Oxford AI in Finance and Open Banking Programme

Online AI in Finance and Open Banking Programme brought to you by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Orientation starts:

13 October 2021


6 weeks

Registration closes:

20 October 2021


7-10 hours per week, collaborative online learning



Certificate issued by:

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford



"The relevancy of the material is what stood out for me as it was easily applied to current events."

Mark Weisman, SVP Cyber and Product Intelligence, Mastercard

Orientation starts: 13 October 2021
Length: 6 weeks
Registration closes: 20 June 2021
Effort: 7-10 hours per week, collaborative online learning
Price: £2,350
Certificate issued by: Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Language: English

Prepare for the AI revolution in Open Banking

In this six week, hands-on, project-based programme, you will:


  • Examine the potential and power that AI can bring to the financial services industry
  • Learn to think strategically about AI and understand the business impact as access to financial data becomes more open
  • Explore what is happening in the major financial centres and regions that are leading the way in Open Banking
  • Develop a deep understanding of the AI-driven data economy and how it impacts Open Banking
  • Learn how Open Banking emerged, the need for it, and how AI is driving and delivering new services and products
  • Be guided through your own AI-enabled capstone project, using appropriate AI technologies and understanding the ethical and legal implications
  • Through the capstone project, you’ll have the opportunity to pull together your own ideas and present your own project as a value pitch to potential investors, a persuasive presentation to executives at your company, or a tool to pursue a new career
  • Earn a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and join a global network of financial innovators

Why study AI in Finance and Open Banking?

Big data powered by AI is dramatically reshaping the global financial services industry, and Open Banking promises to transform it further still. As Open Banking expands across the globe, the unleashing of data will open up new market opportunities with the potential to radically transform the industry, creating new winners, losers, rewards and challenges.

Programme content

MODULE 0 - Orientation
An overview of the programme, the next-generation AI-platforms used to deliver it, and an introduction to your international cohort members.

MODULE 1 - Introduction to AI and Data Basics

An introduction to the criticality of data in financial services, and how AI is unlocking new products, services and innovation in the financial services industry.

MODULE 2 - Open Banking and the Data Revolution

Understanding Open Banking, why it emerged and what happens to the data being opened by it.

MODULE 3 - AI in Incumbent Banks and The Opportunity for New Entrants

A practical and tangible look at the current state of the use of AI in banks and new market entrants.

MODULE 4 - Platforms as Key Market Players

The rise of big tech platforms as key market players in finance.

MODULE 5 - AI Opportunities, Pitfalls, and Ethics

Examining the ethical issues surrounding data, including discrimination, privacy and competition.

MODULE 6 - Open Data, AI Strategy, and The Future

Look ahead to the future of open data and Open Banking and examining what it means for the finance industry.

Why invest in this programme

Key benefits of the Oxford AI in Finance and Open Banking Programme include:


  • Career advancement: The certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, adds immediate value to your professional profile
  • Elite network: Our programme will significantly expand your professional community
  • Top credentials: Our curriculum is designed and delivered by world-leading academics and innovators
  • Efficient learning journey: Accelerated learning outcomes are supported by next-generational digital platforms and support from personal success coaches
  • Success you can count on: Our programme combines AI-enabled technologies, research and acollaborative peer-based environment to achieve a programme completion rate that exceeds industry average by over 90%*
  • Investment flexibility: We offer multiple payment options to help ensure our programme is affordable and accessible

Who you will learn from

Our programme faculty brings together thought leaders from the University of Oxford with industry experts, to facilitate the rapid application of theory to practice.

Your programme directors

Pinar Ozcan
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation,
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Pinar Ozcan specialises in entrepreneurship and strategy in technology markets. Her current research includes open banking, AI ventures, and digital platforms.

In 2018, Pinar received the Strategic Management Society Research in Organisations Award for her work on the disruption in the banking sector in partnership with Swift Institute. She was recently selected to the global Thinkers 50 list for emerging thinkers with the potential to make lasting contributions to management theory and practice. In 2019, she was chosen as a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow for her work on the disruption of banking in Europe and the UK.

Martin Schmalz
Associate Professor of Finance,
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Martin is a tenured Associate Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School, where he currently teaches an elective for Oxford’s MBAs, MFEs, and MLFs on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Finance. Martin's research expertise includes entrepreneurship, corporate finance and governance, behavioural finance and asset pricing, and various studies of the asset management industry.

Martin has co-authored the book, The Business of Big Data: How to Create Lasting Value in the Age of AI and contributed to a range of global publications. Martin’s research on how the ownership structure of firms affects firm behaviour and market outcomes has affected policy-making and antitrust enforcement worldwide.

Your programme instructors

What our learners say

Investment flexibility

We offer multiple payment options to help ensure our course is affordable and accessible.

It helps deliver quality executive education to professionals, irrespective of their geographical location. ”


- Piotr Pietrzak, Product Director, Opera Software

I connected with a lot of the course presenters, broadening my professional network. ”


- Daria Dergunova, Electronic Trading Systems, Bloomberg LP

The programme gave me an opportunity to apply my learnings in my business proposal with my coursework group. ”


- Alice Fisher, Success Manager, Salesforce

I am impressed with the quality of the external speakers. Everything exceeded expectations. ”


- Klaas van Gejin, Senior Legal Counsel, Rabobank

Guest speakers

Leon Muis

Non-Executive Director,
Chief Business Officer, Yolt

Iain Niblock
CEO at Money Dashboard

Paula Kift

Lead Economist,
EU Data Protection Lead, Palantir Technologies

Simone Koo
Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Team Credit & Finance

Sergio Álvarez Teleña

Founding Board Member, SciTheWorld, Himitsu Tech
Founding Board Member, Quantum Mads

Michael Salmony

Executive Advisor, equensWorldline SE

Ian Pollari

Global Co-leader, KPMG Fintech practice
KPMG International

Yu Liu (Rita)

CCO of Mode(LSE:MODE) , Ex CEO of Alipay(UK)

Barry West

Head of Emerging Technology at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

Steve Bradford

Co-Founder & CCO, OpenWrks Group

Stuart Ward

Director of Industry Strategy, Financial Services, Salesforce

Jessica McDonald

Senior Manager, Financial Services SMB, Salesforce

Alexandra Mysak

Director of Financial Services, Databricks

Thomas Hellmann

DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Yasin Rosowsky

CO-CEO, Arabesque AI

Bill Roberts

Head of Open Banking, Competition and Markets Authority

Ajay Bhalla

President, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions, Mastercard

Cristina Caffarra

Senior Consultant, European Competition, Charles River Associates

Gina Neff

Professor of Technology & Society, Oxford Internet Institute and the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford

Gavin Littlejohn

Director and Non-Executive Chairman, FDATA Global

Ajay Agrawal

Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Michael King

Associate Professor and Lansdowne Chair in Finance, Gustavson School of Business, Univ of Victoria

Chee Wai Ho

Country Head, Singapore & Vice President of Neobank & Cards Strategy, Nium

Alan Walsh

Director of Partnership & Ecosystems; Duedil

Paul Lucas


Karen Smith


Max Flötotto

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Maria Axente

Responsible AI Lead, PwC Frontier Lab

Dr. David Heike

Managing Director, Head of Risk Modeling, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Husayn Kassai

Co-Founder and Advisor, Onfido

David Roi Hardoon

Senior Advisor for Data and AI to the Union Bank of the Philippines

Felipe Thomaz

Associate Professor of Marketing, University of Oxford

Nir Vulkan

Associate Professor of Business Economics, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

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