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An Forum

The Power of FinTech: Creating a More Sustainable and Inclusive World for All

Tuesday 11th October 2022 

East Wintergarden 43 Bank St, London E14 5NX

Innovate Finance member companies will be allocated places on a one-ticket-per-firm basis. If you wish to request further places at the event, please contact us .

An Introduction

Financial services form an integral part of our lives, yet there are still barriers and challenges for many when it comes to accessing simple financial products and services.

Over the years, FinTech entrepreneurs, founders, innovators, and change-makers have proven that by harnessing the powers of technology, innovation in financial services can act as an enabler to create a more inclusive and diverse global society and workforce.

And it doesn’t stop there. Not only has the FinTech sector been a key driver and champion of diversity and inclusion,  but it also understands the power that the industry has when it comes to the wider ESG agenda.

While the overall impact of financial services on the environment can be both wide-reaching and hard to accurately measure, the FinTech and financial services sector has the opportunity to take a position of global leadership, and to create plans, processes, and policies that will shape the future to come. If we don’t take action now, the cost of inaction will be far greater.

Furthermore, the cost of living crisis has drawn into focus the need for our financial systems to better equip the increasing numbers of the vulnerable. With more households running deficit budgets, we can be certain of a huge increase in late payments, mounting arrears and bad debts that will drastically change the personal finances of millions for years to come. How financial services responds to this will be key to how our society develops into the future.

We are embarking on the second edition of ‘FinTech as a Force For Good: an Innovate Finance Forum’ this year, showcasing the power the sector has in creating real change, right now.

Join us as we welcome FinTech founders, financial services institutions, policy-makers and regulators, NPOs and NGOs, professional services firms, investors, and international hubs for a one-day impact summit.

Senior leaders from across the industry will discuss and debate key problem areas facing society and develop an action plan with tangible outputs that showcase how the sector can help create and support a  fairer, greener, and more sustainable world for all.

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Key Themes

  • The State of ESG: A Global Outlook
  • The emissions reduction scope and the role of FinTech
  • How Spatial Data and Finance are combining to help manage nature-related financial risks and opportunities
  • Financial Inclusion and Wellbeing: A Financial Services System That Caters to All
  • Cost of living crisis – what does it mean for FinTechs
  • What does good governance look like for FinTechs?
  • Back to Basics: Creating the right culture to build a responsible businesses

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Morning Agenda

How can FinTech act as an enabler to help solve some of the key issues currently facing society? How can innovation in financial services support the world effort on climate change? What is the role of FinTech entrepreneurs, innovators, policy-makers and investors when it comes to ensuring that the future of financial services remains inclusive and sustainable?

08:30 Registration opens

9:30 Opening by Host

9:35 Welcome Address

Janine Hirt, CEO, Innovate Finance

9:40 Keynote

10:05 The State of ESG: A Global Outlook | Panel Discussion

ESG is an increasingly important discussion point and something all organisations of all sizes have embraced as part of their purpose. We explore the current state of play and where we as an industry needs to be going.

Discussion points:

  • Has greenwashing changed how companies can improve their credentials?
  • How do ESG attitudes differ across the globe?

10:45 Fireside Chat with Julia Hoggett, CEO of London Stock Exchange 

11:05 Morning Break

11:25 The emissions reduction scope and the role of FinTech | Panel Discussion

The emissions reduction scope broadly categorises the type of direct and indirect emissions that an organisation makes. This session will explore what that means specifically for finance firms, and what changes can organisations make to tackle each scope.
Discussion points:

  • What is the emissions scope? 
  • How firms can accurately measure their emissions – especially further down the scope
  • What role can innovation play in reducing emissions?

12:05 Keynote by Chris Skinner

12:30 How Spatial Data and Finance are combining to help manage nature-related financial risks and opportunities | Panel Discussion

The economy and the finance sector continues to have an impact upon nature. Financial decisions need to take these risks and opportunities into account when planning economic activity. To date such assessments have been difficult.

