The UK Digital Finance Leadership Programme

In today’s digital world, business success comes from harnessing the power of exponential technologies, the wisdom of crowds, and the constant experimentation with new business models. There is no better place to learn how to steer your company through the digital revolution successfully than the city of London, called by some as “the financial centre of the world”.

The City hosts some of the most successful financial technology (fintech) innovators worldwide: Payments startups TransferWise, World Remit and Bankable, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending marketplace Funding Circle, online investment management service Nutmeg, forex start-up Currency Cloud, as well as digital challenger banks and neo-banks Atom Bank, Tandem, Mondo and Starling, to just name a few. Highstreet banks are spearheading their own digital journeys by setting up open innovation accelerators, new branch concepts and customer experience labs. With significant support from the UK government through R&D tax breaks and programs designed to foster growth, London provides a suitable platform for the greatest experiments in pushing the financial services industry towards its technology driven future.

The Asian Banker has designed the five-day UK Digital Finance Leadership Programme for like-minded senior management and chief executives from around the world to interact directly with the key players defining the industry in the United Kingdom. This is a programme to discuss the latest trends in financial services, focusing on the future of the industry and getting to know new technologies and ideas geared towards meeting business needs. Through the site visits and discussions with the brightest minds in London, participants of this programme will find insights and inspiration about how to harness this innovative power and creative talent for their respective institutions.

Format of the Programme:
The Asian Banker UK Digital Finance Leadership Programme comprises two components:


  • Two days of workshop and dialogue meetings with leading players in the local and international banking industry as well as with London’s leading experts, innovators and investors


  • Three days packed with site visits to companies with unique, cutting-edge business models and insights, to bank innovation labs, successful fintech firms and native digital enterprises. These first hand experiences and insights will help your bank to keep abreast of banking innovation. Delegate seats are limited to 30 participants to guaranty the interactive format.

Key focus areas:

Principles of the digital economy

Understanding balance sheets of a digital/challenger bank

Ongoing revolutions taking place in the delivery of payments and credit

Cooperation and/or competition with fintech companies

How to apply the concept of “design thinking” in your own company?

Rethinking cybersecurity in the age of Internet of Things and machine learning

Financial supply chain – How do I find synergies with your corporate customers?

The role of regulators in fostering an innovative environment

The view of venture capital (VC) and private equity firms – Where are the unicorns of tomorrow?

Trends in artificial intelligence (AI), big data and analytics technologies

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