Oxford, Esme Learning launch exec-ed courses for finance professionals

A woman walks near the logo of Brazilian fintech startup Nubank outside its headquarters, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 9, 2021.

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The global fintech market is expected to reach a market value of US$305 billion by 2025, which will drive demand for fintech talent.

The University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and Esme Learning have launched five online executive education programmes to prepare professionals for the future of finance. 


The Oxford Digital Finance Executive Series is a set of six-week online executive education programmes that aims to support professionals including financial executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals supporting the financial services sector.

Learners will choose three out of five courses in the series to help them navigate the most critical challenges facing their industry in coming years. The programmes will be taught using a blend of video instruction, AI coaching, and small-group collaborative learning.

To complete the series, professionals must take the core Oxford Fintech Programme, as well as two of four related elective programmes of their choice in either AI in Finance and Open Banking, Blockchain Strategy, Cyber Security for Business Leaders, or Platforms and Digital Disruption. 

Those who have completed prior Oxford Fintech, Blockchain Strategy, and Cyber Security (formerly known as Cyber Futures) programmes are eligible to enter the Series as accelerated students.

Esme Learning CEO and co-founder David Shrier said, “The global financial services sector is undergoing large-scale digital transformation, creating billions of dollars of opportunity for technologically savvy executives, and career risk for people who fail to adapt to this change.

Shrier added, “The Oxford Digital Finance Executive Series helps prepare professionals for success in this rapidly evolving environment.”


“Experience has shown change is accelerated through cross pollination of perspectives,’ said Director, Oxford Saïd Open Executive Education director Caroline Williams.

“The launch of this critical development pathway showcases the benefit of acquiring multidisciplinary lenses to seize opportunities or navigate challenges successfully within a transformational environment.”

The programmes run between September and December this year. The course of each programme varies between 2,350 pounds and £2,650. Click here for details.