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The MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion promotes the idea that banks and other financial service providers in developing countries should focus on the needs and expectations of people living in poverty.

We believe that universal access to finance, embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals, can be achieved only if economically disadvantaged people have access to safe, affordable and convenient financial products and services. That can occur only if financial service providers truly understand the complex financial lives of poor people and design and deliver products that respond to them.

We look forward to continuing this important conversation with our invitees before and during the 2016 Symposium on October 20-21 in Kigali.

2016 Speakers

At the 2016 Symposium, we look forward to welcoming global thought leaders who will share the latest advances in industry leading practices, research and emerging ideas. Confirmed speakers include:

Reeta Roy
Reeta Roy
President and CEO, The MasterCard Foundation
Nick Hughest - May 16-Final
Nick Hughes
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer, M-KOPA
Chandula Abeywickrema SoFI2016
Chandula Abeywickrema
Chairman, Board of Governors, Banking With the Poor
Gerhard Coetzee
Gerhard Coetzee
Senior Specialist, CGAP
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