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2009 HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership for Microfinance

> Posted by Jeffrey Riecke, Communications Assistant, CFI

After seven years and over 400 participants from nearly 100 countries, Harvard Business School (HBS) and Accion’s joint microfinance leadership program proudly announces that it is accepting applications for 2013. The six-day course will be held April 1-6 at the HBS campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Program is the world’s first education course to provide high-level management and leadership training for those shaping the microfinance industry.

Originally targeting microfinance executives, the Program has expanded its reach in recent years to include all financial inclusion leaders. Participants will span executives from microfinance institutions and conventional commercial banks to policymakers and investors. Previous participants have included leaders from over one-hundred of the world’s most prominent MFIs, including Grameen Bank, SKS, MiBanco, BRI, Compartamos, and Equity Bank. Past participants also include policymakers and central bankers from Indonesia, Peru, Nigeria, Fiji, Azerbaijan, and Malaysia.

The HBS-Accion Program is part of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and is led by HBS faculty members V. Kasturi Rangan, co-chair of the Social Enterprise Initiative and recent chair of the Marketing Department, and Michael Chu, Senior Lecturer in the Social Enterprise Initiative and recognized microfinance thought leader. The Program employs the HBS-pioneered case method approach in which participants work through real-life situations and decisions while exploring the key issues shaping financial inclusion.

Program applications are due December 31, 2012. For more information, including details on accommodations and logistics, tuition costs, and information on scholarships, please visit, or email

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