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Embracing grassroots economy, promoting inclusive growth.

About

The 2024 Asia Grassroots Forum, hosted by Amartha on its 14th anniversary.

Join us for an impactful gathering, where entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and innovators converge to confront the emerging market’s most pressing challenges head-on: From the hurdles faced by women-led MSMEs in accessing formal funding to the complexities of financial digitalization, we delve deep into pressing issues.


At the core of this transformative Forum lies a vibrant exchange of ideas and expertise, where cross-sector leaders collectively address critical topics. From shaping more resilient economies to pioneering gender-lens financing, fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and the future of finance. 

Through the synergy of collaboration, dialogue, and the spotlight on emerging changemakers, we ignite genuine solutions that drive inclusive growth and empower grassroots communities across Southeast Asia. Our agenda is thoroughly curated with sessions to inspire innovation, foster collaboration, and drive tangible change.

Together, let’s pave the way for inclusive growth and empowerment across Southeast Asia.

Our Agendas

Drive innovative strategies for inclusive growth, empowering underserved communities to accelerate economic prosperity.

Accelerate digital transformation for MSMEs, leveraging digital technologies to boost efficiency and unlock growth potential.

Collaborate to scale impact, amplifying grassroots initiatives for sustainable development.

Reason to Participate

Engage in dynamic exchange of ideas and expertise to catalyze solutions and tackle challenges
Connect with like-minded cross-sectors leaders and explore potential partnerships that can drive collective impact
Gain insights into impactful initiatives and their tangible effects on the ground
Immerse yourself in field experiences that offer firsthand insights into local communities and initiatives
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About Amartha

Amartha is one of the leading microfinance platforms on a mission to drive shared prosperity by building digital financial infrastructure for the grassroots economy. Founded in 2010, Amartha started as a Grameen microfinance institution that empowers women-led SMEs with access to working capital

Now, Amartha is evolving as a technology company that is building a microfinance ecosystem to connect grassroots communities with the rapidly growing digital economy through lending, funding, and payment services. Amartha advances the base of the pyramid economy by enhancing the competitiveness of micro and small entrepreneurs. In doing so, we empower more female MSMEs, create jobs, and foster more inclusive economic growth.

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Speakers*

*Due to the availability, the speaker lineup may undergo changes.

Founder & CEO Amartha
Amartha
Former Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Republic of Indonesia (2014-2019)
Honorary Chairman Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (KADIN)
CEO of Accion
Chief Funding Officer of
Amartha
Minister for Cooperatives and SMEs, Republic of Indonesia
Vice Minister of State Owned Enterprises, Republic of Indonesia
President Director of Permata Bank
Chief Risk & Sustainability Officer
Amartha
Deputy Ministers of Finance,
Republic of Indonesia
CEO of Indonesia Investment Authority (INA)
Chief Investment Officer Women’s World Banking (WWB)
Kepala Eksekutif Pengawas Lembaga Pembiayaan, Perusahaan Modal Ventura, Lembaga Keuangan Mikro & LJK OJK
Managing Partner of
Lynx Asia
Director of Centre Impact Investing and Practices (CIIP) of Temasek Trust
Director of KKR
Chief Financial Officer
Amartha
Global Director, Financial Industry & Network Advocacy of Women’s World Banking (WWB)
Global Head
SME Finance Forum
Associate Professor at the University of Reading
Founder & CEO
eFishery
Founder & CEO
Waste4Change
Indonesia Country Lead, Inclusive Financial Systems of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Accion
Managing Partner
of BeeNext
Head of Emerging Markets Strategy of Community Investment Management
Co-Founder & Chairman
Greenhope
Senior Operations Officer of the World Bank
CEO & Co-Founder
of BroilerX
Co-Founder and CEO
IndiaP2P
Founder of Fairbanc
Managing Partner of Boston Consulting Group Southeast Asia
Regional Lead for Digital Financial Service of International Finance Corporation (IFC)
CEO of PayMongo
Senior Technology Advisor
World Bank and former Chief Technology Officer of World Bank Group
Country Manager and President Director of Mastercard Indonesia
Regional Director Asia
Norfund
Senior Director
Head of Asia Nuveen
Chief Investment Officer
Lendable
Chief Executive Officer
of BNI Ventures
Executive Director Investment of
Vertex Ventures
CEO
of Trans Digital Lifestyle Group
Co-Founder
of Du Anyam and Krealogi
Co-Founder
Semaai
Senior Operations Officer at IFC
Operations Manager of Greenhope
Commissioner DANA Indonesia
Assistant Deputy Gender Equality, Ministry of Women & Child Protection, Republic of Indonesia

