Despite slumping funding activity, Asia-Pacific (APAC)’s fintech industry has remained vibrant in 2023, witnessing growing interest in leveraging artificial intelligence, tapping into logistics and supply chain finance opportunities, and exploring green and environmental, social and governance (ESG)-focused fintech innovations, a 2023 report by consultancy KPMG says.
Fintech funding in APAC recorded a significant decline in H1 2023, dropping from US$6.8 billion in H2 2022 to US$5.1 billion, the data show. The figure represents a notable decrease from the record-breaking of US$45 billion witnessed in H1 2022.
At the same time, industry stakeholders showed interest in AI, with both investors and corporates looking for ways to leverage AI-generated content within fintech use cases, especially in marketing and customer engagement functions.
Another fintech area that gained increasing attention in APAC during H1 2023 was logistics and supply chain finance, a field that’s expected to remain top of mind in the following year as traditional manufacturing companies and other stakeholders look to become more efficient across their end-to-end operations.
Other trend outlined in the report that are picking up steam this year and which are expected to see continuous momentum include ESG-focused fintech and cryptocurrency. ESG fintech will continue to grow on the back of increased awareness of ESG issues and regulatory emphasis, the report says, while interest in crypto will rise amid increased US scrutiny of crypto-focused firms and accelerated efforts by APAC jurisdictions to position themselves as global hubs for the evolution of the sector.
As the fintech sector continues to grow and evolve in APAC, organizers are hosting a number of large-scale events to showcase the region’s latest innovations and fastest-growing players. For industry stakeholders looking to keep up with this fast-moving space, we’ve curated a list of the top 15 fintech events taking place in 2024 in APAC, focusing on must-attend gatherings that are expected to bring together large crowds of fintech innovators, decision makers and regulators to discuss the trajectory of the fintech sector, emerging trends and arising opportunities.
Top 15 Fintech Events in APAC in 2024
Asian Financial Forum (AFF) 2024
January 24 – 25, 2024
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
The Asian Financial Forum (AFF) is a premier gathering of influential leaders hailing from the spheres of government, finance, and business across the globe. Scheduled to take place from January 24 to 25, 2024, the event is set to unfold at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Hong Kong.
The 2024 edition of AFF will build on the success of the previous iteration, which witnessed a robust participation with over 2,500 on-site attendees and an additional 4,500 virtually connected participants. Representing more than 70 countries and regions, this diverse assembly engaged in thought-provoking discussions and exchanged insights pertaining to the global economy from a distinctly Asian perspective.
Integral to the forum is the Deal-Making platform, facilitating one-to-one meetings that bring together sources of funds and sources of deals. Over 8,000 meetings were orchestrated during the event, serving as a conduit for more than 6,300 project owners and investors across various sectors such as fintech, environment, energy and clean tech, food and agriculture, healthcare tech, deep tech, infrastructure, real estate, and more.
AFF 2023 also featured a comprehensive showcase of the latest advancements in fintech, unveiling emerging business strategies while fostering expansive professional networks and saw the active involvement of over 120 exhibitors.
AFF is an annual event that brings together global leaders in government, finance and business to exchange insights, intelligence as well as business and investment opportunities. Thousands of financial and business leaders gather at the AFF each year for thought leadership and business networking, as well as to experience the latest fintech innovations and explore global investment opportunities.
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February 13, 2024
Doltone House, Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia
Industry trade group InsurtechAustralia will be holding InsurtechLIVE 2024 on February 13, in Sydney. The event aims to serve as a platform for global and local leaders to converge, shedding light on the dynamics of the insurtech investment landscape and the pivotal role of technology in fostering innovation within the insurance sector.
InsurtechLIVE 2024 is designed to offer perspectives from renowned leaders, encompassing discussions on topics such as the practical implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in the insurance sector, the evolving risk environments, and exploring the ways in which insurtech can help insurers maintain relevance in a dynamic market.
The agenda will also feature a startup pitch competition and dedicated networking sessions, enhancing opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange.
Confirmed speakers for the event include Portia Cerny, partner at EY; Nigel Fellowes-Freeman, founder and CEO of Kanopi; Libby Roberts, founder and CEO of Leapforward; Alex Taylor, global head of emerging technology at QBE Ventures; and Ben Qin, head of Northeast Asia and Australia at Descartes Underwriting.
