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26 Oct

E=mc²: an investigation of the exponential impact of microcredit

Event Conference

The European Microfinance Network (EMN) and the Microfinance Centre (MFC) are pleased to invite you to the Brussels-based event to celebrate the 4th European Microfinance Day (EMD)

On the occasion of the 4th European Microfinance Day Campaign, EMN and MFC are proud to announce that this year’s Brussels-based event will take place on 26 October. A panel debate will be organised in line with the 4th EMD tagline:

“E=mc² - an investigation of the exponential impact of microcredit”

The European Microfinance Day (EMD) aims to raise awareness of microfinance as a tool to fight social and financial exclusion in Europe. In this edition of the EMD, EMN and MFC organise a panel debate involving several practitioners, an impact investor and a public authority representative to debate on the social impact of microfinance and how can this impact be further developed.

The support of innovative funding sources (either public or private) will be fundamental for the further & good development of the sector and creating new opportunities for the “missing entrepreneurs”.

The panel debate will be followed by the launching ceremony of Helenos, the first private equity fund for inclusive finance in Europe.


09: 00 – 09:30  Registration and Welcome Coffee                       

09:30 – 09:40  Opening and Presentation of the 4th European Microfinance Day

  • Jorge Ramirez, EMN General Manager
  • Katarzyna Pawlak, MFC Deputy Director

09:40 – 10:50  Panel Debate “E=mc² - an investigation of the exponential impact of microcredit”

  • Giampietro Pizzo, Microfinanza President & MEMI Project
  • Ann Branch, EC DG EMPL Head of Unit 
  • Elwin Groenevelt, Qredits CEO
  • Christian Jurma, Vitas CEO
  • Patrick Sapy, microStart CEO
  • Olivier De Guerre, CEO, Phitrust

10:50 – 11:15  Coffee-break

11:15 – 12:15  Helenos Fund launching ceremony

Opening remarks

  • Joost Korte, Director General, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, EC
  • Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President, EIB

Official launch of Helenos

  • Roger Havenith, Deputy Chief Executive, EIF
  • Helenos video projection
  • Ceremonial signing of the transaction between EIF and Helenos Fund

Debate: The pertinence of the Helenos Funds for driving equity into inclusive finance in Europe

  • Adie International, Marie Degrand-Guillaud
  • Roger Havenith, Deputy Chief Executive, EIF
  • Merete Clausen, Head of Unit - DG Economic and Financial Affairs, EC
  • Jerome Saddier, Vice President, Crédit Coopératif
  • Claudia Belli, Global Head of Social Entrepreneurship and Microfinance, BNP Paribas

Moderation by Dominique de Crayencour, Vice President EMN & Board Member Inpulse

12:15 – 12:30  Keynote Speech

  • Jyrki Katainen, EC Vice-President

12:30 – 12:45  Q&A session (with journalists)

12:45 – 14:00  Walking lunch


*** Registrations for the event are closed ***    

If you have any questions, please contact EMN at