The Agenda

Future of Finance China 2024 | Agenda

Friday, 21 June 2024 | Beijing, China
08:30 – 09:00


09:00 – 10:30

Welcome Address

Keynote speech
  • Steven Barnett, Senior Resident Representative, China, International Monetary Fund
  • Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa, Global Expert on AI and Machine Learning; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, California Institute of Technology
Leadership dialogue: Outlook on China’s economy and financial services industry in a turbulent world

China's economic resurgence faces global headwinds during the transition to a new growth model. This leadership dialogue promises a dynamic exchange of ideas among distinguished economists and leading industry players. The conversation will centre on how China’s financial sector can support economic recovery while maintaining financial stability.

  • How to ensure both global economy and financial stability in this turbulent environment?
  • China's Economy: Short-term and medium-term outlook
  • High-quality development and high level of opening up of China’s financial service industry
  • Technology and innovation reshape a new chapter
Speakers/panellists include:
  • Steven Barnett

    Senior Resident Representative in China, International Monetary Fund

  • Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa

    Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, California Institute of Technology

  • Jin Keyu

    Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Session chaired by:
  • Emmanuel Daniel

    Chairman, The Asian Banker

10:30 – 11:00

Fireside Chat: The Personalisation of Finance

Join us for an insightful fireside chat between Emmanuel Daniel, founder and chairman of The Asian Banker, and Zhang Jun, dean of the School of Economics at Fudan University. They will explore transformative ideas from Daniel's book "Great Transition: The Personalisation of Finance is Here," focusing on the shift from traditional finance models to a more personalized approach. This session will cover the evolving roles of APIs, blockchain technology, and the emerging impact of the metaverse on financial services, highlighting how individuals are gaining greater control over their transactions.

Speakers/panellists include:
  • Emmanuel Daniel

    Founder and Chairman, TAB Global; Author, “The Great Transition”

  • Zhang Jun

    Dean, School of Economics, Fudan University

11:00 – 11:20

Tea/Coffee break

11:20 – 12:00

Digital disruption and risk: Building resilience in banking

In the face of an uncertain global economy, the surge in technology, rising customer expectations, and increased regulatory risk control efforts, the operational dynamics of banks are being reshaped. The digital transformation opens new avenues for innovation and efficiency, but also brings new challenges. These evolving conditions necessitate a refined approach to risk frameworks, balancing the integration of technological advancements with robust risk mitigation strategies. Join us as we explore how banks can navigate these complexities, leveraging technology to enhance performance while maintaining strong risk management practices.

  • Building robust risk frameworks in the digital age
  • Aligning emerging regulatory requirements with advanced risk management capabilities (Basel V, AML, data management)
  • Forecasting and planning for risk in a dynamic banking environment
  • Large-scale data-driven financial risk management & analysis using machine learning strategies
Speakers/panellists include:
  • Karen Huang

    General Manager, Risk Department, Fubon Bank (China)

  • Hakan Eroglu

    Advisor, Innovation Hub, Bank for International Settlements (BIS) (invited)

Session chaired by:
  • Foo Boon Ping

    President and Managing Editor,
    The Asian Banker

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 13:45

Enabling and accelerating digital finance

The financial service industry has undergone a significant transformation over the last ten years, with technology becoming the key driver of growth, taking place of scale. This session will explore the next stage digital evolution and how technological breakthroughs are used in practical applications.

  • Offering unique and differentiated financial services
  • New business trends in digital consumer finance
  • Attract and market to Gen Z customers
Session co-chaired by:
  • Hu Jie

    Professor of Practice, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • Qi Ruoxin

    Researcher, The Asian Banker

13:45 – 14:30

Unlocking the power of data: Maximising value

In the age of digital transformation, data has become the lifeblood of the financial industry, fueling core functions across the entire system. From marketing and risk control to credit assessment, daily operations, and customer service, data-driven insights are essential. However, as data volumes surge, financial institutions must improve data pipeline performance, foster data trust, and leverage data-driven decision-making. This session will explore strategies to provide customers with integrated, personalised financial services within a safe and controlled environment.

  • Big data analytics harnessed to personalise user experiences
  • Data sharing in credit assessment
  • Data security: A foundation of trust
Speakers/panellists include:
  • Steve Monaghan

    Executive Chairman, Human AI; founding Chief Innovation Officer, DBS Bank

  • Erwin Lu

    Chief Technology Officer, Lexin

  • Sun Jiangwei

    Chief Data Officer, The Big Data Group, Ping An Bank (invited)

Session Chaired by:
  • Hugh Zeng

    Research Manager, The Asian Banker

14:30 – 15:15

Unlocking financing opportunities for SMEs through financial technology innovations

Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain are closing information gaps for financial institutions (FIs). This session explores how FIs and technology companies can create a more inclusive financial ecosystem for SMEs by helping them gain creditworthiness.

  • Providing comprehensive financial services based on industrial chain
  • Finding innovative solutions to unlock sources of capital
  • Technology-driven supply chain finance enhances financing efficiency
Speakers/panellists include:
  • Gokhan Koca

    Global Head, SMEs, BBVA

  • Huang Jianqin

    General Manager, Inclusive finance, Agricultural Bank of China (invited)

  • Geng Li

    General Manager, SME Financing, China Postal Savings Bank (invited)

Session chaired by:
  • Hu Jie

    Professor of Practice, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

15:15 – 15:30

Tea/Coffee break

15:30 – 16:00

The Asian Banker China Awards Program Report

The Asian Banker Institute will present the main findings of the 2024 China Awards, give forecasts for industry trends, and highlight exemplary industry best practices.

  • Introduction to the Awards Program: Process, methodology and scorecard
  • Development status and overview of China's financial services industry
  • Findings and best practices
Presentation by
  • Christian Kapfer

    Director of Research, TABInsights

16:00 – 16:30

New developments in RMB internationalisation

This session will examine the internationalisation of the renminbi (RMB), a topic garnering widespread attention. It will cover the factors impacting this process, such as geopolitical dynamics, trade strategies like the Belt and Road Initiative and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, reforms in China's financial markets, and the expanding applications of the digital yuan (e-CNY). Discussions will focus on the present status of RMB internationalisation, its main obstacles, and the opportunities that could emerge despite the prevailing global uncertainty.

  • Progress in the internationalisation of RMB
  • Further open up the financial sector, and advance RMB internationalisation
  • Innovation in cross-border RMB investment and financing
Speakers/panellists include:
  • Leslie Maasdorp

    Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, New Development Bank (invited)

  • Li Liuyang

    MD, CICC Global Institute (invited)

Session chaired by:
  • John Gong

    Vice President, Research and Strategy, University of International Business and Economics - Israel

16:30 – 17:00

Shaping tomorrow: The future of AI

The emergence of generative AI and large AI models marks a significant shift. AI has transformed from a research topic to an accessible technology poised to drive a new industrial revolution. The closing session dives into how AI is reshaping fundamental processes across industries and the world at large, promising game-changing results.

  • Generative AI and large AI models: powering transformation
  • The looming singularity?
  • The next frontier in AI technology
  • Maintaining control in an AI-powered world
Speakers/panellists include:
  • Chen Siming

    Head, Fudan Visualization Research Group

  • Chen Bo

    General Manager, Financial Risk Control, Tencent Security

Session chaired by:
  • Foo Boon Ping

    President and Managing Editor,
    The Asian Banker


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