Digital Business Leaders Series 2021

DBS’ Digital Business Leaders Series 2021 featured the most influential technology developments currently reshaping the way we live, work, and bank. We examined the implications of the growing use of blockchain for digital payments, increased interest in cryptocurrencies and STOs as investment assets, and the digitalisation and democratisation of access to healthcare services and pharmaceuticals. 

Themed “Back to the Future”; in sharing sessions by DBS’ specialists and expert panel discussions, we highlighted the biggest trends in money, payments, investments, and tokenisation right now. 

Blockchain-based solutions have become increasingly popular for clearing and settlement of payments and securities. These solutions have the ability to address common pain points in traditional finance, such as the lack of real-time transactions, over-reliance of paper-heavy processes, and lack of global transparency. Security Token Offerings (STOs) are growing in popularity amongst individual and institutional investors and asset managers due to their ability to monetise illiquid assets with high transparency and low transaction costs.

Our series endeavours to shed light on how business leaders can capitalise on these emerging trends and create value for their organisations.  

For this year’s edition, we were joined by expert speakers from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Temasek, Mastercard, Ripple, Allen & Gledhill, Gemini Asia Pacific, and Société Générale. 

Here are some of the day’s highlights.

Highlights - Digital Finance to Decentralised Finance
Highlights - Crypto Hype: More Than Meets the Eye?

To find out more about our new blockchain-powered payments platform, Partior, in joint venture with Temasek and J.P. Morgan, click here.

Welcome address

In her welcome address, Tan Su Shan, Group Head of Institutional Banking at DBS, considers the future of financial services. 

  • Back to the Future

    Tan Su Shan highlights a new world of possibilities with blockchain technology.

  • A New Tokenised Era of Investment Opportunities

    Tan Su Shan explores the opportunities arising from an interest in cryptocurrencies and STOs.

Expert panels

Here are the full expert panel sessions exploring blockchain technology and the rising interest in STOs. 

  • Digital Finance to Decentralised Finance

    Experts discuss the evolving role of banks in an increasingly disintermediated future.

  • Crypto Hype: More Than Meets the Eye?

    Experts weigh in on what needs to happen before crypto reaches maturity as an asset.

Sharing sessions

In these sharing sessions, DBS experts explore the benefits of leveraging blockchain technology and the importance of security and trust in the future of payments. 

  • Blockchain: Bringing Intelligence into Payments

    Han Kwee Juan explains how blockchain addresses current frictions in cross-border payments.

  • Crypto, Tokens, and DeFi: The Fun and The Serious

    Chang Chee Siong shares why trust remains important in the future of payments.

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