Global Banking Program: Fintech | Digital | Analytics

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Course Duration


6 Months
Online and In Person

Course Fee

Leverage Fintech and Drive Digital Transformation

The Global Banking Program from Columbia Business School Executive Education is designed to give experienced professionals like you a practical understanding of the innovations in fintech and analytics that are transforming the banking and financial services sectors. You will benefit from a structured approach across four modules—two online and two in person in New York City—that will prepare you to drive transformation in your organization.

  • 6-Month Learning Journey
  • 2 Classroom Immersions (New York City)
  • 1 Capstone Project
  • 1 Online Module on Blockchain in Business
  • 20+ Topics
  • 10+ Faculty Members and Practitioners

What You Will Learn

This immersive learning experience will enable you to:

  • Understand the changing dynamics in the global banking and financial services sectors
  • Leverage fintech and analytics to drive innovation and digital transformation
  • Develop a growth mindset to create better business strategies while managing risk
  • Improve customer experience by implementing emerging technologies
  • Drive transformation in your organization

Key Program Features

Core curriculum

Develop the skills, tools, and frameworks required to navigate a volatile banking and financial services sectors

World-class faculty

Interact with Ivy League faculty who bring deep research and wide industry experience

Peer interaction

Connect with a distinguished group of peers who bring diverse experiences and perspectives to the classroom

Group project

Work in small groups and apply program concepts and frameworks to solve real-world business challenges

Immersive learning

Engage with peers, industry experts, and faculty during in-person modules held on the Columbia Business School campus in New York City

Alumni benefits

Join a distinguished network of over 47,000 alumni worldwide and receive select Columbia Business School alumni benefits


The Global Banking Program offers a tailored curriculum to equip you with the tools and frameworks required to thrive in today’s rapidly digitalizing financial services sector. It covers seven overarching themes:

    Explore how fintech and digital transformation are disrupting traditional business models to introduce product and service innovations.

    • Banks and Fintech Integration
    • Cryptocurrency and Blockchain
    • Practical Fintech
    • Fintech and Its Impact on Banking Functions
    • Blockchain and Applications
    • Cryptoassets and Impact

    Equip yourself with practical tools that will enable you to lead organizational change and renewal through successful strategy implementation.

    • ESG Investing
    • Growth Mindset
    • Stress Testing
    • Financial Intermediation
    • Risk Management

    Understand the fundamentals of national competitiveness, productivity, and growth as well as the forces that determine production, consumption, savings, and investment in today's globalized economic environment.

    • Global Economic Environment
    • Globalization
    • Capital Markets—Debt and Sovereign
    • Central Banking
    • Banking Regulation
    • Securitization

    Explore how AI is transforming the fintech space, creating new and better products and services for customers, and understand the ways in which it can be used to create financial inclusion around the world.

    • Customer Service in the Age of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • Machine Learning and AI: Financial Services and Beyond

    Demystify the digital revolution, and gain the strategic foundation to understand the full spectrum of the implications of digital across enterprise, competition, and company valuations.

    • Digital Transformation
    • Digital Innovation

    Combine natural language processing techniques with more traditional economic analysis to gain an insight into how markets respond to news and other textual data.

    • Analytics and Big Data
    • Business Analytics
    • The Ethics of Personal Data

Note: Session topics are subject to change.

Group Project

Group Project

A key aspect of the program’s learning journey is the group project. Participants will be assigned to small groups to solve a business problem by applying concepts and tools learned in the online, live online, and in-person sessions.

The project can be a real-world problem that one person in the group is facing in their organization, or it can also be a new business idea that a group member is developing. This project will enable participants to effectively tackle real-world business problems by applying the tools, frameworks, and lessons learned in the program.

Meet the Faculty

Learn from world-renowned Columbia Business School faculty and industry practitioners who are experts in the fields of banking and financial services and provide participants with cutting-edge insights and thought leadership.

Faculty Member Suresh Sundaresan, PhD

Suresh Sundaresan, PhD

Faculty Director; Chase Manhattan Bank Foundation Professor of Financial Institutions, Columbia University

Suresh Sundaresan is an expert on risk management, investment theory, and asset pricing. His current research focuses on corporate bankruptcy, microlending, and the role of central banks in providing liquidity to private capital markets. Sundaresan has conducted training programs for leading investment banks, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, CSFB, and Lehman Brothers. He is the author of Fixed-Income Markets and Their Derivatives.

