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Who is writing the next chapter of the digital finance revolution?

Traditional financial institutions are increasingly adopting open banking APIs, artificial intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies to acquire and retain customers.

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Past Sessions

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Stories of rising financial crime during COVID-19

With the global outbreak of the coronavirus, businesses are facing heightened fraud risks. Fuelled by the availability of technology, AI, data and a hyper-connected world, first-party and identity frauds leveraging on social engineering…

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Who will be the winners in Southeast Asia’s quest for digital banking licenses?

In 2019, eight digital banking licences were issued in Hong Kong and three in Taiwan. Up to 10 digital banking licences may be issued in Singapore and Malaysia this year.

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JD Digits' Shen: "It's an expensive model because it better assures quality"

JD Digits chief economist Shen Jianguang explains the Chinese e-commerce giant's fixation on building and operating a dedicated logistics and delivery infrastructure, how it was vindicated during the peak of COVID-19, new opportunities…

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WHO’s Fisher: "If the lockdown works, we will extend it”

With countries shutting down their borders, many people ask whether or not lockdowns work. We invited WHO’s Dr. Dale Fisher to answer this question as well as address pressing concerns regarding the pandemic.

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"It will be a U-shaped recovery"

China is slowly turning the corner from the pandemic and questions over its economic recovery are becoming more pressing. Top thought leaders discuss how and when this recovery could happen as well as other opportunities and challenges…

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People’s Bank’s Gunawardana: “Digitalisation is imperative to survive in the…

Rasitha Gunawardana, CEO and general manager of People’s Bank, summarises the decade-long process of technologically upgrading the largest state-owned bank in Sri Lanka. He talks about the risks and challenges

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US-China Trade Deal: Analysis of the Phase One Agreement

In this session with NUS East Asian Institute Director Prof. Bert Hofman, Phase 1 of the Economic Trade Agreement will be dissected, studied, and analysed to truly uncover what it really means

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Impact of coronavirus on industry outlook 2020

Chief economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis and China financial market expert, Alicia Garcia-Herrero, discusses the impact of the emerging coronavirus threat on China's economy, corporate sector, trade and supply chain and likely effect…

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The Asia Pacific Banking Industry Outlook 2020

The banking and financial services industry in Asia Pacific has to brace itself for worsening operating conditions ahead with the twin threats of tightening interest margins and deteriorating asset quality amid the expectation of persistent…

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UniCredit’s Corsini: “We want to be the bridge between Asia and Europe”

Luca Corsini, the head of global transaction banking at UniCredit, talks about the new regulation requiring banks to open up their data to third parties. The new payments regulation is set to attract Asian clients to do business in Europe

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Deutsche Bank’s Scott-Gray: “We’re removing all complexities to create a more…

Jennifer Scott-Gray, head of corporate bank, Australia at Deutsche Bank, speaks about building out a cash management branch in Australia and expanding the bank’s current offerings. What Deutsche Bank is trying to do in Australia is leverage…

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SAP’s Rieker: “What we will see in the future are the new arising ecosystems”

Falk Rieker, Global Vice President and Global Head of IBU Banking at SAP, highlights the importance for banks to take a more collaborative and proactive approach to drive connectivity with the ecosystems that their customers operate in.

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Nordea’s Zekkar: 2020 is the year of geographical expansion

Patrik Zekkar, global head of trade finance and working capital management at Nordea, shares his views on the overall business in the trade finance area, and the bank’s plans to scale-up and expand towards Asia.

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Twitter and Square investor Gregg Kidd: “Identity as a public good, but who…

Greg Kidd, the serial startup investor who helped found Square and Twitter and is currently investor in GlobaliD, a opens up in this wide-ranging and open-ended interview about his career in identifying and helping found innovative startups.…

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Ping An Bank’s Xie: “Those who focus on technologies will be the winners”

Ping An Bank chairman Xie Yonglin talked about the bank’s transformation journey into a leading retail financial services provider, the evolution of the bancassurance business model and his key career milestones and aspirations during his…

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Wikipedia's Wales: "Build a community around your institution"

Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, in his interview with Emmanuel Daniel, spoke on the importance of collaboration between the institution and the market. He highlights that institutions must think beyond selling a product, and must instead…

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Seguru’s Echemendia: “Blockchain is definitely helping us evolve”

Ralph Echemendia, a world-renowned cybersecurity specialist, who is known as “The Ethical Hacker”, and chief executive officer of security firm Seguru, shares his views on the evolving blockchain technology landscape and the future of hacking…

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TransferWise’s Kaarmann: "Banks haven't really treated their users transparently"

Kristo Kaarmann, co-founder and chief executive officer of TransferWise, a UK-based peer-to-peer money transfer service company, shares his entrepreneurial vision in establishing the company, its business model, and how it works to achieve…