Agenda (subject to change)
Day 1: Thursday, October 21
8:00am – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast

9:00am – 9:40am

Introductory Remarks & Presentation of Moody’s Investors Service Research

Jonathan Morduch (NYU Wagner)

Linda Huber (Moody’s Investors Service)

Jody Rasch (Moody’s Investors Service)


9:40am – 10:00am


10:00am – 11:50am

What Are We Learning About Impacts?

Moderator: Jonathan Morduch (NYU Wagner)


Abhijit Banerjee (MIT)

Esther Duflo (MIT)

  • Dean Karlan (Yale University)

  • Carlos Danel (Compartamos Banco)
  • Tanguy Bernard (Agence Française de Développement)

11:50pm – 12:50pm


12:50pm – 2:10pm

Insurance – Impact and Product Design

Mary Ellen Iskenderian (Women’s World Banking)

Christopher Udry (Yale University)
James Vickery (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

Michael McCord (MicroInsurance Centre)

Barbara Magnoni (EA Consultants)

2:10pm – 3: 30pm

Targeting the Ultra Poor
Susan Davis (BRAC USA)

Jeremy Shapiro (Yale University)
Jonathan Bauchet (NYU Wagner)

William M. Abrams (Trickle Up)
Aude de Montesquiou (CGAP)

3:30pm – 3:50pm


3:50pm – 5:10pm

Microentrepreneurs and Their Capital: Micro Experiments to Get Inside the Box
Michael Ingram (IPA)


David McKenzie (World Bank)
Jonathan Robinson (UCSC)


Jake Kendall (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

5:10pm – 6:20pm

Measuring Social Performance
Moderator: Asad Mahmood (Deutsche Bank)

  • Laura Foose (Alternative Credit Technologies)
  • Michael Cracknell (ENDA Inter-Arabe)
  • Nathanael Goldberg (IPA)
  • Kathryn Barrios (Developing World Markets)
  • Michael Rauenhorst (Microequity Investors, LLC)

6: 20pm – 7:15pm

Wrap-up by Dean Karlan (Yale University) and Cocktail Party

Day 2: Friday, October 22
8:00am – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast

9:00am – 10:30am

Introductory Remarks

Ellen Schall (NYU Wagner)

What Don't We Know That We Ought To?

David Roodman (Center for Global Development)

Richard Rosenberg (CGAP)

  • Christopher Dunford (Freedom from Hunger)
  • Abhijit Banerjee (MIT)

10:30am – 10:50am


10:50am – 12:10pm

Credit Product Design
Moderator: Bobbi Gray (Freedom From Hunger)


  • Erica Field (Harvard University)
  • Greg Fischer (London School of Economics)

  • Practitioners:
  • Joanna Ledgerwood (Aga Khan Foundation)
  • Jolly Zachariah (Ujjivan)

Co-sponsored by the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard and Exxon Mobil's
Educating Women and Girls Initiative.

12:10pm – 1:10pm

Lunch Plenary
Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard University)

1:10pm – 2:30pm

Information and Credit Markets

Tony Sheldon (Yale Program on Social Enterprise)


  • Asim ljaz Khwaja (Harvard University)
  • Xavier Gine (World Bank)


  • Raymond Anderson (Standard Bank Group, South Africa)
  • Hans Dellien (Women’s World Banking)

2:30pm – 3:50pm

Psychology and Savings


Tania Alfonso (IPA)


  • Margaret McConnell (Harvard University)
  • Dean Yang (University of Michigan)


  • Ross Nathan (Opportunity Tanzania Limited)
  • Beth Porter (UNCDF)

3:50pm – 4:10pm


4:10pm – 5:30pm

Consumer Protection
Bernd Balkenhol (International Labor Organization)


  • Adair Morse (University of Chicago)
  • Santosh Anagol (Wharton School)


  • Rachel Schneider (Center for Financial Services Innovation)
  • Kate McKee (CGAP)

5:30pm – 6:00pm

Jonathan Morduch (NYU Wagner) and Tilman Ehrbeck (CGAP)

Day 3: Saturday, October 23
For each presentation the key presenter is slated to speak for 10 minutes, have a dedicated respondent from the other community speak for 5 minutes (e.g. research presentation has practitioner respondent), followed by 10 minutes of question and answer from the general audience.  The hosts will endeavor to match practitioners with interested researchers and researchers with potential implementing partners.

8:00am – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am – 9:30am Coffee, Networking and Welcome by Dean Karlan (Yale University)
*Full-day Moderator*: Jonathan Zinman (Dartmouth)
9:30am – 10:00am Practitioner Presentation: "Evaluating Technology-Assisted Non-Formal Education in Microfinance"
Bobbi Gray (Freedom From Hunger)

Researcher Respondent: Miguel Paredes (IPA)

10:00am – 10:30am

Researcher Presentation: “Integrating Informal Finance"

Ashok Rai (Williams College / University of Goettingen)

Practitioner Respondent: Dr. Janina Matuszeski (OXFAM)

10:30am – 11:00am

Practitioner Presentation: “Measuring Business Income”
Douglas Spencer (NamasteDirect)

Researcher Respondent: Braulio Torres (IPA)

11:00am – 11:30am

Researcher Presentation: “Does Increased Repayment Flexibility Change the Demand for and Use of
Microfinance Loans?”

Sarah Pearlman (Vassar College)

11:30am – 12:00pm

Coffee and Networking Break

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Practitioner Presentation: “Scaling up the added value inputs of training and “handholding” required by the extreme poor to build sustainable livelihoods”  
Jo Sanson (TrickleUp)

Researcher Respondent: Jessica Kiessel (IPA)

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Researcher Presentation: “Reducing Default by Creating Milestone Happiness of Paying Back Loans
in Increments”

Adair Morse (University of Chicago)

Practitioner Respondent: Jolly Zachariah (Ujjivan)

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Networking Lunch

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Practitioner Presentation: “Microequity”
Shivani Siroya (InVenture Fund)

Researcher Respondent: Loic Watine (IPA)
2:30pm – 3:00pm

Researcher Presentation: “Missing Firms”
Rocco Macchiavello (Warwick University)

Practitioner Respondent: Nobu Otsuka (Inter-American Development Bank

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Concluding Thoughts