Japan Fintech Week 2024
March 04 – 08, 2024
Marunouchi and other venues in Tokyo, Japan
Scheduled to take place from March 04 to 08, 2024, the inaugural Japan Fintech Week will host a week-long program encompassing a series of fintech-related events. The event aims to facilitate collaboration opportunities among domestic and international stakeholders within the fintech space, and will feature panel discussions, round tables, and startup pitches designed to foster connections and knowledge exchange.
Japan Fintech Week 2024’s core event, FIN/SUM, will bring together experts from academia, the technology community, businesses, financial authorities, and central banks, to cover a diverse range of topics, including Web 3.0, AI, and regional developments in the financial sector.
Hosted by the Financial Services Agency in cooperation with Nikkei, FIN/SUM 2024 will run under the theme “Building a Bright Future: Fintech for Happy Growth”, and will delve into innovations in cashless payments, remittance services, asset management, lending and financing, insurance, and accounting.
FIN/SUM 2024 will be joined by various fintech-related events organized by BGIN, Fintech Association, FINOLAB, Plug and Play, Elevandi Japan, as well as local governments in Tokyo and embassies in the Tokyo area.
Seoul AI Innovation Tour 2024
March 05 – 07, 2024
Seoul, South Korea
The Seoul AI Innovation Tour 2024, scheduled from March 05 to 07, will spotlight Seoul’s emergence as a hub for fintech advancements, leveraging cutting-edge AI technologies and progressive regulatory reforms.
Themed “Navigating the Future: Unveiling Seoul’s Prowess in AI Innovation”, the event will bring together esteemed financial executives globally to demystify technologies and strategies shaping the finance sector.
Key focus areas will include the revolutionary integration of AI and machine learning (ML) in finance, best practices and case studies related to digital banking transformation, interactions with leading fintech disruptors, startups, and accelerators, a deep dive into blockchain, digital currencies, and the future of secure transactions, as well as briefings from pivotal venture capitalists and innovators within Seoul’s fintech realm. Additionally, the event will explore evolving consumer behaviors and their impact on digital banking solutions.
Fintech Festival India
March 06 – 08, 2024
Hall 1C, Yashobhoomi (IICC), New Delhi, India
Scheduled from March 06 to 08, 2024, the Fintech Festival India will bring together the fintech community to explore the latest innovations and facilitate intellectual exchanges, exploration of potential partnerships, and collective efforts to push the boundaries of the finance sector.
The 2024 edition of Fintech Festival India is poised to introduce innovative themes, drawing strength from government initiatives and international business reach. The festival will focus on key pillars, including:
- Innovation: Identifying and showcasing the masterminds behind unique fintech solutions to reach a wider audience.
- Global collaboration: Offering a robust global network for participants to navigate the international stage, facilitating ease in forming valuable relationships.
- Regulation: Providing direct insights from policymakers to understand the impact of government regulations and initiatives on businesses.
- Inclusion: Welcoming new-age technologies that address financial inclusion and exploring how fintech companies can help the unbanked through decentralized banking systems.
DeFi Retreat 24 APAC
March 07 – 08, 2024
Happo-en, Tokyo, Japan
DeFi Retreat, a series of prominent international forums focused on decentralized finance (DeFi), is coming for the first time to APAC on March 07 and 08, 2024. The event is expected to bring together 200 investors, founders, regulators, and finance professionals, to discuss the blockchain-powered finance, share insights, and offer networking opportunities within the rapidly evolving landscape of traditional and decentralized finance in the Asia-Pacific region.
The retreat aims to offer unique insights through five off-the-record panel discussions, providing attendees with honest conversations and opinions not typically shared on mainstream stages. The intimate networking opportunities will include interactions over breakfast, lunch, and an evening reception featuring an open bar and appetizers.
Confirmed speakers in 2024 include Ryosuke Ushida, chief fintech officer of the Financial Services Agency of Japan; Angela Ang, senior policy advisor of TRM Labs; and Antoni Zolciak, CMO and co-founder of Aleph Zero.
