2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia

Strengthening Resilience, Equity and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems
12-13 November 2014 • Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines

Mr. Somphone Sisenglath

sisenglathManaging Director
Ekphatthana Microfinance Institution
Lao People’s Democratic Republic


Somphone Sisenglath is founder and Managing Director of Ekphatthana Deposit Takeing MFI and Microfinance Center Laos. He has explored the full range of microfinance models implemented in the Lao PDR and has conducted Microfinance Best Practice Trainings to more than 500 participants with practitioners and policy makers. He has shared his expertise as a Microfinance Consultant to several projects of ADB, World Bank, UNDP, EU and other INGOs in Lao PDR. Somphone has an MBA in International Business from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok in 1998. He also served as Co-Chairman of Lao Microfinance Working Group 2008-2010.


Session 2A: Lao PDR’s Agriculture and Microfinance Sectors: Challenges and Opportunities in the ASEAN Integration

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About the Organizer


SEARCA is one of the 21 regional centers of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). Founded on 27 November 1966, SEARCA is mandated to strengthen institutional capacities in agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia through graduate education, short-term training, research and development, and knowledge management.

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For further information and inquiries, please contact:

Acting Program Head
Research and Development
Department, SEARCA
Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines

Tel: +63 49 536-2287 loc 131