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Francis Macheka is the Executive Director, Retail Banking and Agricultural Development at the Agricultural Bank of Zimbabwe t/a Agribank. Mr Macheka leads overall operations in the Retail, Corporate Banking, Banking Operations and the Agricultural Division. He has a vast experience in bank risk management, agricultural support, banking operations, financial inclusion and bank policy formulation after having worked for several financial institutions in Zimbabwe where he held senior management positions i.e ZB Bank, Syfrets Corporate and Merchant Bank, Scotfin and Standard Chartered Bank. Currently at Agribank, he is a Board Member. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors of Zimbabwe He graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc Honours in Agriculture and also holds a Masters in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Agricultural Bank of Zimbabwe
Executive Director, Retail Banking and Agricultural Development
Maximilian Schrems is an Austrian activist and author who became known for campaigns against Facebook for privacy violation, including its violations of European privacy laws and alleged transfer of personal data to the US National Security Agency (NSA) as part of the NSA's PRISM program. Schrems is the founder of NOYB – European Center for Digital Rights.
NOYB – European Center for Digital Rights
Anupam Manur is Assistant Professor at the Takshashila Institution. He was previously working as a Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore. He has published several editorials in the Financial Express, The Hindu, NDTV, Scroll, Bloomberg Quint, and others. Anupam completed his Masters in International Business (Economics) from Lancaster University. His research areas lie at the intersection of economics, technology, and public policy. He is currently working on digital payments, platform economics, and India's ongoing jobs crisis.
Helmut Schleweis is President of the German Savings Banks Association. In that role, Schleweis heads the umbrella organisation of the Savings Banks Finance Group (Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe in German), Germany's largest and leading financial network. Before leading DSGV on 1 January 2018 for a six-year term, the 63-year-old Schleweis was since 2010 Federal Chairman of the German Savings Banks (Deutscher Sparkassen in German) and 3rd Vice-President of the DSGV. In this capacity, he represented the interests of savings banks in many institutions of the Savings Banks Finance Group, in particular in the group's associated companies. In 2002, he was appointed Chairman of their management board. He became President of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) in June 2018.
Stephen Mukweli is a career banker with a long career in banking practice, over eighteen years of which have been in executive positions. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (England and Wales) and attended the Executive MBA at Middlesex University, UK. Mr. Mukweli is the Managing Director of PostBank (Uganda) Ltd, a state-owned and socially-oriented financial institution. During his tenure, the bank has deepened its outreach, particularly among the unbanked through branchless technologies like Mobile Vehicle Banking services and linkages with informal financial institutions. He has served on the Board of the World Savings Banks Institute (WSBI), the Uganda Institute of banking & Financial Services (UIBFS), the Board of Trustees of the Aids Information Centre (AIC) and a rotational Chair of the Association of the Savings Banks of East Africa (ASBEA) an apex organization for the Postal banks in East Africa. Prior to the current position Mr. Mukweli served for seven years as CEO of The Uganda Institute of Bankers, a professional development arm of the banking Industry in Uganda. He succeeded in mainstreaming microfinance in the banking profession, and the Institute has since been offering professional diploma qualifications in Microfinance along with banking professional courses. Other positions held include leadership roles in international banking operations at the then Uganda Commercial Bank (Uganda Commercial Bank was bought by Stanbic of South Africa) and served as the Overseas Representative based in London looking after the bank’s correspondent relations with banks in Europe and North America.
