Breakfast and introduction

The host and chairman of The Asian Banker Silicon Valley Innovation Tour will guide you through the program, the planned site visits and will explain the different areas of innovation which will be discussed. Participants will be requested to introduce themselves and their respective institutions as well as the marketplace in which they operate.

Briefing with Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman, The Asian Banker and Matt Dooley, International Resource Director, Host of The Asian Banker Silicon Valley Innovation Tour at Crowne Plaza - Palo Alto Hotel.

How innovation is driving Silicon Valley - Meeting with 650 Labs

650 Lab is the only corporate accelerator in Silicon Valley, focusing on innovation, growth and organizational transformation of multinational corporations. We will meet several speakers and talk about key elements of innovation, how to establish a culture of creativity and transformational programs to keep up with startups and new trends.

Briefing with Mark Zawacki, Founder & CEO, 650 Labs and Daniel Tyoschitz, Digital Transformation Coach, 650 Labs at Crowne Plaza - Palo Alto Hotel.

Innovations from SRI International have created lasting benefits to society - touching our lives every day

SRI is a critical bridge between fundamental research and its application to real-world challenges. Led one of the world’s largest artificial intelligence projects, the Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes (CALO), to revolutionize how computers support decision-makers. The project inspired Siri, an SRI spin-off designed to bring virtual personal assistants to consumers. Apple purchased Siri in 2010 for use in its iPhone.

Site visit and briefing with Robert Pearlstein, Vice President, Global Business Development, SRI International


Meeting one of the thought leaders of Citi Ventures Innovation Lab

Discover the global infrastructure for change that Citi has build with two complementary practice areas: Venture Investing and the Innovation Network.Citi Ventures’s role is to conceive, launch and scale new initiatives in collaboration with internal and external partners. Other than for beta-testing of new products and business models, the Innovation Network is also used for internal purposes - to get management buy-in on projects, and reveal new innovations to staff.

Fireside chat with Ramneek Gupta, Managing Director, Co-head Global Ventures Investing, Citi Ventures.

Deutsche Bank Lab – Evaluating emerging technologies from Silicon Valley

Deutsche Bank has opened a new innovation lab in Silicon Valley in April 2016. The goal is to evaluate emerging technologies to enhance its products, services and internal processes as well as to deepening the bank’s relationships with start-ups. We will get a general overview of the lab’s activities, how this lab fits into the wider ecosystem of the Valley and what has been already accomplished by the lab. We will also receive a short tour through the facility.

Site visit and briefing with Deutsche Bank representative in the Deutsche Bank Lab

The importance of Design Thinking with Stanford Professor Barry Katz

Silicon Valley is not just the home to some of the most innovative companies in the world and it is also home to the greatest concentration of design professionals around the globe. This is no coincidence! Modern unicorn companies such as Apple, Tesla and Google are known for placing great importance on the design of their product. We will discuss the concept of design thinking developed in the environment of Stanford University and see how it can be applied in your respective institutions to inspire creativity, innovation and capability.

Dialogue with Prof. Katz

Bus transfer to Stanford University campus
Tour through IDEO creative studios
Walking Tour through Stanford University campus

Dinner and cocktails at Santana Row

Santana Row in San Jose is an outdoor shopping mall with an award winning design offering a mix of brand name shops, local boutiques, trendy restaurants, spas and salons, movie theaters and boutique hotels in an elegant European atmosphere.


Meeting Silicon Valley Bank – The financiers of innovation

For more than 30 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovative companies and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB provides targeted financial services and expertise through its offices in innovation centers around the world. In the dialogue with Gerald Brady we will gain valuable insights into the financial part of the startup ecosystem of the Valley.

Office visit and briefing with Gerald Brady, Managing Director, SVB Network

Sightseeing bus tour through Palo Alto and surrounding

We are going to visit the must-see sites of Silicon Valley's history, from its humble beginnings to its rise as the nation's hub of high-tech businesses.

  • HP Garage, private museum where the company Hewlett-Packard (HP) was founded.
  • Palo Alto house where Facebook started
  • House in Menlo Park that was Google’s first home
  • Cupertino: Apple’s campus. Apple company store
  • Steve Jobs’ former house


Meeting with startups - Plug and Play Tech Center

This is one of the largest incubators of Silicon Valley - a community united by more than 280 start-ups. Since its inception in 2006, Plug and Play Tech Center (P&P) has helped young entrepreneurs of the Valley to raise more than $750 million of venture capital. While at the Center we will meet with pre-selected, advanced stage start-ups to discuss relevant ideas and solutions for financial service institutions in the areas of data and analytics, visualization, social marketing, regulatory technology, blockchain and similar areas.

Group tour through the P&P
Listen to pitch session with selected startups
Self-introduction of the delegates
Dialogue with Scott Robinson, Founder & VP, FinTech at P&P

Potentials of blockchain technology – Dinner dialogue with R3 CEV

R3 CEV is a blockchain technology company founded in 2014. It leads a consortium of 45 of the world’s largest financial companies in research and development of blockchain usage in the financial system. We will discuss latest initiatives of R3, results of the tests they conducted with different technologies, real world applications of distributed ledgers and potentials they see in the technology in the future.

Dinner briefing with Kathleen Breitman, Senior Strategy Associate, R3 at Crowne Plaza - Palo Alto

Finding tomorrows unicorns - Dialogue with Palo Alto based VC and private equity firms

Leading executives from some of the most active venture capital and private equity firms in Silicon Valley will discuss trends and developments as well as potential breakthroughs they are seeing in the fintech landscape and where they believe are the next unicorns.

Panel discussion with Ammar Hanafi, Co-founder & General Partner, Moment Ventures, Jim Smith, Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and Henry Wong, Managing Director, Garage Technologies Ventures

Breakfast and Check-Out

Facebook – How to use social media platforms successfully?

