As the market matures, more and more fintechs are enablers, not disruptors. Fintech industry pioneer and entrepreneur Daniel Liebau will lead a new executive education programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) later this year to help leaders and managers explore fintech opportunities. Liebau is the founder of Lightbulb Capital, a consulting and advisory firm focusing on innovation, and is an expert in investment banking technology. The new three-day programme, Fintech: from Strategy to Implementation, starts on 11 November.

Changing financial technology

The new programme has been designed to help professionals in larger financial services firms to deal with the challenging field of financial technology. “For the past few years, entrepreneurs and executives in banks have been very excited about these changes, which led to a large number of new companies entering the industry. But now the ecosystem is maturing. We are moving towards a whole new level of sophistication,” says Liebau.

Fintech: from Strategy to Implementation is a practical programme and equips participants with real skills to create change in their organisations, and to work on innovations in finance.”

The programme uses online preparatory study, lectures and team exercises, as well as bringing in guest speakers. Participants will be highly focused and engaged during the programme, and will be able to put their new knowledge into action immediately, using insights and approaches that have been successfully tried and tested in other organisations.

Changes at lightning speed

But the curriculum is not entirely fixed. Liebau says: “Even though fintech is moving at lightning speed, we continually capture the current state of the sector so we can still tweak and optimise the programme to ensure it remains always relevant at the time of delivery.”

The programme is suitable for professionals in financial services organisations interested in or responsible for making innovation happen, for example by securing budgets for innovation. Some of the issues tackled are common to large and small organisations. What they have in common is that they require skills to drive innovation in finance, such as understanding AI and blockchain, being able to use design thinking and agile methodologies, and understanding governance of innovation. This is where RSM’s new executive programme comes into play.

Find out more here: Fintech: from Strategy to Implementation.

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Daniel Liebau is the founder of Lightbulb Capital, a consulting and advisory firm focusing on innovation. He was COO and an executive director of HSBC Securities (Singapore) Pte Ltd, and also head of IT for HSBC’s Investment Bank. He has over 19 years of experience in investment banking technology in Germany, the UK, Singapore and Tokyo. He is an affiliate faculty member at Singapore Management University, specialising in innovation in finance, fintech, blockchain, and digital assets. He is also a visiting professor at IE Business School in Spain. Dan is currently working towards his PhD at RSM researching blockchain and its effects on finance. He has an MSc in innovation and a master in finance.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

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