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“In a rapidly digitalizing financial services sector, organizations are increasingly looking for leaders who bring both strategic and analytical skills to the table. Recognizing this, the Global Banking Program from Columbia Business School Executive Education offers a tailored curriculum to equip you with the tools and frameworks required to thrive in this evolving financial arena.”

— Suresh Sundaresan, PhD
Faculty Director; Chase Manhattan Bank Foundation Professor of Financial Institutions, Columbia University

Contributing Faculty

John D’Agostino
Guest Lecturer

R.A. Farrokhnia
Executive Director, Dean’s Office; Adjunct Associate Professor of Business

Daniel Guetta
Associate Professor of Professional Practice

Paul Ingram
Kravis Professor of Business Management

Michael Johannes
Ann F. Kaplan Professor of Business Finance

Harry Mamaysky
Professor of Professional Practice

Sandra Matz
David W. Zalaznick Associate Professor of Business

Ryan McManus
Guest Lecturer

Ciamac C. Moallemi
William Von Mueffling Professor of Business

Patricia Mosser
Director, MPA Program in Economic Policy Management

Tomasz Piskorski
Edward S. Gordon Professor of Real Estate

Shivaram Rajgopal
Roy Bernard Kester and T. W. Byrnes Professor of Accounting and Auditing

Medini R. Singh
Senior Lecturer in Discipline of Business

Pierre Yared
MUTB Professor of International Business

Assaf Zeevi
Kravis Professor of Business

Note: Faculty list is subject to change.



Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded the Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School Executive Education.

Who Should Attend

This program will help leaders understand the drivers of disruption in the banking and financial services industries and use this knowledge to leverage the changes responsibly.

It is particularly relevant for the following roles:

C-suite executives and senior executives seeking to understand the changing dynamics in banking and financial services through innovations in global markets, fintech, digital, and analytics. Representative roles may include:

  • Chief Digital Officer
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Director of Financial Services
  • Managing Director/Partner

Senior professionals working in banking and finance who are looking to take on larger, more critical roles within the banking, financial services, fintech, and consulting industries. Representative roles may include:

  • Group General Manager, Retail Banking
  • Head of Consumer Banking Group
  • Head of Corporate and Investment Banking
  • Head of Digital Banking
  • Head of Financial Management
  • Head of Private Equity
  • Senior Vice President
  • Treasury Specialist

Professionals working in large and medium-sized organizations aiming to acquire the tools and frameworks required to thrive in today’s rapidly digitalizing financial services sector. Representative roles may include:

  • Consulting Technology Leader
  • Executive Director, Innovations and Growth
  • General Manager, Group Strategic Engagements
  • General Manager, Group Strategic Engagements
  • Head of Digital Innovation and Partnership
  • Head of Product
  • Senior Consultant
  • Senior Financial Analyst

Select Alumni Benefits

Join Columbia Business School’s worldwide network of more than 47,000 alumni and receive select benefits, including:

  • Access to Columbia Business School Alumni Career Services resources
  • Invitations to alumni events and programs around the world
  • Global networking opportunities
  • An additional tuition benefit on eligible future programs
  • Lifetime Columbia Business School forwarding email address

Program Calendar

This six-month program features two in-person modules and two online modules. The in-person modules give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the dynamic city of New York and engage with peers and experts. The online modules enable you to conveniently learn at your own pace through a combination of video lectures, discussions, and assignments.

Pre-Work | May 2023
Online | Program introduction session and pre-readings

Module 1 | Part 1: May 22–26, 2023 | Part 2: June 12–16, 2023
Live online | Ten half-day sessions | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET

Project Work | June–July 2023
Online | Project check-in

Module 2 | July 17–21, 2023
New York City | Five days in person | 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Online Module on Blockchain in Business | July 26–September 13, 2023
Online | 3–4 hours per week

Project Work | September–October 2023
Online | Project check-in

Module 3 | October 9–13, 2023
New York City | Five days in person | 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Hear from Our Participants

I take it as an investment to have access to very knowledgeable faculty—not just in academics, but also those who have been in the field. They bring the context of what they have done on the ground to their perspective of different markets above and beyond leading US markets to emerging markets.

— Antonina Kayitesi, Head of Financial Management, Trade and Development Bank, Nairobi, Kenya Division

I chose the Global Banking Program because it offered a great combination of looking at emerging technologies and how they apply to business environments.

— Tara Foley, Chief Operating Officer, Risk Division, Lloyds Banking Group, UK

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