Founder of VT FinTech, Vishnu believes that the future of asset management is hugely data driven. Quantitative strategies combined with strong fundamental research are going to define the convergence of passive and active investing. He is a graduate of IIM Ahmedabad, a globally renowned business school, with years of experience in Asset Management and Banking.
Michael is the Founder and CEO of Assembly Capital Advisors. He has over decades of experience in investment banking and financial services and is now solely focused on fintech venture investing.
Megan Caywood is Chief Platform Officer at Starling Bank, where she leads API Strategy, partnerships and the development of the Marketplace Platform. Prior to Starling, Megan worked in technology in San Francisco, having led product development at Intuit and Xero, two of the world's largest financial technology companies.
Markku is the CEO and Founder of MePIN / Meontrust Inc, a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the field of IT and information security. He has been involved in mobile technologies since the early days of WAP in the late 90's. Before founding MePIN he held Director positions in SafeNet Inc and SafeNet acquired Beep Science AS.
Adedayo Banwo is a lawyer for a large and global financial institution in London. He became a member of the bar in both New York and Florida in 2007 and started his legal career in 2006 as a Judicial Clerk for Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit before joining the corporate practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York.
Adedayo is part of the Financial Markets Lawyers Association, the AFME Legal and Compliance forum, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and author of several articles on regulatory issues. He is also Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Task Force on Financial Engineering for Economic Development which advises regulators in emerging markets and multilateral institutions on building effective infrastructure for capital markets. Adedayo is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Danny Dressler is a former competitive athlete, sport scientist and entrepreneur with a passion for digital health, sensor technology, artificial intelligence and business.
Erik Abrahamsson is the founder and CEO of Digital Fineprint, a London-based analytics company helping insurers use social media. After winning 'Best General Startup in the U.K.' at the Grad Factor Awards, the company went on to partner with Allianz and Hiscox, and in January 2017 it was picked as one of the top five insurtech companies worldwide for Accenture's Innovation Lab, as well as MetLife's Collab competition (picked as one of top 8 InsurTech startups in the world). The company is backed by Eos Venture Partners, a VC firm focused exclusively on InsurTech.
David is the Founder and CEO of Polymath Consulting. The firm advises organisations across the cards and payments industry and is particularly well known for its work on e-money and emerging payments. David is also an active NED and advisor to boards. He advises and/or sits on the boards of: Cybertonica, Stylopay and Curve. As a consultant, he has worked across the complete value chain helping banks with their overall e-money/prepaid and emerging payments strategy right through to market entry analysis. David has also worked with telecommunication firms, payment processors and programme managers on segment analysis, certification and membership applications.
Suresh is Managing Director at Global Processing Services (GPS) an award winning processor for prepaid and stored value. GPS provides services to some of the largest prepaid programs globally as well as providing services to challenger banks and fintechs. Suresh was selected to join the working group for the Payment Systems Regulator Strategy Forum which will help shape changes in the payments industry and recently voted into the Prepaid Power 10, a top ten list of key influencers in the payments industry.
David is Co-Founder and CEO of leading FinTech, Tuxedo Money Solutions, and previously served as CTO. He began his career at Alpha Telecom, managing their call centres then broadening his remit to manage client application development and account services. As Head of Operations for Speechnet and Amerada, he oversaw all utility telecom services and IVR technology. In 2002 he founded Re-Inspire, delivering innovative payment solutions and was one of the first entrants in the SMS payment and 'micropayment' markets. David co-founded Tuxedo in 2006 and has overseen its technology development, innovation and international expansion.
Co-founder & Managing Partner of Exponential, a venture capital and incubation business focused thematically on financial wellness, investing across fintech, insuretech and healthtech. Investor and advisory board member of Startupbootcamp Insuretech programme. Background in strategy consulting and commercial leadership roles in the technology sector.
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Dr. Richard Theo is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wealthify, a new online investment service that makes investing easy and affordable for everyone. Richard is a serial entrepreneur with a passion and enthusiasm for technology that has driven him to establish a string of successful technology-based companies, all founded on a common belief in innovation through technology. Using his PhD in Computer Networks, Richard has applied his software expertise to differentiate, innovate and derive competitive advantage, allowing his businesses to become innovation leaders within their respective markets.
Pete has been developing solutions to allow the efficient delivery of advice since 2001. His roles have been focused on advice for consumers, with his advice experience covering a range of solutions including wealth management, holistic financial planning, workplace pensions and employee benefits. As a founder of Wealth Wizards in 2009, his work has involved the very early development of robo advice. He has held advice permissions for over 20 years and brings significant expertise in helping engage consumers with often complex financial solutions. He has a BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering from Loughborough University.
