KEYNOTE ADDRESS: NIKHIL SETH, UNITED NATIONS ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNITAR
OPENING REMARKS: MIHOKO KUMAMOTO, DIRECTOR, DIVISION FOR PROSPERITY, UNITAR
Panel 1: The Future of Finance with New FinTech Innovations
FinTech, Bitcoin, blockchain… the buzzwords of our time we all must embrace and understand well! This panel brings together leading FinTech innovators and experts who share their knowledge about the latest digital financial innovations, the opportunities and challenges this new digital era creates for the financial sector and beyond. We reflect on the need to reduce digital inequalities and to scale financial inclusion. We will be asking the questions:
- What does financial services in the future look like?
- Where is the FinTech heading in 2021 and beyond?
Michal Paserman, Director of Executive Education, Professor of Finance, Geneva Finance Research Institute - University of Geneva
Jean-François Lagassé, Managing Partner, Financial Services Industry at Deloitte Switzerland, Global Wealth Management Lead at Deloitte
Daniel Mika, President, Swiss Finance + Technology Association
Daniel Sandmeier, CEO, Instimatch Global
Panel 2: The Digitalization of Monetary Policy and Currencies
A new monetary era is on the horizon! This panel calls upon the actions of the regulators by sharing best practices of how FinTech and other digital innovations can be supported, nurtured and regulated by monetary and other financial supervisory authorities. We discuss the challenges digitalization create for the regulatory authorities, including digitalization strategies, managing the risk of cryptocurrencies and creating central bank digital currencies. We will discuss the questions:
- How are the traditional banks reacting to the FinTech disruption?
- What is the optimal policy of central banks with respect to digital currencies?
Anikó Szombati, Chief Digital Officer, National Bank of Hungary
Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
John Karamuka - Director, Payment System, National Bank of Rwanda
Tim Grant, Head of Business, SIX Digital Exchange
Panel 3: Digital Innovations for Sustainable Development
Digital innovations have the potential to (keep) put SDGs back on track! In the midst of the global pandemic with reversed development trends we must renew our commitment towards achieving inclusive and sustainable development. This panel discusses how we can embrace and implement digital innovations to strengthen our efforts in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. The questions we will ask include:
- How does Digital Finance supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?
- How can we leverage innovative examples and create concrete impact with Digital Finance in addressing the financial inclusion of vulnerable communities?