Schedule

Friday, April 22, 2011

Asean Auditorium, Cabot Intercultural Center
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA
Free and open to the public
Registration required 

Check-in, registration and continental breakfast begins at 9am. Sessions start promptly at 9:30.

Morning Sessions

Welcome

  • Peter Uvin, Academic Dean and The Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Is Cash the Enemy of the Poor?
This Oxford-style debate explores the pros and cons of mobile money versus tangible cash. Moderated by Peter Walker, Director of the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University.

  • Introduction
    • Ignacio Mas, Senior Advisor, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Debate Teams
      • Cash is the enemy of financial inclusion:
        Captain: Claire Alexandre, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
        • Daryl Collins, Senior Associate, Bankable Frontier Associates
        • David Porteous, Founder and Director, Bankable Frontier Associates
        • Michael Tarazi, Senior Policy Specialist, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor
        • Cash is not the enemy of financial inclusion:
          Captain: Kim Wilson, Lecturer in Human Security, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
          • Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor of Development Economics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
          • Scott Schuh, Economist and Director of Consumer Payments, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
          • Parker Shipton, Professor of Anthropology, Boston University
          • Concluding Remarks
            • Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean for International Business and Finance, The Fletcher School, Tufts University


            Is E-cash the Ally of Criminals and Terrorists?
            Terrorist financing experts discuss the challenges posed by mobile money.
            Moderated by Michael Tarazi.


            Lunch begins at 12:30pm. Sessions resume at 1:30.

            Afternoon Sessions

            Is Grandma Ready for This? Mexico Kills Cash-based Pensions and Welfare by 2012
            Fletcher and Bankable Frontier Associates explore the extraordinary decision of the Mexican government to abandon cash payments in favor of mobile money. Moderated by Ahmed Dermish, Associate, Bankable Frontier Associates.

            • Ashirul Amin, Ph.D. Candidate in Development Economics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
            • Matthew Herbert, Ph.D. Candidate in International Security Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University


            What is the Future of Mobile Money? 2020 Scenarios

            Experts illustrate the impact mobile money could have by the year 2020.
            Moderated by Bhaskar Chakravorti.


            Where do YOU Stand?

            Audience members engage in a spirited round of flash debates on the day’s most contentious points.Moderated by Claire Alexandre and Michael Tarazi.

            Closing reception begins at 4:00pm!