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Banking in a Smart World

Thu, April 11, 2024
Dinner Program
Brett King

International bestselling author of Bank 4.0, Augmented, and the soon-to-be-released Branch Today, Gone Tomorrow, Brett King joins the Athenaeum to talk through the emergence of smart economies, the fintech boom and how it has reshaped financial services and the journey from Bank 1.0 to Bank 5.0. King will take us through the most recent research and case studies on the world’s fastest financial institutions and why none of these are traditional players. We'll dive into the emerging ecosystem that is reshaping financial services today with challenger banks, tech giants, super wallets and smart contracts as major inflection points. What does an AI-based Bank 5.0 organization look like? What are the skills that banks needs to develop to survive? What are the role of branches in this new world? And how do you compete when none of the old banking competencies are critical for growth? 

Brett King is a world-renowned futurist and speaker, an international bestselling author, and a media personality who covers the future of business, technology, and society. He has spoken in over 50 countries, at TED conferences, given opening keynotes for Wired, Techsauce, Singularity University, Web Summit, The Economist, IBM’s World of Watson, CES, SIBOS and many more. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN, CNBC, BBC, ABC, Fox, and Bloomberg. Chinese President Xi Jinping has cited his book Augmented on the topic of Artificial Intelligence, and he previously advised the Obama administration on Fintech policy and advises regulators and bank boards around the world on technology transformation.

King hosts the world’s first and #1 ranked radio show on FinTech called “Breaking Banks” (180 countries, 10m+ downloads) and his latest venture is “The Futurists“, a podcast featuring those creating the future. He is the Founder of Moven, the world’s first mobile, downloadable bank account. Moven was the first app-based, neo-bank or challenger bank in history that allowed an in-app application process for a debit card, the first banking app to use the homescreen for financial health indicators, the first real-time receipts for transactions, and the first bank to use contactless cards in the US) and now a Banking-as-a-Service platform for mobile banking and financial wellness available for banks and fintechs globally.

Named ”King of the Disruptors” (Banking Exchange magazine) and the “Godfather of Fintech” (The Australian newspaper), King is a Fintech Hall of Famer (CB Insights) who was voted American Banker’s Innovator of the Year, voted the world’s #1 Financial Services Influencer by The Financial Brand and was nominated by Bank Innovation as one of the top 10 “coolest brands in banking." He was shortlisted for the 2015 Advance Global Australian of the Year Award for being one of the most influential Australians living offshore. His books have been released in over a dozen languages and he has achieved bestseller status in 20 countries. His fifth book Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane was an international bestseller, top 10 in North America and China, and the book remained in the top 10 on Amazon for 2 years. Bank 4.0, which followed, has already spent 3 years on the Amazon bestsellers list for Banking books. His latest book for the post-Coronavirus world is entitled The Rise of Technosocialism and is out now.

Mr. King's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Financial Economics Institute, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and the Robert Day Scholars Program, all at CMC.

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