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Sanabel's 16th Annual Conference is Being Held Under the Patronage of His Excellency Dr. Adel Al-Sharkas, Governor of the Central Bank of Jordan

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Sanabel's 16th Annual Conference

Conference Theme:

Sanabel's 16th annual conference will center on the theme of embracing global trends and how they are transforming the microfinance landscape in Arab countries. Participants will engage in insightful discussions, sharing perspectives on the challenges and opportunities presented by these trends, while reflecting on their level of preparedness to tackle their impact.

Technical Tracks:

The conference will feature comprehensive technical tracks aimed at facilitating knowledge sharing and empowering participants with innovative strategies and best practices.

The Technical Tracks Include:

  1. Green Finance: Exploring sustainable financial solutions that align with environmental goals and drive responsible practices within the microfinance and financial inclusion sector.
  2. Agri Finance: Addressing the role of microfinance in supporting agricultural development, fostering rural growth, and ensuring food security in the Arab region.
  3. Gender Gap: Examining the gender disparity in financial inclusion and exploring effective approaches to empower women entrepreneurs and clients.
  4. Risks and Possible Opportunities: Assessing the risks faced by financial services providers and identifying potential opportunities for growth and resilience.
  5. Digitization: Analyzing the impact of digital transformation on microfinance operations, expanding outreach, and enhancing financial service delivery.
  6. Conflict and Resilience: Exploring the impact of conflicts and socio-political challenges on the microfinance sector, and devising strategies to build resilience and support affected communities.
  7. Responsible Finance: Promoting ethical and responsible financial practices that prioritize client welfare, transparency, and social impact while ensuring sustainable growth for financial institutions.

Conference Agenda

Sanabel's 16th Annual Conference

Schedule Session Moderator
10:00am:10:15am Welcome Remarks by Mr. Bassem Khanfar Chairman of Sanabel Bassem Khanfar
10:15am:10:45am Keynote Remarks by H.E. Dr. Adel AL-Sharkas the Governor of the Central Bank of Jordan
11:30am-1:00pm Global Economic Trends: Shaping the Financing Landscape in the Arab Countries Bassem Khanfar
2:30pm-3:45pm Mobilizing Data to Advance Access to Finance for Women in Business Kateryna Morton
2:30pm-3:45pm The MFI Sector – a Natural Advocate for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Frameworks? Ziad AL Refai
4:15pm-5:30pm Open Payment Networks; the Next Frontier for Financial Services and Inclusivity Alaa Abbassi
Schedule Session Moderator
9:30am-11:00am The Vital Role of Microfinance Institutions in Enhancing Financial Inclusion through Climate Resilience in the Region Moaaz Gebaily
11:45am-1:00pm The Latest Updates on Client Focus in Responsible Inclusive Finance Jurgen Hammer
11:45am-1:00pm Facing Challenges with Innovation through Financial and Non-financial Services Essam Al Hindi
2:30pm-3:45pm Digital Transformation of MFIs in the Arab Region: Findings, Challenges and Opportunities Youssef Mekouar
2:30pm-3:45pm Different Services for Different People: Exploring VSLA Plus in Yemen; Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities Osama Al-Shami
4:15pm-5:30pm The Power of Partnerships in Challenging Environments Issam Shnoudeh

Conference Speakers

Conference 2024

Dr. Christophe Cordonnier

Agri-finance, Agri-economics, MSME finance, and climate finance Expert

Moaaz Gebaily

Sustainable Energy Finance Consultant

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Youssef Mekouar

Microfinance and Digital Financial Services Expert

International Finance Corporation (IFC)


Dr. Alaa Ensheiwat




Ali Hijazi

Country Representative and Programs Director-Lebanon

CORUS International


Ghamdan Awn

CEO Assistant

Al-Amal Microfinance Bank (AMB)


Iveta Tancheva-Nikolova


Finance in Motion (SANAD Fund for MSME)


Kateryna Morton


Finance in Motion (SANAD Fund for MSME)


Sally Yacoub

Independent Gender and Financial Inclusion Consultant


Abeer Obwah

Business Development Marketing Director

Jordan Micro Finance Company (Tamweelcom)



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Sanabel Conference

Sanabel, The Microfinance Network of Arab Countries is accepting session proposals for its 16th annual conference which will be held in November 2024 at the Dead Sea in Jordan. This is an opportunity for Sanabel’s members, friends, and partners to participate in the development of the conference program and agenda. 

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