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Innovation leadership programme

Cambridge SupTech Lab Innovation Leadership Programme
people impacted
Countries supervised

Up your innovation game

maximise your impact

Effective supervision enables sound and sustainable delivery of innovative financial services, greater protection of consumers, and the pursuit of policy objectives such as financial stability and integrity, the oversight and mitigation of environmental and governance risks, and overall economic growth. Through this executive education programme, the University of Cambridge is establishing and empowering a new community of leaders who are re-architecturing financial supervision.

By joining the Cambridge SupTech Lab Innovation Leadership Programme you can access world-class online leadership education, experiential training, ground-breaking research, new analytical frameworks, and innovative digital tools. Centred on leadership, change, and innovation, the 9-week curriculum is built around six modules that integrate interactive learning tools.

Through an immersive online experience that draws on real-world case studies, you will deepen your connection to technology and data science, develop a holistic understanding of financial technologies, analyse how they are transforming financial sectors and how this is generating a shift in financial sector supervision, and get to know the many dimensions of digital transformation and product lifecycle management. You will create maps of their agency’s data architecture and tech stack, design proofs of concept (POCs) of cutting-edge suptech applications, learn how to facilitate design sprints, and acquire the skills needed to manage the development of innovative products end to end.

After completing the Programme, some POCs will be selected for full development and deployment — with sponsorships available. The Lab can assist with the selection and procurement of a technology vendor, management of the production phase, and testing of the application.

are you ready?

Start in

April 2023


9 weeks

7-8 hours a week


Self-paced Asyncronous

Learn. Experience. Build.

The Programme brings together supervisors, regulators, economists, data scientists, and technologists who are committed to the digital transformation of their financial authorities and to reconfiguring supervisory tools and methodologies. In parallel to deepening the participants’ knowledge of technology and data science, we create the conditions for them to experiment with modern techniques such as Human-Centred Design (HCD), and develop foundational competencies to embody the modern leadership style that nurtures creativity and collaboration, making innovation a shared value and true possibility.



Get oriented and inspired

  • Familiarise yourself with the scope, learning objectives and timeline of the Programme
  • Feel inspired to think beyond the boundaries of your day-to-day job
  • Explore the Digital SupTech Diagnostic tool
  • Sketch capstone processes with teammates
1 week

Module 1
Module 1

Data and technology

  • Familiarise yourself with tech and de-mystify technical terms by playing with data and tech tools deployed in fintech, regtech and suptech products
  • Describe data science best practices and key features of new technologies
  • Explore the practical and ethical implications of tech, and the related opportunities and risks
  • Collaborate with members of your team and broader institutions using the Digital SupTech Diagnostic tool to begin diagnostic of your agency or department
1 week

Module 2
Module 2

Financial technologies

Crypto, the digital banking, alternative credit scoring, peer-to-peer lending, the digital payments

  • Understand common and emerging fintech products and business models
  • Discuss how fintech products and business models are reshaping the financial ecosystem
1 week

Module 3
Module 3

Paradigm shifts in financial supervision

5 alternative tracks. Choose one subject:

  • Identify and weigh the main drivers of supervised risks within your jurisdiction
  • Describe, analyse, and evaluate the supervisory framework implemented in your jurisdiction
  • Critically examine the impact of financial technologies on supervised risks
  • Characterise risks where suptech applications could augment the supervisory capabilities of your agency
2 weeks

Module 4
Module 4

Digital SupTech Diagnostic

  • Present to peers your diagnostic report generated by the Digital SupTech Diagnostic tool
1 week

Module 5
Module 5

Product design

  • Apply product design best practices, including Human-Centred Design (HCD)
  • Develop your value proposition analysis
  • Familiarise yourself with cutting-edge suptech applications implemented by different authorities
  • Lay out the specifications of suptech applications that match the needs of your agency
  • Peer review the proof of concept of your suptech application
2 weeks

Module 6
Module 6

Agile prototyping and applications development

  • Apply product lifecycle management best practices, including lean product management
  • Elaborate a strategy for change management related to the applications you aim to implement, identifying dependencies and roles that are critical for the success of your suptech project
  • Assess strategies for vendor selection, and identify the optimal choice for development of your suptech application
  • Collaborate with peers and explore creative approaches to product development
1 week


