9:00 AM09:00

Machine Learning in Credit Risk Webinar

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In this webinar, Bart Van Liebergen presented the findings from a global survey of 60 firms (58 banks and 2 mortgage insurers) on machine learning in credit risk. The webinar covered the following: 

  • state of adoption or exploration of machine learning;
  • the specific techniques; 
  • areas of application;
  • benefits and challenges; 
  • data issues; 
  • model governance and regulation; and
  • implications for policymakers and supervisors.

Date and Time

April 18, 2018 9:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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10:00 AM10:00

RegTech Reporting System in Rwanda


During this RegTech for Regulators (or SupTech) webinar, we had presenters from the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) sharing their experience in implementing the Electronic Data Warehouse (EDW) system. The EDW automates and streamlines the reporting process that informs and facilitate supervision.

The webinar took place on Friday, Feb 16, at 10 AM EST

Mr. Wilson Kamali, the Director of Statistics at the BNR, and Mr. Haider Karim, EDW Project Manager from Sunoida, discussed:

  • The pain points BNR has addressed with the EDW system and how these pain points were identified and defined;
  •  Vendor selection process to determine a solution provider to build the system;
  • Implementation challenges experienced and how BNR and Sunoida overcame them; and
  • Early observations on the impact of EWD system to BNR etc.
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to Jan 25

Second R2A Working Group Meeting


Second R2A Working Group Meeting

Location: Washington, D.C.

Dates: 24 - 25 January 2018

R2A hosted its second working group meeting in Washington, D.C. More than 20 supervisors and regulators from 16 countries, as well as many of our partners, joined us to discuss how RegTech is transforming central banking and to celebrate the innovators that won of the Philippines and Mexico competitions.

During the event we:

  • Awarded vendors that won the competitions for the Philippines and Mexico
  • Discussed implementation lessons from the R2A initiative
  • Encouraged peer learning through case studies and interactive sessions
  • Showcased RegTech solutions
  • Launched the online platform for the R2A Learning Network
  • Launched the R2A Vendor Database

Download the event agenda here

Download the event presentations here

Download the event Tech Tour Handout here

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Partner Financial Authorities

  • Vicente De Villa, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Philippines 
  • Pia Roman-Tayag, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Philippines 
  • Cesar Cid Contreras, Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV), Mexico

Regulators and Supervisors

  • Stanislaw Zmitrowicz, Banco Central do Brasil, Brazil
  • May Abulnaga, Central Bank of Egypt, Egypt
  • Mohamed Abou Moussa, Central Bank of Egypt, Egypt
  • Tiruneh Mitafa Guttah, Central Bank of Ethiopia, Ethiopia
  • Francis Blankson, Bank of Ghana, Ghana
  • Augustine Amoako-Donkor, Bank of Ghana, Ghana
  • Amanda Alicia Miranda Mijangos, Superintendencia de Bancos, Guatemala
  • Hugo Alberto Herrera Ortega, Superintendencia de Bancos, Guatemala
  • Matu Mugo, Central Bank of Kenya, Kenya
  • Carlos Arturo Marmolejo Trujillo, Comisión Nacional del Sistema de Ahorro para el Retiro (CONSAR), Mexico
  • Víctor Rafael Baeza Bravo, Comisión Nacional del Sistema de Ahorro para el Retiro (CONSAR), Mexico
  • Jorge Espíritu, Comisión Nacional del Sistema de Ahorro para el Retiro (CONSAR), Mexico
  • Fadwa Jouali, Bank Al-Maghrib, Morocco
  • Dipo Fatokun, Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Musa Jimoh, Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Reginald Karawusa, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria
  • Alejandro Medina Moreno, Superintendencia de Banca, Seguros y AFP, Peru
  • Jackson Rutahinzibwa, Bank of Tanzania, Tanzania
  • Daniel Ocakacon, Bank of Uganda, Uganda
  • Nimrod Payne, BCEAO, West African Economic and Monetary Union
  • Moira Vahey, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), USA
  • Anne Wallwork, Department of the Treasury, USA 
  • Nick Cook, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), UK
  • Paul Leonovich, Department of the Treasury, USA
  • Deon Woods, Federal Trade Commission, USA

Award Winning Innovators

  • Jesús Saenz Pereda, Gestell, Mexico
  • Emmanuel Ruiz Velazquez, Gestell, Mexico
  • Dragan Oremuš, Compliant Risk Technology LLC, Croatia 
  • Vedran Vetma,  Pinecone Ltd,  Croatia  


  • JoAnn Barefoot, Barefoot Innovation Group and Hummingbird Regtech, USA
  • Innocent Ephraim, Financial Sector Deeping Tanzania (FSDT), Tanzania
  • Joseph Lutwama, Financial Sector Deeping Uganda (FSDU), Uganda
  • Greta Bull, CGAP, USA
  • Juan Carlos Izaguirre, CGAP, USA
  • Fermin Vivanco, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), USA
  • Bart Van Liebergen, Institute of International Finance (IIF), USA
  • Amias Gerety, QED Investors, USA
  • Ligia Lopes, World Bank, USA
  • Ahmed Dermish, UNCDF/MM4P, Belgium 
  • Rudy Araujo Medinaceli, Association of Bank Supervisors of the Americas (ASBA), Mexico


