The Social Value of FinTech

FinTech’s promise is that of disruptive digital technology that will democratise finance, increase competition, and better align the financial system with broader societal goals.

This online event brought together experts and practitioners in digital finance to explore the tangible progress that financial digitization has made towards achieving its promise and to explore how public policy initiatives can further accelerate movement in the desired direction.



Sir Roger Gifford · Sir Roger Gifford is Senior Banker at SEB in London. He is Vice-Chairman and a former Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks (UK) and was Chair of the London Green Finance Initiative launched in 2016. He chaired the UK Government’s Green Finance Taskforce in 2018 and is now Chair of the UK Green Finance Institute, launched in 2019, which has the economics, risk and commercial opportunity of meeting the challenge of climate change as its main focus. He was Lord Mayor of London in 2012-13.

  • Speaker

    Marianne Haahr · Director of the Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance - a not for profit foundation - with the objective to harness the power of fintech to unlock financing for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Marianne has been External Advisor on TechVelopment to the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Prior she was Executive Leader at Sustainia leading the development of the Global Opportunity Explorer – a digital platform for sustainable business innovation in partnership with the UN Global Compact and a group of Norwegian businesses and investors.

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    Louise Wilson · Co-founder of Abundance, an award-winning peer-to-peer investment platform with a mission to help turn members of the public into real stakeholders in things they care about. She founded Abundance following a successful career structuring and managing multi-million £ investment offers at a major bank in the City.

  • Chair

    Simon Zadek · Currently Sherpa of UN Secretary General's Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals; Chair of the Migrant Nation Foundation, and Chair of the Finance for Biodiversity initiative. He was Co-Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. He is a visiting professor at Singapore Management University and Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in Beijing His book, The Civil Corporation: The New Economy of Corporate Citizenship received the Academy of Management's Best Book Social Issues Award and has been called one of the most influential books on sustainability by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

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