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“Digital Wallets to Reach 5.6 Billion People by 2030”: Industry Insights

The
rapidly transforming landscape of financial technology was the highlight of a
recent fireside chat at the Finance Magnates London Summit 2023. Experts in the
field, Sandra Mianda, the Founder and CEO at Paypr.work, and David Tirando
Blanco, the VP at Revolut, engaged in a thought-provoking discussion about the
evolution, current status, and future of digital wallets.

The Rise and Evolution of Digital Wallets

Sandra Mianda, Founder and CEO at Paypr.work

Sandra
Mianda set the stage by emphasizing the phenomenal growth of digital wallets,
which are expected to exceed 4.4 billion globally by 2025. “From open
wallets designed to support a wide range of payment mechanism to closed wallets
with brand-specific features, digital wallets are going to reach about 5.6
billion or 65% of the global population by 2030,” she noted. Sandra
highlighted how digital wallets have transitioned from straightforward
financial tools into sophisticated instruments integral to modern finance.

David Tirando Blanco, VP at Revolut

David
Tirando Blanco elaborated on this evolution, focusing on the expansion of
functionalities within digital wallets. “We have started to bring
additional features and verticals into this [… enabling] additional insights
on financial management,” David stated. He described the journey from
simple payment functions to more complex services that enhance customer
experience and financial health.

The
conversation delved into the segmentation of digital wallets, clarifying the
often-interchangeable terms used in the industry. Sandra explained the
differences between open, semi-closed, and closed wallets, each catering to
specific user requirements and market segments.

the VP at Revolut identified consumer engagement as a key driver for the growth of digital
wallets. He pointed out the potential in sectors with high customer engagement,
like social media and e-commerce, to capitalize on and accelerate the adoption
of digital wallets.

Interoperability and Emerging Trends

A
significant trend in the digital wallet space, as discussed by the speakers, is
the growing interoperability among different wallet types. David highlighted
initiatives like Visa+, which are creating seamless connectivity between
various wallet platforms, enhancing user convenience and transactional
flexibility.

Looking
towards the future, both Sandra and David agreed that AI and government-led
initiatives would significantly influence the digital wallet sector. David
envisioned digital wallets integrating administrative tasks and digital
identities, simplifying interactions with governmental services.

The
discussion also touched on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for
digital wallets. David remarked on the competition from big tech companies and
the need for digital wallets to continuously innovate to maintain relevance. He
emphasized the potential for digital wallets to become more than just payment
instruments, evolving into comprehensive platforms that cater to a wide range
of consumer needs.

Digital Wallets: A Staying Trend

In
conclusion, the session at the Finance Magnates London Summit 2023 made it
clear that digital wallets are not just a passing trend. They are an expanding
and consolidating force in the financial sector, supporting a growing array of
use cases. As the industry continues to evolve, driven by consumer needs and
technological advancements, digital wallets are set to play an increasingly
pivotal role in shaping the future of finance.

Sandra
and David’s insights at the summit underscored the dynamic and exciting
trajectory of digital wallets, marking them as an integral component of the
global financial ecosystem in the years to come.

The
rapidly transforming landscape of financial technology was the highlight of a
recent fireside chat at the Finance Magnates London Summit 2023. Experts in the
field, Sandra Mianda, the Founder and CEO at Paypr.work, and David Tirando
Blanco, the VP at Revolut, engaged in a thought-provoking discussion about the
evolution, current status, and future of digital wallets.

The Rise and Evolution of Digital Wallets

Sandra Mianda, Founder and CEO at Paypr.work

Sandra
Mianda set the stage by emphasizing the phenomenal growth of digital wallets,
which are expected to exceed 4.4 billion globally by 2025. “From open
wallets designed to support a wide range of payment mechanism to closed wallets
with brand-specific features, digital wallets are going to reach about 5.6
billion or 65% of the global population by 2030,” she noted. Sandra
highlighted how digital wallets have transitioned from straightforward
financial tools into sophisticated instruments integral to modern finance.

David Tirando Blanco, VP at Revolut

David
Tirando Blanco elaborated on this evolution, focusing on the expansion of
functionalities within digital wallets. “We have started to bring
additional features and verticals into this [… enabling] additional insights
on financial management,” David stated. He described the journey from
simple payment functions to more complex services that enhance customer
experience and financial health.

The
conversation delved into the segmentation of digital wallets, clarifying the
often-interchangeable terms used in the industry. Sandra explained the
differences between open, semi-closed, and closed wallets, each catering to
specific user requirements and market segments.

the VP at Revolut identified consumer engagement as a key driver for the growth of digital
wallets. He pointed out the potential in sectors with high customer engagement,
like social media and e-commerce, to capitalize on and accelerate the adoption
of digital wallets.

Interoperability and Emerging Trends

A
significant trend in the digital wallet space, as discussed by the speakers, is
the growing interoperability among different wallet types. David highlighted
initiatives like Visa+, which are creating seamless connectivity between
various wallet platforms, enhancing user convenience and transactional
flexibility.

Looking
towards the future, both Sandra and David agreed that AI and government-led
initiatives would significantly influence the digital wallet sector. David
envisioned digital wallets integrating administrative tasks and digital
identities, simplifying interactions with governmental services.

The
discussion also touched on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for
digital wallets. David remarked on the competition from big tech companies and
the need for digital wallets to continuously innovate to maintain relevance. He
emphasized the potential for digital wallets to become more than just payment
instruments, evolving into comprehensive platforms that cater to a wide range
of consumer needs.

Digital Wallets: A Staying Trend

In
conclusion, the session at the Finance Magnates London Summit 2023 made it
clear that digital wallets are not just a passing trend. They are an expanding
and consolidating force in the financial sector, supporting a growing array of
use cases. As the industry continues to evolve, driven by consumer needs and
technological advancements, digital wallets are set to play an increasingly
pivotal role in shaping the future of finance.

Sandra
and David’s insights at the summit underscored the dynamic and exciting
trajectory of digital wallets, marking them as an integral component of the
global financial ecosystem in the years to come.

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