Advisor, author, commentator and troublemaker
Chris Skinner is an award-winning speaker and one of the most influential people in technology, as well as a best-selling author. He is an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com, which is updated daily. He helped to found one of the first mobile banks in the world, and has advised CEOs and leaders from every continent of the world including the United Nations, the White House, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.
His latest book (seventeenth!) is Digital for Good, focusing upon how technology and finance can work together to address the environmental and social issues we face today and make a better world. His previous books include Doing Digital, which shared the lessons of how to do digital transformation through interviews with leading global banks such as BBVA, China Merchants Bank, DBS, ING and JPMorgan Chase; Digital Human, which showed how digitalisation is a revolution that allows everyone from the plains of Africa to the mountains of Tibet to be included and served by the network; and Digital Bank that provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the battle for digital banking and strategies for companies to compete. Chris has recently been added to The Mad 33 List for Inspirational change and transformation leaders – making a difference – making the future a reality.
He is a non-executive director of 11:FS and on the advisory boards of many FinTech and financial firms including WebAccountPlus. Mr. Skinner is a visiting lecturer with Cambridge University as well as a TEDx speaker. In recent years, he has been voted one of the UK’s foremost fintech observers by The Telegraph and one of the most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News and Thomson Reuters. Chris is also a successful children’s author with a series, focused upon Captain Cake and the Candy Crew, released in 2021 Captain Cake. He is also co-founder with renowned artist Basia Hamilton of The Portrait Foundation, Portrait Foundation, a non-profit platform to encourage children and the arts.
In summary, Chris Skinner is a:
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The decentralised smart companies of the future
Everything is becoming smart and connected, from our homes to our cars to our clothes. How does this change business, how we think and how we pay? If everything has GPT in its name, does that mean we have far less people working? If everything is decentralised, who regulates the system? How can you be artificially intelligent if you have dumb data?
This presentation looks at the key technologies coming downstream from artificial intelligence to artificial super intelligence, from cloud computing to quantum computing and from cryptocurrencies to central bank digital currencies. The big question it tries to answer is the role of centralised institutions in a decentralised world.
The presentation aims to answer for the audience the themes of where technology is taking us and what will the companies of the future look like; how they will manage; the structure of future business; and what to do about it.
Specific focus is given to artificial intelligence, spatial and sentient computing and the likely impacts of quantum computing. These are all emerging technologies, but they’ve been emerging for over half of century. The presentation answers questions of the landscape of the next half century of technology developments.
Another takeaway is that there is big friction right now between centralisation and decentralisation of activities, and it is no better illustrated than by governments and regulators trying to manage the libertarian ideals of creating digital money using things like bitcoin. The session will give attendees a great idea of this area of friction and how to solve it.
The past, present and future of banking, finance and technology
Finance has changed massively in the past years thanks to the rise of cloud computing and the mobile network. For the traditional institutions, this means a radical overhaul of the analogue business model. For the new firms of fintech, it has offered a massive opportunity to digitalise the industry. How will this all turn out? What is the future? How should a traditional firm invest and prioritise to be digital? How should a start-up work out their way to success? This presentation takes you through all the nuances of the past, present and future of banking, finance and technology, and how to navigate a way to winning.
We need banking and will always need banks, but banks are struggling to deal with digitalisation, so how do we do it? A key part of the presentation explains how banks can digitise their operations.
Fintechs are fantastic, but a little naïve. For example, they think we don’t need banks to do banking. A key part of this presentation explains why we need banks to do banking, and where Fintechs fit.
Where all of this is going in the next decade is something no-one knows but, having made correct predictions for over three decades, Mr. Skinner will give you the four most likely scenarios for 2030 and beyond.
Doing Digital – Lessons from Leaders
There are a small group of banks who are transforming to be digital banks. As we all know, this is incredibly difficult for a long-established bank with thousands of people and millions of customers. What are they doing right? How are they doing it? Why do we think they are digital banks? Is there a way we could all follow their path? Chris Skinner has been travelling the world for years, talking to banks that are doing digital. He selected five to be case studies – JP Morgan Chase, ING, BBVA, DBS and China Merchants Bank. From those interviews and discussions, Chris has found many lessons from banks that are doing digital right, and will share these lessons with the audience.
Having dealt with business transformation for over thirty years, Mr. Skinner has a wealth of breadth and depth in how to digitalise and change manage major institutions, whether financial or not. This presentation will give you over twenty practical things to take back to the office and implement to ensure success.
Many traditional organisation struggle with digitalisation because the leadership team are ill-equipped for digital skills. This presentation is specifically designed to provide the C-suite with the basics to fully understand how digitalisation can not only be done but, more importantly, done right.
The presentation is specifically designed for large, traditional organisations struggling to change, and gives them the change management skills to ensure future success.
How banking and fintech improves society and the planet
This presentation looks at everything from how banking plays a role in the climate emergency through to the FinTech world using technology to overcome issues of inequality and inclusion. The themes include questioning the purpose of banking, and whether it is socially useful; how purpose can impact a bank’s role in the climate emergency; the way in which we can use finance to do good for society and the planet; the latest developments in cryptocurrencies; and more.
After the 2008 financial crisis, banks were described as being socially useless by the UK regulator. How is this changing? Amazingly, through FinTech and digital services, it is changing dramatically. There are now many movements across the network to use financial transactions to be good for society and good for the planet. What’s happening and who is driving this change? What does it mean for banks and what happens when you say you are green when, in fact, you are not? This presentation explores all of these themes in depth and demonstrates that digital transformation and green finance are actually coming together hand-in-hand.
There are numerous examples of how technology and finance are working together to do good for society and our planet. This presentation hand picks a number of these from China to Europe to Africa and the Americas and, through these case studies, gives detailed insights into the best-in-class examples as to how technology and finance are making things better. Based upon these case studies, the presentation helps the audience to internalise what they can do to make the world better.
There is a big difference between talking the talk and walking the walk. Many banks say they are committed to meeting ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals for example, but how do you do this, and how can technology assist? This presentation answers those questions.
Having worked with thought leaders across all major continents, Mr. Skinner shines a light on everything from the role of leadership to impact of activist investors and consumers, even including his experiences to understand Extinction Rebellion. His conclusion is that the more you work with all groups, whether nice or nasty, the more you get to understand and can act. But what actions should you take? This presentation answers this question too!