  • Paul Nelson, USAID, USA
  • Kwasi Donkor, USAID, USA
  • Fernando Maldonado, USAID, USA
  • Bill Baldridge, USAID, USA
  • Scott Kleinberg, USAID, USA
  • Susan Wilder, USAID, USA
  • Carlos Hasbud, USAID, USA
  • Kabir Kumar, Omidyar Network, USA
  • Tilman Ehrbeck, Omidyar Network, USA
  • Rosita Najmi, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Amy Jerrett, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Dan Radcliffe, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Jamie Zimmerman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Aliya Takos, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Chris Calabia, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Chris Page, RPA, USA

R2A Team

  • Simone di Castri, BFA, USA
  • David Porteous, BFA, USA
  • David del Ser, BFA, USA
  • Matt Grasser, BFA, USA
  • Yanina Seltzer, BFA, USA
  • Rakesh Ranjan, BFA, India
  • Aneth Kasebele, BFA, Kenya
  • Jeremiah Grossman, BFA, USA
  • Denise Dias, Consultant, USA
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11:00 AM11:00

FIGI Symposium 2017

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The first edition of the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) Symposium was held in Bangalore, India, from 29 November to 1 December 2017. The Symposium was being organized jointly by the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), jointly with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructure (CPMI) and the kind support of the Government of India.

Learn more about FIGI Symposium here.

RegTech Approach to DFS Supervision Session

Bangalore, India 1 December 2017

Financial authorities want to better monitor and understand financial marketplaces that are increasingly complex and data-driven. The future of financial supervision and policymaking lies in governments using technology and data to improve the quality and comprehensiveness of information to support targeted, risk-based decision-making.

This session explored how a Regtech approach allows financial authorities to understand marketplaces and customer experiences and needs.

During the sessions, insights from the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator (R2A) initiative were shared with the participants. The new R2A vendor database was also demonstrated.


  • Marc Hollanders, Special Advisor on Financial Infrastructure, CPMI, BIS
  • Bella Santos, Director, Payments and Settlement Office, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)
  • Daniel Gersten Reiss, Acting Head, Banking Operations and Payment System Research Division, Central Bank of Brazil
  • Christopher Calabia, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ganesh Kumar, Executive Director, Information Technology, Department of Payment and Settlement Systems and Department of External Investments and Operations Reserve Bank of India


Simone di Castri, Director, BFA and RegTech for Regulators Accelerator (R2A)


  1. Increase awareness of RegTech for regulators
  2. Excite attending stakeholders who would be supporting R2A (e.g., World Bank)

See R2A presentation at FIGI Symposium 2017 here.

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8:00 AM08:00

R2A lecture at Agustín Carstens Carstens Annual Open Lectures on Financial Inclusion

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R2A delivered a lecture on "RegTech for financial inclusion and innovation" in the inaugural Agustín Carstens Carstens Annual Open Lectures on Financial Inclusion. The event was hosted at the Mexican National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico on 17 November 2017 and brought together stakeholders in financial inclusion from across the public, private and academic spheres.

The lecture series is a tribute to former IMF executive and finance minister of Mexico, Agustín Carstens Carstens, who stepped down as governor of the central bank, Banco de México, to assume the role of General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Download the R 2 A presentation here.

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R2A Washington, DC Lunch Event
12:00 PM12:00

R2A Washington, DC Lunch Event

Washington, D.C.
13 October 2017 

Stakeholders based in Washington, D.C. spoke with us to discuss the launch, background, and upcoming plans of the RegTech for Regulators initiative, building awareness across the D.C. international organization community. 

Presenters included Rosita Najmi of BMGF and Simone di Castri and Matt Grasser, of BFA. They discussed current financial authority partners and potential partnerships, as well as the 20-month Phase 1 planning process of the initiative.

Find more information on the event and R2A in this presentation.

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R2A Launch: The Digital Opportunity - Reducing Global Poverty through Economic Innovation
4:15 PM16:15

R2A Launch: The Digital Opportunity - Reducing Global Poverty through Economic Innovation

The R2A program was launched at the #DigitalFinanceFuture Convening Series, hosted by Meridian International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Panel: “RegTech for Regulators - Reimagining Financial Supervision and Policymaking”

The panel showcased the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator (R2A), a program that engages with financial authority supervisors and regulators to accelerate the development of technologies with the end goals of improving supervision of the expanding digital finance sector and of improving policy analysis. R2A also announced the three financial autority partners.

The panel was one part of a larger event that was livestreamed via Facebook Live at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C.

The event was introduced by Gloria Steele, Acting Assistant Administrator, USAID


  • Pia Roman, Director, Inclusive Finance Advocacy, and Co-Head, Financial Consumer Protection Department, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (R2A partner financial authority)
  • Prof. Benno Ndulu, Governor, Bank of Tanzania, and Chair, AFI Steering Committee
  • Kabir Kumar, Director of Policy and Ecosystem Building, Omidyar Network (R2A sponsor)
  • Michael Wiegand, Director of Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (R2A sponsor)

Moderated by Simone di Castri, Director, Policy and Ecosystem Development, BFA (R2A Managing Director)

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