Christine Duhaime

Founder & Executive Director of Digital Finance Institute

Ms. Duhaime is the Founder of the Digital Finance Institute, a think tank for FinTech and a prominent financial crime lawyer in private practice at Duhaime Law in Canada. The DFI addresses emerging issues in FinTech, financial inclusion, artificial intelligence, regulation, and women in artificial intelligence and financial technology. Ms. Duhaime has a BA and a JD in Law.

Together with Dr. Aina, she is organizing and hosting this event as Nigeria’s first National Conference for Financial Technology and AI.

As a result of her background as a lawyer in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing law, Ms. Duhaime is an expert in unbanked and financial inclusion problems arising from de-risking or exclusion from the financial system, and writes on this issue often for the financial press. She also does specialized high profile state asset recovery work for banks.

She created the world’s first Chatbot by lawyers for anti-money laundering law and counter-terrorist financing law deployed on an end-to-end encrypted collaborative platform.

Ms. Duhaime is consistently voted one of the Top 100 Most Influential in FinTech in the world and is a mentor to Hong Kong’s premier FinTech accelerator, SuperCharger, sponsored by Baidu, Invest HK and the Hong Kong Exchange. She organized the first FinTech Conference in Iran in 2015.

Ms. Duhaime frequently provides insight to the media on emerging FinTech and legal issues including the Blockchain, digital currencies, terrorist financing, money laundering, financial regulation and policy developments, and has written for Quartz, the influential Millennial publication, Financier Worldwide, the Globe & Mail and American Banker and appeared on American media for FinTech and has spoken before the United Nations on the Law of Artifical Intelligence, Blockchain law and at Money 20/20, the Asian Development Bank and Innovate Finance on FinTech, financial inclusion and the refugee crisis and with the Business Council of Canada’s CEOs on financial disruption and banking.

She is the co-founder of FemRight, a not-for-profit that supports the education of young girls in MENA on feminine hygiene in order to keep them in school and as inclusive members of society.

My Sessions

RegTech in Nigeria

Oriental Hotel

Regulators, lawyers and FinTechs will discuss regulatory issues in the FinTech space in Nigeria and Africa with a view to what needs to happen for Nigeria to take its place as the leader in FinTech.


Artificial Intelligence / FinTech Startup Pitch Challenge

Oriental Hotel

During the startup challenge session, 5 finalists from across Nigeria will compete on stage to win Nigeria’s first ever FinTech Cup with the most promising banking technology. The winner will be announced at the cocktail party.