#SoFI2016 – Day 1

The first day of SoFI2016 was filled with excitement and anticipation. Held in Kigali, Rwanda, this year's Symposium on Financial Inclusion convened participants from around the world, from the fintech, banking, government, media, international development and philanthropy sectors.

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  1. Roger Morier, Financial Inclusion Program Manager and SoFI2016 Master of Ceremonies (@MorierComms), kicked off the proceedings.
  2. The MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion is underway. "How can we deploy data that surfaces behavioural  insights to better serve low income clients?" #SoFI2016
    The MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion is underway. "How can we deploy data that surfaces behavioural insights to better serve low income clients?" #SoFI2016
  3. Ann Miles, Director, Financial Inclusion and Youth Livelihoods, introduced the themes of this year's symposium: client centricity, behavioural psychology, and partnerships.
  4. Next, keynote speaker and Princeton University professor, Eldar Shafir, took centre stage to introduce how behavioural science can inform our understanding of the needs of poor clients.
  5. After the keynote, CGAP's Greta Bull joined Dr. Shafir on stage to relate his discussion to the topic of providing inclusive financial services to the poor in Africa.
  6. And then this happened...
  7. SoFI2016 next went LIVE on CNBC Africa television with a panel hosted by Nozipho Mbanjwa (@TheRealNozi): "Deploying Data to Understand Clients Better." Panelists included (L to R): Herman Smit of Cenfri, Rose Goslinga of Pula Advisors, and Paul Kweheria of Kenya Commercial Bank.
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