Digital Banking Philippines 2024
March 13, 2024
Grand Ballroom, Marriott Manila, Manila, The Philippines
Scheduled for March 13, Digital Banking Philippines 2024 aims to deliver a premier leadership event for the banking, fintech, and financial services industry in the Philippines. The event is set to bring together over 200 bank chief experience officers (CXOs), digital disruptors, and innovators from both the Philippines and around the world to discuss the digital banking landscape.
With 30+ speakers and panelists, the conference will feature engaging demos, interactive panels, and insightful keynotes, covering market trends, investment opportunities, technology advancements, and ecosystem partnerships, including trending topics such as AI, ML, deep learning, cognitive computing, NLP, digital assets, and more.
Solution providers and companies worldwide will also showcase their latest innovations and case studies, along with governmental bodies presenting energy policies, programs, and initiatives.
Participants will get access to networking opportunities, including professional networking, gala lunch, and coffee and tea breaks, providing a platform for connecting and engaging with industry experts and colleagues in the banking and fintech sectors.
Confirmed speakers and panelists include:
- Paolo Salcedo, head of virtual banking at Maybank;
- Marlon Sorongon, chief information security officer (CISO) at Maybank;
- Greg Krasnov, CEO and founder of Tonik Bank;
- Gilbert Trinchera, partner at KPMG;
- Lucose Eralil, executive vice president head enterprise technology and operations at Security Bank; and
- Micael ‘Mica’ Diaz de Rivera, head of user experience design and research at Metrobank Digital Banking Division.
April 23 – 25, 2024
Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Money20/20 Asia will set to take place from April 23 to 25, 2024 in Bangkok at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The event will gather an exceptional lineup of influential speakers, industry experts, and decision-makers to explore the latest trends, technologies, and strategies shaping the future of fintech and financial services. The show will feature a dynamic agenda comprising keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel discussions, and interactive workshops, offering attendees unparalleled opportunities for learning, collaboration, and networking.
In addition to its content-rich program, Money20/20 Asia will showcase the latest advancements in fintech across a wide range of sectors, including payments, banking, regtech, insurtech, lending, and more. The show will also address key industry themes such as financial inclusion, sustainability, cybersecurity, and regulatory frameworks.
Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the latest innovations, engage in product demonstrations, and forge strategic partnerships that will drive growth and shape the future of fintech in Asia.
April 26, 2024
SO/ Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
Onchain 2024, scheduled for April 26, 2024, at SO/ Bangkok is an invite-only, one-day conference dedicated to exploring the intersection of traditional finance, fintech, and Web 3.0.
Described as Asia’s first conference devoted to the real-world asset industry, Onchain 2024 aims to bring together founders and leaders from traditional finance (tradfi), fintech, and Web 3.0 for panel discussions and networking. The conference programming will focus on the use cases, applications, and challenges encountered in the tokenization journey of financial assets.
Onchain 2024 is jointly organized by Saison Capital, Evertas, D3 Labs and Helix, and is supported by Blockhead.
Key objectives of the event include:
- Explore trends in real-world assets and the dynamic intersection of traditional finance, fintech, and Web 3.0;
- Engage with founders, leaders, and investors through networking opportunities to explore new ideas and potential collaborations; and
- Uncover opportunities and ideas to drive change, leveraging fintech and blockchain technologies.
Shenzhen Innovation Study Tour
May 20 – 21, 2024
Shenzhen and Hong Kong
The Shenzhen Innovation Study Tour, scheduled for May 20 and 21, 2024, will encompass Shenzhen and Hong Kong, spotlighting their zenith of innovation in global technology.
Often referred to as the “Silicon Valley of China”, Shenzhen stands as a hub for hardware innovation, digital technologies, and AI-driven solutions. This metropolis has cultivated a unique ecosystem that has given rise to transformative tech giants and innovative startups. Adjacently, Hong Kong, a key global financial hub, has seamlessly integrated technology with its finance legacy, emerging as a hotspot for fintech innovations, digital banking, and startup incubation. Together, these regions offer a compelling glimpse into Asia’s formidable convergence of technology and finance.
The Banking Academy’s Shenzhen Innovation Study Tour 2024 invites participants to a two-day experience, unveiling elite Chinese financial leaders who will dissect the technologies and paradigms altering the financial landscape. This tour will combine immersive site tours with insightful deliberations featuring masterminds behind breakthrough advancements, poised to offer game-changing revelations for financial blueprints in the digital age.
