne, Global Digital Lead, UNCDF
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, Honorable State Minister, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Tina Jabeen, CEO and Managing Director, Startup Bangladesh Ltd
7 December

14:50 -15:40 (IST)
17:20 - 18:10 (SGT)
10:20 - 11:10 (CET)
Infrastructure Addressing the Needs of the Informal Economy - MSMEs Digital Transformation Rajeev Kumar Gupta, Programme Manager, SHIFT, UNCDF
Mantasha Ahmed, President, Association of Fashion Designers of Bangladesh
Dima Djani, CEO & Founder, ALAMI Technologies, Indonesia
Md Mezbaul Haque, General Manager, Payments System Department, Bangladesh Bank
7 December

15:45 -16:30 (IST)
18:15 - 19:00 (SGT)
11:15 - 12:00 (CET)
Investor Leveraging Digital Solutions for Mobilizing Domestic Savings Towards SDGs Investments Maria Perdomo, Regional Manager, Digital Hub for Asia, UNCDF
Anir Chowdhury, Policy Adviser, Aspire to Innovate, ICT Division, Government of Bangladesh
Collen Tapfumaneyi, Chief Executive Officer, Escrow Group, Zimbabwe
Dirk Vansintjan President, Rescoop MECISE, Belgium
7 December

16:35 -17:30 (IST)
19:05 - 20:00 (SGT)
12:05 - 13:00 (CET)
Impact Accelerating Green and Sustainable RMG Sector – Role of Digital Solutions Andreas Fransson, UNCDF
N M Zeaul Alam PAA, Senior Secretary, ICT Division, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh - Honorable Guest
Rubana Haq, President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association
Bernadette Blom, Director, Good Fashion Fund
Keyzom Ngodup, Asia Pacific Regional Lead, Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA)
7 December

18:30-20:05 (IST)
21:00-22:35 (SGT)
14:00-15:35 (CET)
Impact Opening Session: Building Inclusive and Resilient Economies in the Digital Era Francois Coupienne, Global Digital Lead, UNCDF
Judith Karl, Executive Secretary, UNCDF
Aiaze Mitha, Digital Ambassador, UNCDF
Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation of Rwanda (Keynote)
Fabrizio Hochschild, USG Digital Cooperation
Aireen Omar, President, AirAsia Digital
Patrick Ngugi Njoroge, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya
8 December
8 December

09:50 – 10:35 (IST)
12:35 – 13:15 (SGT)
05:35 – 06:15 (CET)
Impact Livestock Registry for Smallholder Farmers - The Role of Digital Financial Services Roy Lai, Founder, Infocorp
Dr. Rajeshwaran Selvarajan, Professor, Development Management Institute
8 December

11:25 – 12:05 (IST)
13:55 – 14:35 (SGT)
06:55 – 07:35 (CET)
Impact Micro Businesses – Pathway to Recovery and Growth through Digitalization Prakash Seshadri, Founder & CEO, See Change Consulting
Sameer Vakil, CEO, Global Linker
Anil Kumar SG. CEO, Samunnati
Alison L Eskesen, Vice President, Master Card Center for Inclusive Growth
8 December

13:55 – 14:35 (IST)
16:25 – 17:05 (SGT)
09:55 – 10:05 (CET)
Impact Building COVID-19 Recovery mechanisms: Is Universal Basic Income the Answer? Audrey Misquith, Data and Insights, UNCDF
Ajay Shah, Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
8 December

16:30 -17:50 (IST)
19:00 - 20:20(SGT)
12:00 - 13:20 (CET)
Infrastructure The Foundations of an Inclusive Digital Economy Mike Mccaffrey, Regional Digital Hub Manager East and Southern Africa, UNCDF
Vincent Bagiire, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Uganda
Marten Kaevats, National Digital Advisor, Government office of Estonia
Jane Mugenyi, Head, Strategic Partnerships & Corporate Sales – Mobile Financial Services MTN Uganda
Harish Natarajan, Lead Financial Sector Specialist on Payments and Market Infrastructures, World Bank
8 December

18:00 -18:50 (IST)
20:30 - 21:20(SGT)
13:30 - 14:20 (CET)
Impact Emerging Approaches for the Financial Resilience of Micro Enterprises Chris Lukolyo, Uganda Country Lead, UNCDF
Buhle Goslar, CEO Africa Region & Pakistan at Jumo World
Alastair Sussock, Co-founder, Safeboda
Lukania Geraldine Makunda, Market Information Project Lead, FSD Kenya
8 December

