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Navigating Challenges & Building Success in Digital Banking | (with Oliver Hughes, Former CEO of Tinkoff)

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In our exclusive podcast episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Oliver Hughes, the former CEO of Tinkoff, a renowned neobank and one of the most successful fintech companies globally. Join us as we dive into Oliver Hughes’ incredible journey of building Tinkoff into a thriving digital bank and highly profitable fintech powerhouse.

During our conversation, we will explore the immense challenges faced when constructing a new digital bank. Oliver Hughes will provide valuable insights into the obstacles encountered and the strategies employed to overcome them, offering a unique perspective on navigating the ever-evolving landscape of digital banking.

Whether you are interested in digital banking and fintech success stories, this podcast episode promises to offer invaluable insights from Oliver Hughes, a visionary leader who has experienced the challenges and triumphs of building a world-class neobank. Don’t miss out on this enlightening conversation!

In this episode, you will:

🔹 Explore his amazing journey of building a highly successful neobank and profitable fintech
🔹 Discover the biggest challenges of building a new digital bank
🔹 Gain insights into why Russia was a suitable market for Super apps

Episode Guest

Oliver Hughes

Ex-CEO of Tinkoff

Oliver Charles Hughes (born 27 June 1970; Folkestone, UK) is a British entrepreneur and manager. He graduated from the University of Sussex in 1992. He headed Tinkoff Group from May 2007 to March 2022. In March 2022, he stepped down from his positions at Tinkoff and TCS Group and relocated to reside full-time in UAE. From April 2022 – February 2023 he advised Breeze Ventures, a fintech startup based in Singapore.

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Podcast hosts

Ronit Ghose

Ronit Ghose is the lead author of Citi’s GPS Bank of the Future and FinTech report series – the first edition has had more than 250,000 downloads making it the most read report ever published by Citi, and one of the most read FinTech reports ever published. Since joining Citi in 1997, Ronit has covered banks in the Americas, Asia and EMEA. He is the Global Head of Future of Finance in Citi Research. He is also an Advisory Board Member at the Centre for Finance, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Ronit previously worked at the British Bankers’ Association and as a research assistant in Parliament. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford, a postgraduate diploma from the University of London and is a CFA charter holder.

Gaurav Dhar

Gaurav Dhar is the CEO of the Payments Solution Provider Marshal in Dubai. Gaurav has been working at Marshal for over 19 years now He strives to continually be on the frontier of building FinTech ecosystems and solutions. His personal time is spent on working with and investing directly in innovators, with a view to the future of Fintech both locally and globally via his cache of relationships which include VCs, incubators, accelerators, and start-ups and Angel Syndicates. In his position as a board member of the MENA FinTech Association and several advisory positions to international family offices, start-ups, and funds, he looks to grow the relationships within the FinTech and start-up ecosystem to contribute towards the education of budding disruptors and eventually the growth of economies and the job market where possible in the MEA Region and abroad.

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