Alban SCHMUTZ, SVP – Strategic Develoment & Public Affairs at OVH
Profile: Alban is Chairman of CISPE (Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe) and SVP Strategic Development & Public Affairs for OVH. Since 2012 he is co-chairing the French National Industry Plan about Cloud Computing and was part of the UK-France Data Economy Taskforce. He also currently serve as member of several boards, including the SystemX Institute for Research and Technology, EuroCloud France and Systematic Competitiveness Cluster, FrenchTech Lille and the Alacrite accelerator. Entrepeneur for more than 15 years he started three leading companies in Open Source services and High Performance Computing before joining OVH.
Gene Vayngrib, Co-founder and CEO at Tradle
Profile: Gene is a serial entrepreneur and software veteran. He is also a blockchain evangelist, speaker and architect of Blockchain solutions. Prior to Tradle, he co-founded a startup that pioneered distributed business networks helping to ship and invoice millions of tons of products in a multimodal supply chain spanning 20 countries. In previous roles, he managed a division of Information Builders, a NY enterprise company where his team deployed products to 90% of Fortune 500 companies. Gene also pioneered the use of AI in industrial control systems and has also worked as a system developer in banking and manufacturing.
Filippo Sanesi, Head of Research and Partner Management at Startupbootcamp: InsurTech
Profile: Filippo Sanesi is Head of Research and Partner Management at Startupbootcamp Insurtech. He is responsible for the international scouting process of the best InsurTech startups, research of new trends, relationship and communication between startups and corporate partners. His aim is to build solid collaborations with InsurTech startups and corporates, often traveling worldwide to reach out to them in their native countries. He holds an International MBA and has experience in a variety of different business areas, such as international marketing, business development, business strategies, and startups’ growth hacking techniques. He gained his experience working as a consultant for firms and marketing agencies as well as within the startup industry.
Nigel Verdon, Co-founder & CEO at Railsbank
Profile: Nigel Verdon is Co- Founder and CEO of Railsbank, a global banking and compliance platform that gives companies access to global wholesale banking services in 5 lines of code. Nigel is an entrepreneur and tech evangelist. Previously he worked at Swiss Bank Corp (now UBS) and was a director at Dresden Kleinwort Investment Bank – both sighted for their digital innovation. He is Chairman/Founder of one of the world’s best known FinTech brands, Currency Cloud, founder of the award winning Evolution Consulting Group plc. (exited to FTSE 100 company), an investor in FinTech specialist Anthemis and a board member of FX options hedge fund LCJ.
Philippe Gelis, CEO & Co-founder at Kantox
Profile: Philippe leads Kantox’s strategic vision and is a standard-bearer in the sphere of fintech. Specialising in finance and company strategy, before founding Kantox he was financial controller at Renault Switzerland and a consultant in strategy and operations at Deloitte.
Julian Cork, Chief Operating Officer at Landbay
Profile: Julian oversees all operational aspects of Landbay, including technology systems and regulatory processes. Prior to Landbay, Julian spent 20 years in senior technology and business roles at JP Morgan and Macquarie Group. His roles have spanned FX, fixed income, derivatives, treasury and equities product sets in New York, Tokyo, Sydney and London. Julian has led divisions and managed large distributed global teams with a wide range of responsibilities from end‐to‐end systems re‐engineering, functional organisational design, to the build‐out of new business capabilities and running client facing businesses. Julian holds a patent for project viability assessment and is a non-executive director of financial marketplace Bud.
Dr Markos Zachariadis, Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Management at Warwick Business School
Profile: Markos Zachariadis is Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Management at Warwick Business School zand a FinTech Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Digital Innovation (CDI), University of Cambridge. Markos’ research sits at the crossection of economics of digital innovation, financial technology studies, and network economics, and has studied extensively the economic impact of ICT adoption on bank performance, the diffusion of payment networks, and the role of data & standards in payment infrastructures (SWIFT) and financial markets (LEI) among other things.
