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Overview

Digital finance offers a transformational solution for financial inclusion. Powered by the mobile phone, new data and technological innovations, it has become affordable and convenient for unbanked customers to access and use formal banking services. While new technological developments and financial players bring tremendous opportunities, the emerging landscape is also becoming more complex and is putting increasing pressure on traditional providers to go digital.

During our Summer Academy on Digital Finance you will learn about the emerging digital landscape as well as the new market participants and products that have disrupted the market. By taking the sessions, you will be enabled to successfully deploy digital technologies in your institution and leverage digital financial services (DFS) in your target markets.

Target Group

Microfinance practitioners, MFI managers, Consultants, Donors, MNO’s, Retail and SME banks, Fintechs, Regulators and supervisors

Course Details

On successful completion of this course, participants will have a thorough understanding of principal concepts and theories in Digital finance, i.e. they will be able to:

  • understand the underlying technologies behind Digital Finance
  • understand the current trends in Digital Finance from all over the globe
  • differentiate between the different products available in digital finance
  • understand the regulatory landscape for digital finance services

  • The Digital Finance Ecosystem
  • New Technologies in Digital Finance: Blockchain and Biometrics
  • New Technologies in Digital Finance: Artificial intelligence, Cloud Computing and Open Banking
  • Regulation and Supervision in Digital Finance
  • Digital Lending
  • Digital payments and savings
  • Digital way of working

Administrative Details

The tuition fee for the trainings is EUR 3,750 and it covers all training materials and full-board accommodation in single rooms for the duration of training including meals as well as transportation for site visits.

The Summer Academies are fully tuition based and not sponsored. Accordingly, participants have to cover the full costs of the training or find a sponsor. There are few scholarships available. (Please see Scholarship tab for details and register for our newsletter for more information).

The participant group will be selected based on complementary experiences and backgrounds.

Discounts

Please note that we can offer the following discounts:

  • 20% for each institution sending more than one participant to a Summer Academy
  • 10% discount for alumni

Location

The Summer Academy will be held at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Being one of the leading business schools in Germany and Europe, Frankfurt School offers modern facilities for an interactive senior training program. Our training rooms are equipped with the newest technology and the newest media to provide flexibility and quality in our training courses. We have a strong focus on the wellbeing of our guests and course participants, a good training environment, air quality and modern equipment.

Language

The language of instruction will be English and no translation will be provided.

Course Lecturer

Dr. Christian Hecker

studied in Germany and at Zhejiang University in China. He was based in Singapore and China where he worked on strategic projects and opened a branch for German leading SME bank in China. In 2009 Christian Hecker got awarded as the keynote speaker of the Monetary Conference of Zhejiang University in China. Christian has strong practical and theoretical knowledge on disruptive technologies like Blockchain, Crypto Currencies, API and Open Banking, Biometrics, AI incl. Data analytics and cloud computing.

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