Upcoming Sessions

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The future of digital banking – From growth to sustainable profitability

The global financial industry has been transformed by the rapid digitalisation of banks and the entry of new digital players. The COVID-19 pandemic has also accelerated consumers’ shift towar

Past Sessions

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Leaders to prioritise sustainable finance and responsible profits

Chief executives of leading Asian banks discussed how they navigated their institutions through the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions, geopolitical conflicts, rising inflation and economic slowdown, towards recovery…

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Complex risk environment confronts finance industry in post-COVID world

Senior executives and heads of transaction finance and risk management in Asia Pacific discussed cross-border cash management, trade and supply chain challenges and opportunities amid an increasingly complex risk landscape. The rise in…

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GoTo’s Patrick Cao: “We will double down on Indonesia”

Patrick Cao, president of GoTo Group, the largest technology player in Indonesia, talked about the company’s strategy to improve its bottomline following its successful market debut and how it copes with challenges brought about by rising…

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“Inside financial institutions, risk managers can use governance to enter many…

Risk management experts and practitioners shared their perspectives on the expanded spectrum of threats and elaborated on their changing role as they respond to new challenges.

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NETS Group’s Lawrence Chan: “We never saw our role as getting 100% of payments”

Lawrence Chan, Group CEO of the Network for Electronic Transfers Singapore (NETS), discussed how the group is helping to shape the cashless payments in Singapore by focusing on merchant acquisition and servicing, especially in the small…

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Bank Danamon’s Yasushi Itagaki: “Danamon’s synergy with MUFG leverages local…

In this RadioFinance session, Yasushi Itagaki, president director of Bank Danamon discussed how Indonesia responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the bank intends to grow by building on local branding and management expertise, serving…

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Increasing competitiveness with future-ready payment platforms

Oracle and The Asian Banker held a high-level dialogue with a select group of senior executives from financial institutions in India to discuss the recent developments in the country’s fast-changing payments landscape and identify new growth…

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“Traditional finance failed repeatedly in compliance, time to explore alternatives”

Crypto experts and decentralised finance (DeFi) practitioners shared their perspectives on how crypto banks and integrated DeFi services will impact traditional finance and shape the future of the industry.

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Financial organisations as data businesses hinge on embedded design

In this RadioFinance session, data management experts talked about the significance of data as a business asset and leveraging it in financial organisations.

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“Russian-Ukraine war will trigger transformational changes in finance industry”

Ukraine’s ambassador Kateryna Zelenko in a conversation with The Asian Banker’s Emmanuel Daniel and Mathew Welch warned that a protracted Russia-Ukraine war will have serious ramifications for the entire world against Russia’s threat to…

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Collaboration is key to digital transformation strategies

CEOs and decision makers of banks and financial institutions across Asia Pacific discussed the trends transforming Vietnam’s financial services industry at The Asian Banker Finance Vietnam 2022.

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Accelerated adoption of digital payments necessitates rethink of card proposition

Heads of digital banking, cards and lending from leading financial institutions and technology companies in Asia Pacific discussed the evolution of cards as alternative types of digital payments become prevalent in 2022.

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APAC banks can expect a more stable outlook despite persistent significant risks

At the Asia Pacific Banking Industry 2022 Outlook virtual session, chief economists and industry experts discussed key challenges and risks confronting the banking sector in the region. The dialogue covered the state of the global economy…

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Crypto experts on regulatory compliance and building trust in the industry

Eric Anziani, COO of Crypto.com, and Anson Zeall, founding chairman of IDAXA joined Emmanuel Daniel, founder, in a wide ranging conversation to share their perspectives on the risks, challenges, regulatory uncertainties of crypto technology,…

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Digital banks represent a mono-channel world that revolves around experience

Senior executives in the financial services industry discussed best practices and their preparedness to compete in the post-COVID digital world.

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Puzzle2Pay’s Kauer on the challenges of building a ubiquitous payments system…

Bernhard Kauer, founder and CEO of Puzzle2Pay, talked about the challenges faced by companies that want to enter the micropayments sector, the use of technology to achieve scalability and profitability, and the payments culture in Germany.