Key focus areas will include AI applications, digital finance, visual recognition, and Hong Kong’s vibrant startup scene.
The Asian Banker Summit
May 23 – 24, 2024
The Asian Banker Summit, scheduled for May 23 and 24, 2024, in Hong Kong, will be themed “Bridging The Gap: Where Traditional Banking And DeFi Meet”. This edition will address the transformation in the financial services industry, exploring the rewriting of traditional norms, redefinition of rules, and the emergence of transformative trends. These include DeFi, AI, data analytics, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations, open banking, APIs, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), and the increasing importance of cybersecurity and fraud prevention.
The summit promises to be a bold and transformative experience, providing fresh insights into the evolving financial landscape. It aims to serve as a compass for professionals and institutions navigating this ever-changing terrain.
The Asian Banker Summit will feature different specialized events, including the Financial Technology Innovation Conference, Global Transaction Finance Re-invented Conference, CEO Leadership Dialogue, The Risk and Regulation Conference, and Wealth Management Dialogue.
Insurtech Connect Asia 2024
June 04 – 06, 2024
Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore
ITC Asia is the region’s largest insurance event – offering unparalleled access to the most comprehensive and global gathering of insurance industry incumbents, tech entrepreneurs and investors.
Over the course of three days, the industry will convene to share their insights and trends in the insurance market, learn how to increase productivity and reduce costs through innovation and digital transformation. The result of this gathering will enable you to increase your industry knowledge, improve efficiency and ultimately enrich the lives of policyholders. The superlative networking, with tens of thousands of meetings, is one of the hallmarks of an ITC event.
Sibos Beijing 2024
October 21 – 24, 2024
China National Convention Centre (CNCC), Beijing, China
Sibos is the annual conference, exhibition and networking event organized by Swift for the financial industry. Each year, the conference and exhibition brings together thousands of business leaders, decision-makers, and topic experts from across the financial ecosystem to debate and collaborate in the areas of payments, securities, cash management and trade.
In 2024, Sibos will make its debut in Beijing, marking the first time the event is hosted in the Chinese capital. The Sibos community will convene at the China National Convention Centre (CNCC). Beijing comprises a large international financial services and growing fintech sector, and will be the first time Sibos has been held in APAC since Sibos 2018 in Sydney.
Hong Kong Fintech Week 2024
Oct 28 – Nov 01, 2024
Hong Kong’s flagship fintech event is returning in October 2024, promising one of the biggest gatherings of fintech professionals, decision-makers and innovators for a week-long event. Though no details has been released yet, the 2024 Hong Kong Fintech Week is expected to begin towards the end of October 2024 and should, like previous iterations, bring together some of the brightest minds from the global finance, tech and fintech industries.
Taking place each year in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, Hong Kong Fintech Week is an annual cross-boundary fintech event and one of the largest conferences on the calendar. Each year, the event attracts more than 30,000 senior executives and features over 500 of the world’s top speakers including fintech founders, investors, regulators, and academics, who are shaping the future of financial services by driving a technological revolution in the industry across Asia and globally.
In 2023, Hong Kong Fintech Week ran under the theme “Fintech Redefined” and attracted over 35 000 attendees and more than 5.5 million views online from over 100 economies. The event featured over 800 speakers and 700 exhibitors, and attracted more than 30 Mainland and international delegations. The week-long event included multitrack conferences, exhibitions, a deal floor, workshops, networking and satellite events, demo sessions and metaverse experiences.
Singapore Fintech Festival 2024
November 06 – 08, 2024
The Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) is returning from November 06 to 08, 2024, promising to act as a global nexus where policy, finance, and technology communities converge. Designed to foster impactful connections and collaborations, SFF is a platform to explore the intersections of cutting-edge financial solutions, evolving regulatory landscapes, and the latest technological innovations.
Through insightful sessions, roundtables, workshops, exhibitions and much more, the event aims to deliver an immersive experience and dialogue of the future trajectories of financial services and the overarching digital transformation reshaping global economies.
Last year, SFF welcomed 62,000 participants from 134 nations.
Register for the SFF 2024 here.