2nd Asia Finance Forum: FinTech and Sustainable Development

08 November 2017 to 10 November 2017

The conference, in collaboration between ADB and ADB Institute, aims to discuss the growing importance of digital finance and its cross-cutting impacts on sustainable development goals, including poverty reduction, inclusive economic growth, inequality mitigation. It will also discuss how digital finance can help address thematic issues such as hunger, health, education, gender, energy, infrastructure, and climate change.

ADB Organizer: 
Finance Sector Group
Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
08 Nov 2017 Welcome Address Welcome Remarks during the 2nd Asia Finance Forum
ADB's Vice-President for Knowledge Management & Sustainable Development Bambang Susantono opened the 2nd Asia FInance Forum by sharing...
Bambang Susantono
08 Nov 2017 Keynote Opening: Sustainable Development Goals and Digital Finance Digital Finance for SDG: the future that is happening Chen Long, Ant Financial Services Group
08 Nov 2017 Session 1: Making the Last Mile the First Opportunity with FinTech Moderator: Lotte Schou-Zibell (Asian Development Bank) | Panelists: Michael Wiegand (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Chen Long (Ant Financial Services Group), Jo Ann Barefoot (Barefoot Innovation Group), Ellison Pidik (Bank of Papua New Guinea
08 Nov 2017 Session 2: How is FinTech impacting urban development across Asia? Digital Payment in Public Utilities: The Indonesia Experience
Indonesia employs a digital payment scheme for public transport. It uses a single card for payments to the commuter train, buses, and road...
08 Nov 2017 Session 3a: Digital finance and the future of commerce Moderator: Steven Beck (Asian Development Bank) | Elene Grigolia (National Registry of Georgia), Cyn-Young Park (ADB), Claudio Lisco (ConsenSys), Jordane Rollin (Standard Chartered Bank)
08 Nov 2017 Session 3b: Financing agriculture value chains in the digital age Moderator: Akmal Siddiq (Asian Development Bank) | Panelists: Prasun Kumar Das (Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association), David Davies (AgUnity Pty. Ltd), Emma Weston (AgriDigital, Australia), Andreas Senjaya (iGrow Resources Indonesia Inc.
08 Nov 2017 Sesssion 3c: Innovations in digital technologies that are impacting access to insurance Asia Risk Transfer Solutions: Trends in Emerging Asia
The fast growth of the insurance industry in Asia demands new and innovative insurance approaches and processes. InsureTech, the application...
Alex Chen
08 Nov 2017 Session 3d: Spring boarding pilot projects using digital financial technologies into full-blown projects FINCA Bank Georgia
In July 2017, FINCA Bank conducted a pilot project that aimed to facilitate the use of tablet devices on the field for loan processing and...
Giorgi Samadashvili
08 Nov 2017 Digital Finance Marketplace
08 Nov 2017 Photos Speakers and Panelists
Photos from Day 1
08 Nov 2017 Photos Participants
Photos from Day 1
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
09 Nov 2017 Welcome Address Welcome Address at the 2nd Asia Finance Forum (Day 2)
Welcome address
Ingrid van Wees
09 Nov 2017 Keynote Opening Session Digital Finance: Balancing Regulation and Policies
AFI write-up on keynote session taken from AFI website. 
Alfred Hannig
09 Nov 2017 Session 4: Creating an enabling FinTech environment Moderator: SungAh Lee (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) | Panelists: Ellison Pidik (Bank of Papua New Guinea), Robin Newnham (Alliance for Financial Inclusion), Tobias Fischer (Capital Match Holdings Pte Ltd.)
09 Nov 2017 Session 5: ICT Infrastructure and FinTech MobiCom: "E money" Customer and Regulatory Understanding
This presentation shares brief information on e-money, customer-based infrastructure, and the convenience joint cards provides to users, ...
Enkhsaikhan Munkhjargalan
09 Nov 2017 Session 5: ICT Infrastructure and FinTech Telecom Infrastructure and DFS Initiatives in Pakistan
Pakistan has a vibrant telecoms sector, with over 140 million cellular phone subscribers and over 48 million broadband subscribers. ...
Muhammad Arif Sargana
09 Nov 2017 Session 6: Accelerating financial inclusion: The role of digital identification Moderator: Arup Chatterjee (Asian Development Bank) | Panelists: Carol Benson (Glenbrook), Anir Chowdhury (Prime Minister's Office, Bangladesh), Chuchi Fonacier (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas); Hamida Shakeela (Maldives Monetary Authority)
09 Nov 2017 Session 7a: Challenges of cyber security for FinTech operations Moderator: Anil Kumar Gupta (Microsave) | Panelists: Nigel Phair (Centre for Internet Safety), Md. Arfe Elahi (Access to Information Program), Joan Barefoot (Barefoot Innovation Group), Charmaine R.A. Valmonte (Union Bank of the Philippines)
09 Nov 2017 Session 7b: Test-and-learn approaches, regulatory sandboxes and RegTech - the story so far Moderator: John Owens | Panelists: Tanya Hotchkiss (Cantilan Bank, Inc), Douglas Arner (University of Hong Kong), Antonio Separovic (Oradian), Melchor Plabasan (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas)
09 Nov 2017 Session 7c: Data privacy, financial education, and consumer protection Moderator: Karen Miller (Women's World Banking) | Hema Bansal (Smart Campaign), Brajesh Panth (Asian Development Bank), Ivo Jenik (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor)
09 Nov 2017 Photos Speakers and Panelists
Photos from Day 2
09 Nov 2017 Photos Participants
Photos from Day 2
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
10 Nov 2017 Welcome Address Gil-Hong Kim (Asian Development Bank)
10 Nov 2017 Keynote Opening Session Opportunities for FinTech in Asia
This presentation stresses the need for more inclusive digital payment systems and digital financial systems, especially since&...
Michael Wiegand
10 Nov 2017 Session 8: Laying the foundation for digital finance and development priorities Moderator: Gil-Hong Kim (Asian Development Bank) | Panelists: Lotte Schou-Zibell (ADB), Kalin Radev (Software Group), Peter Lovelock (Technology Research Project Corporate)
10 Nov 2017 Session 9: The way forward
10 Nov 2017 Closing Remarks Arsene Jacoby, Alternate Governor for Luxembourg in the Asian Development Bank
10 Nov 2017 Photos Photos from Day 3
Speakers and panelists