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Alternative Saving Models (ASM) MINI-COURSE

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Alternative Saving Models (ASM) MINI-COURSE

Fintech for Longevity Academy
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Mini-course sponsored by eQUB

Longevity-linked saving models are financial products and services that are designed to help individuals save for the future and plan for later life. In this workshop, we will delve into alternative models for micro-savings in emerging economies and the role of Fintech in boosting long-term savings.

Our Alternative Saving Models workshop combines insights from academic research and experience from observing new digital tools and best practices as they are deployed by underserved communities, especially in emerging economies.

This 3.0-hour workshop will help you understand the emerging trends in the digitalization of social interactions and pooling of risk,  and provide you with the tools to understand the trends in alternative saving models as an inclusive financial tool for underserved communities.

When: the dates of this course will be announced soon!

Price: TBD

Price for members of the F4L Academy: 30% off by using your discount code. Learn more about our Membership Program.


Introduction - Longevity literacy and savings for old age around the world (20 minutes) - Dr. Ira Sobel

Part I - Understanding the power of communities as a driver of pooling of risk (30 minutes) - Dr. Ira Sobel

  • The history of RoSCAs, TONTINES, SACCOs
  • How do they work in the real world

Part II - Digital payments and new platforms for long-term saving - Best practices from around the world (60 minutes) - Alexander Hizikias

  • Advantages and disadvantages of the alternative saving models compared to traditional ones
  • How technology is driving alternative saving models
  • Examples of ASM in India, Vietnam and the African continent

Part III - Interview with Yohana Ermias, co-founder and CTO, eQUB (20 minutes)

Dr. Ira Sobel

Dr. Ira Sobel is the founder and Academic Director of Fintech for Longevity Academy, a trusted provider of financial longevity for corporate professionals around the world. Dr. Sobel specializes in the economic aspects of aging with a particular focus on the role of Fintech in improving the financial well-being of older adults and family caregivers. Dr. Sobel lives in Israel where she is currently teaching a course on “Financial Inclusion in the Fintech Age” at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is an international speaker and advisor to many Fintech companies and VCs around the world. Dr. Sobel has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University.

Alexander Hizikias, Co-Founder and CEO, eQUB

Alexander Hizikias is Co-founder & CEO of eQub, a disruptive fintech startup working to provide access to credit through saving groups & lending circles. He is an entrepreneur with a background in Economics, who is also responsible for creating multiple successful Ethiopian startups in different sectors. Strong experience in research, business management, finance & marketing. Passionate about technology & innovative value-addition. He's also a published Author & Poet that enjoys creative writing.

Yohana Ermias, Co-Founder and CTO, eQUB

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