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"Crypto regulation must stay ahead of innovation"

J. Christopher Giancarlo, former Commodity Futures Trading Commission chairman and author of “CrypotoDad: The Fight for the Future of Money”, speaks to Emmanuel Daniel on the evolution of US regulation and policymaking on cryptocurrencies…

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Fortinet Secure FSI Summit 2021
Virtual Conference

Fortinet Secure FSI Summit 2021
Virtual Conference

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Challenges to China's market reform model

Isabella Weber, author of “How China Escaped Shock Therapy”, discusses China’s journey to a market economy. She explains the dual price mechanism and discusses increasing state control amidst its current slowing economy and increasing inflationary…

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Leading institutions in Asia are primed for the post-COVID-19 digital world

Heads of technology, operations, payments and security experts from leading institutions across Asia discussed and shared their perspectives on the evolving payments landscape and its shift towards contactless transactions.

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Thai FIs leverage partnerships and ecosystems to redefine customer experience

Senior executives in business, technology, operations and channels from two of the leading financial institutions and a technology company in Thailand shared their perspectives on the challenges and issues impacting digital adoption and…

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Banks struggle to ensure quality and timeliness of data

Senior executives in data management, technology and risk management from leading banks in Southeast Asia shared their perspectives on challenges and how they are designing data strategies and architecture to address the evolving customer…

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“In digital, if it's not convenient, you will not win”

Senior executives in the financial services industry discussed how the rapidly changing digital ecosystem has necessitated players to design solutions around customer needs and preferences.

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“Progress is impossible without disruption”

This year's Innovation Leadership Dialogue focused on the challenges and complexities that leaders face as providers of stability in their respective organisations to drive incremental growth versus the imperative to foster an environment…

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Richard Sandor: Creating a market to fund climate change

American Financial Exchange (AFX) founder and chairman Richard Sandor in this wide-ranging conversation with Emmanuel Daniel, founder, talked about the creation of the rates index Ameribor and his ongoing involvement in environmental markets.

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How ready are MEA banks to rethink business model amid digital currency disruption?

Heads of retail finance and financial technology discussed how payment is being commoditised and destroyed by fintechs.

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Provenance's Ou: “Blockchain is a technology, application for the real world”

In this conversation, June Ou, incoming president of Provenance Blockchain Foundation, shares the complexities of building a public blockchain network that is permissionless and open source.

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FIs use emerging technologies to provide seamless, secure and inclusive financing

During The Asian Banker Financial Technology Dialogue, experts from leading institutions discussed emerging issues in the financial services industry amid the pandemic and the technology innovations that are changing the financial landscape.

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“You’re only as fast as your cloud infrastructure”

Senior executives in technology, operations and digital banking from the Philippines discussed the different cloud migration strategies adopted by banks in order to provide a more seamless experience to their customers.

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TagPay’s Eonnet: “Banks should not be afraid of going digital”

Yves Eonnet, chief executive officer and co-founder of cloud-based core banking fintech TagPay, shares his perspectives on the evolving core banking architecture, the challenges faced by banks and the strategic technology change needed,…

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"Automation needs stringent control to avoid failing at scale"

In this RadioFinance virtual roundtable, key banking officials in Asia Pacific discussed the digital transformation and how financial institutions are increasing their operational resilience. They also talked about automating workflows…

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“Democratisation of wealth, getting data right outweigh crypto uncertainty”

At Heads of Retail Finance Meeting 2021, Ravi Narayanan, Axis Bank; Raymond Sia, Canadia Bank; Winsley Bangit, GCash; Herman Cheng, Hang Seng Bank; Girish Sehgal, ICICI Bank; Supaneewan Chutrakul, Kasikornbank; Kalyani Nair, Maybank; Dang…

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“Banks challenged to productise data to deliver moments of life customer experiences”

Senior executives in data, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) from leading institutions in Asia Pacific review the key challenges in cloud adoption and effective use of data to generate desired business outcomes. However, in this…

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“If you are not on the cloud, you are not going to transform”

Senior business and technology executives from leading institutions in Vietnam assessed the next steps in their digital transformation journeys as they redefine operational processes and service delivery.

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Elevated Returns’ De Baets: “Real estate token will be a successful emerging…

Elevated Returns founder and president Stephane de Baets discussed the tokenisation of real estate and securities, as well as the regulatory framework for digital assets in Thailand.

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“Modernising payments is not just APIs, it’s a whole infrastructure of capabilities”

The payment industry has had to evolve amid the coronavirus outbreak as consumers are forced to turn to cashless, remote and online transactions with the increased adoption of e-commerce.

