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Tbilisi, 17-18 May 2018

About Us

What is SME Banking Club

SME Banking Club is global professional network aimed to provide relevant information on what global, regional, local banks and financial companies are offering for micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SME). Learn more about membership.

About Caucasus18

IV Caucasus SME Banking Club Conference 2018

Each year SME Banking Club gathers business bankers and SME experts in May in Georgia as to explore some of the key issues facing the region and the industry at the moment. The Conference attracts international speakers from world financial institutions willing to share their views and experience on SME & Business Banking. Find more about Caucasus SME Banking Club conferences in 2015, 2016 and 2017 years.






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Delegates Profile

Who attended the Caucasus SME Banking Club Conference last year

Management Profile

Who attended last year
  • CEO

  • Board Member

  • Head of SME

  • Head of Department

  • Consultant

  • FinTech

  • Other

Country Profile

Where they are from

Georgia 0

Ukraine 0

Armenia 0

Russia 0

Belarus 0

Kazakhstan 0

Other countries 0

This Year Event Program

Redefining Digital Banking for SMEs

Digital Banking

Internet Banking

While digital has become the main channel of the banking client relationship, this year we are seeing an acceleration of all players on Internet banking.

Mobile Banking

Mobile banking is growing and is being adopted at financial institutions of all sizes. Well-planned digital banking strategy can improve CX and relationships.

New Approaches to SME Financing

SME Finance

Small Business Lending

Traditional bank finance poses challenges to SMEs, in particular to newer, innovative and fast growing companies, with a higher risk-return profile.

Alternative sources for SME Financing

With a lack of funding provided by banks, a recent surge of SMEs have emerged seeking alternative finance options.

New Trends in Agricultural Finance

Agricultural Finance

Agricultural Lending

Innovations in technology and the structure of agricultural markets enable the evolution of approaches that can help agri-finance.

Value Chain Finance

Experience suggests that value chain finance is arguably one of the most sustainable and effective ways of reaching smallholder farmers.

12:00 – 12:30

Welcome drink, delegates’ registration

Delegates’ registration. Welcome cocktail in the hotel lobby.

12:30 – 14:00

On-site visit to Terabank

Transfer from the hotel to the bank branch.

14:00 – 14:30

Transfer between branches

14:30 – 15:30

Lunch Time

15:30 – 16:30

On-site Visit to Bank of Georgia

16:30 – 18:00

On-site visit to TBC Bank

Transfer to the bank branch.

18:00 – 20:30

Transfer from the bank branch to the hotel. Informal dinner

08:30 – 09:30

Welcome coffee and registration

09:30 – 09:50

Welcome Note

09:50 – 11:40

SME Banking in 2018: key trends

2018 Study Report Presentation. Case studies from the banks. Panel on SME strategy: insights from the market leaders.

Tamar Zhizhilashvili
Andrey Gidulyan
Sergey Kovalenko
Maya Margie

11:40- 12:00

Coffee Break & Networking

12:00 – 13:30

Marketing for SMEs 

Case studies from the banks. Panel on SME marketing: insights from the newsmakers

Elena Kovalskaya
Lyudmila Sarycheva
Yana Batasheva

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch & Networking

14:30 – 16:20

Mobile and Online Banking for SMEs

Internet & Mobile Banking Study Report Presentation. Panel on SME digital strategy: insights from the banks 

Andrey Gidulyan
Anton Elikov
Zviad Tsotskolauri

16:20- 16:40

Coffee Break & Networking

16:40 – 17:20

SME & Agricultural Finance

SME Finance 2018 Report Presentation. Case studies from the banks.

Andrey Gidulyan
Ekaterina Malandiy

17:20 – 18:10


Panel with Fintechs 

Michal Pawlik
Dmitriy Norenko

18:10 – 18:20

Closing remarks




Deputy CEO at ATFBank, Kazakhstan
Margie Maya


Head of Marketing Group at BLC Bank, Lebanon


Deputy Director of Marketing Communications & Business Banking at TBC Bank, Georgia


Founder & CEO at SME Banking Club


Head of Marketing at Oschadbank, Ukraine


Editor-in-chief at Modulbank’s “Delo”, Russia


Marketing Manager of SME and Corporate segments, Alfa-Bank, Russia
Michal Pawlik


Co-founder & CEO at SMEO, Poland

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0108 Tbilisi Georgia

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