IUHF Congress Office

Klingelhoeferstrasse 4
10785 Berlin, Germany

Tel: +49 30 590091913
Fax: +49 30 590091917



Registration form (PDF)

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Speakers and Moderators


Congress Program


Congress Program

List of Speakers (PDF) 

Sunday 25 June 2017

10:00 - 17:00
Registration of delegates and accompanying persons at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

15:00 - 18:00
Internal meetings of the International Union for Housing Finance

19:00 - 21:00
Welcome reception for delegates and accompanying persons at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Dress code: smart casual

Monday 26 June 2017

From 07:30

Registration of congress delegates and accompanying persons

Opening Ceremony and
1st Session:
Regional developments in housing finance and the economy

David Stevens, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, USA

Andreas J. Zehnder, President of the International Union for Housing Finance and Managing Director of the European Federation of Building Societies, Germany

Cas Coovadia, Member of the Board of the African Union for Housing Finance and Managing Director of the Banking Association South Africa, South Africa

Sebastian Fernández, President of Uniapravi and Director at Infonavit, Mexico

Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi, Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Union for Housing Finance, Pakistan

10:30 - Coffee and tea break

2nd Session: The housing finance debate in the United States: an update

Alex J. Pollock, Distinguished Senior Fellow and financial systems studies director at the R Street Institute, USA

Mike Fratantoni, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the Mortgage Bankers Association, USA

Edward J. DeMarco, President of the Housing Policy Council of the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington DC, USA

Rohit Gupta, President & Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Mortgage Insurance, Genworth, USA

12:30 - Lunch break

3rd Session, panel discussion:
Lessons learned from the global financial crisis

Steve O'Connor, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Industry Relations at the Mortgage Bankers Association, USA (moderation)

Keith Bickel, Senior Vice President, Mortgage Policy & Strategic Analysis Executive at Bank of America, USA

Andy Miller, Director of Regulatory and Housing Policy & Managing Chief Counsel, Mortgage at the PNC Financial Services Group, USA

Pete Carroll, Executive Vice President at Quicken Loans, USA

Michael D. Calhoun, President of the Center for Responsible Lending, USA

4th Session: Global developments in housing and housing finance

Michael Lea, Principal of Cardiff Consulting Services, USA

Eugenio M. Cerutti, Assistant to the Director at the International Monetary Fund, USA

15:15 Coffee and tea break

5th Session:
Market integration, cross-border issuance and investment

Deniz Igan, Deputy Division Chief at the International Monetary Fund, USA

Ane Arnth Jensen, Managing Director of the Association of Danish Mortgage Banks and Deputy CEO of Finance Denmark , Denmark

Richard Koss, Resident Scholar in the IMF's Research Department and the Director of the IMF's Global Housing Watch Initiative, USA

Evening event 
for congress delegates and accompanying persons at Decatur House at the invitation of the Research Institute for Housing America, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s think tank

Dress code: business

The Decatur House is a historic house museum at 748 Jackson Place in Washington, D.C. across from the White House.  It is named after its first owner and occupant Stephen Decatur.  The house (built in 1818) is a museum and it now serves as the National Center for White House History, managed by the White House Historical Association. Decatur House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington, D.C., and one of only three remaining houses in the country designed by neoclassical architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe.

The reception will take place in the beautiful courtyard and carriage house areas of the Decatur House from 19:00 to 20:30 hrs.  Tours of the historic home will be available to our guests throughout the reception time period.

Tuesday 27 June 2017

6th Session: Savings schemes to finance housing

Mark Weinrich, Secretary General of the International Union for Housing Finance, Germany

Sebastian Fernández, President of Uniapravi and Director at Infonavit, Mexico

Cláudia Magalhães Eloy, Consultant at Magalhães Eloy Consultoria, Brazil

John C. Driscoll, Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, USA

10:30 - Coffee and tea break

7th Session: International trends in the regulation of mortgage markets

Christian König, Head of Legal Affairs at the Association of Private Bausparkassen, Germany  

Masahiro Kobayashi, Director General, Research and Survey Department, and Director General for International Affairs, Corporate Strategy Department, Japan Housing Finance Agency 

Christopher Ahn, Director, Enterprise Risk Management, Global Mortgage Insurance at Genworth, USA

12:15 - Lunch break

8th Session: Tackling the housing affordability challenge

Andrew Heywood, independent consultant and editor of Housing Finance International (HFI), United Kingdom

Roland Igbinoba, Founder of Pison Housing Company, Nigeria

Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Nigeria

Pedro Váldez Valderrama, Vice President for Business Development at Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal, Mexico

15:00 - Coffee and tea break

9h Session: Making mortgage finance work

Muhammad Ejaz, Chief Executive Officer at Arif Habib Dolmen REIT Management, Pakistan

Renu Sud Karnad, Managing Director of HDFC, India

José Shabot Cherem, Chairman of ION Financiera, Mexico

Closing Ceremony