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Getting to the Venue

Park Hyatt Jakarta

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Kebon Sirih Street, Number 17-19
Central Jakarta, 10270

The Amartha Asia Grassroots Forum 2024 will be held at the Park Hyatt Jakarta, the only luxurious modern 6-star hotel in Jakarta, located in the heart of the city. Just minutes away from Indonesia’s National Monument (Monas) and Jakarta City Hall, where everyone can enjoy stunning city views, ensuring our forum is a truly memorable experience.

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Royal Glass House

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Nestled within the soaring heights of Park Hyatt Jakarta, the Royal Glass House exudes elegance and grandeur, offering an unparalleled setting for a remarkable forum.

For an experience beyond compare, ascend to The Observatory on the 36th floor, the crowning glory of the Royal Glass House. Here, surrounded by sweeping panoramic vistas that encompass the iconic Monumen Nasional (Monas) or National Monument and the sprawling Jakarta skyline, you’re invited to immerse yourself in moments of sheer inspiration.

Info Center

The 2024 Forum organized to harness the transformative power of grassroots empowerment initiatives. Recognizing the pivotal role of inclusive efforts in addressing microfinance access for women-led MSMEs. The event serves as a global platform for collaboration and shared learnings. The discussion agendas include inclusive growth, digitizing MSMEs, and scaling impact. It brings together entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and innovators to collectively pave the way for a more empowered and resilient global community. By amplifying diverse voices, fostering cross-cultural exchanges, and inspiring innovative solutions, the forum aims to unleash opportunities in the Southeast Asian grassroots economy through entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation.

The 2024 Asia Grassroots Forum, Hosted by Amartha will be convened in person (offline), May 21-22, 2024 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Attendance is exclusive to invitation only for investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, strategic partners’ guests, and media. Additionally, we will also be live streaming the event on Amartha’s YouTube channel on the day of the forum for those who cannot attend in person.

Yes. Attendees will be invited to download The 2024 Asia Grassroots Forum, Hosted by Amartha networking application to enhance their attendance and engage with their peers, check the agenda, floor plan, and learn more about The 2024 Asia Grassroots Forum, Hosted by Amartha. Only invitees who have been RSVP who will receive the download link and login passcode via email.

Yes, the sessions will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person.  You will be able to join the live-stream link prior to the conference. Live-streaming will be held on Amartha’s Official Youtube account, and you may access here.

You can download your peers’s contacts via  networking application to stay connected with your network or you can contact theforum@amartha.com

To make a name change, navigate to contact theforum@amartha.com. You have to share details of the new delegate, including their full name, company name and address, job title, phone number, and email and we will be able to assist you with the replacement. Name changes will no longer be possible from May 17, 2024. You can either get in touch with us or we can assist you directly at the register desk if the pass has not already been generated.

Should you need further assistance to handle your VISA request, kindly contact theforum@amartha.com. We will be able to assist you with the VISA application.

Yes, we do. If you already registered, you can download the city guide book that has been sent to your email. It encompasses essential information on transportation options, recommended hotels, curated selection of restaurants offering diverse cuisines, local gift shops, and city attractions. Allowing visitors to plan their itineraries efficiently. From historical landmarks to vibrant cultural hotspots, our guidebook offers valuable insights to enhance the visitor experience in Jakarta.

 

We ensure inclusivity and accessibility at our conference as this lies in our values. One of the accommodations we offer is the provision of a Bahasa Isyarat Indonesia (Bisindo) sign language interpreter, facilitating comprehensive participation for special needs individuals.

Yes, we do provide translation services at the event. Specifically, we offer a translator device that converts Bahasa Indonesia to English. Participants can obtain this device when they verify their attendance at the registration area. This service ensures that all our guests, regardless of language preference, can fully understand and engage in the event discussions.

