The longest running banking and technology conference BankTech Asia is back!
The BankTech Asia Conference in Sri Lanka is a two-day event focusing on exploring the innovative technologies while riding on the sustainable solutions that can help banks move forward after the pandemic and political crisis.
The conference intends to chart the next wave of banking revolution to provide the learning and development opportunity for banks to rise up to their customers’ expectations and thrivingly rise to meet today’s technological revolution in the banking sector.
Overall, the Bank Tech Asia Sri Lanka is a must-attend for banking professionals and practitioners interested in the future of banking and technology.
Learn from industry experts on how to embrace digital innovations and leverage them to improve customer experience and drive business growth.Understand the challenges and opportunities in cross-border banking and explore ways to expand your business internationally.
Hear success stories and best practices from leading banks and financial institutions that have undergone digital transformation.Network with industry peers, thought leaders, and decision-makers to exchange ideas and build new business partnerships.
Discover the latest developments in areas such as neo banking, open banking, API economy, data analytics, and AI, and learn how they can help transform your business.
Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia
Joachim Bergström is since August 2021 Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia.
From September 2019 to August 2021, Bergström was Sweden’s Ambassador to the DPRK. Previously, he was Ambassador to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Ambassador for intercultural and interreligious dialogue from 2017 to 2019.
He holds a PhD in history from the University of Tokyo with a dissertation on transnational public memory of war crimes during World War II. Bergström is a clinical psychologist and former journalist working for media organizations in Sweden, Japan, and the United States.
After joining the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, he has been posted to Tokyo, Riyadh and Washington, DC.
Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Islamic Bank Berhad, Malaysia
Rizal lL-Ehzan Fadil Azim is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Alliance Islamic Bank Berhad (AIS). He was appointed to his current role on the 1st of August 2017. Prior to his current role, he was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Performance of AIS.
Rizal’s 30-year career has spanned roles in business advisory, insurance and both conventional and Islamic banking. Prior to AIS, he served at Hong Leong Islamic Bank, EONCAP Islamic Bank, The Boston Consulting Group and Bank Negara Malaysia.
As CEO of AIS, he oversees the bank’s mission to be the preferred ESG bank for business owners and communities. This entailed the rollout of AIS’ flagship Halal in One programme which assists SMEs to succeed in the halal market through end–to-end halal business support. AIS also embarked on digitalizing the mobilization of social funds through SocioBiz, AIS’ own social crowdfunding platform that helps to economically empower the underprivileged through business. SocioBiz has also been instrumental in assisting various social enterprises attain funding for their business since 2019. He is also spearheading the introduction of zakat microfinancing to diversify the sources of funding for the pre-bankable small business segment.
In addition to the above, Rizal is a key sustainability advocate for Alliance Bank Group and drives the Group’s sustainability strategy framework and flagship initiatives.
Rizal holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in accounting and financial analysis from the University of Warwick, UK.
Director of Programs, UN Global Compact Network, Malaysia & Brunei
Ms. Shanta Helena Dwarkasing is Director of Programs at UNGCMYB. She is also Director at Shaping Asia Media Sdn Bhd and has managed custom business content for the Economist and TIME magazine, based out of Spain, Kenya and Indonesia. She co-founded the platform ASEAN Business Leaders, which features interviews and other ASEAN business content. Shanta is an MBA graduate from Nottingham University (Malaysia) and obtained a BA degree in Communication & Media studies from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands).
Council Member, Climate Governance Malaysia (CGM) Malaysia
Dr. Gary Theseira recently retired from the government service in Climate Change and Sustainability Policymaking. He served at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) until his retirement and currently serves on the Council of Climate Governance Malaysia (CGM). He is also an adjunct faculty member (HRDC certified) at the Asia School of Business (ASB) and a World Bank short-term consultant. He serves on the board of the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (CETDEM) as a non-executive director, is a Consultant Technical Advisor to the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC) and advises Private Sector and Civil Society Organisations. He was Deputy Undersecretary for Climate Change at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE), formulated national climate policy and negotiated on Malaysia’s behalf at fourteen UN Climate Conferences (COPs). In 2012, the Group of 77 and China selected him to lead the coordination of negotiations on the 2015 Paris Agreement, and in 2018, he was appointed by the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, YB Yeo Bee Yin, as Special Functions Officer on Environment and Climate Change.
