On Thursday 16 March, the CSC Alumni Team were joined by Commonwealth Alumnus Jewel Kumar Roy for the Development in Action webinar series. Jewel shared a presentation on ‘FinTech: its uses and impact on sustainable development in Asia Pacific’.

Jewel discussed the role of financial technology (FinTech) in reshaping the financial sector and how it contributes to economic development globally.

This webinar addressed the CSC development theme of Promoting global prosperity.

The CSC’s Development in Action webinar series aims to highlight the work and research of Commonwealth Alumni across a range of development impact areas.

About the speaker

Jewel Kumar Roy is currently Assistant Professor at the Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University in Bangladesh. As a researcher specialising in FinTech, he has published many articles on the subject in peer-reviewed national, international, and Scopus indexed journals. His research interests include blockchain, cryptocurrency, financial technology, financial econometrics, and sustainable finance.

Jewel Kumar Roy is a 2020 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Bangladesh. He completed his MSc in Financial Technology (FinTech) at the University of Stirling.

Enabling finance to reach the people who need it most

In this webinar, Jewel provided an overview of FinTech and its potential for supporting sustainable development across nations in the Asia Pacific region. Highlighting FinTech’s takeover of traditional financial industries and how it has transformed the way in which people access financial services, Jewel emphasised that FinTech offered greater financial inclusion as well as supporting sustainable investments. Jewel also shared the key challenges within the industry and the future steps needed to strengthen FinTech’s potential for delivering positive change.

This webinar presentation was followed by an interactive Q&A session with Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni. A recording of this webinar will be available soon on the CSC’s YouTube channel where you can also watch previous events in the series.

Join future Development in Action webinars

The CSC’s Development in Action webinars take place each month and are open to all Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni.

To find out about upcoming webinars, please visit the CSC’s events webpage.