The following day after the conference, there will be an organized field trip to observe and engage with MSMEs activities in the rural areas through an organized trip, with pre-booked reservations only. The 2,5-hours long trip from the Conference Venue to the selected villages for a maximum of 20 participants, facilitated by three minivans. The activities include observation, interactive workshops and engagement with Amartha’s customers, field officers and agents. The field trip starts/finishes at the Conference Venue.

Please be advised that the field trip is limited to only 20 participants. You can apply for registration for the field visit while you are RSVP for the conference here. If you are eligible to visit the village, you will receive a confirmation email from theforum@amartha.com and will receive a dedicated email from our team.

Thought Partners

Get In Touch With Us

We are delighted to walk this event journey with you! If there’s anything you’d like to know concerning the event, please do not hesitate to reach out. We’re more than happy to address your queries or hear your valuable insights Jasa Pembuatan Aplikasi
Where

Park Hyatt Jakarta & Royal Glass House

Kebon Sirih Street, Number 17-19

Central Jakarta, 10270

When

Tuesday to Wednesday
May 21 to 22, 2024

Email

theforum@amartha.com

Andi Taufan Garuda Putra

Founder & CEO Amartha

Andi Taufan is an ITB graduate in Management and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. Having a strong social compassion, Taufan pivoted in creating Amartha in 2010 as a microfinance institution then transformed into a financial technology company in 2016. Former Special Staff of The President of Republik Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo, and Former Consultant, IBM. He has also received many awards such as Young Changemaker (2010), Ashoka: Penghargaan Satu Indonesia (2011), Astra: Laureate Global Fellow (2013) and Ganesha Innovation Champion Awards (2014).

Sri Mulyani

Minister of Finance of Republic Indonesia

Sri Mulyani Indrawati is the Minister of Finance of Indonesia since 2016. As finance minister, Sri Mulyani was known as a tough reformist and was largely credited with strengthening Indonesia’s economy, increasing investments and steering Southeast Asia’s largest economy through the financial crisis. In 2014, she was ranked as the 38th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.

Michael Schlein

President & CEO Accion

Michael joined Accion in 2007 as a member of its Board of Directors and in 2009, became Accion’s President and CEO. Prior to his employment at Accion, Michael served as President of Citigroup’s International Franchise Management, where he managed the bank’s network of 100 Chief Country Officers. Before that, he ran communications, philanthropy, government relations, branding, and human resources for Citigroup. He served as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Clinton Administration and in New York’s City Hall in the Dinkins and Koch Administrations. He began his career in investment banking.

Teten Masduki

Minister for Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises of Republic of Indonesia
Teten Masduki is an Indonesian social activist involved in public clearinghouse for information about corruption, collusion, and nepotism of Indonesia. He was appointed as the Minister for Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises in the Onward Indonesia Cabinet in October 2019. He was awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2005. On 2 September 2015, he was appointed by President as successor to Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. He is the second Chief of Staff in history to lead Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Indonesia.

Mirza Adityaswara

Commissioner OJK RI
Mirza Adityaswara has more than 30 years in finance and government. Graduating with a Bachelor’s in Economics from Universitas Indonesia in 1992, he pursued a Master’s in Applied Finance from Macquarie University in 1995. His journey commenced as a Dealer at Bank Sumitomo Niaga in 1989, evolving into roles like Head of Securities Trading & Research at Bahana Sekuritas. Notable positions include Director at Credit Suisse Securities Indonesia and Managing Director at Mandiri Sekuritas. Serving as Senior Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia from 2013 to 2019, he also undertook roles in the Financial Services Authority. As Minister of Finance Experts and President Director of the Indonesian Banking Development Institute, he furthered his impact from 2020 to 2022.

Ridha Wirakusumah

CEO INA
Ridha Wirakusumah is one of Indonesia’s top executives in banking, financial services, and investment with more than 30 years of experience at leading global and Indonesian institutions. Before joining INA, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Bank Permata, Head of Indonesia at KKR & CO., and Chief Executive Officer of Bank Maybank Indonesia. He previously has served in several multinational corporations including as CEO of Asia Pacific AIG Consumer Finance, CEO of Asia Pacific GE Capital Consumer Finance and Banking, CEO of GE Capital Thailand, CEO of GE Capital Indonesia, as well as Head of Corporate Finance of Bankers Trust, and Head of Public Sector of Citibank Indonesia.

