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The HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance is Accepting Applications

The 2015 Harvard Business School – Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance is now accepting applications for what will be another exceptional week of learning and exchange among world leaders in financial inclusion. The program will take place April 6-11, 2015 at the HBS campus in Boston, Massachusetts.

The 2015 HBS-Accion Program builds on nine successful years and over 550 participants – CEOs, presidents, executive directors, and other high-level professionals – from roughly 100 countries.

Today’s landscape of financial services for the base of the pyramid is increasingly complex, with a diversity of products, providers, and support organizations extending services to previously excluded populations. Disruptive technologies and new ways of doing business are creating new possibilities for reaching more people with more types of services. It’s an exciting time for financial inclusion, though for leaders steering their organizations through this landscape, the pace and magnitude of change may look overwhelming. Financial service providers participating in the program will benefit from the guidance of some of the world’s best business minds to better understand the possibilities and the pitfalls of today’s financial services marketplace. Policymakers, regulators, and investors will find it valuable to get a closer look at how the industry is evolving in countries around the world.

The HBS-Accion Program is an intensive week-long immersion. At its core are cases drawn from impact investing, microfinance and inclusive finance, as well as examples of business at the base of the pyramid. The program employs the famous HBS case method approach in which participants work through real-life situations and decisions while exploring the key issues shaping financial inclusion. Class discussions are highly participatory, getting everyone involved. The program is led by HBS faculty members V. Kasturi Rangan, co-chair of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and recent chair of the Marketing Department, and Michael Chu, Senior Lecturer in the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and recognized microfinance leader, together with other HBS faculty members.

Previous participants have included leaders from microfinance institutions, traditional banks, technology providers, investors, and policymakers.

For more information, including details on how to apply, please visit the program website, or email We are very grateful for the continued support of The MasterCard Foundation Microfinance Scholars Program, which is again enabling a limited number of scholarships to attend the 2015 HBS-Accion Program. Additional details on how to apply for a scholarship are available in the program application.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on the CFI-Accion blog. It is cross-posted with permission.

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