Yasaman Hadjibashi leads the innovation agenda for the Barclays Africa Group, including the bank’s accelerator program with Techstars. This position follows after her appointment as the first ever Chief Data Officer for the bank, where she led the end-to-end pan-Africa big data transformation, pioneering an internationally award-winning portfolio of data-led products and customer experiences, including Africa’s first ever artificial intelligence–enabled chatbot. She joined Barclays after completing her MBA at Harvard Business School in 2010.
Victor is the CEO of Plum, an artificial intelligence-powered Facebook chatbot that enables consumers to save and invest automatically. He is also the former Head of International at TransferWise a fintech unicorn and joined the company when there were 6 personnel based in London and left when they were over 500+. Victor built and led a team of 25 who launched TransferWise in 25 new markets. Previously he founded and led PoS terminal reseller BlueBird in Europe. He studied economics at Harvard and has an MBA from INSEAD.
Thomas Lethenborg is on a mission to help provide better mental health to more people. Prior to joining Monsenso as CEO and partner, he served in international leadership positions in global companies like Siemens, NetApp, F5 Networks ad Telia. His educational background from London Business School, Copenhagen Business School and Copenhagen University College of Engineering intersects business and engineering. His interest in the field of mental health comes from living with mental illness in his near family most of his life.
Ross Campbell is Chief Underwriter, Research & Development, at Gen Re. Ross has been in life/health reinsurance for over 30 years both in the UK and in overseas markets. Based in London his varied role includes research of medical and non-medical risk, including how digital technologies may innovate insurance practice. Ross is a Chartered Insurer, holder of the Assurance Medical Society Diploma in Medical Underwriting and is a Senior Examiner for the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Rob Hudson is Head of Digital Distribution at Aberdeen, responsible for developing and managing direct-to-client business channels. Previously, Rob was MD of Charles Stanley Direct where he led the successful launch and growth of the client facing investment platform.
Rob started his career with Hargreaves Lansdown as it started to develop the market dominant Vantage services. He left to join Egg plc to help set up the UK’s first client facing digital fund supermarket. Rob has also worked as a management consultant (acting for St James’s Place; CitiGroup; 3i BestInvest), and as a Director of Chartwell Group where he ran the direct-to-client and remote advice businesses whilst helping the IFA practice as an early mover to a platform and DFM model (leading to sale to Close Brothers).
Phil has helped build multiple successful managed services businesses and is now Managing Director at The Bunker and responsible for leading The Bunker's technical development through its future growth and evolution. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and experience of working across a broad range of technologies, industries and clients, both within the UK and internationally.
Parinda is a product designer, regtech pioneer, entrepreneur and passionate about solving real world problems through technology. He has created one of the best digital banking products in the market and is now on a mission to solve identity verification problems with his Selified team.
Dr. Louise Beaumont creates markets, enables scale, and drives growth. She is particularly interested in the intersection between technology, financial services and public sector; and has worked with blue chips, start-ups, investors and everything in between to grow companies and create value.
Lee is a Director at Mastercard responsible for relationship management and business development with the UK&I prepaid issuing and programme manager community. Lee joined MasterCard in 2011 tasked with prepaid market development across consumer, commercial, public sector and transit verticals before being promoted to his current role in 2013. Lee is also an ambassador for Mastercard's UK&I Women's Leadership Network. Prior to Mastercard, Lee started his career at Giesecke & Devrient, an international leader in the technology of smartcards, security technology and banknotes where he spent 8 years in various roles.
Kush Patel is the co-founder and CEO of Tallysticks. After a successful career on Wall St. and as a diplomat with the US Government, he decided to venture out on his own. Kush has start-up experience in a range of industries, including: investments, pharmaceuticals and, now, financial technology. He is an outside-the-box thinker with a talent for crafting efficient business strategies.
Greg has sales, marketing and general management leadership experience in software, messaging, collaboration, e-commerce and business process automation. He is an executive who can champion ideas into profitable, sustainable revenue streams, with a proven ability to deliver value in highly complex, competitive businesses spanning financial services, high-tech and business solutions outsourcing.
Clive Bourke is responsible for all Daon's business activities across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. His team delivers and supports biometric, authentication and identity solutions in banking, payments, commercial and public sectors. They work directly with end customers and through partners across the EMEA and APAC region. Bourke has in-depth knowledge of the biometrics industry and has been closely involved in many of the stages of development of Daon from foundation. With over 20 years international experience in enterprise software and solutions, Clive brings significant domain knowledge, consulting experience and a track record in taking multiple first-of-a-kind projects from concept to completion. He earned his Electronic Engineering degree from University College Dublin.
