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Program Overview

The Executive Certification in Fintech & Open Banking, with Specializations in Digital Banking, Entrepreneurship and AIML & Financial Blockchain is a professional course comprising of live lectures and self paced content delivered by industry practitioners.

This program is for every BFSI professional aspiring to lead digital initiatives, as well as for CXOs & Board Members to guide organisations for strategic initiatives & innovations, as well as for Entrepreneurs to plan and build scalable business models.

It is also for Product, Business, Operations and Compliance professionals who intend to make the best use of technology to usher in the next wave of growth in their organizations. The purpose of this course is to give a well rounded understanding of the Business and Tech aspects so professionals who are in cross-functional roles or are pivoting there can seamlessly lead digital transformation. The Digital Fifth also offers placement assistance.

The sessions will be conducted every Sunday, from 3:00 - 7:00 PM over the course of 20 weeks. Refer the table below for the duration breakdown of each segment.

Program Live Sessions Recorded Content
Executive Certification in Fintech & Open Banking 48 hrs 24 hrs
Certification in Digital Banking 8 hrs 2 hrs
Certification in Entrepreneurship 8 hrs 2 hrs
Certification in AIML & Blockchain 16 hrs 2 hrs

Programme Modules

  • Basics of Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Origination & Overview Of Fintech
  • Global Triggers behind the Origination of Fintech
  • Understanding of Different Fintech Segments
  • Overview of Global Fintech
  • India Stack
  • Product Development and Management: Key Concepts and Principles
  • Critical Success Factors of Product Management
  • Product Development Process
  • Market Structure Analysis and Opportunity Identification
  • Product Prototyping & Testing
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Payments in India and Worldwide
  • Indian Digital Payments Ecosystem
  • NPCI offerings: UPI, e-RUPI, AEPS, eNach, Fastag, BBPS
  • Business Models and New Opportunities
  • Digital Payments Regulation and Compliance
  • Cross Border Payments, etc
  • Basics Of Lending
  • Indian Digital Lending Ecosystem
  • Credit Underwriting & Data Management
  • Digital Lending Fintech Models- Credit Cards, Revenue Based Financing, and more
  • Regulatory Overview
  • Introduction to Open Banking
  • Indian Open Banking Ecosystem
  • Business Case of Open Banking
  • Developing Open Banking Strategy
  • Open Banking Architecture & Framework
  • Neobanking / Accounting Platforms
  • Security & Governance Framework
  • InsureTech: Innovation in Manufacturing and Distribution of Insurance Products
  • Wealthtech: Democratizing Wealth Management
  • RegTech: Accelerating Innovation with Controls


Specialization in
Digital Banking:

Topics to be covered
  • Overview of Digital Banking
  • Indian Digital Banking Ecosystem
  • Digital Banking Maturity Model
  • Developing Digital Strategy
  • Bank & Fintech Partnerships

The Digital Banking specialization has been created to help you deeply understand the different digital business models and the complete lifecycle to build and develop a digital bank on top of the Bank layer. With this knowledge you will get the confidence & know-how, you will be able to build an end-to-end digital banking strategy to launch digital banking products. This program prepares one to draft implementation plans and lead transformation projects with confidence.

Specialization in

Topics to be covered
  • Converting Business Ideas into a Business Model
  • Launching MVP
  • Raising Funds & Pitching
  • Company Culture & Hiring
  • Legal Aspects of Running a Startup
  • Accelerators & Government Startup Initiatives

Entrepreneurial ambitions have become the new normal in India. The country has witnessed the establishment of almost 73K startups since 2016, with 6.5K+ in fintech itself!

Entrepreneurship is a combination of domain understanding and attitude. Knowing how to raise funds, hiring and retaining the right talent, managing finances and scaling are pertinent to building a successful startup. Learn from real entrepreneurs, who will equip you with the understanding and mindset to kick off your own fintech venture.

Specialization in
AIML & Financial Blockchain

  • Evolution of AIML
  • AI in Financial Services
  • Building AIML Strategy and Framework
  • AIML Architecture
Financial Blockchain:
  • Overview of Blockchain
  • Business Use Cases of Blockchain
  • Cryptocurrency and CBDC
  • Technology Architecture of Blockchain
  • Cyber Security in Financial Services

AIML is the core of any digitally enabled business. One needs to get their AIML strategy right to build a scalable organization. This segment focusses on AIML strategy, Technologies, Architecture and use cases to give you a jump start in implementing this into your existing businesses.

Financial Blockchain is rapidly gaining ground and we are witnessing multiple use cases in the financial sector. CBDC is a keenly awaited initiative from the regulator, built on block chain technologies. This specialization focuses on laying blockchain foundation right by covering the technologies*, architecture and use cases. This will also cover CBDC and Digital Rupee.

* the Specialization will only cover foundational technology concepts and not coding



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Kumar Babji

Suryakant Patil

Ravi Kiran Kommera

Lavin Kotian

Why The Digital Fifth ?

Our Master Classes and Certification Programs are eminent in the BFSI industry. We have witnessed first-time entrepreneurs emerging from our alumni batches and have seen founders reform their business models after attending our sessions on Digital Lending, Open Banking, Digital Banking, Digital Payments, Embedded Finance and more. Professionals have also attended multiple programs to maximize their learnings.

The demands inherent to the digitisation of businesses are pressuring traditional players without exception. ‘Disrupt or Die’ is the new mantra, and today, many Banks and NBFCs are also entering the era of Digital Transformation. In order to implement this, there must be a drastic shift in the mindset of doing business and a new skill set must be adopted. Upon this transformation, various roles will be impacted globally. As per our estimation, 20,000+ digital professionals will be required in the financial industry in the next 2 years in India.

The Digital Fifth is focused on getting participants ‘industry ready’, and we do not believe in any theoretical jargon. The program is experience and case-study led, with the lead trainers consulting BFSI & Fintech entities. They bring their understanding from their assignments into the training program so participants have an on-the-ground perspective.

Our Training Experience

Hours of training

Mentors from different fields

Participants covered

Corporate training programs

Certification programs

Institutes covered

Who Should Join?

Starting on 14th May 2023

Key takeaways from the Program

  • Holistic picture of Digital Transformation
  • Understand how to manage product life cycle
  • Entrepreneurship opportunities and readiness
  • Plan projects with clear objectives
  • New intra-organisation and external career opportunities
  • Opportunity to network with industry leaders

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Lead Trainers


Founder & CEO ( The Digital Fifth )

Recognized among the esteemed Fintech Asia Top 100 by nextmoney.org, Sameer leads the The Digital Fifth team. A digital enthusiast with over two decades of experience spanning across Asia, Europe and America, he has won multiple Best CIO and Innovation Awards, including one for the industry’s First Aadhaar Based ATM.

Sameer has implemented end to end digital banks in Europe and led large banking initiatives, including turnarounds in the USA and Europe for Finacle. He has led digital practices (internet banking, mobility, and CRM) at Finacle.

Sameer has been a part of core teams responsible for setting up Kotak Mahindra Bank and Bharatiya Mahila Bank, as well as leading digital initiatives for Kotak Mahindra Bank and Citibank. He was also evaluated as a Top Tier leader at Infosys.

You will often find him sharing his knowledge and conducting in-depth training sessions at industry events, financial institutions and educational institutions.


Co Founder & Head of Consulting ( The Digital Fifth )

With over 20 years of experience in managing technology set-ups as well as security and government functions, Shashank is extremely well versed in the design and execution of digital strategy and transformation initiatives.

He has managed technology infrastructure, digital banking & governance functions at banks, and also built an open banking strategy and implementation for the same, including onboarding of partners.

A winner of the IDC Award for Omni Channel Framework, Shashank has a deep understanding of banking technologies and is passionate about staying ahead of the game in the ever evolving fintech space.


Principal Consultant

Hands-on experience in managing Payments and API technologies, part of core banking migration and digital transformation teams

Deep understanding of Digital products and experience in managing products from technology perspective

Active participation in shaping up payments stack and digital solutions for Banks and technology experience from MNCs

Managed payments technology infrastructure for Bank

Experienced in setting up API banking framework and solutions around the same

Developed and managed applications running on PPIs

Active participation in managing interfaces migration for core banking upgrade


Package Base Program Specialization in Indian Participants (in INR) Foreign Participants (in USD)
Digital Banking Entrepreneurship AIML & Financial Blockchain
Base Program Yes - - - 1,70,000 2500
Package 1 Yes Yes - - 1,85,000 2700
Package 2 Yes - Yes - 1,95,000 2800
Package 3 Yes - - Yes 2,10,000 3000
Package 4 Yes Yes Yes - 2,10,000 3000
Package 5 Yes Yes - Yes 2,25,000 3300
Package 6 Yes - Yes Yes 2,35,000 3400
Package 7 Yes Yes Yes Yes 2,50,000 3600


Kumar Babji

Suryakant Patil

Ravi Kiran Kommera

Lavin Kotian

Saravanan N

Prashant Choudhari

Ritesh Shetty

Krishna Prasad

Amit Kedia

Mohit Vashistha