Francesca Gandolfo, Chief Operations Officer at OakNorth Bank
Profile: Francesca is the Chief Operations Officer at OakNorth Bank where she leads the development of the bank’s technology infrastructure, including its landmark move to the cloud in 2016. Prior to joining OakNorth, Francesca led Citi’s Account Services Operations team for Corporate clients, driving its target operating model, process redesign, implementation, and IT landscape. During her tenure, she reduced costs 7% year on year, while simultaneously absorbing restructuring and investment costs. Previously, she was Head of Strategy for Barclays’ retail and commercial bank, and was the Chief of Staff and member of Barclaycard ExCo. She also spent eight years at McKinsey.
Anna Jaworska, VP Emerging Payments at Barclaycard
Profile: Anna is an Emerging Payments and FinTech expert. Currently supporting Barclaycard on their innovation agenda, Anna draws on Bain & Company strategy and Rocket Internet startup experiences. You can contact Anna via LinkedIn or twitter @annawjaworska.
Cedric Teissier, Co-founder & CEO at Finexkap
Profile: Cédric is co-founder and CEO of Finexkap, a receivables financing service company based in France and with operations in Europe. Since launching in 2015, 3,500 + companies have registered on Finexkap as sellers. Prior to that, Cédric co-founded Palico, the global leader among private equity marketplaces with more than 15,000 active users in 70+ countries. Cédric is also a founding member and VP of France Fintech, a member of the Fintech Advisory Group of the World Economic Forum, and a Fintech startup advisor. In an earlier life, he was a private equity attorney, a hedge fund investor, and a placement agent.
Christoph Rieche, Co-founder & CEO at Iwoca
Profile: Christoph Rieche is the co¬founder and CEO of iwoca and is a leading figure within the fintech sector. Participating in initiatives such as the G20 SME Finance Working Group and other public sector roundtables, he has played a formative role in the evolution of technology driven financing and established iwoca as the leading fintech lender in Europe. Prior to founding iwoca in 2011 he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities. Christoph graduated in Management from HEC Lausanne and the London School of Economics.
Daniel Lowther, Head of Fintech & Associate Director at CCgroup
Profile: Daniel has more than nine years’ experience in B2B public relations and heads up CCgroup’s FinTech division. His passion is commercially-driven marketing communications that makes a tangible impact on his clients’ business. Daniel has extensive experience working with FinTech companies including Encap, Fundamo, MyCheck, Money Mover, VeriFone and Visa Inc. Daniel is a regular contributor to Tech Crunch, Huffington Post and BankNXT, as well as dipping in and out of the City AM FinTech Power 100 list.
Edwina Johnson, COO at Startupbootcamp London: FinTech
Profile: Edwina is currently COO of Startupbootcamp FinTech London, part of the award winning Startupbootcamp global startup accelerator. She has been named as one of the top 100 Women in FinTech in the UK. Her background includes a mixture of startups, digital marketing and operations. Edwina holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Nottingham.
Huy NGUYEN TRIEU, FinTech Resident Expert, University of Oxford
Profile: Huy is the CEO of Disruptive Finance and a former Managing Director at Citi. He has been working in financial services for 10 years, was previously the founder of Ukibi, a VC-funded startup in NY, and is passionate about the technology revolution that is transforming finance. He writes the Disruptive Finance blog, and likes to mentor entrepreneurs who are inventing Finance 2.0. In particular, he likes to assist engineers and techies who need advice in business, marketing or fundraising – having been himself an engineer seriously lacking these competences. In addition, he has an extensive knowledge of banks, insurers and pension funds thanks to his interactions with these organisations at senior level. He is a graduate of MIT (US), Ecole Polytechnique (France) and Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees (France).
Jean-Stéphane Gourévitch, Mentor at Nexussquared
Profile: Jean-Stéphane is an expert of the digital and mobile convergence ecosystem with over 23 years global experience at senior management levels. He focuses in particular on digital/mobile communications, digital/mobile payments, digital/mobile banking, digital/mobile commerce, Fintech and innovation. His expertise lies in strategy, business development, regulatory affairs, public policy, Government Relations, stakeholder relationship management, communication and PR. Jean-Stéphane is also a thought leader and a mentor for fintech startups and young entrepreneurs in the UK, US and Kenya. He has held senior management positions with blue-chip International telcos such as Everything Everywhere Ltd. (EE), Orange, Global Crossing, France Telecom, Verizon Business, Colt Technology Services Ltd. He has worked for OFCOM, the UK digital communications regulator and also held senior management positions with Deloitte Consulting and with strategic marketing and PR/Communications firms.
