“Familiar high-caliber performers and new faces”

Welcome to the Transactions 2020the event at which the most important heads of the Digitization-, Payment– and Banking-industry.

This is a series of interviews with this year’s Transactions 2020 speakers – Today, Sophia Fisher will answer our questions. Sophia is Public Affairs Manager at German credit bank AG

In the industry, it has long been no secret that the Payment & Banking organised event Transactions goes into the second round on November 19! After the big Success of the past year this year again we are pitching the tents in Offenbach near Frankfurt/Main.

At the event the most important heads of the digitization, payment– and Banking-industry. Besides the many great participants, an event is only as good as its speakers on stage. The Transactions is one of the few interdisciplinary conferences in the DACH region that offers a stage for lateral thinkers from various industries on the subject of “digital structural change”. We are once again looking forward to national and international stars from the digital business who will give an outlook on the most important trends in the industry.

Who are these great minds #TRX20, you can read about this in the next weeks in our interview series.

This year’s participants include Sophia Fisherwho introduces herself in this interview. She discusses on the panel: preaching water, drinking wine. How much responsibility does our industry bear?

We are happy about your acceptance for Transactions 20 in November: Please introduce yourself briefly.

I am Sophia Fisher and have been working as Manager Public Affairs at DKB for almost two years. I am responsible for public affairs for DKB’s business clients, which comprises a total of nine future-oriented industries, such as renewable energies, housing, healthcare and education. I originally come from the political consulting sector.

Trx Sophia Fisher

Before joining DKB, I worked in an international communications consultancy where I headed the PA team Financial Services. So financial topics have been with me for quite some time. All the more reason for me to be a panelist at TRX this year: a premiere for me!

Since when have you been dealing with the topic of your panel and why are you enthusiastic about it?

When you work for the most sustainable bank among the top 20 banks in Germany – that was the advertising block on our own behalf – there is no getting around the issue of sustainability and responsibility in the financial sector. We firmly believe that banks bear responsibility for their investment decisions. Because: Banks can achieve an enormous leverage effect with their financing when it comes to transforming the economy in a sustainable way. To put it quite simply: it makes a difference whether I, as a bank, am financing a dam in the Amazon or a daycare center in Neukölln. We have decided in favour of the day-care centre.

What expectations do you have as a speaker for the upcoming TRX?

The positive experience with the TRX 19, which has passed its baptism of fire with flying colours, raises great expectations. I am particularly pleased that, as last year, not only classic banking and payments topics are being discussed, but that the range of topics has been expanded to include central issues such as the responsibility of the financial sector.

The TRX takes place for the second time: What relevance did the event have for you or the industry?

Trx Sophia Fisher

In a very short time, Transactions has developed into one of the most important events in the industry: At no other conference are the participants and speakers as diverse as at the Transactions. The TRX manages to give space to well-known top-class speakers as well as new faces. From traditional market participants to start-ups, everyone is present and discusses at eye level.

Adapted to the situation, this year’s TRX will take place for the first time as a hybrid format. What experiences have you had so far with such digital event formats?

Since we as an online bank had already worked largely independent of location and communicated via digital channels before Corona, the switch to purely digital event formats was not difficult for us. We have had many positive experiences: For example, we found that digital formats significantly lower the inhibition threshold to participate. Without time-consuming travel to and from the event, events can suddenly be integrated much better into the daily work routine. In addition, we can now make our events accessible to a much larger group of people by eliminating room-related participant limits – definitely a plus!

At the same time, I have to admit that I miss the lively event business in political Berlin very much. I look forward to the time after Corona, when personal exchange at networking events will once again be possible without restrictions. I hope that we will learn from the Corona era and that digital event formats will in future complement the range of face-to-face events on an equal footing.

What questions would you like to ask your fellow panelists yourself?

I am particularly pleased that I may be with Aysel Osmanoglu on the panel: Since women in executive committee positions in the banking industry belong still to a minority, I would be interested to experience more to their career with the GLS bank. What challenges did she face on her way to the board? How does she assess the financial sector in terms of equality?

The TRX takes place in Offenbach. Why should FinTech also be an issue beyond the big hubs?

Because digitisation also means decentralisation and democratisation: whether I work in Berlin, London or Offenbach is no longer a big issue. Since digital financial services can be offered wherever you are and made accessible to everyone, FinTechs have long been an issue outside the hubs. It is not the location that is decisive for entrepreneurial success. What counts are good ideas and the possibility of digital networking.

“What counts are good ideas and the ability to network digitally.”

Looking back over the year – what has changed massively in your particular sphere of influence? Which of these is positive, which negative?

It sounds paradoxical, my radius of action has both decreased and increased: On the one hand, Corona life today is much more confined to your own four walls Our presence and visibility as a bank, for example at political events, has certainly decreased. On the other hand, Corona acted as a catalyst, creating many new opportunities for exchange and networking.

Die studierte Soziologin und Medienwissenschaftlerin beobachtet, analysiert und schreibt als Journalistin seit vielen Jahren über die Startup- und Fintechszene. In der Vergangenheit arbeitete sie für führende on- und offline für Gründer- und Wirtschaftsmedien im In- und Ausland, moderiert, schrieb mit... mehr