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Programme Dates
6 – 10 Dec 2021

SMU Administration Building
81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065


Rapid advancement of digital technologies and the advent of the digital economy have brought about transformative impact on businesses, governments and society as a whole. Faced with new opportunities and emerging challenges, senior executives, entrepreneurs and policymakers have to be equipped with the skills and know-how to adapt to the digital disruption and ride the digital wave.

Committed to developing the leadership capabilities of digital finance leaders in Singapore, South East Asia and the Greater Bay Area in China, AMTD and Xiaomi Finance are collaborating with SMU and NUS-ISS to jointly design and deliver a multidisciplinary programme titled AXSI Digital Finance Leadership Programme. Facilitated by senior faculty members of SMU, NUS-ISS as well as business and technology leaders in the industry, this unique programme will deepen the knowledge and ability of senior finance and regulatory leaders as well as Fintech entrepreneurs in Asia in the areas of digital business transformation and digital finance, enabling them to harness digital financial solutions and services to drive business excellence.


Programme Highlights

High intensity programme featuring lectures, talks, life cases and networking events designed to allow participants in the digital economy to discover new opportunities and create value for their own businesses

Digital Finance Leadership journey includes a 5-day executive programme in Singapore

This programme includes industry visits to companies, meetings with practitioners and regulators across various geographies

Highly customised design and content for Asia with a multidisciplinary approach towards developing leadership mindset and readiness for financial innovation, managing transformative changes in finance sector, future impact and opportunities in digital finance world

Networking opportunities among participants and interactions with practitioners from the Fintech ecosystem in Asia


Who Should Attend

Senior Executives, Entrepreneurs and Policy Makers from the Financial Technology sectors across functions based in Singapore, South East Asia and the Greater Bay Area in China.


"I had heard great reviews from the alumni and was looking forward to attending the AXSI Programme. As it turned out, the programme surpassed my expectations. I learnt so much during the five days - not just from the speakers and panelists but also from my fellow participants who brought with them a wealth of experience and perspectives. I am a strong advocate of lifelong learning, and I hope to be able to give back and help others reap the benefits of the AXSI Programme as much as I did. Thank you very much AXSI team!" 

Lee Su Fen
Head (Balance Sheet Policy) & Specialist,
Reserves & Investment Directorate,
Ministry of Finance Singapore
Attended AXSI Digital Finance Leadership Programme
5-9 July 2021

"The course was packed with amazing insights and I particularly appreciate SMU Executive Development’s effort in bringing so many wonderful external speakers and panelists. I benefitted from the real life ‘case studies’ and live conversations - making the learning even more tangible and actionable. All truly inspiring!" 

Lou-Ellen Hoskinson
Vice President,
Business Development, Acceptance, Asia Pacific
Attended AXSI Digital Finance Leadership Programme
6-11 December 2020

Press Release

AMTD Group, Xiaomi Finance, SMU and the Institute of Systems Science at the NUS (NUS-ISS) have jointly launched the AMTD-Xiaomi-SMU-ISS (AXSI) Digital Finance Leadership Programme aimed at strengthening Singapore’s position as a Fintech and innovation hub by deepening the knowledge and ability of senior finance and regulatory leaders, as well as FinTech entrepreneurs in Asia in the areas of digital business transformation and digital finance, enabling them to harness digital financial solutions and services to drive business excellence. The AXSI Programme leverages the strengths of its four partners, including SMU’s expertise in digital finance, law and governance and track record of delivering leadership programmes.

Singapore Business Review
Fintech News
Asia Insurance Review
Newsday 24
Asia Banking & Finance
Fintech Direct
Crowd Fund Insider
Business Times Online
The Straits Times Online
Berita Harian Online
Tamil Murasu
Regulation Asia


AMTD Group is Asia’s leading comprehensive financial service conglomerate in Asia, with businesses in financial services areas to include investment banking, institutional asset management, digital banking, digital insurance and risk solutions, etc. and non-financial services areas to include real estate investment and hospitality, education, digital media marketing and data intelligence services, and digital investments.

AMTD International (NYSE: HKIB; SGX: HKB), a subsidiary of AMTD Group and dual-listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Singapore Exchange, is the No.1 independent investment bank in Asia, one of Asia’s largest independent asset management companies, and a leading investment house in the financial and new economy sectors.

AMTD Digital, another subsidiary of AMTD Group, is one of Asia’s rare few diversified digital technology platform, whose major businesses cover digital financial services, digital media marketing and data intelligence, digital connectors and ecosystem and digital investments. Among them, AMTD Risk Solutions under AMTD Digital is Hong Kong's largest corporate insurance brokerage company. AMTD Digital and Xiaomi Corporation have also jointly launched Airstar Bank, which holds one of the eight Hong Kong virtual banking licenses. AMTD Digital is also leading a consortium with Xiaomi Corporation, SP Group, and Funding Societies and submitted an application to the Monetary Authority of Singapore for a digital wholesale banking license. Earlier this month, AMTD Digital completed the acquisition of PolicyPal, a leading InsurTech company in Singapore and the first graduate of FinTech regulatory sandbox approved by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, which marks the first controlling stake acquisition in the Southeast Asian InsurTech industry since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

AMTD Group also has diversified businesses in real estate investment, hospitality, and education areas. In particular, AMTD Property Development Group acquired Singapore's landmark building from OUE to rename as Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore.


Launched in May 2015, Xiaomi Finance is a financial technology service platform and a subsidiary of Xiaomi Corporation (1810.HK).

Xiaomi Finance’s current FinTech business focuses on consumer lending and supply chain financing. With sophisticated risk management model and technology capability, and extensive user base and supply chain partners, Xiaomi Finance has grown rapidly. Xiaomi Finance is also actively exploring other FinTech business opportunities including third-party payment, wealth management, InsurTech, virtual banking, consumer finance company and so on. Its subsidiary, Airstar Bank, officially launched business in Hong Kong this month.


Singapore Management University Executive Development (SMU ExD) is dedicated to international talent development in a contemporary Asian setting. Integrating the best of Asian and Western practices and theories, our Open Enrolment and Custom Programmes deliver outstanding returns on investment for individuals and organisations, leveraging meticulously-designed curricula which address business challenges in the context of Asia.


Established in 1981, Institute of Systems Science at National University Singapore (NUS-ISS) develops digital talent for the industry through graduate education, executive education programmes, consultancy and research services. NUS-ISS is widely recognised as a champion of the Singapore’s SkillsFuture movement, enabling a digital economy that is always learning and always leading. NUS-ISS has implemented a unique portfolio of multiple learning pathways, with a wide spectrum of programmes in critical industry disciplines, such as software development, data science, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, smart health, digital government and digital innovation. Its programmes are delivered by staff with an average of more than 20 years of industry experience.



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