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True Global Ventures' Stojanovic: “Metakovan buying a Beeple for $69.3 million…

In his discussion with Emmanuel Daniel, True Global Ventures founder and director Dusan Stojanovic shared the development path of non-fungible tokens and how these are now generating new revenue streams for the entertainment and gaming…

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Will payment cards still be around in 8 years?

The retail payments landscape has always been ripe for disruption and innovation not just because of evolving consumer behaviour but also due to regulatory reforms and governments’ drive for financial inclusion and digital payment. Concerns…

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"Digital transformation is mixed up with optimisation"

At the Finance Vietnam Leadership Dialogue 2021, heads of retail banking, products and businesses, including Le Xuan Vu, MB Bank; Dinh Van Chien, TP Bank; Augustine Wong Kok Seng, VP Bank; Bryan Carroll, TNEX; Gunneet Singh, Ubank; Kanishk…

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Signature Bank’s Shay: “Bitcoin has proven itself a store of value”

Scott A. Shay, chairman of Signature Bank in this discussion with Emmanuel Daniel said that early adopters of cryptocurrencies saw a serious problem with how payments, money, and store of value were handled. The rethinking of that led to…

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WTO’s Koopman: “Global trade wasn’t adversely affected by US-China conflicts”

The outbreak of COVID-19 has disrupted global trade and added momentum towards the deglobalisation trend. Even before the pandemic hit, several factors such as nationalism, protectionism, and trade tensions have been driving the world economy…

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“Digital transformation is mixed up with optimization”

At the Finance Vietnam Leadership Dialogue 2021, heads of retail banking, products and businesses, including Le Xuan Vu, MB Bank; Dinh Van Chien, TP Bank; Augustine Wong Kok Seng, VP Bank; Bryan Carroll, TNEX; Gunneet Singh, Ubank; Kanishk…

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WFE’s Pedro Perez: “It’s not easy to decentralise trust”

Pedro Gurolla-Perez, head of research at World Federation of Exchanges, discussed the unabated rise of financial markets at the peak of COVID-19 crisis while reflecting cautiously on the real use cases of cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

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China’s 14th 5-Year Plans reveal unease over income inequality and social divide

China has released its 14th 5-year plan with the over-arching theme of improving its own domestic conditions, boosting quality of growth and people’s livelihoods, enhancing technological self-efficiency, bolstering national security system…

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OCBC's Samuel Tsien: “ I don't play golf ”

In this up close and personal conversation with Emmanuel Daniel, Samuel Tsien, Group CEO of OCBC Bank, reflected on his journey as a banker, and personality traits that served him well as a leader.

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Martin Jacques: “ When China rules the world, or doesn't ”

Martin Jacques, author of “When China rules the world”, discusses with Emmanuel Daniel if China will indeed rule the world and if so, how.

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Standard Chartered’s Hanna: “The biggest opportunity of a low carbon future…

Daniel Hanna, global head of sustainable finance at Standard Chartered, shared his view on the future of sustainable finance and its prospects and broader impact in society. He discussed the main challenges confronting the whole industry…

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Currencycloud’s Laven: “Transaction pricing gets compressed and commoditised…

Mike Laven, CEO at Currencycloud, defines the company’s embedded finance business model via API and how its cloud-based platform differs from the host of many payment players today.

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Despite rebound in 2021, banks’ credits and profits will continue to be under…

In this RadioFinance session, we will discuss the forecasts and the impact of the pandemic on the banking industry, rise in credit costs and declines in net interest margins as well as the overall profitability across APAC in the coming…

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Dodd-Frank's Barney Frank: “Ensuring social stability, fair distribution of…

In this conversation with Emmanuel Daniel, former Congressman Barney Frank discussed the incoming Biden administration’s key priorities, new appointments in top departments, financial impact of COVID-19 and recovery plan and an assessment…

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GreenArc Capital’s Chaudhury: "Shift to ESG driven by historic millennial wealth…

In this RadioFinance session, Emmanuel Daniel spoke with Bikram Chaudhury, a veteran in investment banking, about his current initiative to run a startup which aims to expand credit facilities to inclusive borrowers and the base of the…

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“Payment is no longer a revenue game, real value is in customer ecosystems and…

