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Keynote 1: Michael Goldstein 

 

Kenote 2 - Mass. Fintech Hub 

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), October 19-20, 2023

1st  Conference on Fintech for inclusivity, growth, and the future.

 

Future Finance and Economics Association and Worcester Polytechnic Institute

 

1st  Conference on Fintech for inclusivity, growth, and the future.

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Business School and the Future Finance and Economics Association (FFEA) are proud to invite you to the staging of the inaugural conference on "Fintech for inclusivity, growth, and the future." This will mark the first time FFEA will offer a conference event in the United States. The conference will be from Thursday October 19th through Saturday October 21st, 2023, at WPI.

This follows the very enjoyable and successful first, in Napoli in June 2022 and the second in Ljubljana in 2023

 

Theme 

This event will bring together an international group of academics and practitioners who are actively conducting research in the fields of finance, management and related disciplines, as well as practitioners and policy makers to generate debates on current issues of sustainability, fintech and digital finance. The conference provides a forum for presenting new ideas and discussing the future direction of fintech research.

We hope to make this the largest annual niche gathering in the intersection of sustainability and Fintech research in North America, and we look forward to welcoming you in our community of digital finance scholars.

This international conference will feature scholars sharing their research in all areas of Fintech, including but not limited to: 

 

  • Green / Sustainable / Climate Finance, ESG considerations, and risk management, and modelling challenges
  • International Financial Regulation and Green/Sustainable/Climate finance challenges. 
  • The impact of Artificial Intelligence applications in the financial industry 
  • Contagion, spillovers and interlinkages among green/climate/sustainable financial instruments and other assets 
  • Machine learning applications in financial and economic analysis 
  • Central Bank Digital Currency and the underbanked/unbanked 
  • Green/Sustainable/Climate assets and portfolio allocation 
  • Fintech and financial inclusion
  • Financial and Economic Uncertainty 

The conference invites papers in all areas of fintech and sustainability studies. At this point a tentative but not exhaustive set of topics could include the following   

  • Financial and Economic Uncertainty 
  • The impact of Artificial Intelligence applications in the financial industry 
  • Machine learning applications in financial and economic analysis 
  • Climate, green and carbon finance modelling challenges 
  • Green Finance and ESG considerations 
  • Central Bank Digital Currency and the underbanked/unbanked 
  • Central Bank Digital Currency and Green/Climate/Sustainable Finance 
  • Financial Stability and Green/Climate/Sustainable Finance 
  • Blockchain and FinTech
  • Blockchain’s role in data reliability for supply chains and sustainability
  • Risk Management and Green/Sustainable/Climate finance challenges. 
  • International Financial Regulation and Green/Sustainable/Climate finance challenges. 
  • Spillovers and interlinkages among green/climate/sustainable financial instruments and other assets 
  • Green/Sustainable/Climate assets and portfolio allocation 
  • Applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence in financial decision making 
  • Fintech and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Fintech and financial inclusivity 
  • Ethics and Fintech  

 

Timeline

Papers and extended abstracts, as well as proposals for workshops and panel discussions, should be submitted by June  30 2023  with decisions by mid July. 

Submissions can be made here https://conference-service.com/ffea-WPI-2023/welcome.html

 

 

About the Conference

Keynote Speaker 1:  Professor Michael Goldstein, Babson College ;

Michael A. Goldstein, Ph.D. is a Professor of Finance at Babson College. He currently also holds a three-year appointment as a Visiting Professorship Fellow at the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New South Wales. He currently serves on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)'s Economic Advisory Committee, and was Chair from 2011 to 2021. Dr. Goldstein previously served as a member of the Nasdaq Economic Advisory Board from 2003 to 2005, and served as Chair in 2005. Dr. Goldstein was chosen to be the Visiting Economist at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for 1997-1998 and was the eighth academic to hold that post. His research covers market microstructure, corporate bonds, climate change, dividend payments around the world, privatization of formerly communist countries, and real estate, and has consults Fortune 100 companies and financial firms on financial strategy, international strategy, and complex litigation. He is currently the Editor of The Financial Review, and an Editor at Weather, Climate and Society, a journal of the American Meteorological Society. 

Dr. Goldstein has received four U.S. National Science Foundation grants related to Arctic Economics. Some of his work can be seen at www.arcticecon.com. He has multiple publications on climate science in science journals.

 

 

Conference Logistics

  • Conference sessions will take place at the WPI Campus
  • The conference will be in person only
  • Sessions typically last for 90m, and contain one workshop/roundtable or three papers with discussants. 
  • Authors of accepted papers will be required to also act as discussants. 
  • We do not issue visa letters or letters of support
  • Conference fees are all inclusive of meals and supporting documentation
  • Registration deadline is August 15th, 2023, and registration fees are as follows:

    • Face-to-face presentation with attendance of the Gala Dinner:
      • Academic $350
      • Professional $500

 

Indicative Schedule.  

Thu October 19: 0830-1730 Conference, Keynote speaker, workshops

Thu October 19: 1900 Social Event 

Fri Oct 20: 0830-1730 Conference, Keynote speaker, workshops

Fri Oct 20: : 1900 Gala Dinner, prize giving.

 

Special Issues of Journals - for more information click here

  • Finance Research Letters  - all conference topics ; Guest Editor Kwamie Dunbar WPI
  • International Review of Financial Analysis - Fintech and Inclusivity in an International Context  Guest Editor Kwamie Dunbar WPI
  • One Earth Heliyon -   iScience -

 

Papers for these special issues must be presented at the conference. Which journal, if any, will be requested at submission. It is NOT mandatory to select a SI to attend or present. Please refer to the journal websites for details on submissions. Note that submissions are NOT open yet.

 

Conference attendance fee is likely to be in the region of $400 

 

Inquiries

Email 

info@ffea.eu