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Chris Skinner

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Author and commentator on FinTech, the Chief Executive of Balatro Ltd., and co-founder of the website Shaping Tomorrow

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Keynote speaker Chris Skinner is a well respected expert on financial issues. He has written several books covering issues such as European Banking regulation, the credit crisis and the future of banking. He has been a consultant for numerous publications and television media. Today, he delivers knowledgeable keynotes on banking, crises and the future of financial institutions.

Reasons to book Chris Skinner

  • He is the author of ten books, with a recent series of seven published by Searching Finance and covering everything from the credit crisis through payments to social media in finance.
  • Chris is known to be an exceptional speaker which is why he is regularly requested to keynote at many of the financial market’s most prestigious events.
  • He serves as a Judge on many awards programs including the Card Awards and the Asian Banker’s Retail Excellence Awards. In addition, he has worked closely with leading banks such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, Citibank, HSBC, and Société Générale and the World Economic Forum.

Keynote speaker Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through the Finanser and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club, which he founded in 2004. The Financial Services Club is a network for financial professionals. It focuses on the future of financial services through the delivery of research, analysis, commentary and debate and conducts regular meetings in London, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Vienna.  Chris is also the author of several books which cover everything from European regulations in banking through the credit crisis to the future of banking.

Chris Skinner is a regular keynote speaker at leading industry forums. Through these keynotes, he has presented alongside many other leading world figures including Gary Hamel, Richard Branson, Lou Gerstner, Meg Whitman, Michael Porter, and Bill Gates. Prior to founding Balatro, Chris was Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Unisys Global Financial Services and he was the Strategy Director with NCR Financial Services. These roles helped spark Chris’ specialization in the future of financial services after he created the Global Future Forum in Unisys and the Knowledge Lab in NCR.

Our speaker Chris Skinner studied at Loughborough University in the UK, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Sciences alongside a Diploma in Industrial Studies. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Services, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.

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Can financial services become 'socially useful' through digital?

After the 2008 financial crisis, banks were described as being socially useless by the UK regulator. How is this changing? Amazingly, through FinTech and digital services, it is changing dramatically. There are now many movements across the network to use financial transactions to be good for society and good for the planet. What’s happening and who is driving this change? What does it mean for banks and what happens when you say you are green when, in fact, you are not? This session explores these themes in depth and demonstrates that digital transformation and green finance are actually coming together hand-in-hand.


Tomorrow's bank: digital, open and human

Banks are fundamentally challenged by digital transformation. The business model of banks was built on paper processing and physical distribution. The change to data processing and digital distribution demands a completely different business model. In building that new business, it is also changing the culture of the bank.

In a physical distribution model, banks controlled everything; in a digital distribution model, the customer controls everything. This is why regulators are forcing banks to open up their services to third parties the customer wants to use. It is a huge cultural challenge for banks to transform from control freaks to collaborative partnering, but it is happening. What are banks doing to deal with these challenges? Who has risen to the challenge best? And what is the role of humans in a digital bank? Chris Skinner will address these questions and more in a compelling presentation on the future of banking and the structure of tomorrow’s banks.


How can we use technology and finance to improve society and the planet?

This presentation looks at everything from how banking plays a role in the climate emergency through to the FinTech world using technology to overcome issues of inequality and inclusion. The themes of the book include questioning the purpose of banking, and whether it is socially useful; how purpose can impact a bank’s role in the climate emergency; the way in which we can use finance to do good for society and the planet; the latest developments in cryptocurrencies; and more.

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Interview with Chris Skinner

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?

That the future is exciting, visible and can be predicted; that there are great opportunities for those who seize the visible future; and that innovation is a good thing.

What made you decide to become a professional speaker?

I’ve been a spokesperson for my mainstream career in business for over twenty years.  Therefore, when I became independent, I knew I had a style that people liked so I tried out a few after dinners and keynote speeches.  Having been invited back many times to speak again, I guess it worked.

How are your keynotes unique?

I’m not a joker or funnyman, but my speeches mix humour and knowledge to give insight. It’s what used to be called edutainment – educating whilst entertaining. That’s what I think my keynotes deliver. They are very international views also, as I travel globally and regularly speak to foreign language audiences. That’s where I learned early on that keynotes need to be highly visual but not wordy.  Finally, I’m very British and therefore you need to like British humour when you hire me!

What types of audiences benefit from your keynotes?

I talk a lot about changes in society, economics, business and technology, so anyone interested in the future but particularly those interested in the future of financial services and banking.

How do you combine banking and history in your keynotes?

In many ways, you can only talk about the future of something today if you know its history yesterday and, in the case of banking, that’s particularly true. As most folks know, my core stomping ground is banking, which is an industry that is both reviled and revered and always has been. Having researched finance from ancient Babylon through the Renaissance and Industrial Revolution to today’s world of mega global connections, I therefore provide a lot of insight into how banking has become what it is today and where it is going tomorrow.

How do you believe the banking industry will look in 10 years?

I tend to focus upon the future from a commercial viewpoint and hence my real focal point is what’s happening in 18 months to three years so that the decision makers can take advantage of near-term change, so ten years is too far out for realistic predictions.  Nevertheless, if you want a few predictions, there will be fewer banks; more global, large, too big to fail banks; far less branches, about a tenth of today’s numbers; and at least one more financial crisis, but far less significant than the last one.

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