CFTE at Singapore Fintech Festival – CFTE Blog

CFTE’s Fintech tour of Asia came to a grand conclusion at Singapore Fintech Festival, the biggest Fintech event in the world attracting crowds of over 25,000 people from 100 countries.

And what a conclusion it was.

A huge bravo to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) for organising a spectacular event that drew world-class speakers and members from the global finance community and beyond.

From Startups to Fintechs, Regulators, Financial Institutions, Venture Capital Firms, Insurance companies and Universities, they all came together to explore new ways to support global economic growth through Fintech innovation.

With so many talking points, we highlight our top 5:


Collaboration and knowledge sharing is at the forefront of the fast-growing global Fintech ecosystem, and this was evident at Singapore Fintech Festival. The announcement of the formation of the ASEAN Fintech Network, a platform to connect Fintech hubs across the ASEAN region echoed CFTE’s mission to act as a gateway to connect Fintech communities and people from across the world. 


In his keynote speech, Ravi Menon, MD of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, outlined a number of forward-thinking strategies and initiatives that demonstrated Singapore’s position as a leader in the Fintech sector.

For us, his points on nurturing the right talent to help drive innovation in Fintech plus the opportunity for Fintech to deepen financial inclusion are two subject areas where we strongly align.


CFTE’s first event in Singapore was our highest highlight where we welcomed 200+ invitees and students to come and share. 

The event was centred on two evening sessions that dived deep into the growing influence of Fintech on the financial services sector.

The main session focused on helping professionals build the skills to help them transition from traditional to digital finance. A line-up of distinguished guest speakers helped to guide discussions and debate on how finance is transforming traditional career paths and included:

:: Tram Anh Nguyen, co-founder of CFTE
:: Huy Nguyen Trieu, CEO of The Disruptive Group & co-founder of CFTE
:: Gina Heng, co-founder of LATTICE80
:: Janos Barberis, Founder of SuperCharger
:: Veiverne Yuen, co-founder & CIO of tryb
:: Choy Siew Kai, Head of Data and Analytics at GIC

There were two-panel discussions on the night. 

In the first, Tram Anh moderated the panel “HOW TO ACQUIRE THE SKILLS OF FINANCE 2.0″ with Gina Heng, Janos Barberis and Veiverne Yuen sharing their insights.

The second panel, “HOW TO BRIDGE TRADITIONAL FINANCE TO DIGITAL FINANCE, was moderated by Huy who was joined by Choy Siew Kai to discuss the impact of Big Data in finance.

CFTE’s co-founders, Tram Anh Nguyen and Huy Nguyen Trieu presenting CFTE’s vision at the ‘The Future of Finance’.

Packed crowds watched on as the ‘evening of conversations’ between guest speakers enthralled with the debate.

Tram Anh proceeding over the first panel of the evening, “how to acquire skills of Finance 2.0”.

The first session of the evening involved Supercharger, Asia’s leading Fintech Accelerator. They illuminated proceedings by highlighting the progression of Hong Kong’s Fintech ecosystem. A discussion panel consisting of alumni graduating from their Fintech accelerator program provided insights into front-line innovation in finance.

SuperCharger Founder Janos Barberis talking about Hong Kongs vibrant FinTech ecosystem

SuperCharger’s MD, Veronica Kuznetsova, on a discussion panel with Alumni from their Fintech accelerator.


In a week full of memorable events, the Around Fintech in 8 Hours graduation ceremony was the ultimate highlight for us. It was both a proud moment and a major milestone for everyone at CFTE as we continue to rapidly advance our objective of delivering Fintech education globally.

Participants – some of them flying in from Australia and Taiwan – received their Certificate of Completion from our co-founders Huy Nguyen Trieu, Tram Anh Nguyen and Senior lecturer on Around Fintech in 8 Hours, Janos Barberis and guest speaker on our online course Veiverne Yuen.

The event also marked the beginning of the next chapter for Around Fintech in 8 Hours, with the announcement of the opening of registrations for the 2nd session.


The prospect of Fintech to solve many of societies problems, particularity with regards to helping the billions of underbanked people in the world is a very important subject matter for CFTE. Hence why the Fintech awards, which recognised numerous innovative solutions to explicitly specified problem statements, were so impressive. It was also a great honour for CFTE to be involved in the selection process for the winners.


A number of participants on Around Fintech in 8 Hours graduated after the event. So not to feel left out we presented certificates shortly before departing back for London!

If you wish to learn and get your Fintech Foundations right, please join our second session, which is now open for registration.

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