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SME Finance Virtual Marketplace - Seventh Session - Fintech

16 February 2022
8 : 00
9 : 30
Handshake with sign SME Finance Marketplace 7th session with Fintech on February 16th, 2021

The “SME Finance Virtual Marketplace” is an online match-making platform that promotes partnership and collaboration between members of the SME Finance Forum, especially financial institutions, fintech companies and development finance institutions/ investors.  The virtual Marketplace is powered by GlobalLinker, an AI powered ‘Digital Ecosystem’ offering SMEs a range of services to build digital presence including e-commerce. 

How does the Marketplace operate?

To participate in the marketplace session, each member of the SME Finance Forum must have 1) an institutional profile (company profile) and personal profiles (individuals representing the companies) set up on the marketplace. Institutional profile shall also include products/services being offered by the members. With institutional profile and personal profile, representatives of member institutions will be able to explore different offerings by other members such as investment products, advisory services, technology solutions...etc. The virtual platform will enable members to reach out to one another to discuss potential collaboration and partnership at their own convenience.  

Seventh Marketplace Session

This seventh marketplace session, scheduled on Wednesday, February 16th from 8 am - 9:00 EST, will feature a series of fintech who will present their products/services.

Following the presentations, participants will have the opportunities to reach out directly to the presenting fintech to make inquiries or explore partnership opportunities based on their interests. 


Jessica Alfaro is a financial sector specialist at the SME Finance Forum. She has over 10 years’ experience working with MSMEs and is an expert in lending, entrepreneurship and finance. Based in Madrid, she is currently a consultant with the World Bank Group and a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. Previously, she has led and backstopped onsite technical needs assessments at banks in Africa and Asia, sourced and managed financial institution relationships for an international network of small business banks, and organized in-person and elearning training opportunities for bankers across a number of emerging markets as a Manager at CapitalPlus Exchange. She has been an Associate Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Senior Loan Officer at ACCION Chicago and on the MSME lending team at Ithala Development Finance Corporation in Durban, South Africa. Committed to economic and financial inclusion, she has served on community Boards and committees, and volunteered with organizations that focus on improving access to finance for consumers and business owners.


Asenso Finance

Keny Chang is the president of Asenso Finance, a technology company providing lending-as-a-service solutions to enable community banks and CDFIs to offer low-interest, zero-collateral loans to underserved and underrepresented small business owners. Prior to joining Asenso, Keny has had high-level experience at top finance brands, including Citigroup, Comerica Bank, and FINRA, with extensive knowledge in M&A, financing, real estate investment, commercial lending, international banking, financial consulting, and venture capital.
Fintech Group
Samuel Ouko has experience within the Banking Solutions Group of Fintech Group in delivering strategic Consultancy for clients in MFIs, Banking & Finance Industry across Africa. Fintech Group has provided technology solutions to 200+ financial institutions in 16 African countries serving combined 5 million+ end customers. The Fintech Group systems have facilitated seamless integration and inter-operability to promote supply chain financing solutions, payment systems, agency banking, digitalization, and open banking opportunities. Samuel has Solid Banking Domain knowledge in Digital Payments, Corporate Banking, and Retail Banking and has engaged clients in value proposition for projects to help clients explore unseen innovative and process automation opportunities. He is a Co-founder and former chairperson of the local chapter of the International Software Testing Qualification Board ISTQB, Regional Chair for the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise FIBREE and a Speaker/Panelist on digitization trends with a focus on emerging technologies adoption for Financial Services Industry. He holds a technology degree and was in the pioneer Masters of Business Administration class of Strathmore University in Kenya.
Dimitry Oosthoek is Head of Global Clients at Fyndoo, part of Topicus, since 2017. He is passionate about finance and fintech, at Fyndoo both worlds come together. With a wide range of experience in financial services and digital innovation he decided to bring all that experience together in the role of Head of Global Clients. With a focus on high-quality solutions, he also assists on product development and innovation, to bring Fyndoo to the next level. Fyndoo is an end-to-end SaaS lending platform that allows financiers to orchestrate the fintech ecosystem and delivers a fast and positive experience for customers, advisors, and bank employees.
Christopher Gwanmesia is Regional Partnerships Manager for West and Central Africa at Nomanini. His role entails establishing new partnerships in the region as well as managing existing ones that Nomanini has forged throughout the years. Before joining Nomanini, Christopher worked as an Economist at the Bank of Central African States where he successfully developed and managed several projects to increase access to finance in Cameroon's banking sector. He has an unbridled passion for financial inclusion and its benefits to the growth and development of African
Rubix Data Sciences
Kaushal Sampat, a veteran of the information services industry, is the Founder of Rubix Data Sciences Pvt. Ltd.  With over 25 years of experience, Kaushal spent 18 years with Dun & Bradstreet India in various leadership roles including President & Managing Director from 2010 - 2017. He helped establish Acuite Ratings & Research Ltd. (formerly SMERA Ratings Limited), Dun & Bradstreet’s joint venture with SIDBI, and has served on its board of directors. Kaushal is also an independent director on the board of Apar Industries Ltd, a billion dollar listed conglomerate, which is the largest aluminum and alloy conductor manufacturer in the world. He is a prolific speaker at industry events and has moderated discussions with several eminent political and business thought leaders.  Kaushal holds a MBA from Bowling Green State University, Ohio and is a member of the prestigious Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). He is passionate about reading, geopolitics, art and travel.
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