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

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

State Bank of India’s Kumar: “We will use technology to drive social economic transformation in India”
Rajnish Kumar, chairman, State Bank of India (SBI) discusses how SBI, as the largest bank in India, will play a crucial role in unlocking the economic potential through financial and technological inclusion
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”
Chief innovation officer Jonathan Larsen is cutting through the hype and looking for companies that can either be helpful or complementary to Ping An Bank. In this interview, he shared his healthy skepticism towards opportunities that would create value. He also elaborated on how the company is embracing technology, deploying business models in a different context and focusing on ecosystems such as finance, health, auto, home, and smart cities.
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

Twitter and Square investor Gregg Kidd: “Identity as a public good, but who is going to own it?”
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. He shares his insights on the relationship between globalisation and localisation and how these relate to innovation
01 January 1970

Qatar Islamic Bank’s Gamal: “Investment in technology pays off”
In an interview with The Asian Banker, Bassel Gamal, Qatar Islamic Bank’s group CEO, makes known that the bank is not resting on its laurels after having achieved financial achievements over the years. Rather, it is continuously trying to improve its position by staying competitive and relevant.
01 January 1970

Cybersecurity regulatory framework: The need to improve data privacy and security regulation - an enforcement perspective
Roeland van Zeijst, global cybersecurity strategist, RovaZ.com and former digital crime officer, Interpol, discussed cybersecurity landscape and the steps taken by regulators and financial institutions to enhance industry resilience, integrity and stability
01 January 1970

"The new Pearl River Delta as an accidental financial center"
Emmanuel Daniel, in a speech to the Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences(GZASS) and the Guangzhou Urban Strategy Institute(GZUSI) on 18 November 2018 said that the railway and road infrastructure that brings Pearl River Delta together is like bringing New York and San Francisco together. He spoke of the 4 areas of people, information, capital and trade to make the megalopolis a success. He also outlined how there was a potential for a deeper financial market which is not based on Hong Kong's capital market alone, but on deeper liquidity serving small businesses. Also that some of the opportunities come almost by accident. He encouraged Guangdong to embrace diversity and capture the imagination of the world in making the belt and road initiative a success.
01 January 1970

Cybersecurity regulatory framework: The need to improve data privacy and security regulation - an institutional perspective
Stephane Nappo, global chief information security officer, Societe General, spoke about cybersecurity best practices and how financial institutions can effectively protect the information entrusted to them by customers
01 January 1970

Ripple’s Treacher: “The banking world’s kind of lost pace with the rest of commerce and society which is moving onto a much more real-time globally-connected environment”
Marcus Treacher, Senior Vice President of Customer Success at Ripple, discusses challenges in expediting payment processes from a clarity, visibility, and reliability perspective and talks about Ripple’s solutions focused on the open internet model.
01 January 1970

ANZ’s Vasic and Huse: “Corporates who historically may have used one of the ‘globals’, now also need a strong local bank for support”
ANZ’s Vasic and Huse speak about the greater transactional business needs of Australian clients expanding into Asia and also discuss the shake up the payments landscape in Australia, once open banking legislation comes into play in 2019
01 January 1970

HNB’s Alles: Vision 2020 is all about achieving qualitative goals
In a candid interview with Emmanuel Daniel, the bank CEO looks back at the company’s transformation, talks about plans for digitalisation and shares the legacy he wants to leave behind
01 January 1970

Spiros Margaris: "I only invest in startups with compelling stories"
Spiros Margaris, renowned fintech investor, tells Emmanuel Daniel he must like the managers of the start ups he invests in on behalf of family offices and other investors, and they must have a compelling story
01 January 1970

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 pursue, building a community that believes in your capabilities.This interview was in preparation for The Future of Finance Summit 2019, where Wales will be a keynote speaker on 30 May 2019.
01 January 1970

Mark Walker and Chris Langlois publish The Fintech Power 50
Emmanuel Daniel speaks to Mark Walker and Christophe Langlois co-founders of The Fintech Power 50 list of top fintech companies that was just published
01 January 1970

SmartStream’s Kilcoyne: "If you think that compliance is expensive, have you tried non-compliance?"
Vincent Kilcoyne, EVP and Head for Product Management at SmartStream sees multiple challenges from Basel Committee on Banking Supervision 248 (BCBS 248) and other regulations as rising interest rates continue impacting intra-day liquidity and cash positions of banks.
01 January 1970

"Bronze in the Digital Age"
Emmanuel Daniel, chairman of the Asian Banker, in his keynote address at the Association of Corporate Treasurers Singapore Treasury Forum 2018 on 20 September, compared the critical junctures in the evolution of civilisation that transformed human societies through what are described as the tribal, institutional, market and network phases. In the coming network phase, he argued that corporations with the ability to connect and be open, externalise - leverage external data, personalise and deliver differentiation will survive the transition.
01 January 1970

Tratok's Altajir: "A long overdue service for travel and tourism"
Mohammed Altajir, co-founder of Tratok Project, a blockchain enabled global travel rewards programme discusses the pit-falls in the current business model and how the start-up will deliver greater transparency, interoperability and value to industry players, big and small