Future of Finance, Thailand 2018

Thursday, 2nd August 2018


Registration & morning networking


Welcome Note:
Predee Doachai, Chairman, Thai Bankers’ Association, who will share insights on the current challenges and opportunities for the ASEAN banking industry. He will also comment on the impact of innovative technology the financial business landscape and how banks are proactive in embracing digital transformation.

Opening Address:
Buncha Manoonkunchai, Senior Director, Financial Technology, Bank of Thailand, who will provide an update on current regulatory regimes and the synergies required between different players to drive financial innovation and the initiatives toward promoting the Fintech ecosystem in the digital race in Thailand.

International Keynote:
Urs Bolt, Founder of Bolt.now, a blogger and expert on Fintech, Regtech and Blockchain, who will discuss “'Smart Economy - smart(er) Banks?'”

Leadership Dialogue:
Excelling and transforming the customer digital journey
With the constant improvement and evolution in technologies and the engagement of Fintech companies to enhance the banking customer’s experience, the challenges for the banking system have increased massively putting them under pressure to invest more in emerging technologies in order to provide seamless customer interaction. In this session, we willfocus on the life-changing technologies and initiatives that help banks to succeed in the pursuit of reaching customer satisfaction. 

  • A futuristic look on tomorrow’s bank - Transforming operational models of banking to suit the lifestyle of customers
  • Collaboration between banks and Fintechs to leverage know-how through different models.
  • Leveraging digital identities to improve efficiency and seamless service across channels
  • Utilising virtual technologies, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to digitally empower customer experience

Speakers & Panellists Include:

  • George Jirapongsuwan, SVP, Innovation Head, CIMB Thai Bank
  • Urs Bolt, Founder of Bolt.now, a blogger and expert on Fintech, Regtech and Blockchain
  • Vipin Kalra, CEO, International Operation, BankBazaar
  • Paul Ark, MD, Digital Ventures, Subsidiary of Siam Commercial Bank

Session chaired by Foo Boon Ping, Managing Editor, The Asian Banker


Networking Break


Frictionless and seamless payments in a connected world
Emerging technologies are supporting the expansion of transaction payments towards the digital ecosystem globally. Thailand is moving faster to implement the current payment systems by applying add-ons to the existing technologies by utilising digital banking channels. This allowed banks to boost their products revenue and going beyond. In this session, we highlight the global trends to accelerate e-payments, mobile wallet and frictionless transactions in the digital ecosystem.

  • From “QR payments to PromptPay”- what’s next?
  • Cashless society - What can we learn from China mobile wallet model ‘Alipay and Tencent’?
  • Moving forward: blockchain to enable business-to-business transactions, cross-border payments, and frictionless experience
  • Internet of Things (IoT) - Transact anywhere, anytime
  • Impact of e-commerce cross-currency payments on hedging strategy and cash flow
  • Utilising innovative and custom platforms for payments fraud detection

Speakers & Panellists Include:

  • Apinand Dabpetch, Assistant Director, TrueMoney
  • Vipin Kalra, CEO, International Operation, BankBazaar
  • Dariusz Trocyszyn, Business Solution Consultant, Comarch
  • Tim Scheffmann, Project Director, International Banking, Shwe Bank
  • Harshit Jain, SVP and Global Head-Transaction Banking and Digitization Business, Nucleus Software

Session chaired by David Gyori, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker


Implementation of efficient and fast wealth management in Thailand
For the past years, Thailand has witnessed the rebirth of a sector full of opportunities. Thai wealth management is evolving more progressive than other countries in Southeast Asia. One of the major triggers has been the push of the regulators in the Thai market to allow and promote foreign investments, which helped clients access global opportunities. In this session, we will discuss the latest trends and how progressive the wealth management in Thailand has become as well as the utilisation of emerging technologies to achieve a unique business model.

  • Benefits of the collaboration between banks, insurance companies, and wealth management
  • The trend towards “Investing surplus cash to build wealth”
  • Customising AI and blockchain to enhance customer experience and future wealth
  • Best practices in the investment of Robo-advisors for accessible wealth management
  • Regulatory and compliance transformation to refining the wealth management and foreign assets

Speakers & Panellists Include:

  • Chonladet Khemarattana, CEO, Fintech (Thailand) & CEO, Robowealth Mutual Fund Brokerage Securities

Session chaired by Aman Kler, Senior Research Analyst, The Asian Banker




Key findings from The Asian Banker Retail & Technology Awards Program
Our research team will present key trends and findings across the 2018 awards programmes for Thailand and highlight outstanding achievements and case studies.

  • Awards programme: Process, methodology and scorecards
  • Overview of the retail banking market in Thailand
  • Key findings and best practices

Presentation by David Gyori, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker


Micro-finance and SME building the new Thailand ecosystem
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have significantly contributed to Thailand’s growth domestic product. Both financial institutions and alternative players are subsidising to advance the sector. In this session, we will discuss how stakeholders including the government have managed to change Thailand’s current and future ecosystem.

  • Digital banking impact on SMEs
  • The role of start-ups and understanding the Thai consumers
  • How to build a sustainable model of credit lending
  • Innovative initiatives from SMEs and start-ups in Thailand
  • Impact of increasing SMEs on Thai ecosystem

Speakers & Panellists Include:

  • Koson Sapprasert, Founder, UCOZ
  • Jackal Ma, Co-founder & Partner, Tongdun Technology

Session chaired by David Gyori, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker


Network break


Thailand Fintech Innovation Showcase
Case studies from fintech players as well as bank internal innovation departments demonstrating outstanding creativity and potential in the market in the following areas:

  • Credit revolution
  • Social and personal finance
  • Artificial intelligence and IoT
  • P2P Lending
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Financial inclusion

Speakers and Panellists Include:

  • Alexi Lane, Founder and CEO of Everex.io, a microfinance and payment platform, focusing on financial inclusion
  • Peem Petchged, Founder & CEO, PeakEngine.com is an online accounting program created for entrepreneurs
  • Alongkot Manorungrueangrat, Chief Community Officer, Finnomena, a growing fintech formed by top investment gurus in Thailand. Aiming to unlock the investment potential in Thai people
  • Teerawat Tilokskulchai, MD, True Money Thailand, Southeast Asia’s leading fintech company providing financial services for the digital and unbanked consumers

Session chaired by Foo Boon Ping, Managing Editor, The Asian Banker


Closing remarks


End of conference

*Please note that this is a working agenda and topics and speakers will be updated frequently.

For more information or inquiries, please contact
Essraa Mansi
Programme Manager
The Asian Banker
Tel: (+971) 4427 3649