  • Expand your leadership vision and skills to nurture creativity, innovation and collaboration in your agency
  • Become a more effective communicator and a more confident decision-maker
  • Develop the self-awareness and emotional intelligence of an embodied leader


  • Every week you and your teammates will work on your capstone projects designing proofs of concept of cutting-edge, scalable suptech applications
  • The Lab will run competitions to crowdsource ideas that complement the capstones and identify vendors for the implementation of the solutions
  • Several solutions receive sponsorship for prototyping and deployment

Programme lecturers and guest speakers

Technologists, policy and regulatory experts, economists, entrepreneurs, researchers, product managers, designers, data scientists, coders, and business strategists with global and local expertise will lead the delivery of the curriculum.

Leveraging their first-hand experience and practical case studies from around the world, they will provide foundational knowledge of fintech business models and products, institutional data architectures and underpinning technologies,and digital transformation approaches, and train the fellows on product life-cycle management and engage with relevant stakeholders.

Lecturers & Instructors

Matt Grasser
Cambridge SupTech Lab
Giovanni Bandi
University of Cambridge
Chris Butler
Lead Product Manager, Google
Juliet Ongwae
Cambridge SupTech Lab
Simone di Castri
Cambridge SupTech Lab
Jose Miguel Mestanza
Cambridge SupTech Lab
Louis de Koker
La Trobe University

Guest Speakers

Muthoni Wanyoike
Data Scientist and Artificial Intelligence Embassador
Curtis Matlock
Pia Roman
Kwame Oppong
Bank of Ghana
Anna Wallace
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Cennydd Bowles
Information Commissioner’s Office
Kimmo Soramäki
Financial Network Analytics
Francesca Hopwood Road
BIS Innovation Hub
Lindsey Richardson
University of British Columbia
Noel Guinto
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Oriol Amat
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Joanne Horgan joanne
Jo Ann Barefoot
Alliance for Innovative Regulationt
Luigi Zingales
University of Chicago
Adam Scott
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Juan Carlos Izaguirre
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor


Arend Kulenkampff
GovTech Consultant
Juliet Ongwae
Cambridge SupTech Lab
Mark Anthony Perez
Moody’s Analytics
Rochelle Momberg
Digital Frontiers Institute
Chris Guess
Duke Reporters’ Lab
Lesly Goh
Cambridge Judge Business School Fellow
Nick Clark
Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance
Sergio Jose de Mesquita
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor
Jose Miguel Mestanza
Cambridge SupTech Lab
Salvador Chang
Consultant Digital Financial Inclusion
Philip Rowan
Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance
Giovanni Bandi
University of Cambridge

This programme is for you, if you:

  • Want to deepen your knowledge while enhancing your capacity in the conceptualisation, design, procurement, development and roll-out of suptech applications.
  • Are a supervisor, regulator, economist, data scientist, or technologist currently employed by a financial regulatory or supervisory authority.
  • Are committed to accelerating the digital transformation of your financial authorities, to furthering innovation in financial sector supervision, and to catalysing resilient, sustainable, and innovative financial sectors.


This Programme offers you the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion from one of the world’s leading business schools – the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you upon successful completion of the Programme, as per the stipulated requirements.

Scholarships & Sponsorships

A limited number of scholarships to attend the Programme are available to financial authorities from low- and middle-income Countries who enroll in the consumer protection track (sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) in the payments track, or in the anti-money laundering track (sponsored by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office). Additional sponsorhips are available for partipants from the Americas (through the Inter-American Development Bank) and from the Middle-East (through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH).

Tuition fee

Financial Authorities


6 seats minimum

Deadline for application:
March 30th, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT




Deadline for application:
March 30th, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT


Each team will develop a capstone project represented by a suptech proof of concept. By the end of the Programme, the proof of concept will be ready for production into suptech applications. The cost of production is $150,000 and includes:

  • Selection and procurement of a technology vendor through an international competition
  • Management of the production phase
  • Testing of the application using international best practices and certified standards.


  • We accept in the Programme either individual fellows or teams that represent a financial authority.
  • We highly encourage agencies to enroll the team of 6-10 individuals that would be responsible for the development of a suptech application, roadmap, strategy, open data project, innovation hub, or digital transformation initiative.
  • Admissions to the Cambridge SupTech Lab Innovation Leadership Programme are highly selective.
  • Institutional admissions are rolling. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive a decision.