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The Centre for Digital Banking and Finance

The Centre for Digital Banking and Finance at The London Institute of Banking & Finance has a mission to develop the understanding of banking and finance through education, research and thought leadership.


The London Institute of Banking and Finance's Centre for Digital Banking and Finance offers executive education, advisory research and thought leadership to the UK and international banking and finance sector.

We provide banking professionals and organisations with the skills, knowledge and insights they need to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. Our work looks beyond the hype of digital technology and examines the practical current and future implications for banks and their employees.

renier-lemmensRenier Lemmens is Director of the Centre for Digital Banking and Finance at the London Institute of Banking and Finance where he also serves as Visiting Professor of Fintech and Innovation.

Renier is a Venture Partner with DN Capital where he focuses on originating and developing fintech investments and supporting portfolio companies.

He serves as Chairman for several Fintech startup companies including TransferGo, Divido, and Mojo Mortgages. He is also a Non-executive Director of Arion Bank, where he serves on the Board Audit Committee and Board Risk Committee. Until recently, Renier served on the board of Revolut. 

Renier has held a number of chief executive officer (CEO) and chief operating officer (COO) roles with large financial institutions, including as CEO of PayPal EMEA and as a member of the global PayPal management team.

Renier was COO of the International Retail and Commercial Banking division at Barclays Bank. Before this, he was Chairman and CEO of Budapest Bank, then owned by GE Capital. He was an officer of GE Capital where he also served as senior vice president of Business Development for The Americas. Before his career as an operator, Renier was a partner with McKinsey & Company in London, New Delhi, and San Francisco, where he was one of the partners responsible for McKinsey’s incubator. Between these executive roles Renier had stints in private equity.

Renier has worked and lived in Europe, Asia and North America. As well as his native Dutch, he is fluent in English, French and German and has a working knowledge of Spanish. Renier obtained a degree with distinction in Computer Science from Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD (France).

Executive education – for practitioners by practitioners

We provide bespoke education programmes to senior executive teams that help them to consider how digital technology might impact their strategy, business models, products, operations and working practices. The programmes draw on the expertise of our diverse faculty who have extensive experience of creating, leading and developing digital financial services businesses.

Our programmes can be delivered over a range of timescales, from a few hours to a few months, and in a variety of formats to accommodate the needs of the organisation and the course participants. 

What the training covers

  • Digital transformation strategy
  • Dealing with disruption
  • Developing channel strategy
  • Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship
  • The Fintech ecosystem

Short courses and training – bite-sized learning in action

We design and deliver short courses and training programmes to functional heads and specialist teams in a wide range of subjects. These programmes are designed to deliver practical and impactful learning that can be applied by attendees immediately.

We can deliver those programmes face to face, virtually – or through a combination of the two – and we use case studies, interactive exercises and group work to bring the learning to life.

What the training covers

  • Changing customer journeys
  • Product innovation in payments and lending
  • Digital marketing best practice
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Open banking
  • Data Analytics and science
  • Managing self and others in a digital world

Advisory services – custom support for immediate impact

Our faculty have extensive experience of working with incumbents, challengers and startups on their digital strategy, on developing fintech ventures and on product and proposition development. We draw on this expertise to provide tailored advisory services to organisations across the financial services ecosystem.  

What the services cover

  • Fintech strategy
  • Funding business growth
  • Product and service innovation
  • Digital transformation
  • Developing strategic partnerships
  • Target operating model
  • Digital leadership and culture  

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Director of The Centre for Digital Banking and Finance, Renier Lemmens, discusses the need for the centre for now and for the future. The centre is for professionals to develop and equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to adapt in an ever-changing industry.

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