Chris is a board level Director who has worked within the I.T industry for over 18 years where his career has evolved around the management and delivery of secure I.T services for a large portfolio of blue chip companies in a number of sectors including retail, financial, blue light, medical, and government etc. As Programme Director for The Bunker he has executive responsibility for all of the programmes of work within the business which he leads through his Project Management Office. Chris is also responsible for managing and maintaining The Bunker's security standards which include PCI DSS v3.0, ISO 27001, IGSoC and IL official.
Anna has been involved in the payment services sector since 2000. She acquired experience in the banking and telecommunications while working in Polish and foreign corporations (Citigroup, T-Mobile) as well as a consultant and advisor. She was a CEO of one of the leading Polish payment institution and acquirer - PayTel SA. She is involved in fintech advisory projects (PwC Startup Collider). Featured in the TOP 20 Women in FinTech Report (IIG, March 2017). Anna graduated of Interdepartmental Individual Studies in Humanities at the University of Warsaw and International MBA program at the Warsaw University of Technology accredited by the London Business School.
Now dealing with the complexities of policy on Brexit for the BRC, William is a former EU and Constitutional law academic and UK politician, serving as an MP between 2009-15, including a period as a shadow Minister and Business select committee member. He spent a year in policy consultancy focusing on financial services and Brexit. He is writing a book on centre-left politics in Europe due out soon.
Umang is an NHS Paediatrician, served as a clinical fellow for the NHS Leadership Academy and a trustee of Attend, the UK’s national charity for volunteers. Umang has joined babylon from Aviva, where he was the Director of Clinical transformation and responsible for a series of new initiatives in the model of healthcare delivery.
Tom is the Chief Executive Officer of Certua, a robo-life insurance service. He believes that the combination of open data and artificial intelligence has the potential to transform the way financial services are done.
Sean Patterson serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Worldcore, one of the newest and most innovative payments providers in the EU. His priority is helping potential Worldcore clients understand how the Worldcore payments platform can help businesses save money and time through smarter strategic decisions and facilitate easier C2C remittance payments.
With a functional background in marketing, startup funding, finance, people management, and with a network of driven professionals around the globe, there is no project in that Sean is afraid to explore. Complex international legal frameworks, tricky global negotiations, and cross-cultural communications are but hurdles, not barriers, for him.
A veteran of entrepreneurial organizations, Sean started his career with Apple, later moving on to other tech-focused projects at ETS, Tetra Pak, and Porsche, but done some of his most innovative work at startups like Virtual Mobility Solutions, GenJuice, Ample Bay, Harper Architects, and others. He is passionate about getting great ideas funded; such was his work with the Thunderbird Angel Network.
Sean completed his global strategy training during his MBA in International Management at Thunderbird (Arizona/Switzerland), the #1 school for international management, in 2006. He also holds an undergrad degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University (USA) and University of Warwick (UK) in political science, computer science, and European business management.
Inquiries for Mr. Patterson can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone/FaceTime at +42 (0) 777878985.
Rinse Jacobs is Head of Strategic Partnerships at solarisBank, the tech company with a banking license. He manages and oversees all strategic partners of solarisBank with the aim to identify advantages through strategic collaborations and leads the initiation as well as the onboarding process. Prior, he was working on Brand Partnerships at HTC and gained experience as an independent consultant and entrepreneur. Rinse Jacobs studied in The Netherlands, Poland, as well as Sweden and holds a Master’s degree in Business Development and Entrepreneurship from Umeå University.
Matteo is Founder and Director of the Connected Insurance Observatory, Global InsurTech Thought Leader and Investor.
He is internationally recognized as an insurance industry strategist with a specialization on innovation. Matteo is author and world-renowned authority on InsurTech - ranked among top international InsurTech Influencers - and he has spoken to audiences in eighteen different countries.
Matteo has advised many International Insurance Groups in ten different countries and has wide experience which includes set up of industrial and commercial plans, growth strategy definition and support in the start-up of new initiatives, digital strategy development, insurance products development, channel strategy and commercial model definition, startups mentorship and advice M&A deals.
Before creating the Connected Insurance Observatory, he spent eleven years in Bain & Company’s Financial Service practice.
Matteo received his degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Milan.
Jean-Stéphane Gourévitch is an expert of the digital and mobile convergence ecosystem with over 25 years global experience at senior management levels. He focuses on digital/mobile communications, digital/mobile payments, mobile money, digital/mobile banking, digital/mobile commerce, Fintech and innovation. His expertise lies in strategy, business development, regulatory affairs, public policy, Government Relations, stakeholders relationships management, communication and PR.
Javier Santamaría is the Chair of the EPC since 2012. As an independent, self-employed professional, Mr Santamaría has accumulated broad and balanced expertise in the intertwined dimensions of payments 'business-related, operational, technical' across different client segments and product lines, in the legacy and the innovative spheres. He has been immersed in both cooperative and competitive environments. Besides payments, he is interested in other banking fields and continues to be actively engaged in academic matters. Mr Santamaría is a member of the Iberpay Board. Former Head of Operations and Business Services, he was Senior Vice President at Banco Santander until December 2016.
