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6th East African Banking & Microfinance Forum

14-15 March 2024 | Kigali Serena Hotel | Kigali, Rwanda

Presentations by industry leaders:

Theme: Transforming Banking for Inclusive Growth: Embracing Digital Innovation and Sustainable Finance in East Africa Location: Serena Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda

Thursday 14

Time: (Kigali time: GMT + 3)



8:45am -9:00am

Introduction and Welcome remarks by Master of Ceremony: Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

James Wambugu Co-Lead, Asset Management, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

9:00am - 10:00am

Opening Remarks 

Admassu Tadesse, President Emeritus and Group MD, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)
Thomas Östros, Vice-President, European Investment Bank (EIB) introduced by Edward Claessen, Head of EIB Global’s Regional Representation East Africa, EIB

Keynote Speech (TBC)

Hon. John Rwangombwa, Governor, The National Bank of Rwanda

10:00am - 10:30am

Group Photo & Refreshments

10:30am - 11:30am

Panel Discussion: Charting the Future: Macroeconomic Overview, Digital Innovation & Sustainable Finance in East Africa

Andrew Mold, UNECA Head of East Africa Office
Wegoki Mugeni, TDB Coverage Executive East Africa
Gabor Pula, Resident Representative, IMF
Moses Nyangu, Economist, Country and Financial Sector Analysis Division, EIB (Moderator)

11:30am - 12:15pm

Fireside Chat: Spotlight on Rwanda’s use of Technology for Sustainable Economic Development

H.E. Ms. Paula Ingabire – Rwanda Minister, ICT and Innovation
Doreen Mashu, Operations Officer SME, TDF (Moderator)

12:30pm - 1:15pm

Lunch Break

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Panel Discussion: Balancing the Scales: Navigating Debt Sustainability in East African Banking

Othman Boukrami, Deputy CEO, The Currency Fund
Nicole Kearse, Head of Sovereign Finance, African Legal Support Facility, AfDB
Lekinyi Mollel, Senior Economist, The Bank of Tanzania
Felister Kivisi, Advisor, TDB (Moderator)

2:15pm - 3:00pm

Panel Discussion: Leveraging Technology to Achieve Growth

Levi Gasangwa, Chief, Business and Corporate Solutions, Bank of Kigali
Angel Setumo, Group Head of Innovation, Letshego Holdings Limited
Jonathan Pinofilio, CEO, COMESA Business Council (Moderator)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Panel Discussion: Elevating Inclusion: Accelerating Digitization to Enhance Access to Finance

Catherine Kimaryo, Chair, Akiba Bank
Thomas Lugez, Investment Officer, EIB
Jehiel Oliver, Founder & CEO, Hello Tractor
Gloria Mamba, Group Executive, TDF (Moderator)

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Dinner & Cocktail Iftar Provided

Venue: 1000 Hills Distillery
Transportation Provided


Admassu Tadesse
President Emeritus and Group MD at Trade and Development Bank

Thomas Östros
Vice-President at European Investment Bank

Othman Boukrami
Deputy CEO of TCX

Klaudia Berger
Senior TA Programme Coordinator Financial Inclusion Unit

Edward Claessen
Head of EIB Regional Hub for East Africa

Levi Gasangwa
Chief Business and Corporate Solutions, Bank Kigali PLC

Isabelle Van Grunderbeeck 
Head of Inclusive Financial Services Unit, Advisory Services at EIB

H.E. Ms. Paula Ingabire
Minister of Information Communication Technology and Innovation at Rwandan Government

Mohamed Kalif 
Senior Advisor and Director of Trade and Development Bank

Fabian Kasi 
Managing Director of Centenary Rural Development Bank Uganda

Nicole Kearse
Head of Sovereign Finance, African Legal Support Facility, AfDB

Catherine Kimaryo

Chair at Akiba Bank

Felister Kivisi
Advisor, Sovereign Finance and Debt Management at Trade and Development Bank

Thomas Lugez
Investment Officer at European Investment Bank

Gloria Mamba
TDB Group Executive, Coverage Anglophone Southern Africa at Trade and Development Bank

Doreen Mashu
Operations Officer SME at TDF

Aakif Merchant
Associate Director of Convergence

Andrew Mold
Chief of Cluster at the Subregional Office for East Africa at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Lekinyi Mollel
Bank of Tanzania

Lilian Mramba
Chief Investment Officer/Chief Operating Officer, Grassroots Business Fund

Sonja Mohnen
 Senior Investment Officer, Microfinance, European Investment Bank

Wegoki Mugeni
Executive Coverage, TDB

Matu Mugo
Deputy Director, Bank Supervision Department of Central Bank of Kenya

Bright Mugova
Advisor at Trade and Development Bank

Maxwell Mutema
Agribusiness Advisor at Trade and Development Bank

Brenda Mutoni
Manager, Green Finance & Advisory Services

Sylvia Nanjekho
European Investment Bank

Moses Nyangu
Economist, Country and Financial Sector Analysis at European Investment Bank

Jehiel Oliver
Founder & CEO – Hello Tractor

David Ongondo
AFC Expert, East Africa

Jonathan Pinifolo
Digital Financial Inclusion Manager at COMESA

Gabor Pula
Resident Representative, IMF

Amath Pathe Sene
Managing Director, Africa’s Food Systems Forum (AGRF)

Angel Setumo
Group Head of Innovation,  Letshego Holdings Limited

Farooq Siddiqi
CEO, DLT Ledgers

Armando Massimiliano Sirolla
AFC Expert Moderator

James Wambugu
Co-Lead, Asset Management at TDB