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e-Learning Master Class on Blockchain in Financial Inclusion

Every now and then a truly revolutionary new technology emerges – and changes the world as we know it. These technologies always take us to places we have never imagined reaching. The engine allowed us to travel far distances and made the world a smaller place, the telephone was a paradigm shift for communication and of course, the internet revolutionized the spread of information, as no one ever thought possible. Now a new disruptive technology emerges – and it has just begun to unfold its potential.

Blockchain is one of the most discussed and dominant topics in news and science, even though there is still a great uncertainty to what this technology is all about – and what it's true potential can be. Blockchain technology is mostly associated with cryptocurrencies in public discussions, especially Bitcoin. But more importantly, blockchain showed, that has the potential to be a solution to various problems of digital infrastructure.

Blockchain also has impact on financial inclusion. There are still far more than 1 billion people on earth without any access to financial products. For them saving value or transferring money is impossible or at least highly expensive. By making remittances fast and cheaper and giving control over identities blockchain can help to reach financial inclusion and improve peoples lives significantly. And those are just two areas where blockchain enhances financial inclusion.

The purpose of this course is to provide you with comprehensive knowledge about the idea and capabilities of blockchain as key technology for the digital age and for financial inclusion.

Participants of the course will be able to distinguish where the implementation of a blockchain can become a useful application or business model. With various practical insights and examples from experts, you will not only learn about their best practices but also, how a blockchain project can be successfully implemented in your company and industry.

Be part of the change and learn how you and your company can profit from blockchain technology!

What Do We Offer?

  • An interactive e-learning course, including video lectures, readings, practical exercises, online tests and case studies.
  • Designed learning materials for a maximum learning effect for people with limited time
  • A discussion forum for course related issues as well as for exchange of opinions and experiences with your classmates and tutors.
  • Personalized support from your FSDF e-Campus Team.

Target Audience

Business portfolio management, strategy professionals, business developers, entrepreneurs, finance professionals

Workload

The course takes 6 weeks assuming 8-10 hours of self-study per week. It consists of 3 units which build upon each other. You will take the units in sequence and will need to pass an online test before accessing the next unit.

The last unit includes an assignment that has to be submitted on a fixed deadline

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Confirmation of Course Completion.

Dates

This programme is offered 4 times per year starting in:

  • January
  • April
  • July
  • October

Registration

Registrations now open! Next course intake will start on January 6th 2021.

Course contributes to UN SDGs

This course will enhance your knowledge in the following SDGs. The SWA offers professional and executive courses dedicated to the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Course Details

Course Objectives

The overall learning objective of this course is to familiarise you with international best practices related to Environmental & Social Sustainability Management (ESSM), and in particular to introduce you to ten Environmental and Social Standards of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The EIB encourages and assists its partners to include E&S sustainability issues into their own risk management frameworks. The main learning objectives of the four units that make up this course are as follows:

  • Unit 1 is an introduction to the course topic. Participants will learn why financial institutions increasingly care about social and environmental issues, and how financial institutions can manage environmental and social risks.
  • Unit 2 familiarises course participants with the ten Environmental & Social Standards of the European Investment Bank (EIB).
  • In Unit 3 course participants will learn how a financial institution can set up and run an Environmental & Social Management System.
  • Unit 4 provides two case studies that will allow course participants to apply their newly acquired knowledge on ESSM.

Suggestions & Recommendations

This course is designed to be flexible and fit into your own schedule and needs. However we will provide you with recommendations for you to take as much as possible from this course.

Your schedule: We will provide you a course schedule including voluntary and mandatory deadlines. The course schedule serves as a guideline for your personal learning schedule and will help you complete the programme within the given time frame.

Exercises: Even though the exercises in the script are not mandatory we strongly advise that you use them as an opportunity to check your knowledge and to prepare for the final exam.

Networking Opportunities: Use the forum to introduce yourself to your peer participants and to start interest discussions.

Unit 1: Mastering Blockchain for your business

The first unit will inform you about the technological aspects of blockchain and give you a short introduction to financial inclusion

  • The Distributed Ledger Technology
  • Blockchain Basics
  • Blockchain and Security
  • Smart Contracts
  • Blockchain and Regulation
  • Evaluation of DLT Technologies

Unit 2: Crypto Assets and Tokenisation

This unit will focus crypto assets and investments. You will learn about different types of crypto assets and how you can invest in them and store them safely. The issuance of tokens has become an alternative funding channel which will also be introduced in this unit along with basics on crypto and regulation.

  • The crypto currency ecosystem
  • Crypto currency mining
  • Market places and wallets
  • Investment in crypto assets
  • Valuation framework
  • Digital IPO’s: Initial Coin Offerings
  • Regulation of Crypto Currencies
  • Outlook of Crypto Currencies

Unit 3: Use of Blockchain in Different Industries

The last unit will deepdive into the different application areas of blockchain technology in many industries. The unit will also give an overview what those application areas are for financial inclusion and give you insights how to set up your successful blockchain project.

  • Disruptive nature of the blockchain & market transformation
  • The blockchain applied in business: Framework for use cases
  • Application domains and business models of the blockchain
  • Blockchain in developing countries
  • And when do you start with blockchain
  • Blockchain technology outlook

Course Lecturer

Christian Hecker

Emerging markets are the growth engines of our today´s global markets. 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. After returning to Germany he took over responsibilities for emerging markets of Africa, Middle East and Latin America.

Plus Moins

He gained extensive market knowledge helping expanding SME´s to grow their business across borders. After 3 years of multinational banking in Germany Christian Hecker was sent again into Asia to coordinate a post merger cooperation with one of the largest banks in India.

In 2009 Christian Hecker got awarded as the keynote speaker of the Monetary Conference of Zhejiang University in China. Since then Christian contributed on conferences and with own executive trainings on Innovation in Banking and Finance, Digital Finance and SME Finance in various countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. 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.