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

13 October 2021, Hybrid: London & Virtual

A brand new forum by Innovate Finance, showcasing the power of FinTech to create real change, right now.

Join us as we welcome FinTech founders, financial institutions, policy-makers and regulators, NPOs, NGOs, professional services, 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.

Key Themes

  • The State of Sustainability: A Global Outlook
  • Collaboration for a Greener World: How FinTech Actors Are Taking The Lead
  • Third-Party Data and The Need For Transparency
  • Financial Services Innovation and Climate Change: A Perfect Union
  • Building Back Better: Are Investors Taking The Driving Seat?
  • Regulation for a Better World: International Best Practices in Focus
  • Financial Inclusion and Wellbeing: A Financial Services System That Caters to All 
  • Back to Basics: Supporting the Growth of Responsible Businesses

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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?

08:00 Registration opens

8:15 Breakfast Briefing 1

Audience members to discuss selected topics in an interactive manner around breakfast.

8:15 Breakfast Briefing 2

Audience members to discuss selected topics in an interactive manner around breakfast

9:30 Welcome Address

9:35 Opening Keynote

9:50 Panel Discussion

Sustainability in Search of a Common Framework

How FinTech Can Help
Things are moving forward and fast when it comes to sustainability. But in the absence of a common framework, defining once and for all what is green and what is not, actors are left to their own devices. Do best practices exist for ESG taxonomy? How are the various legal systems dealing with the ever-growing ESG landscape? And most importantly, can  FinTech play a role in supporting the harmonisation of standards?

10:30 Fireside Chat 

Collaboration for a Greener World: the Synergies of Tech and Financial Services

What happens when two heavy weights get together to build a better world? Both sectors have grown rapidly, why reinvent the book when we can leverage this for ESG.

11:15 Panel Discussion

Third-Party Data and The Need for Transparency: Designing the FinTech Vision

Reliable data to assess green credentials & environmental performance are hard to come by, but we need them in order to establish  recommendations and insights

Where should we look, what should we choose? How do we assess it?

11:15 Workshop 

11:55 Fireside Chat

Risk management and ESG: a Match Made in (Green) Heaven

Risk management frameworks are changing to reflect ESG concerns, so how can asset managers ensure theirs is fit for purpose?

12:20 Fireside Chat

Building Back Better: Are (Impact) Investors In the Driving Seat?

Previously the realm of activists, mainstream investors and governments are now openly pointing the finger at polluters, and voting with their feet. 

But is it really making a difference and how can FinTech support?

13:30 Panel discussion

Leveraging FinTech to further the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

FinTech has made financial services much more inclusive, but what role does it have to play in rebuilding our economy in a more sustainable way?

13:30 Roundtable

14:10 Keynote

14:30 Panel Discussion

The Incumbents’ Corner: Distribution and FinTech Partnerships in Focus

How do asset managers distribute ESG in their funds? What new distribution models exist? What are the emerging FinTechs in this space? How are Partnerships devised?

14:30 Office Hours / Breakout Session

15:45 Panel Discussion

Industry & Government Collaboration to Support More Sustainable FinTech Solutions, What’s Next? 

Waiting for a data framework to be adopted, what can key industry actors do to speed up the sustainability transition of financial services? From sandboxes to best practices, what is the art of the possible?

15:45 Workshop

16:30 Fireside Chat

AI and ML to the Rescue: How Data Processing Can Leapfrog Us All to a Better World

If Data transparency forms the backbone of a more sustainable financial world, data analytics become its brain. What is the art of the possible as far as FinTech is concerned? Where are we at and what can we plausibly expect in the next 5-10 years?

16:50 Fireside Chat

Supporting the Growth of Green Businesses: What FinTech Can Do

Being ESG responsible has different meanings. What is the financial services sector doing to help its customers transform?

17:10 Closing Comments

17:15 Networking Drinks

Online Stream

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?

8:15 Breakfast Briefing 

Audience members to discuss selected topics in an interactive manner around breakfast

9:35 Opening Keynote

9.50 – 10.50 Online Workshop

10.50 – 11.30 Panel Discussion 

B2B vs B2C: How are FinTech Players Gearing up to Change the World One Client at a Time?

Let’s explore the realm of possibilities in FinTech. What solutions can be thought of to: help businesses be net zero; provide tools and infrastructure for net zero financial services; enable consumers to take action; or embed Net Zero in capital markets.

11.40 – 12.20 Panel Discussion

How Can FinTech Create a Better Society? Inclusion and Wellness in Focus

FinTech has proven time and time again that it can open access to financial services, offering everyone with the tools to enhance their financial health. But many are still excluded and the wealth gap grows ever bigger. What’s next?

13.15 – 13.50  Panel Discussion

Tech for Sustainability: Are IoT and 5G Making the World a Greener Place?

With data, the less human involvement, the better. Two technologies now take centre stage to support the creation of a standard for green finance. By streamlining what can be counted and measured, this could make all the difference. However, are these technologies green enough to be scaled?

14.20 – 14.55 Oxford-Style Debate

Green Crypto Bonds are Saving the World

The global green bond market issued a record US$269.5 billion in 2020. In this context, crypto and blockchain have a role to play. Being a “dirty” tech by nature, they are  subject to criticism. And yet they  allow distribution in smaller units, better stakeholder management and real time returns tracking – all ensuring better transparency. Is this what  the future holds?

15.15 – 15.50 Panel discussion

Alternative Markets: How FinTech is Powering up Energy Trading and Market Places

While FinTechs are building new asset classes (think carbon allowances and P2P energy trading), Insurers and Pension Managers are working hard to have a positive impact.

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