Navigating the nexus: The convergence of finance and technology

In an era marked by rapid technological evolution, the financial services industry is undergoing a profound transformation driven by advancements in AI, machine learning, blockchain technology, and the emerging fields of embedded finance and quantum computing. These innovations are reshaping everything from core banking operations to customer experiences, integrating sophisticated capabilities such as generative AI, Web3 technologies, and seamless financial services embedded directly into consumers' daily digital interactions.

As the adoption of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) accelerates and digital assets become increasingly mainstream, the banking sector must also fortify its defenses against evolving cybersecurity threats. This meeting will address critical developments in regulations and the impact of open banking frameworks, pivotal in shaping a more interconnected financial environment. Embedded finance is further blurring the lines between financial services and other industries, while quantum computing promises unprecedented processing power, enhancing data security and analytical capabilities. The convergence of cloud technology with traditional banking infrastructure is enabling more agile and responsive banking services, tailored to the ever-changing needs of consumers.

At the nexus of innovation, regulation, and market demands, this event will focus on equipping leaders with the insights and tools necessary to navigate these complex landscapes. Discussions will span from enhancing customer engagement through hyper-personalisation to leveraging APIs for creating robust digital ecosystems that not only meet today's financial demands but also anticipate future challenges.

The Digital Banking Annual Meeting aims to set the agenda for the next wave of banking transformations in the region. Reflecting the industry’s progression and its convergence towards strategic, innovative approaches, the event is set to dominate the financial domain with a clear vision of integrating emerging technologies like embedded finance and quantum computing into everyday banking solutions.

Key focus areas:

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Integrating quantum advances: Security and speed in banking

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The rise of embedded finance: Blurring industry lines

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Navigating the new wave of digital assets and CBDCs

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Enhancing cyber resilience in an interconnected world

Tour Itinerary

The Digital Banking Annual Meeting

20 Feb 2025
08:30 - 09:00

Registration

09:00 - 10:30

Opening remarks

Welcome note

Keynote Speeches 

10:30 - 11:00

Morning break

11:00 - 11:30

Artificial Intelligence: Transforming client interactions in banking

Explore how AI is reshaping client engagement and service protocols within retail banking. This session will delve into advanced AI applications that enhance customer interactions through personalization and security measures, and discuss integration strategies for existing banking systems.

  • Analyse customer data, offering tailored advice and product recommendations that boost client satisfaction..
  • Detecting and preventing fraud using advanced pattern recognition and anomaly detection to ensure safer banking practices.
  • The efficiency of chatbots and virtual assistants in managing inquiries and transactions, which helps decrease wait times and enhance service delivery.
  • Address the challenges of incorporating AI with traditional banking systems, focusing on practical solutions and best practices for seamless adoption.

11:30 - 12:00

Open banking and embedded finance: Pioneering integrated financial ecosystems

This session explores the transformative synergy between open banking and embedded finance,  highlighting how APIs enable a seamless integration of financial services into consumer applications. We'll discuss the revolution in financial services that offers more personalized, efficient, and integrated experiences directly within non-financial platforms.

  • Discuss how open APIs facilitate embedded finance, enabling non-financial companies to offer financial services such as payments and lending directly through their platforms, thereby expanding access and convenience.
  • More personalized interactions by integrating financial services with consumer lifestyle choices directly within their usual platforms.
  • Regulatory challenges and security considerations that come with combining open banking and embedded finance, emphasizing the need for robust data protection and compliance strategies.
  • Case-studies on how businesses have transformed their service offerings and customer engagement models through the strategic use of open banking and embedded finance

12:00 - 12:30

Sky's the limit: Cloud dynamics redefining banking infrastructure

Dive into how cloud computing reshapes the foundational elements of banking, introducing unprecedented levels of efficiency and flexibility. This session uncovers the critical intersections between cloud and banking operations, highlighting innovative practices that redefine what's possible in financial services.

  • Strategic shifts to cloud-based models: Moving core systems to the cloud, focusing on operational impacts and long-term benefits.
  • Securing the cloudscape: Ensuring data protection and regulatory compliance in cloud environments, pivotal for maintaining trust and integrity.
  • Selecting the cloud models that align with specific banking functions, assessing both opportunities and challenges.
  • Reveal how the flexibility of cloud infrastructure sparks innovation in financial products and services, enhancing competitiveness and customer satisfaction.

