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The Global Fintech Index Briefings

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:SET – readying for recovery

Simon Hardie


Simon is Co-founder and CEO of Findexable, has two decades of experience producing financial intelligence content, research and events for global financial publishers as well as boutique research publishers and media companies across Europe and the Middle East.

Jochen Biedermann


Jochen is MD of WAIFC, an international non-profit association representing leading international financial centres across four continents. He is also Senior Advisor at Frankfurt Main Finance, the initiative of Frankfurt financial centre, where he takes care of development and implementing partnerships between Frankfurt and other international financial centres.

Thibault de Barsy


Thibault is Vice-Chairman & General Manager, Emerging Payments Association EU. He was formerly CEO of Keytrade Bank Luxembourg for 5 years and has over 20 years of experience in the financial and ICT sector. Thibault is a guest lecturer at the University of Luxembourg on “Managing Financial Brands in the Digital Era” and at the Solvay Brussels of Economics and Management. Since October 2019, he has participated as a weekly guest speaker on the Belgian news TV channel LN24 as an Economics columnist.

Leda Glyptis


Leda is Chief Executive Officer, 11:FS Foundry. She is responsible for the 11:FS revenue generating businesses and leading the growth of Foundry, our modular core banking offering. Leda is a recovering banker, with a long career in operations and IT across major banks, products and geographies. She is a renowned speaker, writer and academic in banking and fintech, and an expert in digital disruption, strategy and execution in financial technology.

Pinar Ozcan


Pinar is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Saïd Business school, University of Oxford. She specialises in entrepreneurship and strategy in technology markets. Her current research includes the open banking project, where she examines the industry disruption in banking through regulation and entry of fintechs, and the development of the sharing economy. Pinar completed her PhD at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) at the Stanford University Management Science and Engineering Department, and also holds a Master of Science and dual Bachelor’s degrees from Stanford.

Bill Roberts


Bill is Head of Open Banking, Competition & Markets Authority (CMA). He is also member of the FCA Open Finance Advisory Group and former Director of what is now Thomson Reuters where he his role covered (digital) strategy and marketing. Prior to that, Bill was Deputy Director (COO) of Which? Bill had an impressive and consistent track record of revenue generation through (particularly digital) strategy development and change management.

Douglas Arner


Douglas is an expert on financial regulation, particularly the intersection between law, finance and technology. He is Faculty Director of HKU’s LLM in Compliance and Regulation and LLM in Corporate and Financial Law, a member of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council and a Senior Visiting Fellow of Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne.

Past GFI Briefings

RE:SET – The impact of financial inclusion on the world post Covid-19 in partnership with Fintech Mundi

Date: Wednesday, 17th June 2020

The global impact of Coronavirus is yet to be fully measured but it is evident that those that are at the margins of financial services, or excluded from them, are set to suffer the most, not only from the pandemic but from the risk of inaction.

Does it have to be this way? Innovation, collaboration, speed and open dialogue with governments and regulators have shown that fintech can make a positive change. This is even more true at a time when financial exclusion is synonym with risk and lack of sustainability – of mature and emerging economies alike.

With Susanne Hannestad, CEO of Fintech Mundi, Simon Hardie, CEO of Findexable and guest speakers Charlotte Rønje, CEO & Founder of, Kristian Rönn, CEO of Normative and Selma Kveim, CEO of Bright Products we will discuss:

Global use cases for financial inclusion and experiences on the ground

Why it makes sense for governments and regulators to listen

How fintech can make the ecosystem resilient to the shocks to come, by leveraging the economic power residing in diversity, inclusion and social responsibility

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