From London to Singapore, the Story of Romain Wolff and His Fintech Journey


Money20/20 Asia might be over but the rich variety of stories born at the event will live long in the memory. We're particularly pleased to bring you the story of CFTE Alumni Romain Wolf and how he ended up reporting for us from Money20/20 Asia on his Fintech Journey The Early days Working in investment banking (Capital Markets), Romain came across several technology initiatives that peaked his interest in Fintech. He could see first-hand how workflows, controls and core job duties were being transformed by technology. Then, with the establishment of a newly created innovation team at his last employer, it gave him a fresh impetus to learn about innovation in finance. His first step was to start following Huy’s blog, Disruptive Finance, which gave him a good initial understanding of the transformation happening in finance. Eager to progress his education he successfully reached out to Huy to expand his learning. This…

CFTE’s Round-up of Money20/20 Asia


This year Money20/20 Asia was a big success by a number of measures. The 8th edition of the event was the first to take place in Asia and the anticipation leading up to it did not fail to disappoint. If you weren’t able to make it and only wish you had, then we’ve compiled a review to give you the most important takeaways. In this article we’ll cover: Huy and Tram Anh present at Money20/20 Banking is no longer the domain of traditional financial institutions AI beckons new opportunities in finance The India Stack: the greatest technological revolution in recent times? Huy and Tram Anh present at Money20/20 Huy and ‘Building a Bank from Scratch’ [caption id="attachment_1175" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Huy standing on stage in the Sun Room at Money20/20 Asia before talk[/caption]   Huy’s presentation centred on a compelling narrative that showed how banking is evolving. Huy pinpointed three factors…

CFTE at Singapore Fintech Festival


CFTE’s Fintech tour of Asia came to a grand conclusion at Singapore Fintech Festival, the biggest Fintech event in the world attracting crowds of over 25,000 people from 100 countries. And what a conclusion it was. A huge bravo to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) for organising a spectacular event that drew world-class speakers and members from the global finance community and beyond. From Startups to Fintechs, Regulators, Financial Institutions, Venture Capital Firms, Insurance companies and Universities, they all came together to explore new ways to support global economic growth through Fintech innovation. With so many talking points, we highlight our top 5: #1 Collaboration and knowledge sharing is at the forefront of the fast-growing global Fintech ecosystem, and this was evident at Singapore Fintech Festival. The announcement of the formation of the ASEAN Fintech Network, a platform to connect Fintech hubs across the ASEAN region echoed CFTE’s mission to…

CFTE opens registration for second session of Around Fintech in 8 Hours at Singapore Fintech Festival


Following the success of the first session of Around Fintech in 8 Hours, an online Fintech Foundation course, CFTE is pleased to announce that registrations for the second session, which is released on 11th December, have opened. And to celebrate Singapore Fintech Festival, there is a special £50 discount off the course (discount code: ‘SFFCFTE’) valid until Sunday 19th November 11.59pm. The announcement was made at CFTE’s inaugural event in Singapore, The Future of Finance, the central focus of which was helping professionals understand how to build new skills in a world of digital finance.   [caption id="attachment_715" align="alignnone" width="800"] CFTE co-founder, Tram Anh Nguyen outlining CFTE's vision for education in finance[/caption] It was the stage for the graduation ceremony for participants from the first session to collect their certificates – some of them flying from Australia or Africa - and was held in partnership with LATTICE80, the world’s largest Fintech…

The Around Fintech Update #2


In our previous update, we put the spotlight on Doris, the first-ever person to be certified for Around Fintech in 8 Hours (more on that here). But as more and more people complete the course from across the world we’d like to share their feedback so you can hear what they had to say about CFTE’s first online Fintech course.   “The lecturers were amazing and of course the guest speakers were excellent as well. This is the first online course I have taken and it's so wonderful!” “Being an avid follower of Fintech, I was looking for a foundation course in Fintech from a long time….This foundation course could be excellent starter to anyone who wants to pursue an MBA in finance systems/Fintech/Fintech marketing.”  “The overall program was well structured, practically informative and constructively encouraging, specifically for an entrepreneur of a Fintech startup …I look forward to the next level progression…

The Around Fintech Update #1


"What an incredible course, absolutely love all the content and lectures!" -  Dr. Doris Wang, Taipei   The first cohort of CFTE’s first online Fintech course is well underway And since CFTE is all about ‘firsts’ we thought we’d share with you our first ever graduate from Around Fintech in 8 Hours: meet Dr Doris Wang, CPA (USA), CIA, CGAP, CRMA. We won’t list all her accolades as it would easily fill two pages, but to give you an idea, she is currently a Professor of Accountancy at the National Taipei University, holds a PhD in Accountancy and is Chairman of the Accounting Research and Development Council. The list goes on. So why would someone so experienced and at the top of her profession want to learn Fintech? Her underlying message was simple: if you want to stay at the top you have to evolve and adapt. This urgency was…

Asia: The Land of Fintech Opportunities


  This week CFTE began its Asian Fintech tour of the region’s biggest Fintech hubs including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. Why? The potential for Fintech in Asia is massive. From serving the under-banked, through increased access to financial services, to improving economic prosperity for millions, the potential for Fintech to have a positive impact in Asia is huge. The good news is that a number of key developments (other than the growth of China!) are creating strong tail winds to enable the Fintech sector to grow and allowing entrepreneurs, startups, and financial institutions to bring more innovative financial solutions to market. So before we dive into what we’ve been up to this week and our plans for the coming weeks, it’s worth having a look at some of the developments contributing to the growth of Asia’s Fintech ecosystem…   The jigsaw starts to take shape The region has…

Newsletter – 19th June to 24th June


CFTE Newsletter If you've joined via the email newsletter, welcome back! If you're joining us after browsing our lovely blog then this segment is a continuation of our weekly newsletter. The newsletter provides weekly updates on what we've been up to and if you're interested in receiving these updates, then sign up at the bottom of the page. CFTE Fintech Round-up Why banks must embrace open banking or risk disintermediation Banks globally, are facing increasing competition from fintech start-ups offering more focused banking services with superior customer experience. This article from ZDnet captures the mood perfectly. In order to remain competitive banks must change their inward looking attitude and open up their banking infrastructure. A key aspect of this will be to make their API's available to third parties, which means sharing customer data and enabling new functionalities to be added to existing banking services. The hope is that by…

17th June – Curated Stories


Fintech Stories Sofi going for the big guns Millennials are changing finance. Although they have less money than their predecessors, Gen X, they are set to cause a seismic shift in banking. Their behavioural characteristics mean they are more open to adopting a new breed of banking services, which can only be good news for Fintech start-ups. Once such start-up is SoFi. It began focusing on refinancing student loans before branching out to other millennial orientated services. And now it’s taking on the big boys in the US banking sector by offering traditional banking services like checking accounts, debit cards, and credit cards. Read the full article here for all the specifics. (more…)

What we’re reading #1


We wanted to share some one of our team’s interesting reads of the week: Aliasgar: “In our personal or professional life we always make plans. We like to project our future ambitions and goals. But is setting your goals enough to reach them? This article intelligently highlights how to use purposeful systems to reach your goals. The upshot: Progressive purposeful learning beats an ad-hoc approach to meeting objectives. More and more true in our fast changing society. Read more