János Hoós, Chief Consulting Officer of ApPello is responsible for maintaining and establishing business relationships and product development strategy. After obtaining his master's degree in Finance at Corvinus University of Budapest, he started his career at ABM Ambro Bank then continued at KBC Group. During his 15 years in the banking industry he was responsible for statutory and management reporting, development of non-retail PD, EAD and LGD models, projects to reduce capital wastage, implement rating system, loan origination process and credit risk data-mart. He participated in Basel 2 implementation and gathered the Advanced IRB license from the Hungarian Regulator.
Gary Turner is co-founder and managing director at Xero UK, and oversees Xero's business interests across Europe, Middle East & Africa. Founded in New Zealand, Xero is the multi-award winning global leader in online accounting software with more than 1 million paying subscribers worldwide. Under Gary's leadership Xero UK has scaled from a startup with annual revenues of Â£50,000 in 2009 to what will surpass 200 staff and Â£25M in revenues in 2017.
Gary previously held executive positions at Microsoft, Systems Union and Pegasus Software. He's an engaging speaker, writer and thought-leader on start-ups, digital transformation and leadership inside hyper-growth organisations.
As CEO of Finanzen Group, Dirk Proessel leads the rollout of the experienced German InsurTech company into the European market. After leading roles at eBay and
immobilienscout24.de, the industrial engineer is CEO of the leading German online marketplace for insurance and finance leads since 2012. Since then, he accelerates the expansion of the technologically innovative lead marketplace in France, Switzerland, UK and other European target markets.
The finanzen Group is the leading provider of marketplace technology for insurance & finance leads, operating currently in 4 European countries. We connect lead providers (price comparison websites, financial products websites) with lead buyers (independent brokers, agents, financial advisers and insurers). Finanzen offers a broad product range and benefits from growing ROPO (Research Online / Purchase Offline) market.
With 20 years of Payments, Ad-Tech and Fintech experience, Adam has had lead the build of several award winning platforms in the Ad-Tech and Gaming Space and has been solely focus on Fintech since 2011 after discovering Cryptocurrencies.
Glenn Porter is Managing Director of GBG Plc’s Global and Major Customer Programme, Data Strategy and Corporate Business Development. He began his career in Technology and Data in 1995 with Dun & Bradstreet and since then has obtained over 20 years’ experience in international organisations which deliver data driven IT and services solutions.
Glenn’s most notable recent achievement has been to lead the international expansion of GBG’s identity data intelligence solutions. The group’s global identification and verification service now covers over 50% of the world’s population in 53 countries.
Expansion of GBG’s capabilities has enabled numerous organisations to take advantage of global digital expansion, safe in the knowledge that their businesses are protected from risk and fraud.
Gonçalo is the CEO and co-founder of SyndicateRoom was considered one of the Top 40 most influential people in fintech in Europe.
Gonçalo is also a contributor for Forbes, writing regularly about fintech, entrepreneurship, corporate finance and early stage investments and speaks regularly at public events on the same themes.
In his spare time Gonçalo cycles long distances, plays tennis and, when in warmer climates, sails with his wife whenever there is half a chance.
Benedetta Arese Lucini is one of Italy’s and Europe’s leading tech entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder and CEO of Oval Money, a personal finance management app that harnesses the power of collective intelligence to help users track and save their money. Prior to founding Oval, Benedetta was CEO of Uber Italy, where she oversaw a complex market rollout across Italy’s major metropolitan areas. Benedetta’s international experience also includes time in South East Asia as the Head of Operations at Zalora, leading the regional launch of the Rocket Internet Group e-commerce company. Benedetta began her career in investment banking, with positions at Morgan Stanley in London and Credit Swiss in Paolo Alto. She holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, specialising in Technology, Media and Entertainment. Benedetta believes that fintech innovation must help improve underlying financial literacy in order to truly empower the consumer.
Revolut was founded by former derivatives trader Nikolay Storonsky. Nikolay has around 10 years' experience in trading. Most recently, ?he worked for Credit-Suisse, one of the most reputable firms in investment banking industry.
Earlier in Nikolay’s career, he was working in Lehman Brothers covering Turkish and South African equity derivatives markets. Nikolay received an MSc Degree in Applied Physics and Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and MA Degree in Economics and Finance for New Economic School.
Alastair Lukies CBE is a UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion for the UK’s global FinTech industry. He founded Monitise in 2003. Three years later, Monitise was recognized as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum and in June 2007 Alastair led the company’s demerger from Morse and listing on the LSE's AIM market. During his time as CEO, Monitise grew to a market cap of $2 billion, employing 1500 staff on four continents.
