The highlight of December was the FINTECH Bridge China-UK Conference in London. 100 invited leaders from both the UK and Mainland China came together to debate the future of financial services and how business and investment partnerships can achieve joint fintech goals.

The Global FinTech Ambassador Award was presented to Dr Cao Tong, Chairman of HandeFinMaker by Mr Wenjian Fang, CEO Bank of China (UK) and Susanne Chishti, CEO FINTECH Circle at the FINTECH Bridge China-UK Conference in London in December 2018
The Global FinTech Ambassador Award was presented to Dr Cao Tong, Chairman of HandeFinMaker by Mr Wenjian Fang, CEO Bank of China (UK) and Susanne Chishti, CEO FINTECH Circle.

The Global FinTech Ambassador Award was presented to Dr Cao Tong, Chairman of HandeFinMaker by Mr Wenjian Fang, CEO Bank of China (UK) and Susanne Chishti, CEO FINTECH Circle.

Minister Counsellor for Science and Technology, Sunan Jiang from the Chinese Embassy explained international megascience programs, the growth of China and shared his vision about the future development of fintech in China and the importance of global partnerships. => Video

We continued with a Panel about the FINTECH Bridges with Jon Vollemaere, CEO, R5FX, Jianhua Shao, Solutions Architect, Alibaba Cloud, Ben Regnard-Weinrabe, Partner, Allen & Overy => Video

David Avgi. CEO SafeCharge and Yoav Chernitz, China Business Development Director, SafeCharge gave a keynote on opportunities and strategies in payments sharing their successful deal with Tencent to roll out WeChat payment options to Chinese tourists when travelling through Europe. => Video

The 2nd Panel focused on opportunities of China’s Belt & Road Initiative for the Fintech Sector with Jinny Yan, MD and Chief Economist, ICBC Standard Bank PLC, Sherry Madera, Special Advisor for Asia, City of London and Henry Tillman, CEO, Grisons Peak, chaired by Joy Macknight, Deputy Editor, The Banker. => Video

We then continued with a fireside chat with Iain Anderson, Executive Chairman, Cicero Group and NED of Innovate Finance about the impact of Brexit on the fintech sector and UK government initiatives Video

After lunch the Investor Panel consisted of Chris Huo, Fosun Group, Rob Moffat, Balderton Capital, Vinoth Jayakumar, Draper Esprit, Frank Tong, Global Head of Innovation and Strategic Investments, HSBC and William Samengo-Turner, Allen & Overy debating the different investment approaches in China and the UK/Europe. The full video can be watched here.

This was followed by eight fantastic Fintech companies from both the UK and Greater China who presented their fintech solutions in order to win the FINTECH Bridge Awards: FundingXchange, Salary Fits, Sharegain, PanPay, Pomelo Pay, Tchain Global, Gekko Lab and Coriolis.

The final panel discussed sustainable, green finance & financial inclusion with Albert Maasland, Group CEO, Crown Agents Bank, Esteban Abad, CEO Syer Advisers, Pablo Uson, CFO Pockit moderated by Prof. Salvatore Moccia, Strategic Management at the International University UNIR. => Video

Then I had the pleasure to launch the FINTECH Bridge Journal, the 1st publication on global fintech co-operation agreements between governments and financial regulators globally describing the 46 global fintech bridges. => Video

The FINTECH Bridge Award Ceremony followed where Mr Wenjian Fang, CEO Bank of China UK and Mr Cao Tong, Chairman, Hande FinMaker presented the Awards to our four winners. Congratulations to a huge achievement:

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Then I had the pleasure to launch the FINTECH Bridge Journal, the 1st publication on global fintech co-operation agreements between governments and financial regulators globally describing the 46 global fintech bridges. => Video

The FINTECH Bridge Award Ceremony followed where Mr Wenjian Fang, CEO Bank of China UK and Mr Cao Tong, Chairman, Hande FinMaker presented the Awards to our four winners. Congratulations to a huge achievement:

  • Best UK Fintech 2018 – FundingXChange (Katrin Herrling, CEO)
  • Best Chinese Fintech 2018 – Gekko Lab (Kevin Pang, Co-Founder)
  • Best Fintech Platform – Salary Fits (Delber Lage, Head of the UK)
  • Best Fintech Innovation – ShareGain (Boaz Yaar, CEO)

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To see the winners, our photo-gallery, highlights video and for a full review of the day please visit here

We are approaching a very exiting time for The PAYTECH Book as the voting process to shortlist our co-authors is nearing a conclusion. With almost 170 abstracts submitted you can log into here and see them all and vote for them to help our editors decide who are going to be the co-authors for The PAYTECH Book. Voting ends on 31 December. Those who are shortlisted will be informed by the end of January 2019.

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The FINTECH Circle team and I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, festive holidays and all the best for the New Year. We hope you enjoy your holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Best wishes,

Susanne Chishti
CEO, FINTECH Circle & FINTECH Circle Institute
Co-Editor of The FINTECH BookThe WealthTECH BookThe InsurTECH Book and The PAYTECH Book