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Queen Maxima to Visit Singapore for FinTech Festival

Queen Maxima is heading to Singapore in mid-November to deliver a speech at the Singapore FinTech Festival.

The Singapore FinTech Festival launched last year and brings together “start-ups, investors, financial institutions, local ecosystem partners, and government agencies”, for five days of events. This year’s Festival runs from 13-17 November.

Queen Maxima will attend in her role as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, and will deliver a speech on 16 November about the “technological innovations that can improve access to a bank or savings account, insurance, loans or pensions.”

Her Majesty will also lead a roundtable discussion about inclusive banking and FinTech. She will co-lead the discussion with a Ravi Menson, the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Other panellists will include bank governors, FinTech company directors, and government representatives.

The Singapore FinTech Festival is organised by The Monetary Authority and the Bank Association of Singapore. Over 13,000 participants from 60 countries are expected to attend.

Queen Maxima focuses a significant portion of her work towards finance and economic issues. In 2009, she was named the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), and she serves as the honourary patron of the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion.

In this capacity, she uses her position to “emphasise that financial inclusion accelerates progress toward numerous development and economic goals, including poverty alleviation, job creation, food security, gender equality, and equitable growth,” per the UNSGSA website.

Queen Maxima “raises awareness, encourages leadership, works to break down barriers, and supports action to expand financial inclusion” in this role.

Inclusive finance is described as banking products and financial services being made available to poorer countries.

Prior to her marriage to King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima studied economics at the Catholic University of Argentina and spent her early professional career working in sales and finance roles at banks and other institutions.

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