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

Grassroots Economics’ Ruddick and Dama: “Community currencies create a stable medium of exchange tied to local...
Will Ruddick and Caroline Dama, board directors at Grassroots Economics Foundation, discuss how community currencies are helping the poor to exchange goods and services and incubate new businesses, without relying on scarce national currency and volatile markets
01 January 1970

Bank Mandiri's Widia: “A traditional bank always has a problem with processes”
In this Digital Reinvention Dialogue, the senior vice president of the transformation office at Bank Mandiri, Adinata Widia, shares how the bank starts to digitise manual processes and leverage fintechs to help maintain market share and increase revenue.
01 January 1970

BIDV’s Thang: “Digital transformation is not just a concept but a strategy”
In this piece for the Digital Reinvention Dialogue, BIDV digital banking division head Nguyen Chien Thang shares the bank’s journey towards digital transformation, along with the strategies it follows and the initiatives it introduced.
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

TMB Bank’s Anghel: “Stay focused and impatient”
The head of digital and user experience at TMB Bank, Robert Anghel, discusses how the bank is focusing on consumers’ growing appetite for digital services to lead in the market, the impact of COVID and its target technology model after the merger with TBank
01 January 1970

Deutsche Bank’s Khan: “Risk recalibration fundamental to growing ESG market”
Newly appointed ESG head for Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank explains to Foo Boon Ping and Chris Georgiou the importance of the region to the global sustainability movement and how the bank intends to embed ESG across all its businesses
01 January 1970

UnionBank’s Aguda: “The 50 million customers and 1 million SMEs aspiration is now a hard target”
In this Digital Reinvention Dialogue, the chief technology and transformation officer of Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), Henry Aguda, shares the bank’s ambition of reaching 50 million consumers and one million SMEs as well as how it amplified the culture of teamwork and integrity in its digital transformation.
01 January 1970

BPI’s Santiago: “We don’t want to build new capacities on old technology”
In this Digital Reinvention Dialogue, BPI chief digital officer, Noel Santiago shares his ideas on how important it is carry digital transformation across the entire ecosystem, and knowing when it is necessary to shift to new technologies and practices.
01 January 1970

INNORBIS’ Lips da Cruz: “Market has not priced ESG and is working in the dark”
Evaluating companies in a measurement system that emphasises the UN SDG targets leads to incoherent results, according to INNORBIS founder and CEO Angelica Lips da Cruz and CSO William P. Fis
01 January 1970

Vietcombank – Growing a strong customer-centric retail banking franchise
Thomas William Tobin, Head of Retail Banking Group, Vietcombank, shared the outstanding 2019 results of the bank which earned it the Best Retail Bank Award in Vietnam. He also opened up about the digital transformation journey of Vietcombank and its goal of becoming a leader in Vietnam's shift to a cashless society
01 January 1970

Ping An Global Voyager’s Lacey: “We are driven by the inexorable convergence of technology and traditional finance”
Donald Lacey, managing director and chief operating officer of Ping An Global Voyager Fund discusses the investment philosophy of the company, the themes that shape its view on the future of finance and the impact that COVID-19 has on the industry
01 January 1970

Greater engagement among exchanges on ESG disclosure and products
Nandini Sukumar, CEO, The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), shares the results of its sixth annual sustainability survey that showed increased engagement among members on ESG disclosure and products
01 January 1970

“Delivering the next generation cloud-native core banking platform for banks in Asia Pacific”
Nick Wilde, managing director for Asia Pacific (APAC) at Thought Machine, a cloud native technology provider, discusses the readiness of financial institutions to move their core banking systems to the cloud and the challenges that they face.
01 January 1970

BIV’s Ive: “Alternative meat is a revolution not an evolution”
In this first part of the Wealth and Society Dialogue Series, Andrew D. Ive, founder and general partner of Big Idea Ventures, discusses the growing appetite for meat alternatives amid the COVID-19 pandemic and how the company’s two funds are working to accelerate this trend.
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.