Financial Inclusion Forum Events

We aim to host around ten events each year covering a variety of different topics within the financial inclusion domain. For accessibility the majority of our events are hosted in central London where we are often sponsored by large firms operating within the space.

The (late) Summer Financial Inclusion News Review

Member Events
11 Sep 2018 08:30 - 10:30
Reed Smith, Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose St, London, EC2A 2RS - London EC2A 2RS, UK
United Kingdom

A FIF Quarterly Breakfast Event

Where: Reed Smith, Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose St, London, EC2A 2RS


When: Tuesday, 11th September, 2018; 8:30-10:30am


Who: Blaine Stephens, COO, MIX; and Sam Mendelson (e-MFP & FIF)

Summers – especially oddly Iberian-feeling ones of endless shimmering sunshine like this – can sometimes feel like the rest of the world stops turning, but of course it doesn’t. Plenty has been going on in the financial inclusion sector since we last got together in May for the last Financial Inclusion News Review – the Forum’s quarterly breakfast event. The FINR is a response to a perceived (and since, proven) need among British-based financial inclusion sector observers and practitioners to hear a run-down and round-up of what’s going on across different areas of the sector, and to be able to debate those issues around a table.  To not only walk through the news of the intervening months but also preview what’s coming down the pipe during the next quarter, we’re pleased to announce the next event – the (late) Summer News Review – will be held on September 11th.


Besides a summary of interesting news stories in deals, market developments, regulation, research, product innovation, FinTech and the like, as always the Summer News Review will include a ‘deep dive’ into one or two relevant issues of the day. In May, we dug a bit deeper into the Global Findex, published a few weeks earlier, and debated the pernicious gender gap, the role of technology, and scope for building (or focusing more narrowly) on particular trends in financial inclusion. As always, we also followed up on some of the issues and news stories raised in the previous meetings.


There is plenty to talk about again, and we hope you’ll join us, and take the opportunity to weigh in on any particular issues you’d like us to focus on (and feel free to contact us beforehand if there are special items you think deserve attention). We’re pleased to welcome back Blaine Stephens of MIX to present ‘The News’, and Sam Mendelson, a FIF Director and Financial Inclusion Specialist at the European Microfinance Platform, will moderate the event this time round.


Finally, as always all our appreciation to Reed Smith, a long-time supporter of FIF and the sector, for generously continuing to host this series. We hope to see you on September 11th. Spaces are first-come-first-served, and reservation (as well as active participation if you’re there!) is mandatory. If you’d like to come and join us for an excellent breakfast and discussion, please contact Antonella at:


We hope to see you there and then.


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