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As we continue to grapple with the impact of Coronavirus on our lives and businesses, we need to get practical and take steps and build business resilience for the future.

Our focus is on crisis as well as the opportunities to collaborate across the marketplace.

What have we learned and what are the needs for the future?

Re-defining finance?

Using fintech to power digital transformation and inclusion

Fintech has the power to transform markets – far and wide. As an example, 59% of adults in Kazakhstan had an account at a formal financial institution and only 47% of adults made or received digital payments[1] by 2017 – highlighting both the urgency and potential for technology that can bridge financial inclusion and drive the digital economy.

Some 4 years later the listing of Kaspi – Kazakhstan’s first fintech unicorn on the London Stock Exchange tells a different story. But what should be the role of innovators, institutions and ecosystems in making sure the potential is achieved – and what does it look like in practice?

Looking at the experience of Central Asia – where government-led initiatives like the Astana International Finance Centre, and private sector innovation have enabled the creation of a growing fintech hub, this webinar looks at what it takes to drive fintech success, the strategies that it takes to inspire innovation and attract talent – and the economic advantages it can create.


[1] World Bank. Financial Inclusion Data. Global Findex. 2017


Simon has two decades of experience producing financial intelligence content, research and events for global financial publishers and boutique research companies across Europe and the Middle East. He was previously a director of banking events at VRL (now Global Data) before setting up Eurasia Insights, a communications business focussed on Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. In 2015 he joined MagnaCarta Communications to help financial technology firms define their proposition and story.

Simon Hardie

CEO & co-founder, findexable


Yevgen’s key responsibilities include identifying, supporting and developing high potential partnerships for Visa in a robustly growing fintech business environment, driving a cashless economy. Yevgen joined Visa in 2017 to manage and launch transit and smart city solutions in Ukraine and CIS. Now Yevgen focuses on supporting neobanks, mobile finance services of MNOs, digital products of traditional banks, innovative disruptive fintech companies and the development of the fintech ecosystem in 17 markets.

Yevgen Lisnyak

Senior Director, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Fintech & Ventures, VISA Ukraine


Nodir is a full-stack software developer experienced in e-commerce and high-load web-services. He is the founder of MayaSoft LLC, based in Uzbekistan, a start-up that helps to accept card payments through commercial-off-the-shelf devices. In July 2018 MayaSoft LLC started creating a new card acceptance product. The solution “MARTA” is based on Tap to Phone technologies, which allows to turn the smartphone into a POS terminal without needing additional equipment and Internet.

Nodir Badriddinov

CEO MayaSoft, Uzbekistan


Nurken has been part of Rahmet since 2011 as an Executive and later as a shareholder. In just 10 years, the ChocoFamily Group has become the largest e-commerce holding in Central Asia with $200M in gross-billings in 2020, and an impressive 12,4% share of the overall e-commerce market in Kazakhstan.

Nurken Rzaliyev

CEO Rahmet app, ChocoFamily Group, Kazakhstan


Slava has more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry: he has headed the Kazakhstan office of Robertson & Blums, was co-owner and GM of several start-up companies, has worked at Microsoft, leading the corporate sales and marketing team, and has led the IT Strategy for the Ukrainian Government. In 2016 he founded LendingStar and several other startups.

Slava Artamonov

CEO and co-founder, LendingStar


In his role as Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Kairat Kaliyev oversees AIFC’s external communications and FinTech. He also currently serves as a member of the Management Board of AIFC Authority and Chairman of the Board of Directors of AIFC Fintech Hub.

Kairat Kaliyev

Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, AIFC

Opening Remarks

Past GFI Briefings

RE:SET – Open Banking Innovation. Open Sesame? in partnership with World Alliance of International Financial Centers (WAIFC) – Date: Wednesday, 8th July 2020

RE:SET – The impact of financial inclusion on the world post Covid-19 in partnership with Fintech Mundi – Date: Wednesday, 17th June 2020

RE:SET – What can Asia tell us about the future? – Date: Thursday, 28th May 2020

RE:SET – New realities. Building a digital economy fit for purpose – Date: Wednesday, 13th May 2020

RE:SET – readying for recovery with WAIFC, part 1 – What are the financial markets’ responses to the Corona crisis? – Date: Thursday, 30th April 2020

RE:SET – readying for recovery with WAIFC, part 2 – What are the financial markets’ responses to the Corona crisis? – Date: Thursday, 7th May 2020

Weathering the Storm – the role of fintech in business continuity (EU) – 31st March 2020

The Nordics & Baltics: a lesson in fintech purpose and speed – 26th February 2020

The Asian Century: How to build a thriving Fintech hub – 10th February 2020

Something’s happening down South (America):  Building Latin America’s Fintech Ecosystem – 11th March 2020