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Strengthening the Financial Safety Net in Emerging Markets
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Americas Center

Papers and Presentations

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
  Welcome remarks

Todd Greene, Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Dr. Joyce Elam, Dean of Business, Florida International University
  Keynote address

Economic Inclusion and the Americas

Ambassador Charles Shapiro, Senior Advisor for Economic Initiatives, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. State Department
  Leveraging Access to Banking for Economic Growth
This panel will discuss how the provision of responsive and responsible financial services contributes to the growth and stability of a community and the greater market. Focus will be on next steps for banked individuals—microbusiness development, asset accumulation, and community investment.

Moderator
Dario Fuentes, President, Florida International Bankers Association

Panel
Lars Gilberts, Director, United Way Center for Financial Stability (operated and housed by South Florida Urban Ministries) [Presentation] PDF icon
Rogerio Fernando Lot, General Manager, Banco do Brasil, Miami Branch [Presentation] PDF icon
Alonso Martín, Community Affairs Consul, Consulate General of Mexico in Miami [Presentation] PDF icon
  Community-Focused Banking Alternatives
This panel will discuss financial models that offer responsible alternatives to traditional banking that address the specific needs of unbanked communities, including financial education, responsive products and services, and economic development.

Moderator
Myriam Quispe-Agnoli, Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Panel
Jose Pablo Arellano, Head of Microfinance Unit (Banca Emergente), Banco de Crédito e Inversiones (Chile) [Presentation] PDF icon
Lionel Derteano, Executive Vice President, Financiera Edyficar, Banco de Crédito del Perú [Presentation] PDF icon
James Paryz, Manager of Business Loan Operations, BankAtlantic [Presentation] PDF icon
  Mobile Banking and Remittance Innovation
Mobile banking and payments are a growing trend, especially in bringing an alternative payments platform to remote and previously unbanked geographies. This panel will discuss how technological developments are impacting financial product development, consumer habits, and industry synergies.

Moderator
Cynthia Merritt, Assistant Director, Retail Payments Risk Forum, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta [Presentation] PDF icon

Panel
Lisa Dawson, Lead Associate, Financial Intelligence Center of Excellence, Booz Allen Hamilton [Presentation] PDF icon
Maria C. Stephens, Senior Technical Advisor, Microenterprise Development Team, Office of Poverty Reduction, Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development
    Mobile Financial Services Risk Matrix PDF iconoffsite icon
  Closing remarks
Stephen Kay, Director, Americas Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta