NASSAU, BAHAMAS – March 7, 2019 – Deltec International Group (Deltec), a diversified independent financial services group headquartered in The Bahamas, and parent company of Deltec Bank & Trust Limited, hosted its Annual Conference from March 3-5 at the Rosewood Baha Mar in Nassau. Anchored on the theme of Trusting Disruption, the event brought together over 300 thought leaders, regulators, emerging companies and financial services professionals to reflect on the potential for technological innovation to transform every sector.
The Deltec Annual Conference featured keynote addresses from leading experts on trends in geopolitics, fintech, artificial intelligence and futurism. Keynote speakers included:
Jean Chalopin, Chairman of Deltec International Group, said: “To trust disruption, we need to understand what innovation means for us, so that we can adjust our vision and investment approach and be better armed to capture the next best opportunities. We were thrilled to welcome innovators to The Bahamas to share ideas and discuss the impact of technology on our society.”
In addition to the keynote addresses, the Deltec Annual Conference featured “The Innovator’s Marketplace”, a component of the conference designed to provide a forum for emerging companies in biotech/life sciences, Virtual reality, Blockchain, Fintech, Quantum Computing and other cutting-edge industries to pitch their ideas to investors and attendees in 45-minute presentations.
In his remarks at the conference gala hosted at the conclusion of the first full day of the event, The Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, said: “I commend Deltec and Mr. Chalopin for hosting this conference. I am very impressed at the diversity of the speakers and the programming, and I think this conference sets an example for what we need to explore in The Bahamas. We need to push the boundaries of what is possible in technological development, and in collaboration across sectors in the global community. This is what inspires our people, helps us to create and innovate, and dares us to take risks – all crucial parts of building The Bahamas’ reputation as a global economic player.”
Pepe Moreno, CEO of Beachhead VR, an alternative reality world powered by decentralised crypto-economics and participant in The Innovator’s Marketplace said: “We were grateful for the opportunity to share our technology and vision the future of VR at Deltec’s Annual Conference. Working with innovative partners like Deltec has allowed us to broaden our network and share the experience of VR with a wider audience. Deltec’s Innovator’s Marketplace allowed us to challenge participants to embrace their own imaginations through our technology – an experience that could change the way our society approaches education altogether.”
The Deltec Annual Conference also highlighted the work of the Deltec Initiatives Foundation, a three-pillar charitable organisation funded by Deltec to empower young Bahamians to drive positive social impact through arts, entrepreneurship and education. As part of Deltec’s Initiative for the Arts, this year’s conference featured colorful artwork by young Bahamian artists throughout the conference venue and music by local Bahamian musicians at the conference gala dinner.
The gala also featured Deltec’s Initiative for Young Entrepreneurs, formed to assist young, motivated Bahamian Entrepreneurs with an integrated support package to further their business. The Young Entrepreneurs Award was given to blockchain technology company HODL, founded by young entrepreneurs Tamar Pinder, Matthew Munroe, John Bridgewater and P. Jillian Bethel. The $10,000 award is expected to assist the entrepreneurs in achieving the innovation and influence that Deltec’s distinguished judges believe HODL’s business is poised to bring to the Bahamian community. Special Mention and a $2,000 prize were given each to 11-year-old Karis Knowles for her Balloon Princess company and Te’ja Munnings, founder of Ribbons for Life.
This year’s conference was the fifth hosted by Deltec in Nassau. As technological innovation progresses rapidly, Deltec is committed to understanding its impact on research, development and markets across sectors. Deltec will continue to support its clients in this evolving landscape in keeping with its rich tradition as an innovative, forward-thinking financial service provider.
Deltec International Group is a diversified independent financial services group headquartered in The Bahamas and serving the unique needs of global private, corporate and institutional clientele. Founded in Brazil in 1946, and established as a bank and trust in Nassau since the late 50s, Deltec, over the years, has cemented a reputation as a pioneer in financing and investment solutions. Deltec continues to engage shareholders, clients and friends to seek out and participate in the highest quality investment opportunities available. Today, we stand at the intersection of innovation and tradition, offering our global clients the unique combination of institutional expertise and broad resources typically offered by large financial firms, and the bespoke solutions and highly attentive service that only a boutique can provide.