IRAN. The Canadian-based Digital Finance Institute, a think tank, and the Iranian global holding company, Sana Pardakht, are holding the region’s 1st Conference on FinTech and Innovation with “Digital Finance Iran” on October 7 – 8, 2015 on Kish Island, a Visa-Free free economic zone off Iran.
The topics at the Conference centre around FinTech and will include sessions on the role of innovation labs to drive technology, banking and finance, Bitcoin, smart cities and renewable energy, emerging payments, Iran’s potential to emerge as a finance hub post-sanctions, business opportunities in Iran and the growing importance of social banking with a case study on payments to solve financial inclusion for the refugee crisis.
“The time was right for a Conference on FinTech and innovation for Iran,” says Majeed Javdani, a prominent international lawyer and the Chairman of Sana Pardakht. “Iran has a young and well-educated population of 75 million people who live in an increasingly connected world where online commerce and FinTech will play a vital role in the growth of our economy in the next few years. The Conference will act as a catalyst to start building the FinTech and innovation ecosystem in Iran in partnership with companies from other nations,” he said.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with Canada’s Digital Finance Institute for region’s 1st Conference on FinTech, Innovation and International Trade and to a long and rewarding relationship with the Institution on many projects,” Mr. Javdani said.
“Iran has incredible potential as a financial hub and will emerge very quickly as a FinTech and innovation powerhouse,” says Christine Duhaime, a prominent lawyer and the Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Finance Institute.
“Partnering with Iran’s Sana Pardakht to support the growth of Iran’s FinTech, banking and payments sector provides parallel opportunities for Canada and other countries interested in doing business in Iran and we are pleased to lend our expertise to this ground-breaking event,” Ms. Duhaime says.
“Fostering a supportive environment for entrepreneurs, innovators and financiers is critical to driving investment and at the Institute, that is part of what we do,” says Ms. Duhaime.
Digital Finance Iran targets banks, venture capital firms, innovation labs, universities, entrepreneurs, financial technology companies, AML compliance teams, lawyers, investors, renewable energy sector, digital currency companies, startups, payment processors and government regulators.
The Conference is unique in that it will include keynote discussions on using FinTech to resolve payment impediments for refugees as part of a focus on social banking and financial inclusion, an area of concern that unites both Sana Pardakht and the Digital Finance Institute. The Institute launched the first refugee banking project in the world in 2014 to provide financial inclusion solutions to refugees.
For more information on Digital Finance 2015, please visit DigitalFinanceKish.com.
Photo Caption : Christine Duhaime, a prominent lawyer and the Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Finance Institute
About Digital Finance Institute: Launched in 2014 by Christine Duhaime, the Digital Finance Institute is the first institute devoted to FinTech, financial innovation and financial inclusion.
For more information, visit http://www.digifin.org.
About Sana Pardakht: Launched in 2013, Sana is a global holding company based in Teheran that has interests in finance, banking, renewable energy, infrastructure and payments.
For more information, visit http://www.sanapardakht.com