Workshop Livestream

BigFintech and Sustainability: The Necessary Convergence

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 From 14:30 to 16:00 (CET) Forum Genève - Brusio
Fintech for SDGs

This session will explore the sustainability-related impacts of BigFintechs, particularly in developing economies, and discuss both the effectiveness and limitations of current international responses, from antitrust actions to data regulations. Finally, it will discuss necessary governance innovations for ensuring that BigFintechs contribute to our collective attainment of the SDGs.


Katherine Foster

Community Director - Open Earth Foundation

Katherine is Community Director of Open Earth Foundation & the Social Alpha Foundation Fellow 2021. Katherine is spearheading innovation at the nexus of technology, policy, climate, and sustainable development.

Jon Frost

Senior Economist - Bank for International Settlements

Jon Frost is a Senior Economist in Innovation and the Digital Economy at the Bank for International Settlements & has published on fintech, big tech, CBDCs and more.

Alissa Kole

Founder & Director - GOVERN Centre

Alissa Kole is the founder and director of think-tank and advisory firm GOVERN Center. Prior to this Alissa led the OECD regional project in the Middle East & North Africa.

Aiaze Mitha

Leader, UNDP UNCDF Dialogue on Global Digital Finance Governance - UNDP UNCDF

Aiaze leads the UNDP-UNCDF Dialogue on Governance of BigFintechs, has led digital finance projects in 40+ countries and advised many international organizations such as the World Bank, IFC & CGAP.

Preeti Sinha

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) - UNCDF

Preeti Sinha is Executive Secretary of UNCDF. A globally experienced investment and development banker, she has a 30-year track record in raising and managing institutional public and private development capital.

Achim Steiner

UNDP Administrator - UNDP

Over three decades, Achim Steiner has been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation, working to champion sustainability, economic growth and equality for the vulnerable.

Douglas Arner

Director, Asian Institute of International Financial Law - Hong Kong University (HKU)

Douglas Arner is Kerry Holdings Professor in Law at HKU. He is Director of the Faculty of Law’s LLMs in Compliance&Regulation, Corporate&Financial Law and Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Programmes.