Tech behemoths such as Facebook increasingly enter payments and other banking services and try to act as intermediaries between clients and banks. Thus, financial institutions fear to become merely background service providers, disengaged from their own customers. We will discuss alternatives to this trend and look at successful and mutually beneficial collaboration models between banks and social media providers.

Site visit and briefing with Neil Hiltz, Head of Global Financial Services Strategy at Facebook in the head office in Menlo Park

Lunch on the go

Experiencing the power of Big Data at Yodlee

Envestnet/Yodlee is a leading data aggregation and data analytics platform powering dynamic, cloud-based innovation for digital financial services. More than 1,000 companies, including 12 of the 20 largest U.S. banks and hundreds of Internet services companies, subscribe to the Envestnet/Yodlee platform to power personalized financial apps and services. The Ynext Incubator helps start-ups to launch disruptive data-driven companies and accelerate their growth through access to the Yodlee data platform. We will discuss trends and potentials of new data and analytics technologies.

Site visit and briefing with Jeff Cain, Director, Ynext Incubator, Yodlee at the company’s headquarters in Redwood.

Travel to San Francisco

Check-In at the Stanford Court –Nob Hill Hotel in San Francisco

RocketSpace – Bringing new products to market

RocketSpace is a technology campus located in the heart of San Francisco. It offers services to tech entrepreneurs, startups and corporate professionals including programming, consulting, events, and office-as-a-service, which together create the perfect ecosystem and community for innovation to thrive and bring these companies to market successfully. We will discuss what it takes to establish such a creative environment.

Site visit and dialogue with Arman Zand, Director, Business Development at the RocketSpace office in San Francisco

Visa Innovation Lab and the focus digital payments

Visa opened a 112,000 square foot office and innovation center in the Bay Area to provide the company with immediate access to Silicon Valley’s tech-savvy community. The innovation center is designed to provide an immersive experience for clients, partners and corporate executives, where they can interact and explore new ideas. The space has been engineered to facilitate dynamic interaction and real-time experimentation.

Site visit and briefing with Visa representative in the Visa Innovation Lab



Umpqua bank  - A bank that believes in the branch as its most powerful brand vehicle

Umpqua bank is challenging what a branch looks like, how it operates and how it interacts with the community. Internationally recognized for its unique banking experience, Umpqua Bank is operating a flagship branch situated right in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district that is designed to serve as an interactive resource centre, business hub, and inspiration generator. In the branch, we will experience how innovative branch design can make a huge difference in the relationship between a bank and the community around it. .

Site visit and briefing with Mary Wong, Store Manager at the San Francisco flagship store

Creative working space at Capital One 360 Café

The Cafe was originally opened by ING Direct and is designed to give a physical space and presence to what is otherwise an online-only bank. Capital One took over the 360 Café in 2012 and expanded it into an innovation lab for office space including private spaces, meeting areas, workspace for start-ups and a coffee bar. Bank employees named “digital lifestyle coaches” offer help to customers with their online banking services. We will hear from the company what good workspace design can do for the employees and what it can do for recruiting and bringing in good people.

Site visit and briefing with Akeel Bernard, Store Manager at the Capital One 360 Café.

Nordstrom - A true paragons of a great customer experience

For more than 100 years, American upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom has been providing a superior customer experience to its clients and is widely recognized as the market leader when it comes to creating a perfect omni-channel experience. We will discuss what banks can learn from the company’s relentless drive to exceed expectations when it comes to hiring and leading employees, personalization and the complementary use of digital channels and technology to complete the physical presence.

Site visit and briefing with Kenneth Ma, Store Manager at Nordstrom.

Lunch at Café Bistro inside Nordstrom San Francisco Centre

Kraken bitcoin exchange – Diving into the field of crypto-currencie

Kraken is a prominent bitcoin exchange operating in Canada, the EU, Japan, and the US founded in 2011. It is the largest Bitcoin exchange in euro volume and liquidity and also trading Canadian dollars, US dollars, British pounds, and Japanese yen. It is known for being the most secure Bitcoin exchange.

Briefing with Jesse Powell, CEO and Co-founder in the Kraken head office.

500 Startups – The Silicon Valley innovator’s perspective on transformation of the Financial Services Industry

500 Startups is an early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator founded in 2010. Up to date, they have invested in more than 1500+ companies in 50+ countries. We will meet some of their partners and discuss latest trends and developments within the fintech scene. We will also meet startups who are currently in the program and hear their pitches and have time to network with them.

Site visit and briefing briefing with Mike Sigal, Entrepreneur in Residence, 500 Startups in their headquarters San Francisco



Google’s new Launchpad Accelerator and its strategy on artificial intelligence

Google has recently founded it Launchpad Accelerator, a six months, all-expense-paid training at Google Headquarters supporting startups through mentorship and equity-free funding as well as access to Google engineers, resources, and mentors. By leveraging the company’s global reach and resources it helps startups to reach their true potential.
Besides learning about Google’s experiences with this program, we will also discuss how the company is using its vast access to data to work on artificial intelligence and what their plans are for the coming 10 years in this crucial field.

Office visit, briefing and luncheon dialogue with Roy Geva Glasberg, Global leader, Google Accelerator at Google’s San Francisco office.

Feedback and concluding session

We will recap the site visits and discussions with experts and exchange personal conclusions, ideas and inspirational thoughts. Delegates will be asked to present their feedback and takeaways from the tour.

Lunch dialogue with Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman, The Asian Banker and Matt Dooley, International Resource Director, Host of The Asian Banker Silicon Valley Innovation Tour in the Nob Hill Hotel

End of program

*Please note that agenda and speaker lineup is tentative and will be updated frequently until the event date.