In January 2014, Alastair was first appointed as a Business Ambassador to the Prime Minister for the financial services industry by the UK Government, and today acts as the sole Business Ambassador for FinTech. He was named Non-Executive Chairman of FinTech industry body, Innovate Finance, at its launch in August 2014 and fulfilled his term until June 2017. Alastair was awarded a CBE for services to mobile banking and charity in June 2014, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Growing Business Awards.
Murshid is the CEO and Co-founder of Huddlestock, a Norwegian financial technology company based in Oslo, London and Sternberg. The company has developed an online investment platform that lets everyone tap into investment ideas before only available to large institutional investors, by combining the idea of alpha-capturing from the Hedge fund industry and crowdtrading. Huddlestock has 10 employees with 7 different nationalities and is regulated by BaFIN in Germany.
Prior to establishing Huddlestock in late 2014, Murshid co-founded various other companies, including Mess&Order, Norsk Solar and Norsaco Ltd. He has also worked in the Norwegian Foreign Affairs as a commercial trainee, in Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia, in a mobile tech start-up in Cape Town, South Africa, and in the oil and gas industry. He is currently a Phd student in Economics on leave at the University of Stavanger, has his masters from Grenoble Ecole de Management in France and a bachelor in Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, he has also studied at London School of Economics, Wits Business School in Johannesburg, and the United Nations University in Tokyo. Being an avid reader, one of his favorite books is On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
Recordsure was founded in 2011 by Joanne Smith. The concept for Recordsure emerged from Joanne's 20 year career in financial services, and her role as CEO of TCC, the UK's largest leading provider of compliance solutions. Prior to founding TCC, Joanne held senior roles at leading organisations including HBOS and KPMG, as well as the FSA. She holds an MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausées in Paris. Named Women in Compliance Awards’ first Inspirational Woman of the Year in 2014, Joanne is also a Natwest Everywoman Award nominee. This award recognises female tech entrepreneurs developing real-world solutions to help build a smarter planet.
Sigga joined Santander UK in September 2015 as Chief Customer and Innovation Officer. Sigga, who forms part of Santander UK's Executive committee, is responsible for designing a customer-centric bank of the future through rapid prototyping of new mobile first business models. She leads the digital re-invention roadmap putting the customer at the centre, partnering with the start-up, digital and fintech community and building an agile innovation environment within the bank.
Sigga joined from American Express where she was responsible for leading digital and business transformation of numerous businesses across the organization globally. She has a strong track record for driving a start-up culture, working in an agile marketing and technology environment promoting continuous innovation and change.
As a UK financial technology specialist, Oliver was used to wearing pin-striped suits and talking about money with the world's largest companies. These days, as Founder and CEO of Swedish/UK Chainvine he mostly talks about Provenance and digitising (dematerialising) the source. This usually includes the certification process, supply chain logistics, including IoT & Financing and trading (like landing, repos, hedging) - usually all banking related operations key factors in trade finance.
Rob Ellice is an award winning property entrepreneur and estate agent, with over 20 years’ experience in the property industry. Rob is the CEO of easyProperty who along with Sir Stelios has launched a new online estate agency which is set to revolutionise the market in both residential and commercial sectors. He is also the MD of Clarke Hillyer, a successful residential and commercial lettings, property management and Surveyors agency which he acquired in 2003. He has bought and established a number of other businesses.
Eamon Jubbawy is the COO and co-founder of Onfido , prior to which he served as the Vice President of the Oxford Entrepreneurs society. Onfido uses machine learning to build trust in an online world, by helping businesses digitally verify people's identities. Founded in 2012, Onfido has grown to a team of 150, received over $30m in investment and works with over 1,500 companies globally.
In 2016, Eamon was named as one of Forbes' '30 Under 30', and as the Digital Entrepreneur Awards' 'Young Digital Entrepreneur of the Year'. Eamon is Deputy Chair of Tech City's FinTech Delivery Panel and has a BA in Economics and Management from Hertford College, Oxford.
Zach is Chief Development Officer of Intrepid Ventures. Intrepid Ventures is a venture development company that invests in, designs and builds blockchain powered companies.
Zach is an innovation, digital transformation and venture investor / growth executive based in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Early stage investor in emerging technologies e.g. Blockchains, DLT, AI, IoT, Data & Analytics, Digital Health
I'm deeply involved in the organizational design and growth of a variety of FinTech, InsurTech, & non-financial blockchain, distributed ledger, and emerging technology companies across Asia.
I help Fortune 500 companies leverage the innovation of startup disruptors in blockchain, fintech, distributed ledger, & emerging technologies.