However, advances in geo-spatial and earth observation data combined with AI and machine learning, new opportunities are rapidly developing to manage risk, assess opportunity and gauge impact. This new and emerging field is called Spatial Finance.

Discussion points:

  • How has the evolution and role of data and analytics in addressing nature related risks changed?
  • The importance of location and knowing your ecosystem
  • Developments in spatial data and monitoring technologies
  • Advances in company and financial asset mapping to location 
  • Advances in machine learning and techniques such as digital twins, eDNA, LiDAR
  • The importance of process and data standards and the role of the TNFD

13:15 Lunch Break

Afternoon Agenda

How can FinTech act as an enabler to help solve some of the key issues currently facing society? How can innovation in financial services support the world effort on climate change? What is the role of FinTech entrepreneurs, innovators, policy-makers and investors when it comes to ensuring that the future of financial services remains inclusive and sustainable?

14:00 Keynote by Tulip Siddiq MP, Shadow City Minister, Labour Party

14:25 Financial Inclusion and Wellbeing: A Financial Services System That Caters to All | Panel discussion

The current cost of living crisis has drawn into focus the need for our financial systems to better equip the increasing numbers of the vulnerable. With more households running deficit budgets, we can be certain of a huge increase in late payments, mounting arrears and bad debts that will drastically change the personal finances of millions for years to come. How financial services responds to this will be key to how our society develops into the future.

Discussion points:

  • Should financial services be society’s safety net?
  • What universal steps can financial services take to safeguard vulnerable customers?
  • How can financial services equip their customers so they are better prepared for future crises?

14:15 Fireside Chat with Rachel Reeves, Minister, Labour Party

15:30The Cost of living Crisis – What does it mean for FinTechs | Panel Discussion

The current cost of living crisis is having sweeping effects on the day-to-day lives of consumers and small business across the board. What does this mean for FinTech firms specifically?

Discussion points:

  • How will drastically altered consumer finances impact firms?
  • How will SMEs react to potential cashflow issues?
  • How can FinTech look after its employees to help them through the crisis?

16:10 Fireside Chat

16:30 Afternoon Break

16:50 Back to Basics: Creating the right culture to build a responsible business | Fireside Chat

It is often said that cultivating the right culture at a company is of utmost importance to an organisations success. How can this be done, and done in such a way that it compliments running a sustainable business internally and externally?

17:15 What does good governance look like for FinTechs? | Panel Discussion

The current focus is on E & S and less on ‘G’ – this session will explore what good governance should look like, and how it can inform and improve the other two parts of ESG.

Discussion points:

  • What do FinTechs need to consider with regard to governance?
  • Where does a companies responsibility lie?
  • What are the potential pitfalls of cultivating a sustainable business?

17:45 Closing Remarks

17:45 Networking Drinks

Speakers

Ben Knight

Head of Environmental Sustainability, GoCardless

Chris Pond

Chair, Financial Inclusion Commision

Chris Skinner | CEO
Chris Skinner

CEO, The Finanser

Christophe Christiaen

Deputy Head - Spatial Finance Initiative, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme – University of Oxford

David Craig

Co-Chair, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD); Senior Advisor, LSEG

Faith Reynolds | Independent Consumer Finance Expert
Faith Reynolds

Independent Consumer Finance Expert

Janine Hirt | COO
Janine Hirt

CEO, Innovate Finance

Julia Hoggett

CEO, London Stock Exchange plc

Lisa Jacobs

Europe Managing Director, Funding Circle

Lord (Chris) Holmes of Richmond MBE |
Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond MBE

Matt Bullivant

Director of ESG Strategy, OakNorth

Michelle You

CEO & Co-founder, Supercritical

Prof. Jacquie McGlade

Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Downforce Technologies

Rod Lockhart | CEO
Rod Lockhart

CEO, Lendinvest

Sameer Gulati

Director, ENGINE MHP

Shân Millie

Founder, Bright Blue Hare

Shanika Amarasekara MBE

Chief Impact Officer, British Business Bank

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