Published on: 2016-06-02
Sujara Visaria, Assistant Professor in the HKUST Department of Economics and IEMS Faculty Associate, was selected to serve on a panel of distinguished judges from the microfinance and financial inclusion fields as part of the Wall Street Journal’s Financial Inclusion Challenge.
The competition was designed to spotlight the innovations, achievements, and sustainable solutions of nonprofit and for-profit enterprises in financial inclusion in the Asia-Pacific region. Finalists included Swarna Pragati Housing Microfinance Company, AMK Microfinance Institution, and the Grameen Foundation – Sonata Finance. The finalists were determined from a months-long vetting process whereby an independent panel of judges assessed each organizations’ impact on financial inclusion in the Asia-Pacific region and how innovative they are relative to the work already being done in the field.
Other judges included:
- Chetna Sinha, Head of Mann Deshi Mahila Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation
- Michael Schlein, President and CEO of Accion
- Vijay Mahajan, Founder and Management Director of BASIX
- Janos Barberis, Founder of FinTech HK
For more details on the event, please visit the Wall Street Journal’s event website at The Financial Inclusion Challenge 2016.
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