Charlene currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of BitPesa, an online payment platform that leverages digital currency to significantly lower the cost of remittances and business payments to and from sub-Saharan Africa. BitPesa enables individuals and businesses to make payments directly to or from mobile money and bank networks across East and West Africa. Charlene has over 10 years of private sector and social sector experience working with a variety of organizations ranging from internet startups to Fortune 500 companies to international non-profits. In 2015, Charlene was listed as one of Innotribe's "Power Women in Fintech." She holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California - Berkeley and a B.S. in Psychology and Computer Science from Duke University.
I have over 15 years of experience in European banking and business finance, holding senior posts in multiple banks. After time at ABN AMRO, ING, I founded and grew an education business, going on to join MarketInvoice as Head of Investor Development. Today, in addition to leading the revolution in fintech with Spotcap, I am on the advisory board of Fiduciam and Alterest Investment Technologies. I have an MBA from IE in Madrid, with a specialisation in strategy and finance at the Leonard N Stern School of Business, New York University.
Imran is the Global head of FinTech at EY and has more than 18 years' experience in the financial services sector. He leads EY's focus on FinTech clients as well as supporting financial institutions, governments and regulators on their strategies for the FinTech market. Imran is also co-founder of London-based start-up Commuter Club, which lets customers pay for annual travel cards through monthly instalments. Imran received an OBE for services to Financial Services in the 2017 New Year's Honours list.
In April 2017, Imran was appointed as Implementation Trustee for the CMA's Open Banking remedies. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University and is a CFA charter holder.
Matthias Kröner is the co-founder and CEO of FIDOR Bank AG, the neobank with the unique positioning of 'Banking with Friends' launched in Germany and the UK and most recently acquired by the group BPCE. Fidor Bank reflects Matthias Kröner's vision of digital and social banking whereby customers become active advisors on community forums, they help co-create products and get rewarded for their contribution. With its unique positioning and successful achievements, the bank was awarded the title of Model Bank by Celent in 2015 and global growth company by the WEF in 2015.
Prior to founding Fidor Bank, Matthias co-developed the first continental European online broker known as DAB Bank. In 1997 he was recognised as the youngest CEO of Direkt Anlage Bank AG at the age of 32. His early career include diverse roles such as assistant to the Management at Maffei Bank. He started his professional career within the hospitality industry in Hotels such as Kempinski Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Munich and the Hyde Park Hotel, London; an experience that contributed strongly in building Matthias' vision of excellence in customer service.
Matthias is graduated in Business Administration from Munich and New York Universities.
Katrin co-founded FUNDING XCHANGE (FXE) in 2014, setting out to disrupt the inefficient SME funding space bycreating the first UK marketplace for businesses to easily access bank and non-bank funding solutions in one place. FXE launched in June 2015, announced an exclusive partnership with KMPG Small Business Accounting in October 2015, was announced as one of the designated referral platforms by the British Government in the 2016 Budget and is now working with nine UK banks. Before founding FUNDING XCHANGE, Katrin spent seven years at Bain & Company, working closely with banks and other financial services institutions across Europe. Prior to joining Bain, Katrin led American Expressâ€™ strategy and business development team in London.
Joseph Thompson is the CEO and Co-Founder of AID:Tech, the worlds first company ever to deliver international aid using blockchain technology in Lebanon. Joseph co-founded AID:Tech in response to the need to increase transparency and reduce global illicit outflows from developing countries due to fraud and corruption. AID:Tech's mission is to increase the transparency and efficiency of the distribution of international aid and social services (e.g. cash, welfare entitlements) by governments and NGOs. Joseph has previously worked in banking and telecommunications across the Middle East and Asia.
Shachar is the co-founder and CEO of Curve. Over the past decade Shachar has worked to develop and transform innovative ideas into concrete businesses. He founded and sold numerous companies in various industries. His passion for financial and technology innovation led him to found Curve and create a gateway to everything money. Shachar holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLb. in Law and Economics from Tel-Aviv University and is completing his B.Sc in Computer Science from Bar-Ilan University.
Udita works for RBS Innovation & Solutions and is helping create and communicate the API strategy for the bank. She is a serial Hackathon organiser and an online and social media marketer. She has led initiatives to communicate RBS's strategy internally and externally and is focused on fostering and developing relationships with FinTechs.
Nasir is the CEO of The LHoFT Foundation (Luxembourg House of Financial Technology), a public/private sector initiative that drives Fintech innovation in Luxembourg. Nasir has worked in Financial Services for nearly 20 years. He spent 13 years working within Capital Markets at RBS, ICAP, HSBC and EBS. He has been immersed in the Fintech and startup sector for the past six years. As an entrepreneur, Nasir has built multiple Fintech businesses across verticals. He has advised the boards of leading financial institutions, central banks and governments. Nasir is included in the “Top 40 innovators shaping the future of financial services -2014” by The Wall Street Journal/Financial News. Nasir has a BSc from the London School of Economics and is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School.
