The Barefoot Innovation podcast, hosted by AIR CEO Jo Ann Barefoot, explores better solutions for financial consumers at the intersection of technology innovation and regulation. Join Jo Ann as she sits down with regtech and fintech CEOs, lawmakers, regulators, bankers, and academics, and more for candid discussions on the regtech space.
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BRAVE NEW WORLD: A CONVERSATION WITH ChatGPT

In this episode, Jo Ann interviews the most famous generative AI. The chat is “unsmart” but it gave responses to complex questions that were accurate and displayed the ability to grasp subtle issues.

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June 2024

South Africa

TRANSFORMATION BY TECHSPRINT: CLOSING THE CREDIT GAP IN SOUTH AFRICA

Nthupang Magolego from the National Credit Regulator (NCR) of South Africa and Collen Masunda of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) join Jo Ann to discuss using a TechSprint model to tackle really hard problems in financial inclusion.

June 13, 2024

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May 2024

Nell Watson

TAMING THE MACHINE: AI ETHICIST NELL WATSON

AI Ethicist Nell Watson and author of Taming the Machine describes the foundations we need to put in place to build legal, regulatory and ethical systems to channel fiercely powerful new AI technology away from the bad, and toward the good.

May 09, 2024

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April 2024

COMMUNITY BANKS: DARRAGH BUCKLEY ON A TECH-ENABLED FUTURE

Community banks face a tech revolution. Explore the challenges & opportunities with Increase CEO Darragh Buckley, who has a unique perspective and novel ideas. Hear his thoughts on how smaller banks can survive & thrive in a changing landscape.

April 18, 2024

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April 2024

Renaud Laplanche

CUTTING EDGE CONSUMER FINANCE: UPGRADE CEO RENAUD LAPLANCHE

Upgrade's visionary CEO, Renaud Laplanche, unpacks his pioneering thinking on consumer finance. He unveils 3 key financial consumer needs and explores the evolving landscape of fintechs — progress, challenges and what's next.

April 11, 2024

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March 2024

Jo Ann Barefoot and Shelley Anderson

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: JO ANN JOINS SHELLEY ANDERSON TO LOOK BACK AND FORWARD

To mark Women’s History Month, AIR’s Shelley Anderson interviews Barefoot Innovation host Jo Ann on her perspective about the progress, and lack thereof, on efforts to drive toward gender equality.

March 27, 2024

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March 2024

FINTECH 2.0: ITAI DAMTI AND ALEX ACREE OF UNIT

Itai Damti and Alex Acree delve into Unit's design as a "technology operating system" for bank-fintech partnerships, the legal framework they establish between partners, and their view that compliance must be built into these systems from the start.

March 12, 2024

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February 2024

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INNOVATION IN AFRICA: BANK OF GHANA’S KWAME OPPONG

Kwame is the charismatic head of innovation at the Bank of Ghana. He shares advice for regulators on how to adapt to tech transformation and emphasizes collaboration to break down silos and foster innovation.

February 26, 2024

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February 2024

Michael Wiegand with Jo Ann Barefoot on the Barefoot Innovation Podcast

HOW TO INCLUDE EVERYONE: THE GATES FOUNDATION’S MICHAEL WIEGAND

Michael talks about the global evolution of financial inclusion and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s ongoing efforts. Learn about digital financial inclusion, consumer protection, digital public infrastructure, and barriers to fair finance.

February 05, 2024

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