Jamie Macgregor, Senior Vice President, Global Insurance at Celent
Profile: Jamie is the Senior Vice President for the insurance practice within Celent, a leading financial technology research & consulting firm and a division of Oliver Wyman. Jamie’s career spans over 23 years in both management consulting and the industry, working for firms such as Deloitte, AXA, AIG and Zurich Insurance Group. His current research agenda within Celent focuses on IT strategy, innovation and the technology challenges facing the life, pensions and wealth management markets globally.
Louis de Broglie, Co-founder, Inspeer
Profile: Expert in actuarial consulting, venture capital and asset management, Louis de Broglie holds an MBA from IE Business School, a CIIA diploma (Certified International Investment Analyst) and a master’s degree in Derivatives Pricing. Louis is convinced that the sharing economy can empower insurance customers and enable insurance companies to provide better value for their customers. With this in mind, he co-founded Inspeer: the first French Peer to Peer insurance platform.
Richard Peers, Director Financial Services Industry at Microsoft
Profile: Richard Peers is Microsoft’s EMEA Banking Industry Lead working with their largest clients and Fintech innovators. He has spent the last 19 years at Microsoft in sales, services and marketing leadership, with the last five years deeply engaged with clients, Fintechs and partners in Financial Services. Working on projects and engaging with leadership teams he brings an up to the minute insight on the vision and the practicalities of “Digital Banking”.
He created the Digital Wallet Foundry in 2013 which combined a conference and a hackathon to bring business and developers communities together. DWF sought to crack the code on Identity, Loyalty and Payments and was widely praised as a thought leading initiative. In Nov 2014 he created and chaired the Digital Banking Summit which examined three different models to becoming a Digital Bank.
In Feb 2015 he created the API economy event in Level39 and commissioned the “Embracing the API Economy” whitepaper. Two banks mBank and Barclays discussed their approach to this area. In 2016 he contributed a chapter to the “Fintech Book” on this topic.
Richard is a regular speaker at events and contributor via social media on topics such as: Transformation; Innovation, Technology and the environment. He is a member of the panel selecting the Fintech50 2016. As a member of Level39, London’s premier Fintech community he advises a number of start-ups in the banking space.
Shaul David, FinTech Sector Specialist at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
Profile: Shaul is the Fintech sector specialist at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) the business development arm of the UK Government. In this role Shaul is responsible for UKTI’s engagement strategy with UK and overseas Fintech markets and stakeholders, through our network of overseas posts. Shaul works directly with innovative Fintech companies seeking to enter the UK market and with UK based companies as they grow globally. Prior to this role, Shaul was Programme Manager at the Financial Services Knowledge Transfer Network (FSKTN). The FSKTN aimed to foster the technological innovation required to reinforce the UK’s reputation as a centre for FS excellence. By providing a platform and leadership, the FSKTN helped stimulate interaction between the UK’s FS industry, academic experts and technology vendors. Earlier in his career Shaul held various roles within Retail Banking technology and finance.
Sophie Guibaud, Vice President of European Expansion at Fidor
Profile: Sophie Guibaud is Vice President of European Expansion at Fidor. She started her career in investment banking in New York before joining a growth capital fund in Paris. Along with investing in startups, she advised them on their development strategy. However, wanting to be more involved in startup operations, she moved to London and was instrumental in launching HelloFresh, a Rocket Internet food subscription-based company. After heading product strategy and commercialisation at Bankable, a payment solutions company, she is now in charge of the European roll-out of Fidor.
Susanne Chishti, CEO at FINTECH Circle
Profile: Susanne Chishti is the Chief Executive Officer of FINTECH Circle, Chairman of FINTECH Circle Innovate and Co-Editor of The FINTECH Book. Susanne is a senior capital markets manager, entrepreneur and investor with strong FINTECH expertise. She also acts as a mentor, judge and coach at FINTECH events such as SWIFT Innotribe, Barclays TechStars and Fintech Startup Bootcamp Accelerators. Susanne has more than 14 years’ experience across Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and Accenture in London and Hong Kong. She has also been selected among top UK FINTECH Influencers by City A.M, one of the 100 leading Women in FINTECH and top 15 FINTECH UK twitter influencers.