Open Banking and Open Finance: What Role – And Benefits – For Governments?

March 15, 2022

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Open banking – which aims to boost competition by enabling third parties, such as fintech companies, to use customers’ financial data (with their permission) to develop new apps and services – is ‘set to become globally ubiquitous’, according to a report (June 2021). Open finance is the extension of open banking data-sharing principles across a far broader set of financial fields. Governments worldwide are encouraging its development but rolling it out at different speed and in different ways, while also themselves – at least in the case of the UK’s HMRC – exploring the use of open banking to improve the delivery of public services. This webinar will explore: what progress has been made to deliver open banking and open finance across the world? What role should and could government have to drive implementation? How can governments themselves benefit, in terms of delivering citizen services? Should – and how – can governments move faster?


Public servants can register here for free to attend this webinar


USA/Canada Eastern Time (EST): 07:30 – 08:45
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT): 12:30 – 13:45
Central European Time (CET): 13:30 – 14:45
Eastern European Time (EET): 14:30 – 15:45
Singapore Time (SGT): 20:30 – 21:45
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST): 23:30 – 00:45


Jessica Robinson, Assistant Secretary, CDP Policy and Engagement, Treasury, Australia

Jessica joined the Consumer Data Right Division (CDR) in Treasury in December 2020 as the Division was being established. Jessica is responsible for the CDR policy, engagement and governance teams. Jessica is passionate about delivering good government policy outcomes. With almost eighteen years of public service experience, she has worked across the Australian Government in various agencies including the Treasury, PM&C, the Attorney General’s Department and the Australian Communications and Media Authority leading complex policy and regulatory reforms in topics such as critical minerals and critical technologies, foreign investment, critical infrastructure and cyber policy, and has performed general counsel roles in two Royal Commissions. She is lawyer by training and started her career in private legal practice. In this current role, Jessica is bringing her passion and enthusiasm to building a world-leading Consumer Data Right in partnership with other government agencies and the CDR community.

Valentina Ion, ​Director Strategy Public Finance Industry, Microsoft

As Director of Government Public Finance Industry, Valentina is in charge of Microsoft sales and industry solutions strategy for this industry, enabling a strong organization that  supports Governments embark on the  Digital Transformation journey based on deep understanding of their industry, drivers and the critical line of business processes. She is also in charge of building and developing strategic partnerships with ICT, Advisory, Academia or International Organizations such as OECD, IOTA, WCO etc.​

She has a diverse background in industry sales strategy and execution, partnerships management, marketing and product management as well a business operation and she holds a Master in Finances and Accounting. With more than 21 years’ experience in ICT and Business transformation Valentina is passionate about business re-engineering and digital transformation for better economy and society. ​

Webinar chair: Ian Hall, Editor, Global Government Fintech

Ian is editor of Global Government Fintech and also writes for media including City AM and #DisruptionBanking. He is former UK director for the pan-European media network Euractiv (2011-2018), editor of Public Affairs News (2007-2011) and news editor of PR Week (2000-2007). He was shortlisted for ‘Editor of the Year’ at the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Awards in 2010. He began his career in Bulgaria at English-language weekly the Sofia Echo, with his year in the Balkans (1998-1999) sandwiched between a BA in Economics and MA in Urban & Regional Change in Europe (both from Durham University).

Interested to check out our editorial coverage? Check out Global Government Fintech’s dedicated ‘Open Banking & Open Finance’ topic section