Badal Malick is the Principal Innovation Officer at Catalyst, an innovation platform focused on 'digital finance for the underserved,' which works with Governments and industry players in an Action Lab format. Trained in physics and economics, Badal is passionate about disruptive innovation and large-scale change. Badal has a deep industry background in financial services, digital payments and online commerce. He helped found Catalyst, and has been instrumental in setting up the program, its strategy and its flagship Digital Payment Lab in Jaipur. Previously, he was a Vice President at Snapdeal where he built an Omnichannel business from ground up; a Group Product Head at Intuit’s Quickbooks business unit where he crafted new FinTech products; an Engagement Manager at McKinsey’s financial services and payments practice where he advised Fortune 50 companies on innovation strategies; and an Economist at the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program where he led a ground breaking a new initiative focused on public accountability in urban service delivery. He has an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Principal Innovation Officer
David is an economist and certified Project Management Professional®, with 14 years of experience in international development management, results measurement and collaborative learning, with a focus on community finance. He has led the development of community-based microfinance initiatives in over 20 countries – in Africa, Asia and Latin America – with a cumulative outreach of over 800,000 members. As Program Director at the SEEP Network, David leads the practice area on Financial Inclusion through Savings Groups. A global learning network of over 100 member organizations working across 160 countries, the SEEP Network is committed to combatting poverty through inclusive financial and market systems. David has a Master’s in Economics from McGill University and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
The SEEP Network
Debdatta Saha is an economist currently teaching at the Faculty of Economics, South Asian University. Her research interests are in the field of applied game theory, industrial organization and development economics. With prior engagement with the Competition Commission of India, the anti-trust authority for India, she has dealt with issues of competition, access to finance, small business development, innovation, entrepreneurship and sectoral studies for specific industries like food processing. She has recently completed a study on food processing entrepreneurship in Bihar, which was funded by the IGC London.
South Asian University
Dinesh Kumar Khara, SBI
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Dinesh Kumar Khara, SBI
Mr. Dinesh Kumar Khara is the Managing Director - Global Banking and Subsidiaries at State Bank of India. He also holds the additional charge of Risk Management of the Bank. As Managing Director-Global Banking and Subsidiaries, he heads Global Markets, Corporate Accounts Group, International Banking Group and Subsidiaries of the Bank. Mr. Dinesh Kumar Khara holds Masters in Business Administration from FMS New Delhi and is a post-graduate in Commerce. He is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). Mr. Khara joined SBI as Probationary Officer in 1984 and has over 34 years of experience in all facets of Commercial banking such as Retail Credit, SME/Corporate Credit, deposit mobilization, international banking operations, branch management, etc. Prior to being appointed as Managing Director of State Bank of India, Mr. Khara was the MD & CEO of SBI Funds Management Pvt. Ltd. (SBIMF). Under his leadership the Company leaped one position up and became the 5th largest Mutual Fund in India by improving its market share to 8.8% from 7%. Prior to that he was Chief General Manager of Bhopal Circle of State Bank of India and was responsible for managing around 1400 branches. He has also handled the portfolio of General Manager -Associates and Subsidiaries department of SBI and has worked closely with the operational and strategy issues of various Non-banking subsidiaries of SBI. He has worked in Bank’s Chicago office and was associated with the overseas acquisition of Indian Ocean International Bank Mauritius (now SBI Mauritius) during his stint in Overseas Expansion wing of International Banking Group.
State Bank of India
Managing Director (Global Banking and Subsidiaries)
Harsh Kumar Bhanwala NABARD
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Harsh Kumar Bhanwala NABARD
Dr Bhanwala has consistently espoused the cause of enhancing farmers' income through creation of agri & irrigation infrastructure. Under his leadership, NABARD received accreditation as National Implementing Entity by the Adaptation Fund Board & Green Climate Fund (GCF) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since he became chairman in December 2013, NABARD is carrying out major institutional development initiatives. Over 200 rural co-operative banks (RCBs), that serve the rural masses, have been brought under Core Banking Solution through a cloud based platform, enabling them to mainstream their services on par with commercial banks. 63,000 Primary Agriculture Credit Societies (PACS) affiliated to these banks are to be computerised and integrated with their CBS during next three years, further widening the Financial Inclusion landscape. Under his guidance, digitisation for the world's largest microfinance programme has been initiated i.e. digitization of Self Help Groups (SHGs) aiming to cover eight million SHGs constituting 100 million households across the country. Dr. Bhanwala guides many national level institutions as a member of the Board, such as DICGC, IRMA, BIRD.
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)