Industry Analysts Examine Fintech’s Response to the Global Health Pandemic

Just yesterday we previewed our new all-digital FinovateAsia conference coming in July. Today we’ll give you a sneak peek at some of the talent who will be providing keynote addresses at this special, mid-summer event.

Start-Ups and Digital Transformation

The first day of FinovateAsia will feature an afternoon keynote address with Chris Skinner, financial services and fintech expert, author of both the Finanser blog and the new book Doing Digital: Lessons from Leaders. Doing Digital looks at the successful digital transformations of five banks – JP Morgan Chase, BBVA, ING, DBS, and CMB – to learn how they are maximizing the opportunities that technological innovation can bring to financial services.

Skinner’s presentation – What Does COVID-19 Mean for Fintech and the Pace of Digital Change? – will look at the ways that the global health pandemic has put new strains on the financial infrastructure and examine which companies in which industries within fintech are most likely to turn the present challenge into future opportunity.

Digital Payments and Future Tech

Three keynote addresses on the second day of FinovateAsia are worth marking your calendar for. Start your day with Director of Innovation for Consult Hyperion David Birch who will provide a keynote address titled, Will COVID 19 Move Us To a Cashless Society?

Named one of the top 15 favorite sources of business information by Wired magazine and a top banking influencer, Birch has written about the various ways that society’s reaction to the coronavirus is likely to accelerate a number of technology trends that were already underway, such as the move toward digital ID. His presentation at FinovateAsia promises to be a fascinating extension of this conversation.

Later that morning, catch founder and director of Kapronasia Zennon Kapron as he discusses The Future of Real Time Payments in Asia. Kapronasia is one of the leading fintech consultancy services operating in Asia today. With more than 20 years of experience in fintech and blockchain, Kapron is also the author of Chomping at the Bitcoin: The History and Future of Bitcoin in China.

How will the Internet of Things transform financial services and how will the coronavirus impact the development of IoT are two questions that Ville Sointu, Head of Emerging Technologies for Nordea will answer in his afternoon keynote address on Day Two of FinovateAsia. With more than 15 years of experience in digital financial services, Sointu is also a member of European Commission’s Blockchain Observatory’s Use Cases and Transition Scenarios Working Group.

FinovateAsia will also feature the return of Clara Durodié, Chief Executive, Cognitive Finance Group, who is an expert on the nexus between artificial intelligence and its applications in financial services. Delivering one of the more challenging addresses of FinovateEurope in February – in which she stressed the importance of the distinctions between technologies like advanced machine learning and A.I. – Durodié joins our FinovateAsia line up to offer a similarly sobering and inspiring take on how financial services can effectively implement advanced technological innovations.

InvesTech and Digital Lending

Our “main stage” presentations heat up on Wednesday as four speakers provide keynote addresses. Head of European Product Management at BBH Simone Vroegop starts things off with a look at how the investment management industry is handling disruption from fintechs.

Just before lunch, Helene Li, CEO and co-founder of GoImpact Capital Partners will discuss how new technologies, new players, and new customers will drive what she calls “the democratization of wealth services.” Li will also examine the rise of digital assets and ESG investing.

That afternoon, join us for Dr. Louise Beaumont as we turn our focus toward the challenges of Lending 2.0. As more and more small businesses look to non-traditional sources of financing, will strategic partnerships between banks, financial services companies, and fintechs become critical to getting the job done? Co-chair of the Open Bank Working Group, Dr. Beaumont recently joined Finovate VP Greg Palmer on the Finovate podcast as part of his Fintech in Extraordinary Times series.

Utpal Chakraborty, Head of Artificial Intelligence for YES BANK, provides our final keynote of the day. His address, Why the Democratization and Formalization of Data in Asia Will Open Up Marketing Opportunities in Lending for All, will also look at the way enabling technologies like artificial intelligence are empowering lenders to get more capital into the hands of those underbanked small businesses and individuals who need it.

Emerging Markets, Financial Inclusion, and the Future of Fintech

On a day dedicated to financial inclusion and the future of fintech, Kapronasia’s Zennon Kapron returns to lead a conversation on the status of emerging fintech marktets in Southeast Asia. Kapron will look to countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines to discern the impact of COVID-19 on the growing fintech and financial services industries of these developing countries.

Frequent Finovate speaker, moderator, and panelist Theodora Lau will provide a keynote address that takes up the relationship between technology and financial inclusion. Specifically, Lau, founder of Unconventional Ventures, will examine how the rise of platform players and superapps is helping reach previously excluded communities.

Digital Customer Experience, Regtech, and Fighting Financial Crime

One of the highlights of our final day of FinovateAsia will feature Steven Van Belleghem, whose presentation on the future of the customer experience was one of the highlights of FinovateEurope in Berlin earlier this year.

This summer, Van Belleghem will tackle the issue of the customer experience during and after the COVID-19 crisis. How will the trends he introduced to us in February – faster than real-time service, hyper-personalization, and intuitive user interfaces – survive a world of social distancing, remote learning, and lockdown? Join us in July as Van Belleghem tackles some of the questions surrounding the fate of the customer in the age of the coronavirus.

We’re still building the agenda for FinovateAsia with more speakers and special guests, so be sure to check out our FinovateAsia hub for the latest updates on what’s in store July 6 through 10.