A tutor-led online programme for senior policymakers and regulators.
Explore the programme
The FinTech and Regulatory Innovation (CFTRI) programme is a tutor-led online programme delivered to senior policymakers and regulators at central banks, security agencies and ministries of finance.
Over eight weeks, participants learn essential concepts concerning the technologies and business models that are transforming the financial industry. The focus of the programme is on formulating evidence-based regulatory, supervisory and policy responses to the development of financial technology.
Participants are taught by leading economists, lawyers, engineers, regulators and development professionals in interactive online lectures. Each participant is also guided by an expert tutor in small tutorial groups and is helped to develop a capstone project that they then present in their own organisation. Previous projects have included the launch of new regulatory and market development initiatives, improvements to existing innovation offices, and the formation of inter-jurisdictional collaborations.
To date, over 1500 central Banks, security agency and ministry of finance officials have participated and been trained through the programme from 340+ organisations in more than 145 jurisdictions.This has been made possible through the generous support from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the UK Commonwealth Secretariat, the Asian Development Bank Institute, and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Fintech & Regulatory Innovation is delivered over eight weeks and requires participants to study for five to six hours each week.
The introductory week provides an overview of the key transformative technologies used in the financial sector, including machine learning, natural language processing, APIs, QR codes, cloud computing, DLT and others. In each subsequent week, a fintech sector will be covered with a focus on the defining characteristics of different business model, to equip regulators with an understanding of the fundamentals of each.
Following the assessment of each fintech sector, a range of regulatory responses are worked through including regulatory sandboxes, innovation offices, regulatory and supervisory technologies, regulatory reform and international cooperation.
The course is delivered via tutor groups, interactive online lectures, and online readings and exercises. Participants work closely with their colleagues from other regulatory organisations and receive personal support from their tutor.
- Welcome and Orientation
- Module 1: Fintech Innovation and Regulation
- Module 2: Deconstructing Banking
- Module 3: Open Finance and Digitising Payments
- Module 4: Digital Assets
- Module 5: Digital Lending and Capital Raising
- Module 6: Regulatory Innovation and Tech Responses
- Capstone Project Presentations
- Tutor-led instruction delivered to small, interactive peer-learning groups
- High profile guest speakers from around the world share latest insights on fintech and regulatory innovation
- Study and learn with peers from around the world in an interactive and engaging way
- Receive full support along the way with a dedicated administrative contact and tutor
- Gain access to feedback from University of Cambridge faculty and fellows
- Enjoy online study in a convenient learning environment
- Access to the CCAF global alumni of regulators and policymakers
- Participate in a programme with average NPS (Net Promoter Score) of 90
Who should attend
This tutor-led programme has been designed for financial regulators and policymakers from around the world working in strategy, policy, authorisation, licensing, enforcement, technology, legal or research to ensure multidisciplinary cohorts.
Please contact us for more details as to whether this programme is right for you or to apply.
The map below highlights the global spread of participants of the first six cohorts of the programme.
Faculty & speakers
Academic Programme Director
Robert (Bob) Wardrop
Co-Founder & Director, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance
Head, Education and Capacity Building / Tutor
Digital Assets and Distributed Ledger Technology
Digital Assets Regulation
Lead, Content Development
Digital Lending and Capital Raising
- Alexander Apostolides, Regulatory Research and InsurTech
- Emmanuel (Manos) Schizas, Regulatory Technologies
- Hatim Hussain, Cryptoassets and Blockchain
- Dr Jason Allen, Digital Assets and Payments
- Jill Lagos, Open Finance and Digital Payments
- Karsten Wenzlaff, Digital Lending and Crowdfunding
- Dr Marcelo Prates, Digital Assets
- Nick Drury, Digital Assets
- Dr Patrick Conteh, Regulatory Sandboxes
- Dr Sarah Ombija, Regulatory Research and Innovation
- Waleed Samarah, SupTech and Crowdfunding
- Werner Bijkerk, Regulatory Risk
- Dr Yassar Nasser, Digital Banking and Payments
Previous speakers on the programme include:
- John Frost, Senior Economist, Innovation and the Digital Economy at Bank for International Settlements
- Pieter Franken, Director, ASEAN Financial Innovation Network
- Lesly Goh, World Bank Senior Technology Advisor
- Klaus Loeber, Head of Oversight, European Central Bank, Innovations Working Group CPMI
- Professor Ben Shenglin, Dean, Academy of Internet Finance, Zhejiang University
- Diego Herrera, Financial Markets Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
- Yuta Takanashi, Deputy Director for the Office of International Affairs, Financial Services Agency of Japan
- Shamiah Wykcliffe, CEO, Capital Markets Authority, Kenya
- Caroline Malcolm, Head of Blockchain Policy, OECD
- Laura Clavijo Muñoz, Director of Innovation, Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia
- Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, Digital Innovation & Blockchain, Digital Single Market Directorate, DG CONNECT, Co-Chair, FinTech Task Force, European Commission
- Professor Njunguna Ndung’u, Executive Director, African Economic Research Consortium
- Chris Charlton, Tech Lead, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance
- Mariela Atanassova, Group Flow, Former Head of Innovation, SWIFT
- Devyani Parameshwar, Head of Commercial for M-Pesa, Vodafone Group
- Mark Perez, Head of Department, Department of Supervisory Analytics, Bangko Sentral ng Philipinas
Dates & fees
The programme is sponsored by the UK Commonwealth Secretariat and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Asia Development Bank Institute, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Our sponsors are able to provide a number of bursaries for eligible participants.
19 April 2023
For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions document:
Terms and conditions updated 16 March 2021
Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.
Participants are expected to attend the full programme.
If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch:
Capacity Building and Education Team
Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance
Dr Dee Allen
Head, Capacity Building and Education
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