Christina Juhasz

Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer Women’s World Banking
Christina (CJ) Juhasz is the Chief Investment Officer of Women’s World Banking Asset Management. She has worked for the organization since 2007, and for WWB Asset Management since its inception in 2011. She leads the management of Funds I and II for Emerging Markets, directing equity investments into Women’s World Banking’s network members and other women-focused inclusive FSPs, to provide responsible growth capital and demonstrate the business case for investing in women. Before transitioning into the role of the CIO, Ms. Juhasz was the director of the Women’s World Banking Capital Markets Group where she conducted and oversaw due diligence, negotiation, and structuring of direct investments in or guarantees of over $6.5 million to four networks members from 2009-2011.

Djamal Attamimi

Managing Partner and CEO Lynx Asia
Djamal is an Indonesian and a senior banker in the Asian investment and corporate banking landscape, with over 30 years of experience in leadership roles in the region. He was previously the Asia Head of Debt Origination and Private Financing at Nomura Singapore and the SE Asia Head of Capital Markets & Treasury Services. He was also Head of Investment Banking for Indonesia at Deutsche Bank. Djamal has also worked in the structured finance space with Citibank and Rabobank. Djamal was instrumental in the early development of the Indonesian bond market. He is a co-founder of Lynx.

Qamar Saleem

Global Head, SME Finance Forum
QAMAR SALEEM is the SME Finance CEO, the world’s leading center for knowledge exchange, good practice promotion and public-private dialogue in this field. Qamar has been with IFC since 2012 and served in his previous roles as global technical lead for SME and Supply Chain Finance as well as regional SME Banking lead for EMENA. Qamar has 30+ years of global financial services experience having worked across 60+ countries internationally managing large business lines while leading multi-cultural and cross-functional teams.

Dirk Quaquebeke

Managing Partner BeeNext
Dirk van Quaquebeke is a Managing Partner at BEENEXT, a Singapore-based early-stage venture capital firm investing in India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the U.S. He has been living in Asia since 2009 and has been building and investing in early-stage tech companies for over 15 years. He actively participates in over a dozen company boards and has led investments in over 50 companies, such as Trusting Social, Bank Open, FleetX, YAP, Cropin, Zenius. Prior to Beenext, he founded and led the company builder Alps Ventures Pte Ltd. out of which more than a dozen incubations and investments were done where he headed in an active operating role in 3 different ventures.

Bernhard Eikenberg

Partner Community Investment Management

Bernhard Eikenberg serves as Partner of CIM Emerging Markets LLC (“CEM”) and co-founded the firm’s Emerging Markets strategy, where he focuses on investment and operations activities and is based out of Indonesia. Prior to co-founding CEM, Mr. Eikenberg spent a decade in various roles at Bamboo Capital Partners, an impact investment manager, where he served as Fund Manager for Bamboo’s fintech equity fund, Head of Financial Inclusion, and Regional Director for Latin America. Previously, he worked for BlueOrchard Finance, a microfinance investment manager, where he was responsible for debt operations in Central America and the Caribbean as well as local currency lending initiatives. Mr. Eikenberg began his career at JPMorgan in London, where he focused on fixed-income and currency derivatives.

Ernest Saudjana

Managing Director & Senior Partner Boston Consulting Group
Ernest Saudjana, with Boston Consulting Group since 2006, leads Financial Institutions in Southeast Asia and corporate banking in Asia Pacific. He’s engaged with major institutions, tech disruptors, and regulators, focusing on strategy, transformation, and new business ventures. Seconded to the World Economic Forum in NY, he co-launched “Redefining the Emerging Market Opportunity,” promoting private sector innovations for financial expansion. A Global Shaper, he curated the Jakarta hub and served on the UN Shapers Sustainable Development Council, advancing UN goals worldwide. His BCG projects involve large-scale bank transformation, fintech development, and support for Indonesian family businesses on diverse strategic fronts.

Lesly Goh

Senior Technology Advisor World Bank and former Chief Technology Officer of World Bank Group

Lesly Goh is the Senior Advisor, former Chief Technology Officer for the World Bank Group. She is a Fellow at Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) Judge Business School and Senior Fellow at National University of Singapore (NUS) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Lesly brings an extensive international experience, advising government policy makers and central banks on the regulatory impact from emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G , Cloud and Edge Computing. Prior to the public sector role, Lesly built a solid technology career in private sector such as Microsoft, Deloitte and startups. She is a certified Data Architect and worked on many high-profile Data and AI initiatives in highly regulated industries such as Financial Services, Healthcare/Life Sciences and Digital Government, including Smart Cities designed for resilience. Lesly is member of the WEF Global Future Councils on Data Policy – Platform for shaping the Future of Technology Governance on data policy.