In this RadioFinance virtual roundtable on payments transformation, practitioners discussed how pressures from low rates and thinning margins are forcing banks to streamline operations, lower cost, plug into customer ecosystems and explore…

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Zeepay’s Takyi-Appiah: “The concept of WhatsApp is not proprietary anymore”

Andrew Takyi-Appiah, managing director and co-founder of Zeepay, discussed efforts around promoting financial inclusion through his venture Zeepay, the only currently existing non-telco fintech player to receive an Electronic Money Issuer…

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AKLTG's Khoo: "Not every value or growth stock is a tech stock"

In this RadioFinance session, self-styled investment guru, Adam Khoo, explained the investment philosophy which has allowed him to be continuously successful in different market conditions.

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Diginex’s Byworth: “DeFi is very fringe at the moment, certainly not open to…

Richard Byworth, CEO at Diginex, discusses his entrepreneurial journey in leading the first digital asset financial services with a crypto exchange to be listed on NASDAQ in the US.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Peric: “It is very expensive to be poor. Adequate…

Konstantin Peric, deputy director, Financial Services for the Poor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, advances the goal to increase digital usage for financial inclusion and creation of a payments platform for 1.7 billion people who…

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Cambodia's Serey clarifies: “Bakong is not a digital currency”

Chea Serey, assistant governor and director general of the National Bank of Cambodia discusses the development of the newly launched Bakong payment system, the first in the world to be

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Sarafu Credit’s Ruddick and Dama: Community currencies create a stable medium…

Will Ruddick and Caroline Dama, board directors at Grassroots Economics Foundation, discuss how community currencies are helping the poor to exchange goods and services and incubate new businesses

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Organisational culture can either be an enabler of success or an impediment…

This session discussed the importance of an integrated approach – organisationally and technologically – in ensuring security and optimum customer experience.

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Garage Ventures' Reichert: "Aggregated numbers on VC investments wildly misleading"

Bill Reichert, managing director and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures discusses the evolution of venture capitalism and how COVID-19 has impacted long-term investment so far

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Edward Burman: “China is not an easy country”

Prolific author Edward Burman talked about his book “China: The Stealth Empire” in this in-depth interview that analyses the Asian nation’s rich history, its rise to power and what possible future awaits it.

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"High street SME credit slow and out-of-date during pandemic"

As the UK government works with fintechs to accelerate its lending programme for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), new innovations in credit risk modelling are emerging to help bridge the supply gap.

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VEON's Herrero: "4G or 5G, telcos are looking for financial content"

NASDAQ-traded VEON believes that while the transition to 5G is not expected to happen soon in the markets it is serving, there are growth opportunities that can be explored using 4G connectivity in the areas of financial services

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Post-pandemic outlook: How will the global economy recover?

Confirmed COVID-19 cases across the world have crossed the 4.1 million mark with more than 285,000 deaths reported.

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Post-pandemic outlook: Staggered recovery may cause more damage

In this RadioFinance session, we looked at economic recovery scenarios post-pandemic. John Gong, professor of economics at the University of International Business and Economics shared how history shows possible outcomes to the crisis,…

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Institutions need an intelligent strategy on ecosystems not predicated solely…

The first RadioFinance virtual roundtable saw the participation of 15 digital finance practitioners sharing insights on the future of the industry post COVID.

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“Venture capitals are pivoting to adapt to the new normal”

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected venture capitalists and how will they play out from the crisis? We’ve invited notable VCs to help us find out in this RadioFinance session.

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“Many banks lack agility to respond to emerging financial frauds”

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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“COVID-19 exposes Southeast Asian fintechs and digital banks' funding weaknesses”

What will digital banks need to succeed in the post COVID-19 landscape? We have invited industry experts to address this question and more in this session.

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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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The Asian Banker 500 Strongest Banks 2019 Briefing: Stronger Headwinds Ahead

The Asian Banker 500 (AB 500) 2019 is an annual evaluation of the 500 largest banks in the Asia Pacific region for the financial year 2018. This year’s evaluation covers the 500 largest banks, from 20 countries and territories

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How good are high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals in Asia-Pacific at doing…

Asia-Pacific is experiencing the most rapid growth of wealth in history, due to the economic expansion of China and emerging Asia.Currently in the Asia Pacific, total household wealth grew by 3%, or $3,346 billion, since mid-2017, to $114,561…

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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…