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Focus on FinTech - Online Academy

Five weeks - two hours per week

Starts 16 September 2020

Distance Learning

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It has become essential for anyone involved in the sector to understand the key FinTech trends and the challenges and opportunities they are creating for different players. How different firms adapt to this new environment will determine the future winners and losers. One only has to look at examples like Blockbuster, Toys R Us and Kodak to see just how high the stakes are.

IFF has created the Focus on FinTech Online Academy programme to equip delegates with a practical business understanding of the FinTech space. Following the course, you will be able to identify and evaluate the opportunities and challenges arising and apply them to your own organisation.

The emphasis is on relating the trends to real business issues rather than detailed technical briefings, helping to demystify the jargon, providing practical tools and numerous case studies drawn from the start-up and incumbent communities in different regions of the world.

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IFF also runs a FinTech training course in London - check the website for dates

What is an Online Academy course? 

The IFF Online Academy is a new online, interactive and engaging education tool designed to maximise learning for professionals with busy schedules and/or small training budgets.

The online academy brings alike professionals together and gives you the opportunity to share ideas and questions via the discussion forum creating your own professional community. Our on-demand feature means the content is available as and when you need it allowing greater flexibility to your professional development and learning. 


Over five weeks students will learn via:

  • Five modules, split up into bite-size recorded videos
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Revisiting the content - you have unlimited access to all the materials for two months
  • Access the discussion forum to interact with other students
  • Direct contact with the trainer through the forum during the five weeks the course is running

Richard Johnson

Richard is a specialist in fintech: the digital transformation of banking, payments and commerce globally.

He has worked in banking for 20 years and digital banking/payments/commerce for 10 years. In banking, his experience covered all sectors, especially retail banking and wealth management, in front-line, advisory and senior management roles. His work often involved the deepening role of technology in banking - he could perhaps claim to have been working in fintech for 30 years! In 2006 he joined a technology start-up specialising in software for mobile banking and payments. This grew to a 1200 person, $2b valuation international business. Richard was the strategy/propositions/market insight lead over his 9 years at Monitise. In this role, Richard researched and visited markets all around the globe and had discussions with hundreds of banks and other players such as schemes, processors, vendors, consultancies, telcos and merchants.

With his combination of large and small company experience, Richard is now advising a range of businesses on their digital and fintech strategies as well as publishing industry research for a leading market analysis business and delivering executive education.

Course participants will come away with:

  • An understanding of how fintech has evolved
  • An appreciation of the key technologies underlying fintech
  • Awareness of the competitive landscape and the factors determining winners and losers
  • Familiarity with fintech sub-sectors and some of the key players
  • Action points for market participants
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IFF is proud to be the official learning partner of the Finovate series of events.

The programme is suitable for all types of market participants including banks, processors, vendors, investors and regulators.

It will be relevant for staff in all functions who need to understand the space, which could include sales, marketing, product, change management, finance, HR, credit, operations, technology, legal, compliance and risk. 

What happens during an Online Academy course?


What are the benefits of an Online Academy Course?

  • Learn and utilise - implement immediately all that you learn during the course
  • Become part of a professional learning community - discuss any problems with students and/or the trainer
  • Time effective - bitesize chunks so it does not impact on your normal working day
  • Cost effective - no travel expenses
  • Grow as a team - with multiple licenses your team can access the course and learn together, no matter where they are in the world


A module will be uploaded each week, allowing you to study at your own pace. Your trainer will welcome any questions that arise throughout your course.

Please note that full payment must be made prior to the course start date in order to receive your login details to begin the course.

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