Dr. Theseira holds a PhD. in Agronomy from Mississippi State University and conducted Post-Doctoral Research at the University of Minnesota.
Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young Consulting Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
14TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION
BankTech Asia 2023
Find out on how to make the most of the banking industry at this year’s BankTech Asia conference. With experts in banking professions, you can explore the latest opportunities in the future of banking and technology.
The speech will cover ways in which the banking industry can align its sustainable development goals, social responsibility, and financial inclusion at the heart of its business strategy. The speaker is expected to discuss emerging trends and technologies that can help financial institutions in their efforts to promote sustainability and inclusivity while driving growth and profitability. The speech may touch upon issues such as green finance, ethical banking, microfinance, and social impact investing. how banks can invest in environmentally responsible practices.
Explore with panellists on the potential impacts cutting-edge technologies have on the banking industry. The discussion will cover topics such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT), and how these technologies can drive innovation and transform banking operations. The panellists will also examine how emerging trends such as digital transformation, open banking, and customer centricity are shaping the future of banking.
While sustainable happens to be the buzzword for all banking trends, the question remains on how committed banks are? Panellists will explore the current state of sustainable practices in banking and discuss emerging trends and technologies that can help financial institutions in their efforts to promote sustainability and inclusivity while driving growth and portability.
AI and machine learning can be leveraged by cybersecurity professionals to strengthen cybersecurity measures and reduce the attack surface by proactively
identifying and mitigating potential vulnerabilities. However, cybercriminals can also exploit AI and machine learning algorithms for malicious purposes, underscoring the need for robust security measures to protect against emerging threats in the digital age.
The interactive session on AI and Automation will explore how emerging technologies, i.e. chatbots, voice assistants, and personalized recommendations are
transforming customer experience and engagements in the banking industry, making processes more efficient, and saving banks money in the long run. Speakers will also look at the potential issues, such as privacy and ethics and which practices are considered the best for the future of customer experience in banking.
Panel discussion will focus on the transformative potential of embedded finance in the financial services industry and how embedded finance can unlock new revenue streams and opportunities for financial institutions. It can be used as one of the main instruments to promote financial inclusion and improve access to financial services for underserved populations.
A new world of opportunities is emerging thanks to the metaverse. Risk will be present, but banks were developed to manage risk. Join the panellists as they
discuss the metaverse vs traditional branch and how banks can leverage it to reconnect with customers and form meaningful relationships throughout the customer journey.
The session will discuss the latest advancements and trends in digital banking. Experts in the field will share insights on how banks can stay competitive and offer customers a personalized banking experience by utilizing digital technology. Additionally, the session will cover both the challenges and opportunities associated with digital transformation in the banking industry.
This session will focus on how financial institutions can leverage BaaS to transform their business and utilise it as one of the ways to greater financial inclusion. Panellists will discuss the cases and success stories of BaaS implementation in Sri Lanka and beyond.
Experts from the banking and fintech industries will share their insights and experiences on Open Banking and API economy, and how it is transforming the way banking services are delivered. Learn the challenges and opportunities for banks to adopt Open Banking and API technology, the role of regulators in shaping the future of Open Banking, and the potential benefits for consumers.
Through the use of a distributed ledger system, blockchain technology enables parties to safely and immediately transfer value without the involvement of
middleman. Using this technology, cross-border payments may be made quickly and cheaply while simultaneously increasing security and transparency. Hear from the expert on the major challenges of adopting this technology; from getting everyone onboard to feel at ease as well the clarity needed in crypto market regulations.
This session will explore how data analytics and AI are shaping the future of banking decision making and offering insights on the challenges and opportunities presented by these technologies, the ethical considerations that come with the use of data and AI, as well as the impact on the workforce and the future of banking jobs.
Though user penetration is still low in Sri Lanka, neobanking is expected to grow exponentially by 2030, especially with a young demographic of Sri Lanka. The
discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by neobanks in Sri Lanka, the regulatory landscape, and the potential for innovation in this space. The panellists will share their experiences and insights on how neobanks are disrupting the traditional banking sector, the role of technology in driving innovation, and the impact of neobanking on customer experience.