Back as a fully in-person event, our 2022 conference focused on the key role fintech would play in the recovery period with the momentous changes that defined the COVID pandemic years and aftermath. We delved into the challenges and opportunities the financial services sector faced in the years ahead, and what we must do to build on the momentum seen during the pandemic to continue to provide inherent value for people. Fintech has the potential to lower costs across whole economies, to reduce friction, increase trade and improve levels of financial inclusion.
We were privileged to have Fireblocks, DIFC, DIGISEQ and OpenPayd as headline sponsors, and for the first year since our inception in 2017, Day 3 was held at a different venue, at the new conference centre of Israel’s largest law firm Herzog, Fox and Neeman.
We were a fully virtual 4-day conference in 2021. We addressed the most pressing challenges in the fintech sector and challenging times for financial services. As Covid-19 continued to cast its shadow of upheaval, the accelerated digitisation of the economy that it triggered has given rise to a plethora of opportunities for the fintech sector, and placed it firmly in the spotlight. The conference focused on the key role fintech will play in the recovery period and post-pandemic. Following the normalisation of relations between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain we were privileged to have ADGM and DIFC as headline sponsors and with Bahrain, we looked at what the new relationship will bring to the region and wider world, and what we can learn also from Emerging Markets, especially LATAM. We were privileged to have financial institutions in both Argentina and Brazil sharing perspectives. We delved into the issues and opportunities that lie ahead and what the sector must do to build on the momentum, bolster financial services and provide intrinsic value for all.
Our 4th Fintech Week looked at how business models and innovation would need to adapt to drive success over the coming decade. There was focus on emerging technology, digital assets, big tech and customer engagement. We also looked at how digital transformation is transforming payments, banking and insurance. We welcomed OpenFin as headline sponsor. Open Banking was a key theme, having recently been adopted by Israeli regulators. We were also happy to welcome the UK's Financial Conduct Authority, marking the very first time the regulator had taken part in a conference in Israel, sharing a stage with the Israeli regulator the Bank of Israel.