The Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) has launched a comprehensive online foundation course in fintech.

Huy Nguyen Trieu, Co-founder, CFTE, discusses the inspiration behind helping businesses grow in the fintech industry and what learners can look forward to from taking the online course which begins on October 30th, 2017.

What is your background briefly?

I was in banking for more than a decade – until last year an MD at Citi in London – in capital markets. I didn’t start as a banker though, but as an entrepreneur. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I was co-founder and CEO of Ukibi, the equivalent of Linkedin but 5 years too early. For the last few years, I have been involved in Fintech through my blog, Disruptive Finance, mentoring entrepreneurs in Europe and Asia, while also lecturing at Oxford Saïd Business School.

I decided to leave Citi in 2016 to be an entrepreneur again. Although I loved my job and the people there, I was very convinced that the next 10 years will bring along huge opportunities in finance, and I launched The Disruptive Group to build fintech businesses.

I’ve always navigated between very different worlds and worked with very different people – bankers, entrepreneurs, investors, regulators, academics – and I’ve realised during the years that many people are not ready for the world of digital finance. If I had to make an analogy, it’s a bit like working in advertising in 2005 and not being prepared for the disruptions that Google and Facebook were to bring to the markets.

Although I love teaching – at Oxford or Imperial College – lecturing a class of 30 people doesn’t have much impact when thousands more need to learn new skills. So 6 months back, I co-founded the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship with my wife – Tram Anh. The objective of CFTE is to help a very large number of professionals in finance and technology to acquire the right skills and make the most of the opportunities that’ll come with Finance 2.0.

Does it seem like a logical background to what you do now?

I do quite a lot of things now; at The Disruptive Group, we build fintech businesses. We also advise investors (VC and Private Equity) for their fintech investments. And CFTE is definitely a very big focus with the launch of Around Fintech in 8 hours. The common thread between all of that is that I’m bridging different worlds – finance, technology and entrepreneurship. Since I started in banking more than 10 years ago, I’ve always nurtured these three passions, so it’s definitely a logical next step!

1 min pitch for what you are doing now.

We just launched Around Fintech in 8 hours, a fintech foundation course to help professionals acquire the right knowledge of fintech – for them to understand how technology is impacting finance. We hope that for many people, the course will be a starting point to a strong foundation in fintech, and the beginning of their journey in digital finance.

Who is this course aimed at?

It is for those who want to understand financial technologies. On a daily basis, we hear about Blockchain, ICOs, robo advisors, machine learning, but how many people would benefit from the explanation of these concepts. Around Fintech in 8 hours is aimed at finance professionals who are seeing automation spread across the industry, and wondering about the future opportunities in finance. The course is also aimed at technologists who want to understand how to apply their skills in finance. It is also beneficial to investors who are seeking to invest in fintech companies, but may be holding back until the concepts are clarified.

How will it help you in your fintech life?

It will help me immensely! Because as a business builder, what I need above all is talent, and the more I can meet and train talented individuals, the more opportunities there will be. Generally, fintech can have a huge social impact – look at Compte-Nickel in France, Zhong An in China, all these companies that provide financial services to people who could never access them before. If Around Fintech in 8 hours could spark the interest of a future entrepreneur/intrapreneur to create such services, it’ll make us very happy indeed!

Tell us about some of the lecturers.

I am one of the four senior lecturers – the other three are Andrei Kirilenko, Janos Barberis and Dan Liebau. Between the 4 of us, we have initiated fintech lectures at Imperial College, Hong Kong University, Singapore Management University, and Oxford. In addition, three of us are CEOs. We also have 16 fintech CEOs and senior leaders who will share their insights – from Rob Frohwein, CEO of Kabbage, a multi-billion dollar fintech company, to Claire Calmejane, Director of Innovation at Lloyds, to Melissa Guzy, founder of Arbor Ventures in Hong Kong. Although I know many of them, I learnt a lot from watching their videos, so I’m sure the learners will enjoy the content.

How can people sign up / learn more?

Register online here.

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