Sources of Strength

In-person Congress | 8 - 9 March 2023
Sands Expo & Convention Centre (Marina Bay Sands)

Financial Institutions Need to Have Financial Strength in 2023

2023 brings the financial services industry in the Asia/Pacific to familiar territory: a weak economic environment requiring urgent action from financial institutions working alongside regulators, the government, and market infrastructures.

As such, leaders in the business of banking, insurance, and capital markets need to focus on pursuing revenue generation in light of a potential recession. On the bright side, having experienced the pandemic, which was famously regarded as the accelerator of digital transformation (DX), financial institutions are well-equipped to pivot their business and technology strategies towards assuring stability. The tools and capabilities borne out of the DX era provide a clear jump-off point for financial institutions to start building their financial strength and managing their risks. Moreover, financial institutions are already in the momentum of driving innovation.

With the groundwork for financial institutions to be foundationally strong laid out, the path towards becoming strong financial institutions will be shorter and quicker.

Topic Highlights:

  • Digital Core Banking Systems: Dual Core and the Multiple Advantages of DX
  • Digital Infrastructure: Safe, Secure, Resilience, Sustainable
  • The Role of Money: Crypto, CBDCs, NFTs, and Payments in the Metaverse
  • Return of Risk Management
  • Intelligence for the Strongest Banks
  • Customer Centricity Forever
  • Banking- and Insurance-as-a-Service
  • The Mega-Markets in Asian Financial Services: China, India, Indonesia
  • Fintech Forecast from 2023 to 2025
  • Reducing Technical Debt to Ensure Financial Strength

What’s New: Thematic Breakout Track


A Strong Financial Institution Is A Sustainable One

Financial institutions in Asia/Pacific have made great and steady progress in Sustainability. Moving forward, sustainable finance will be a good revenue source with less vulnerability to market movements and strong growth potential. Be sure to join our discussion on:

  1. How financial institutions can implement sustainable banking operations
  2. How financial institutions can bring to market products and services with sustainability in mind, such as green loans
  3. The role of financial institutions in reallocating capital in support of national sustainability initiatives


Redefining Insurance for New Generation Consumers

Customer experience is currently one of the most important differentiators for the insurance industry, where product penetration is high and product innovation is quite challenging. The industry is at a critical juncture to make business “digital at the core” and to do this, a strategy with customer experience at the core is essential. Working with Insurtech is a must for insurer who lack the digital know-how. Let’s discuss how insurance is being redefined in 2023!

  1. Focus on modernizing data assets
  2. Rewriting risk assessment standards
  3. Building Insurtech partnerships
  4. Growth in parametric insurance
  5. Decentralized insurance

Why Attend AFSC?

500+ Attendees

Network with delegates from Asia/Pacific financial institutions, technology companies, and Fintechs through our interactive discussion sessions, luncheons, Financial Insights Innovation Awards dinner, exhibitions and IDC Arena.

Quality Research

Gain exclusive insights and updates on industry trends based on findings from IDC Financial Insights research in the forms of thought-leadership sessions, research keynotes, interviews with industry leaders and intimate discussions.

Personal Branding and Development

Be part of advancing the financial services industry in the use of technology by sharing your successes and lessons learnt in bringing key applications to the market.

Who Should Attend AFSC?

  • Retail Banks
  • Commercial & Wholesale Banks
  • Digital Banks
  • Investment Banks
  • Private Banks
  • Consumer Finance Companies
  • Asset Management Companies
  • Life Insurance Companies
  • General Insurance Companies
  • Property & Casualty Insurers
  • Reinsurers
  • Financial Services Regulators
  • Payment Gateways
  • Payment Processors
  • P2P Lending Companies
  • Digital Wallet Providers
  • Fintechs
  • Digital Asset Exchanges
  • Venture Capital

IDC AFSC 2023 Agenda

Time Event & Speakers



Welcome Address by IDC


Research Keynote by IDC


Main Series 1 | The Foundation of Finance - Digital Core Banking Systems: Dual Core and the Multiple Advantages of DX


Main Series 2 | The Driver of Finance - Digital Infrastructure: Safe, Secure, Resilient, Sustainable


Coffee Break


The Purpose of Finance - State of Banking and Financial Wellness in Asia Pacific


Main Series 3 | The Actors of Finance - Customer Centricity Forever


Main Series 4 | The Risks of Finance - Return of Risk Management


The Future of Finance - Crypto, CBDCs, NFTs, and Payments in the Metaverse


Networking Lunch


Focus Group Discussions *Pre-registration required. (Parallel Sessions)

Technology Journey

15:30 - 17:00

Discussion 3 | Driving Faster, Open, Diversified Innovation with DeFi

15:30 - 17:00

Discussion 1 | Understanding Legacy Core with New Digital Core Attributes

15:30 - 17:00

Discussion 2 | Balancing Experience and Security in Finance

Business Journey

15:30 - 17:00

Discussion 1 | Driving Profitability with Cloud

15:30 - 17:00

Discussion 2 | A Cross-Functional Approach to Resiliency

15:30 - 17:00

Discussion 3 | Connecting Metaverse Transactions with the Real World


Networking Activity *Pre-registration required.


End of Day 1

IDC Financial Insights Analysts

Hear From Our Attendees

2022 Speakers

Meet IDC’s top analysts and industry experts for the region, all under one roof.

Cyrus Daruwala

Managing Director, IDC Financial Insights Asia/Pacific

Andrew Tan

Group Managing Director, Silverlake Axis

Matthew Talbot

Head of Financial Services, Asia Pacific and Japan, ServiceNow

Clemens Philippi

Chief Operating Officer, MSIG Asia

Wolfram Hedrich

Partner, Financial Services, Consulting, Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd.

Clay Miller

Senior Executive Advisor, IDC Financial Insights Asia/Pacific

Shaun McLagan

Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, Snyk

Michael Araneta

Associate Vice President, Head of Advisory & Research, IDC Financial Insights Asia/Pacific

Peter Murray


Santhosh Mahendiran

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Techcombank


Tham Sok Yee

Conference Producer
(Content & Speakers)

Cheryl Goeh

Senior Events Executive

Joyce Ngiam

Conference Manager

Stella Yeo

Events Executive

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