The “Future of Money” event series is coming back this year with a new topic – Neobanking! A buzzword in the FinTech community, it’s taking spotlight in the news and media on the global level.
In the last few years, we’ve seen a massive shift in the finance industry as digital payments are emerging at large scale. Customers are moving away from physical banks and physical cash towards online banking and wallets. A neobank is a kind of digital bank that offers digital or mobile-only financial services. Rather than locating physically at a specific location, neobanking is entirely online. Neobank can provide the fluidity and the easy accessibility that traditional banks cannot.
The “Future of Money” FinTech series by Swissnex in China is dedicated to bringing together the top academics and opinion leaders from both Switzerland and China, two leading countries in FinTech industry and offers intellectual and professional exchange in the form of panel discussion. As both countries are global key players in FinTech, these events provide an ideal opportunity to share savoir-faire in this field and learn about new cutting-edge technologies.
*China Time (UTC+8)
16:00 – 16:05 Opening
(Dr. Felix Moesner – CEO Swissnex in China, Science Consulate of Switzerland in China)
16:05 – 16:20 Neobanking Introduction
(Tyler Aveni – Head of International Fintech Partnerships, WeBank)
16:20 – 16:45 Panel discussion
Jonas Thürig – Head of F10 Singapore
Prof. Michael Sung – Co-Director, Fudan Fanhai Fintech Research Center, FISF, Fudan University
Prof. Dr. Peter Schwendner – Professor, ZHAW School of Management and Law
Marius Virmond – Director of Financial Services, Deloitte Switzerland)
16:45 – 17:00 Q&A Session and closing remarks
Tyler AveniHead of International Fintech Partnerships, WeBank
Tyler is Head of International Partnerships at WeBank, Tencent’s affiliate digital bank and China’s first privately-owned bank, where he oversees strategic cross-border fintech partnerships to assist banks and non-banks develop new financial business opportunities. Prior to joining WeBank, he was country director for SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator in Kuala Lumpur & Hong Kong, the lead China analyst for CGAP (World Bank Group) and an office manager for Planet Finance in Beijing. Tyler is fluent in Mandarin and holds degrees from Williams College.
Jonas ThürigHead of F10, FinTech Incubator & Accelerator (Singapore)
Since March 2020, Jonas Thürig is the Head of F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator in Singapore. Before joining F10, he worked at the Embassy of Switzerland in China in the role of the Deputy Head of the Science, Technology and Education Section for two years. He started his career in Business IT and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Management and Economics and with a Master of Science in Business Administration both from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland with semesters in China and Colombia. He worked as a web developer, co-founded a startup in the lighting and lighting control industry for five years and just before his position at the Embassy, worked as a project management officer at SIX in Zürich in a cyber-security transformation project.
Prof. Dr. Peter SchwendnerProfessor, ZHAW School of Management and Law
Peter Schwendner is a Professor and Head of Center for Asset Management at ZHAW School of Management and Law, Zurich, Switzerland. His interests are financial markets, asset management, and network analytics. Peter received a Ph.D. in Physics in 1998 for his research at Max Planck Institute in Goettingen. He has 15 years’ work experience in the financial industry as a head of quantitative research at Sal. Oppenheim and as a partner at Fortinbras Asset Management. His specific product expertise are liquid systematic multi-asset strategies, bonds and derivatives. Peter is an associate editor at Digital Finance and Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence in Finance. He serves as a reviewer for research journals, EU projects and SNF projects.
Prof. Michael SungCo-Director, Fudan Fanhai Fintech Research Center, FISF, Fudan University
Prof. Michael Sung is a technology venture builder and investor, having founded various companies over the years in diverse high-tech industries ranging from fintech, AI, blockchain, semiconductor, and new materials industries. He is founder and Chairman of CarbonBlue Innovations, a cross-border tech-transfer platform that is focused on rapidly commercializing and scaling internationally-sourced blockchain, fintech, and digital finance innovation to developing countries. Prof. Michael Sung is the founding co-director of the Fintech Research Center at the Fanhai International School of Finance at Fudan University. His applied research includes fintech policy, cryptoeconomics, asset-backed securitization, as well as finance and business model innovation associated with cryptotoken economies.
Marius VirmondDirector of Financial Services, Deloitte Switzerland
Marius leads Digital and Retail Banking Strategy for Deloitte Switzerland and across Europe. He has over 15 years of experience in banking industry consulting. He supported many leading international banking institutions in the development of overall strategies, digital transformation programs and a broad range of customer and front-end related topics.