Digital payments expert with 7+ years experience in financial services, James Morton leads the strategy and operations of MANGOPAY for the UK and Dutch regions. Building relationships with key multi-national marketplaces, crowdfunding platforms and payment industry leaders, he is a passionate advocate of paytech and innovation. He provides advice for high-growth start-ups relating to regulation, tactical and strategic goals as well as payments infrastructure. Prior to working for MANGOPAY, James worked in strategy and macroeconomics.
As Chief Operating Officer, Julian oversees business operations, including payment systems, card operations, customer contact, human resources and supplier relationships for Starling Bank. Julian also runs Starling Payment Service providing sponsorship services to the Banking & PSP market. Julian worked as a management consultant at Accenture and EY, specialising in large-scale transformation in the cards and payments industry. He set up his own financial services consultancy, Bluerock, which he ran for thirteen years before selling it in 2012.
Husayn Kassai is the CEO and co-founder of Onfido, prior to which he served as the President of the
Oxford Entrepreneurs society. Onfido uses machine learning to deliver next-generation identity verification, helping businesses remotely onboard more users while reducing dropout and fraud. Founded in 2012, Onfido has grown to a team of 145, received over $30m in investment and works with over 1,500 companies globally.
In 2016, Husayn was named as one of Forbes' "30 Under 30", and as the Startups Awards' "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" Husayn sits on the Advisory Committee of the Oxford Seed Fund and the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI. He has a BA in Economics and Management from Keble College, Oxford.
Alan works for the RBS Solutions Open Banking team and leads the bank's drive around APIs, open banking and fintech relations both externally and internally. He has led the team that has produced RBS's putative API: BlueBank and tested this with the fintech community and multiple third parties through a global programme of hackathons, completing 10 in the last 18 months.
Julian is an experienced entrepreneur, business leader, and starter of new disruptive services. Originally a designer, he specialised in optimising the interface between individuals and the organisations they interact with. In the early days, his tools were branding and retail environments. More recently he has focused on creating innovative personal data-driven digital services with an emphasis on creating effective user experiences. Julian now leads PORT, a personal data platform that enables businesses to connect with their customers, protect their data, and comply with the practical aspects of GDPRs quickly, easily, and at low cost.
Adrian Drozd is Research Director for Frost & Sullivan's European Digital Transformation practice. He manages a team of analysts that monitor and analyse emerging trends, technologies and market behavior across the ICT sector. In addition, Adrian acts as global programme manager for Frost & Sullivan's 'Digital Transformation of Industries' programme - a research stream that assesses ICT opportunities across vertical markets - including the Financial Services sector.
Investor turned entrepreneur, Dylan was in strategy consulting and private equity before he left his job to rethink insurance for the consumers' benefit.
Frustrated by the insurance sector's focus on profits rather than consumer needs, Dylan launched so-sure to disrupt the stagnant insurance industry. so-sure's Social Insurance model provides its customers with better and up to 80% cheaper insurance. Having started in the UK with mobile phones, the ambition is to change consumer lines globally.
Dylan has an MBA from Harvard, MEng from Bristol and a Diplome d'Ingenieur from ENSAM (France).
Shuo is a certified chartered accountant and has been a member of the ACCA since 2009.
Shuo was involved in a Singaporean company going public on the AIM market as Group CFO.
Shuo is the founder of the first Chinese family office in the UK and has been involved in the property business for their family office clients since 2011.
Aman Ghei is Principal at Orange Growth Capital, a London- and Amsterdam-based venture capital firm focused on high growth fintech and mobile gaming companies. Prior to joining Orange Growth Capital, Aman worked at Facebook and Accel Partners.
Ed is the CEO of Flock, an insurtech startup that is pioneering the use of Big-Data for drone safety and insurance. Flock's first product is a pay-as-you-fly insurance app for piloted and autonomous drones.
Ed has studied at Oxford University and Cambridge University, has worked with Facebook's policy team on their Internet governance strategy, and has lectured at universities in China. Ed is passionate about the use of technology to disrupt traditional industries and make the world a happier, more exciting place.
Sam Tidswell-Norrish is a Principal & the UK Chief of Staff at Motive Partners, joining with a broad range of financial services experience, from payments to investment banking, and government initiatives to industry trade organizations.
