• 20 - 24 July 2020, London, United Kingdom
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Design your own digital journey and instincts as a leader

Coursework, discussions and site visits In one of the world’s most innovative financial centres

Meet real players driving the most interesting innovations today Be guided by a highly skilled faculty with strong on-the-ground expertise Sharpen your own decision-making instincts Build the digital roadmaps for your institution and for yourself. Learn to lead in times of change from leaders who will push you to think further
In today’s increasingly competitive environment, the ability to harness disruption and innovation requires a special combination of skills and instincts as well as an interpretation of the trends shaping our world. The winners will be those who can leverage the changing rules for their own decisions. Since 2016, The Asian Banker’s unique five-day Digital Finance Leadership Programme has been training a steady flow of decision makers in financial institutions from across many developing economies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East to hone their leadership skills in a digital world.
The programme combines teaching, mentoring, site visits and personal interactions with industry leaders, disruptors and outstanding personalities in search of answers to some of the most difficult questions which leading executives face today.

The key skills

You will achieve in this programme are:

Global Industry

Learn to read global and industry trends accurately

Balance Sheet

Understand your own changing balance sheet


Define your competition


Map your own digital journey


Plan your own infrastructure and resources

Desired Goals

Measure your desired goals

Some of the key questions

You will answer are:

What are some of the guiding principles in the fast-changing trends I see taking place today?

How should I read all the different people I meet in the digital world? The innovators, Read more investors, regulators, technologists I come across and what do I learn from each of them? Read less

How should I read the performance of my own business in a digital world?

What are some of the achievable goals I should set myself and my organisation?

Meet the Faculty and Past Speakers

Anchored by a world class faculty and supported by a range of players
you will meet in the course of five days

Emmanuel Daniel

Chairman TAB

Nick Dove

Director John Howell

David Gyori

CEO Banking Reports

Dinis Guarda

CEO & Founder, Ztudium

The programme is designed for:

Chairmen, chief executives and board members of banks, who wish to introduce transformational changes in your organisation and embrace innovation into their business models

Chief innovation officers, chief data officers, chief marketing officers

Heads of channels, product innovation, retail operations

Senior executives of corporate planning, marketing and strategy

Senior executives in retail, corporate, transaction banking and trade finance business lines;

Business-level decision-makers in mobile banking, online payments, consumer experience, technology and operations

Senior executives in transformational areas such as Artificial Intelligence, data and analytics



For which you have to prepare by reading up prior to attending the training and where hardcore faculty members and a classroom made up of your peers from around the world will contribute to the intense dialogue and learning.

Discussions with Speakers

Up and personal with some of the leading brains in London and even with your peers to spar and construct a collective learning of the decisions you need to make.

Site visits

Visit actual innovation labs and ground zero of the sites and institutions that are transforming the industry today.

DAY - 1
Monday, 20 July 2020
DAY - 2
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
DAY - 3
Wednesday, 22 July 2020
DAY - 4
Thursday, 23 July 2020
DAY - 5
Friday, 24 July 2020


Leadership in the digital world

Case study/ Discussion

China: Turning a corner towards becoming an innovation hub in advanced technologies


Understanding the balance sheet of the digital bank – Lessons from UK’s challenger and digital banks on business models and strategies


Measuring the size of the crypto economy – What do decentralised networks mean for banks?


Evaluating leaders and leadership - An exercise in assessment of the top leaders in the financial services industry in which we will discuss their strengths, weaknesses, the reasons behind their decisions and a story which can be related to participants.


Key developments in the financial services industry and the UK’s role as a financial innovation hub

Site Visit

Curve: Building a similar, smarter, connected world of money


Externalising the nature of the institution – Building “conversations” and APIs in an open world

Coursework/Speakers/ Discussion

Planning your resources for the digital journey: Hardware, software and cybersecurity


Latest developments in frontier technologies: A panel of experts

Site Visit

Revolut: A better way to manage money

Case study/ Discussion

How digital transformation can reinvent banking?

Site Visit

City of London: Home to both the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England

Coursework/Speakers/ Discussion:

How should financial institutions reinvent themselves? – Organizational culture, innovation and risk - how will it all work out in the future?

Case study/ Discussion

5G – The game changer: What will the future of banking look like?

Site Visit

Yolt: The power of open banking

Site Visit

Oak North: Digital only bank


Mapping your bank’s and your own digital journey – Maps and milestones


Up-close and personal: Meeting Anna Wallace, Innovative head of department at Financial Conduct Authority

Discussion/ Dinner

Meeting with London’s leading VC and private equity community

Final Night Dinner

Lunch /Closing dialogue

Leadership in finance in the digital era – a DNA to be developed


How should we think about Risk, Cybersecurity and the need to be an Open Institution

Be inspired by disruptive thinkers and
founders of London’s most successful players

The city of London, called by some as "the financial centre of the world", is led by very progressive regulators and has a diversity of players shaping the future of the financial services industry today.


The City hosts some of the most successful financial technology (fintech) innovators worldwide: Payments start-ups, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending marketplaces, online investment service, forex start- ups, as well as digital challenger banks and neo-banks, to name a few.


High-street banks are spearheading their own digital journeys by setting up open innovation accelerators, new branch concepts and customer experience labs.


With significant support from the UK government through R&D tax breaks and programs designed to foster growth, London provides a suitable platform for the greatest experiments in pushing the financial services industry towards its technology driven future.

"In today’s digital world, decision makers have to harness the power of exponential technologies, use the wisdom of crowds and experiment with new business models. This program will help you develop the skills to make the right decisions and to steer your organisation through the uncertainties in the digital economy."

Key focus areas of the workshops,
dialogues and site visits:

Digital World
Leadership and Business Models in a changing Digital World
Financial Institutions
Examples of breakthroughs in some of the world’s leading financial institutions
Transaction Services
Ongoing revolutions taking place in the delivery of payments, credit, transaction services in the UK
Competitive Weapon
Innovation as a competitive weapon
Cooperation Companies
Cooperation and/or competition with fintech companies
Machine Learning
Rethinking cybersecurity in the age of Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning
Innovative Environment
The role of regulators in fostering an innovative environment
Financial Revolution
Views of the funders of financial revolution – the venture capital (VC) and private equity firms – Where do they see the unicorns of tomorrow?
Transformational Map
How do I develop a transformational map for my organisation?

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