Past Sessions

The Asian Banker aims to promote the development of the finance industry in Asia by bringing together interested players to examine and discuss the most critical issues of the moment, without having to take time out from their crowded schedule or leave the comfort of their own desks!!

View a list of our past teleconsultations below-

01 January 1970

RCBC’s Villanueva: “We are a traditional bank now trying to be a challenger bank”
In this first part of the Digital Reinvention Dialogue series, Lito Villanueva, executive vice president and chief innovation and inclusion officer of RCBC, discusses the bank’s journey in establishing its own digital bank and the need for digital transformation, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
01 January 1970

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
01 January 1970

G9 Ark’s Fern: We are breaking the NGO-Donor model to restore the planet
G9 Ark aims to break the NGO-Donor model by providing a funding mechanism that fosters collaboration rather than competition among non-government organisations to strategically redress climate change.
01 January 1970

BSP’s Diokno: “There should be a balance between innovation and consumer protection”
Benjamin Diokno, governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), reveals the central bank’s mission to make the unbanked Filipinos part of the country’s formal economy.
01 January 1970

"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 along the way.
01 January 1970

Santander’s Botin calls for European solidarity to fight pandemic
Group executive chairman of Banco Santander, Ana Botín, called on Europe to lead a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis with greater support for businesses and protection of jobs, even as she and her management team take voluntary salary cuts for medical relief fund
01 January 1970

Central Group’s Winter: “Integration between online and offline retail channels is important”
Axel Winter, chief technology officer at Central Group, speaks about building an omnichannel platform and some of the problems encountered while working with banks.
01 January 1970

NDB’s Seneviratne sees opportunities in Sri Lanka amid economic challenges
Dimantha Seneviratne, the chief executive of Sri Lanka’s National Development Bank, discusses the challenges that the country has been facing as well as the opportunities he sees for the Sri Lankan economy.
01 January 1970

MAS’ Hardoon: “Doing AI for the sake of AI doesn't make much sense”
David Hardoon, special advisor on artificial intelligence for the Monetary Authority of Singapore, offers his insights on AI, from operationalising it to making it relevant to people and businesses.
01 January 1970

JP Morgan estimates worse to come for countries hit by COVID-19
A predictive model estimates the lifecycle of the coronavirus pandemic in affected countries, from its current stage to future infection trends.
01 January 1970

DN Capital’s Lemmens: “Investors are becoming more judicious about which opportunities to invest in”
Renier Lemmens, a venture partner at DN Capital, shares his views on fintechs and how these companies operate and make decisions differently from banks.
01 January 1970

Michael Owen: Giving back to grassroots fosters a culture of excellence
Former footballer Michael Owen talks about his desire to give back to the community, the values he shares with his family and his career in sports and business.
01 January 1970

People’s Bank’s Gunawardana: “Digitalisation is imperative to survive in the next century”
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 encountered along the way and how the institution’s evolution coincided with his own journey to the top of the career ladder.
01 January 1970

Aurigin’s Jayawickrama: “We want to create transparency and visibility in investment banking”
Romesh Jayawickrama, the founder of Aurigin, formerly known as BankerBay, shares how the platform manages to connect deals and capital investors globally. He also talks about his role as a deal maker as well as the company’s business model, how it started and how it plans to grow through partnerships.
01 January 1970

FreeCom’s AlAshraf: “My idea was to create an alternative method of communication during disasters”
Abdul Rahman AlAshraf, founder of FreeCom, shares how his idea of communicating without the use of internet or mobile network came about. He also explains how the prototype works, its potentials and how it will keep people connected during disasters.
01 January 1970

Fudan University’s Zhang: “China’s economy is liberalised, driven by entrepreneurial business and personal thinking”
In the midst of the US-China trade war, Fudan University Dean of Economics Professor Zhang Jun, provides a clearer picture of what goes on inside the world’s second-largest economy and the factors affecting its growth.
01 January 1970

Verhofstadt: “The European Union needs to be deeply reformed as fast as possible”
Guy Verhofstadt, former prime minister of Belgium, admits that the European Union is still a weak organisation. And in a future that heralds a “world of empires”, it is necessary for the EU to abandon the unanimity rule and move forward with federalism, which holds the key to the survival of Europe in the modern world. As the chief European Parliament coordinator in the Brexit negotiations, he considers Brexit as a failure of the EU and believes that Europeans are stronger when they work together.
01 January 1970

Ping An Group’s Larsen: “We’re constantly looking at new businesses that can create value”
Veteran banker Jonathan Larsen, who ran Citibank’s global retail bank and mortgages, came out of retirement to head Ping An Group’s chief innovation office. He is now on the lookout for innovative fintech business models that are complementary to Ping An’s core businesses in insurance, banking and investment
01 January 1970

Hong Leong’s Tan: “Developing a closeness with your client is still needed in today’s world”
Tan Kong Khoon, the president and CEO of Hong Leong Financial Group, shares his views with The Asian Banker regarding the company’s plans for the long term, the challenges facing the financial industry, and providing solutions for customers’ needs.
01 January 1970

Standard Chartered Bank’s Mathew: “This is the perfect time to find more efficiencies”
Samuel John Mathew, global head of documentary trade and products at Standard Chartered Bank, explains how technologies, such as optical character recognition, natural language processing and artificial intelligence aid in digitising internal processes.