12:30 - 13:30

Luncheon

13:30 - 14:00

The evolution of digital assets in retail finance

As digital assets increasingly intersect with traditional finance, the banking sector faces both opportunities and challenges in embracing these new forms of value. This session will explore the integration of digital assets into retail banking, examining their impact on payment systems, asset management, and product innovation within the regulatory framework.

  • Use of cryptocurrencies as a legitimate medium of exchange in retail, highlighting both technological adaptations and customer acceptance levels.
  • Strategies for identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks associated with digital assets, including volatility and regulatory uncertainty.
  • How blockchain technology is being leveraged to enhance transparency and efficiency in asset management practices.
  • Emerging digital asset products such as tokenized securities and stablecoins, focusing on their potential to transform banking services and customer engagement.

14:00 - 14:30

CBDCs unfolded: Pioneering the next era of payment systems

CBDCs are reshaping global financial systems by enhancing digital payments. This session delves into their strategic development by central banks to improve efficiency and ensure economic inclusivity.

  • Explore the strategic benefits such as enhanced payment system efficiency and reduced transaction costs, which could revolutionize financial inclusivity.
  • Tackle the implementation challenges, sharing strategies to overcome technological, regulatory, and operational hurdles.
  • Review insights from various countries that have initiated trials, detailing successes and areas for improvement.
  • Consider their potential to streamline and secure cross-border payments, reducing reliance on traditional financial intermediaries and fostering global financial integration.

14:30 - 15:00

Enhancing banking security and transparency with blockchain

In an era of heightened cyber threats, blockchain stands out as a transformative force, fundamentally altering how transactions are secured and trust is established in digital finance. This session will dissect blockchain's impact on reshaping financial integrity and trustworthiness.

  • Explore how the immutable nature of distributed ledgers enhances the integrity and transparency of financial transactions.
  • Discuss the technology's capability to streamline monitoring and quickly verify transactions, substantially reducing the opportunities for fraud.
  • Examine real-world applications of smart contracts that automate and secure complex financial agreements.
  • Analyze the challenges and strategies for integrating this technology within current legal and regulatory frameworks, focusing on compliance and data privacy.

15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon break

15:30 - 16:00

Elevating customer interfaces in a digital world

This session explores how cutting-edge technology is transforming customer interactions in the financial sector, focusing on creating superior user experiences that enhance engagement and satisfaction.

  • Leveraging big data analytics to unearth deep insights into customer behaviours and preferences, enabling more targeted and effective service offerings.
  • Tools that are critical for accurately measuring customer satisfaction and how they can be integrated into continuous improvement processes.
  • Analyse case studies where technology has successfully transformed customer experience, highlighting the strategies used and the outcomes achieved.

16:00 - 16:30

Regulatory compliance in the tech-forward era

Explore how the landscape of regulatory compliance is evolving in response to rapid technological advancements. This session will focus on the challenges and strategies for maintaining robust compliance frameworks that keep pace with innovation in financial services.

  • Navigating the landscape of global regulatory changes, emphasizing the need for financial institutions to stay agile in their compliance strategies.
  • Role of technology in enhancing compliance efforts, from automated reporting systems to AI-driven monitoring tools.
  • Balancing the drive for innovation with the necessity of compliance, discussing how new technologies can be leveraged responsibly.
  • Assessing the impact of stringent regulations on the introduction of new banking services and products, with a focus on finding a middle ground that promotes innovation while adhering to regulatory standards.

16:30 - 17:00

Quantum horizons: Envisioning the future of finance

The session will catapult into the future of the financial services industry, spotlighting the revolutionary potential of quantum computing. It will explore how cutting-edge technologies from quantum computing are poised to redefine financial systems, security, and data analysis.

  • The emerging role of quantum computing in enhancing cryptographic security and risk management, setting new benchmarks for data protection.
  • How FIs can harness quantum computing to solve complex financial models faster than ever before, revolutionizing decision-making processes.
  • Envisioning future compliance landscapes shaped by rapid computational advances.
  • Case studies from top financial innovation labs where quantum technologies are already being tested, highlighting collaborative efforts that push technological frontiers.

End of Conference

Tour Hosts

Marla Sofer
Marla Sofer
Founder & CEO, knomee

Who should attend?

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CEOs, business heads and senior executives of retail banking, SME finance, wealth management, credit cards and consumer credit who need to keep abreast of the latest industry trends & strategies

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Senior executives of operations, technology, systems and methods who need to gain insights into the business side of retail banking, insurance, asset management firms and private equity

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Senior executives of risk management, controls and business development

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Regional managers, branch managers, and heads of marketing and distribution who need to expand their skill sets in a changing world

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