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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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APAC Banking Outlook 2021

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 built on distributed ledger technology and how it brings…

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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, without relying on scarce national currency…

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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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"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: 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…