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-

06 June 2017

A look at Emirates NBD's attempt to shape the future of banking
Foo Boon Ping, managing editor of The Asian Banker, brings viewers on a tour of Emirates NBD's new "Branch of the Future" and its three distinct zones; Future Banking, Digital Banking, and Advisory Banking that showcase some of the latest innovations in digital technologies and human centred designs.
23 May 2017

AgriLedger's Freeman: "AgriLedger gives farmers access to more disposable income"
John Reyes Freeman, co-founder of agricultural blockchain app AgriLedger, believes that the platform can be trusted by farmers, a formal cooperative, or even a supply chain management for financial inclusion, to provide record keeping and access to more disposable income.
22 May 2017

Digital-only banks: What does it take to be profitable?
Roberto Ferrari, chief digital and information officer of Mediobanca group and former general manager of CheBanca, the first digital-only bank in Italy and one of the pioneers in Europe, discusses its establishment during the height of the global and European financial crises, its business model and multi-channel approach, as well as the challenges of achieving longer term profitability.
18 May 2017

Enough of experts: Truth, credibility and the academy in a post-truth age
In a wide ranging discussion organised by the University of London and the British Council, and chaired by Adrian Smith, vice chancellor of University of London that comprised Richard Dearlove, chair of the university’s board of trustees, Mary Stiasny, its pro-vice-chancellor, Bob O’Keefe, vice principal of the affiliated Royal Holloway University and Emmanuel Daniel, chairman of The Asian Banker, the panel discussed the role of experts, the academia and the definition of truth in an environment where access to any form of information is being increasingly democraticised.
16 May 2017

"We are going to expand Moby and make it truly global"
Bobby Lee, chief executive officer of BTCC, shares the developments happening in its bitcoin business and how the company maintains a good relationship with Chinese regulators.
12 May 2017

Dateline Bahrain: How will Bahrain succeed in creating a hub for fintech in the Middle East
The Asian Banker spoke to a wide range of industry players to explore the potential of Bahrain to becoming a leading fintech hub in the Middle East region, to understand the strategy behind the ambition, the opportunities it faces and the challenges that it has to overcome.
27 April 2017

"We need to change the way we assess the best retail bank in the future"
In his welcome speech during the Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards Dinner programme in Tokyo, Japan, Emmanuel Daniel shares his views on the changes happening within the financial services industry, as well as how banks should be assessed today by considering the relevance of the customers and the impact of new technologies.
25 April 2017

"There is no clear industry leader"
Genki Oka, head of Japan at Ant Financial Services Group, shares his desire to be an ambassador of the Chinese e-commerce giant in Japan and why he feels that it can succeed in the famously tough Japanese consumer market
19 April 2017

Rethinking core banking in a cloud world
Rana Peries, director for digital and innovation at Barclays; Alfian Sharifuddin, head of technology and operations at DBS India; and Eugene Danilkis, chief executive officer, Mambu, discuss how banks are leveraging cloud computing and open banking architecture to overcome the limitations of traditional monolithic core banking systems
11 April 2017

"It is not a fear that the marketplace lending model does not work. It is really a diversification"
Rob Suber, founder of Prosper Marketplace, discusses the evolution of the online marketplace lending business, how it is converging with the banking industry and explains why players are moving away from the original peer-to-peer ideals.
10 April 2017

"In China, it is about building an infrastructure that did not exist before"
Soul Htite, an original co-founder of Lending Club and now the founder of Dianrong, a marketplace lending platform in China, compares the development of peer-to-peer lending between the US and China, and reveal plans for a new supply chain financing platform in the country.
13 March 2017

"Singapore – Finance as a lack of the imagination"
“Emmanuel Daniel, founder of The Asian Banker, in a rather straightforward speech to the heads of technology of banks in Singapore outlined why the fintech phenomenon in Singapore is not in any danger of any breakthrough that is innovative or transformational and why Singapore banks cannot afford to be concerned more with themselves than with their customers.”
09 March 2017

"The companies that are making a huge impact aren't the first one with the idea"
Mark Zawacki, founder of Silicon Valley based fintech accelerator 650 Labs, discusses the latest developments and technology trends in the fintech space.
28 February 2017

"Eleven Key trends that will shape bank technology in 2017"
Chris Skinner, author and fintech commentator,, discusses the 11 key trends that will shape bank technology in 2017.
10 February - 01 January 197010 February 2017

"Technology companies that do not have end-users will lag those who have"
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of Paytm, discusses the company's business model and growth plan, its partnership with Alibaba, and the impact of demonetisation and regulations on cashless transaction in India
16 January 2017

Another gloomy year ahead?
2016 was a challenging year for financial institutions. The prospect of worsening global trade relations became more apparent following UK’s Brexit vote, and the victory of US president-elect Donald Trump. What is the outlook for Asia Pacific's banking industry amid much volatility and increasing uncertainties over the global geo-political landscape?
12 January 2017

Briefing on the China Innovation Tour 2016: What we learnt from the digital disruptors in China
Matt Dooley, founder and managing director, Connected Thinking and Foo Boon Ping, managing editor, The Asian Banker summarise the key insights gained from leading institutions that delegates visited during the China Innovation Tour 2016 from November 21 to 25, 2016.
22 December 2016

Do Chinese banks have real private banking businesses?
Foo Boon Ping, managing editor of The Asian Banker, shares the key themes from the inaugural Private Banking and Wealth Management Awards programme at the China Private Wealth Dialogue in Beijing.
20 December 2016

Briefing on Global Offshore RMB Asset Ranking: Maintaining momentum amid market turmoil
The annual assessment and ranking of leading financial institutions that develop and launch offshore RMB financial assets aimed at promoting the international use of the currency.
08 December 2016

Imagining "The Future Bank" India: Winning strategies in an evolving market
Emerging new competition, changing customer expectations, and reduced profitability are forcing banks in India to revisit their strategic business and operating models. In a changing market paradigm, what are the key strategies and success factors that will drive the future growth of Indian banks.

Past Sessions
06 June 2017

A look at Emirates NBD's attempt to shape the future of banking
22 May 2017

Digital-only banks: What does it take to be profitable?
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