19:00 -19:50 (IST)
21:30 - 22:20(SGT)
14:30 - 15:20 (CET)
Infrastructure Powering a Connected Economy Ronald Rwakigumba, Digital Financial Services, UNCDF
Martin Baart, CEO, Ecoligo
Vijay Modi, Academic, Columbia University
Peter Mwesiga Electricity company, Umeme - Project Manager
Gillian-Alexandre Huart, CEO- ENGIE Energy Access
9 December
9 December

10:25 – 11:10 (IST)
12:55 - 13:40 (SGT)
05:55 – 06:45 (CET)
Impact Connecting Women-led enterprises to Market and Finance through Technology Sucharita Mukharjee, Co-founder, Kaleidofin
Treasa Mathew, Director, FinTech, Omidyar
Arundhati Mukherjee, Founding Director, Aaroh
Subhalakshmi Nandi, SPO, Gender Equality, India, BMGF
9 December

11:20 – 12:30 (IST)
13:50 - 15:00 (SGT)
06:50 – 08:00 (CET)
Impact Women's Participation in the Economy Post COVID-19

Dr Jeemol Unni, Professor, Ahmedabad University
Dharitri Patnaik, Chairperson, FLO FICCI
Ritu Verma Co-Founder & Managing Partner, ANKUR Capital
Hardika Shah, Founder & CEO, Kinara Capital
9 December

15:30 – 16: 30 (IST)
18:00 – 19: 00 (SGT)
11:00 – 12:00 (CET)

People’s Money - Digital financing of the SDGs

Marcos Neto, Director, Finance Sector Hub, UNDP
Judith Karl, Executive Secretary, UNCDF
Henri Dommel, Director Inclusive Digital Economies, UNCDF
Aiaze Mitha, Digital Ambassador, UNCDF
Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor of a2i, Bangladesh, UNDP
Mikkel Larsen, Chief Sustainability Officer, DBS
Sherry Madera, Chief Industry & Government Affairs Officer, Refinitiv
9 December

14:15–15:20 (GMT)
19:45–20:50 (IST)
22:15-23:20 (SGT)
15:15–16:20 (CET)
Impact Enhancing SMEs Resilience through FinTech Innovations Seeku Jaabi, First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the Gambia (Opening Remarks)

Arianna Gasparri, Financial Inclusion Specialist, UNCDF
Hilda Moraa, CEO and Founder of Pezesha, crowdinvesting platform, Ghana
Francis Stevens George, CEO & MD, Innovation SL Ltd, Sierra Leone
Seedy Omar Bensouda, CEO InSIST Global Ltd and InSIST NET Ltd, Gambia
Nasir Zubairi, CEO, Luxemburg House of Financial Technology LHoFT Foundation
9 December

15:25–16:15 (GMT)
20:55–21:45 (IST)
23:25-24:15 (SGT)
16:25–17:15 (CET)
Infrastructure Skills Development in the Digital Era Claire Matjasec, Financial Inclusion and Project Management Advisor, UNCDF
Codou Ndiaye, Project Manager, DIMAGI
Raimund Moser, ITC Gambia
Dave Emnett, COE and Founder, Oze, Ghana
Didier Nkurikiyimfura, Director of Technology and Innovation, SmartAfrica
9 December

16:25–17:25 (GMT)
21:55–22:55 (IST)
00:25-01:25 (SGT)
17:25–18:25 (CET)
Infrastructure Rising Concerns: Cybersecurity and Customer Protection Sabine Mensah, Regional Lead West Africa, UNCDF (Moderator)
Jean Luis Perrier, Program Director, Africa Cybersecurity Resource Centre
Isha Fye, Deputy Director and Memberof NFIS Taskforce
Mahesh Uttamchandani, Practice Manager, Finance & Markets Global Practice, World Bank
Dr. Sheikh Sesay, Deputy Governor Bank of Sierra Leone (Closing remarks)
10 December
10 December

08:00 – 09:00 (IST)
10:30 - 11:30 (SGT)
03:30 – 04:30 (CET)
Impact Saving Toward Financial Resilience Audrey Misquith, Data and Insights, UNCDF
Hawati Abdul Hamid, Khazanah Research Institute
Parul Khanna, Co-founder, PinBox
Francesca Chia, Co-founder, GoGet
Lim Yam Poh, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, PIDM
10 December