Stephen Lee

Senior Director, Head of Asia Nuveen

Stephen is a senior director on the Private Equity Impact Team at Nuveen. He is primarily responsible for originating, underwriting and executing transactions globally for the team’s Inclusive Growth strategy. Stephen is also involved with the overall portfolio management of the team’s direct investments, and also represents the firm on several impact fund advisory committees. In addition, he is responsible for providing comprehensive research and analytical and operational support to the group’s core initiatives. Before joining the firm in 2014, Stephen worked as director of access to finance for Building Markets, a social enterprise based in New York that supports local businesses in post-conflict and developing countries. He has also held various positions at J.P. Morgan, Accenture and ATX Communications.

Hani Ibrahim

Chief Investment Officer Lendable

Hani brings 20 years of experience working across multiple jurisdictions spanning advisory, investment banking and private credit. He has an extensive background in emerging market private credit, recently serving as the Head of Debt Capital Markets at QInvest where he successfully established and executed the firm’s emerging markets direct lending strategy, deploying $500M in structured senior and mezzanine credit. Hani holds a BSc in Economics and Statistics and an MSc in Statistics from University College London.

Eddi Danusaputro

CEO BNI Venture

Eddi Danusaputro currently serves as the CEO of BNI Ventures, a venture capital company under the auspices of BNI (Bank Negara Indonesia). Previously, he held the position of CEO at Mandiri Capital Indonesia (MCI) and also served as the President Commissioner at Amartha. He has a career spanning 12 years in fund management companies in Singapore, including Morgan Stanley, AXA, Makara Capital, Booz Allen Hamilton, and AT Kearney. Eddi Danusaputro holds an MBA from Duke University and a Doctorate in Management Science from the University of Indonesia.

Joshua Agusta

Executive Director Vertex Venture

Joshua Agusta joined the Vertex Ventures SE Asia team in 2022. He is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to joining Vertex, Joshua was a Director of Venture Funds at Mandiri Capital Indonesia, the corporate VC arm of Bank Mandiri, one of the largest financial institutions in Indonesia. During his tenure at Mandiri Capital, he successfully set up and led the creation of Indonesia Impact Fund ($25Mn AUM) and Merah Putih Fund ($300Mn AUM). Joshua was also one of the founding team at MDI Ventures, the Corporate VC arm of Telkom Indonesia, Indonesia’s largest telco company. His last held position was a Vice President of Investments where he led all the investment operations of MDI Ventures and managed to secure a total of 7 exits during his tenure.

Bintang Puspayoga

Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection of Republic of Indonesia
I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati is an Indonesian politician. She is also known as Bintang Puspayoga, she serves as Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection in the 41st Cabinet of Indonesia. The first Balinese women to become minister. Bintang Puspayoga was registered as a civil servant at the Denpasar City Government since 24 December 2008. He then held the first position as Assistant Inspector for Region III at the Denpasar City Inspectorate since 31 December 2008. She is also active in social activities such as being Chair of the Indonesian Women’s Hindu Dharma (WHDI) Bali Province and serving as Chair of the Provincial Board of the All Indonesian Table Tennis Association (PTMS) Bali.

Putri Tanjung

Trans Digital Lifestyle Group

Putri Tanjung, born on September 22, 1996, is the youngest Presidential Special Staff of Indonesia and holds multiple roles at CT Corp as the Commissioner and Chief Experience Officer. Her leadership extends to multiple entities, holding the position of CEO at Trans Digital Lifestyle Group, overseeing Female Daily, Beautynesia, HaiBunda, and CXO Media. Additionally, she serves as the Chief Experience Officer of Allo Bank. Her notable achievements include receiving the Satyalencana Wira Karya medal of honor Medal of honor from the president of republic of Indonesia for her dedication in empowering SMEs in August 2023 and being recognized as one of Indonesia’s Forbes 30 under 30 in March 2022.