09:10 – 10:10 IST)
11:40 – 12:40 (SGT)
04:40 – 05:40 (CET)
Impact Islamic Finance Approaches and Financial Inclusion Vineeta Tan, Managing Editor, REDMoney
Humayon Dar, Director General, Cambridge Institute of Islamic Finance
Owais Zaidi, Founder, CreditFlix
Umar Munshi, Founder, Ethis.co
Yuzadi Yusoff, Director, Bank Islam, Malaysia
10 December

12:50 – 13:50 (IST)
15:20 – 16:20 (SGT)
08:20 – 09:20 (CET)
Investor Digital Financing to Accelerate the Financing of the SDGs Aiaze Mitha, Digital Ambassador, UNCDF
Kai Keller, China Lead, World Economic Forum
Judy Li, Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Financial Services, Greater China, Asia-Pacific FSO Sustainability Leader , Ernst and Young
Crystal Geng, Head of ESG, Ping An Group
10 December

14:00 – 14:50 (IST)
16:30 – 17:20 (SGT)
09:30 – 10:20 (CET)
Investor Climate Change and Sustainable Finance Xu Weichuan, Head of Investment team, IFC
Ge Xingan, CEO, China Emissions Exchange
Dr. Christoph Nedopil Wang , Director Green Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Center
Bai Hong, Impact Investment Association
10 December

15:00 – 15:45 (IST)
17:30 – 18:15 (SGT)
10:30 – 11:15 (CET)
Impact Driving Blue Economy Through Capital and Technology Gregor Paterson-Jones , Advisor to UNCDF on Investments
Simon Dent, Head of Blue Investments, Mirova Natural Capital
Jodi Smith, Partner and Pipeline Business Contact, Matanataki Pte Ltd
Daniela Cedola, Director, PwC Consulting Government & Public Services
10 December

16:00 – 17:25 (IST)
18:30 – 19:55 (SGT)
11:30 – 12:55 (CET)
Impact The Impact of Climate Change: Resilience of Local Food Systems Leading to Food Security Saroj Nepal, National Program Coordinator, UNCDF
Maha Prasad Adhikari, Governor, Nepal Rastra Bank (Keynote)
Moushumi Shrestha, Shrinagar Agro
Sabnam Shivakoti, Agri Secretary, Province 4 Nepal
Surendra Raj Joshi , Senior Resilient Livelihoods Specialist, ICIMOD
10 December

17:30 – 18:20 (IST)
20:00 – 20:50 (SGT)
13:00 – 13:50 (CET)
Impact Connecting Smallholder Farmers to Markets through AgriTech Solutions
Saroj Nepal, National Program Coordinator, UNCDF
Shreemat Shrestha, Senior Scientist, NARC
Anand Bagaria, MD, Nimbus
Avishek Malla, CEO, Sunfarmer Krishi
10 December

17:30 – 18:20 (IST)
20:00 – 20:50 (SGT)
13:00 – 13:50 (CET)
Investor How Can Mainstream Investors Contribute to the SDGs? (Session available with a SFF pass to be purchased here) Henri Dommel, Director Financial Inclusion, UNCDF
Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, Founder and Managing Director, Bamboo Capital Partners
Fireside Chat and Virtual Pitch Day
10 December

18:25 – 19:15 (IST)
20:55 – 21:45 (SGT)
13:55 – 14:45 (CET)
Impact Driving Growth of MSMEs through FinTechs Sujeev Shakya, Chairperson, Nepal Economic Forum
Shrishti Joshi, Chairperson, SABAH Nepal
Jagannath Poudel, Programme Manager at Federation of Cottage and Small Industries
Anil Shah, CEO, Nabil Bank
Amit Agrawal, Co-Founder, Khalti
11 December
11 December

14:40–15:40 (IST)
17:10-18:10 (SGT)
10:10-11:10 (CET)
Impact Financial Health and its Relevance for the Developing World Jaspreet Singh, Global Lead, Financial Health and Innovations, UNCDF
Judith Karl, Executive Secretary, UNCDF
N. S. Vishwanathan, Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
Mary Wamae, Executive Director, Equity Group Holdings Executive Director
Pia Tayag, Director, UNSGSA
Mohamed Khalil, General Manager - Financial Wellbeing & Applied Behavioural Science, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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