Sam began his career with Barclays in Payments Re-engineering and subsequently worked in a number of areas of the bank including equity capital markets. In 2013 Sam was selected as a young leader of the future by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation and joined Monitise Plc as an Associate, becoming a VP and subsequently the Chief of Staff.Sam has been a personal investor in a number of early stage businesses, built his own event management company, exiting successfully and was heavily involved in the establishment and governance of Innovate Finance still acting as a Board Observer. Sam has worked closely with UK Trade & Investment in supporting the UK Governmentâ€™s FinTech agenda, and regularly attends and contributes towards key global events such as the Annual Meeting of the WEF in Davos and IFGS (Innovate Finance Global Summit).Sam received a M.Sc. in International Business at Leeds University Business School and graduated, with honors, with a degree in Social Policy.
Peter Bidewell is the Chief Marketing Officer of Applied Blockchain and is the lead on client relationships, partnerships and marketing for the firm; consulting on the strategic implementation of blockchain solutions that are platform agnostic, scalable and enterprise ready. He works with C-suite executives from both startups and enterprises to shape transformational initiatives aligned to strategic intent, understanding client needs and succinctly articulating the key benefits of blockchain technology. Peter is a recognised blockchain thought leader and regularly presents on blockchain at major international events.
Pascal Bouvier is a fintech venture capital investor. He has invested in financial services and fintech for the past eight years, across Europe, the US and SEA. Pascal spends his time between being a Venture Partner with Santander InnoVentures and working on the RegTech Lab, a regulatory and innovation initiative tailored for the United States.
Matheus is the Director of International at Turo and is based in London, where he leads the companyâ€™s global expansion. He joined Turo in February 2014 in San Francisco and launched the business in Canada and in the UK from the ground up, covering all business functions.
Prior to joining Turo, Matheus cofounded Tripeese, a group travel startup based in San Francisco (sold to Travefy) and was a strategy consultant for Monitor Group.
Matheus holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Dual Degree in Business from University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Kedge Business School (France).
Julian is passionate about data science. He graduated from ENSAE ParisTech in Paris and Cambridge University and after working in quantitative finance, Julien is now the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at behavioural finance and machine-learning enabled start-up Neuroprofiler.
Jo Vercammen has a Masters in applied informatics and has more than 10 years of experience as a business consultant in the ERP market. In 2014, Orillia was the first to release a network of Bitcoin ATM machines in Belgium and advocated the possible application of Blockchain technology in financial and governmental institutions. In 2017, he founded Juru; an identity platform built on blockchain technology which brings self-sovereign identity and self-directing freedom concepts to the end user and allowing the end user to manage and share their personal data with individuals and companies in a secure and auditable way.
Carlos Espinal is a Partner at Seedcamp, Europe's first seed fund, identifying and investing early in world-class founders attacking large and global markets through disruptive technology. Seedcamp expedites a founder's mission and creates value through immediate access to smart capital, a lifelong community of support and a deep network that has been built upon a decade's experience backing exceptional talent with a portfolio of over 250 companies.
Niall has an Electronic Engineering Masters from Nottingham University and an MBA from Oxford University. His career spans technology, finance and entrepreneurship. His finance career spanned a number of years working for Barclays Global Investors and BlackRock and consulting for Deloitte and Alpha Financial Markets Consulting. His technology entrepreneurship career has involved three startups including Realeyes, WideRun and more recently Ernest (www.ernest.ai). With Ernest, Niall and team are building a layer of intelligence on top of traditional bank accounts in order to deliver a Robot (or ChatBot as they are known) to help users feel empowered and in control of their finances.
George is an experienced entrepreneur and former banker with a passion for small business. He has been Product Director at Zopa and Business Strategy Director at Barclaycard, as well as holding previous roles at WorldPay, RBS and Capital One. George is an authority on small business matters, having led (or worked for) a number of commercial and charitable small enterprises. In 2012-13 George authored a small business taskforce report for a large British political party, and in 2014-15 he led a network of hundreds of professionals concerned with UK digital policy.
Kumar is a serial entrepreneur who has been active in the blockchain space for the past few years. He is the Founder & CEO of Cashaa, a P2P marketplace for cash transfer. He is also the Chairman of Auxesis Group, India's first blockchain innovation company from IIT Bombay. Kumar Gaurav holds a bachelors degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in management from Politecnico di Milano. Before he moved into the world of financial technology, he delivered innovative systems for luxury automobile brands like BMW and Ferrari. During his time in Italy, he also co-founded Darwinsurance, the first Italian P2P insurance company based in Milan.
Gonen is a co-founder and CTO of Covercy. Covercy is a fast growing cross-border b2b payments platform. Gonen started his romance with technology at the age of 10 and eventually headed a department of technologists in an elite tech unit of the Israeli army. Prior to Covercy, Gonen co-founded and was CTO of Tryout.net - the first online talent network for kids. Gonen also serves, pro-bono, as a Technologist-in-residence for the Israeli Council For Higher Education.
Will is the Head of Operations & Innovation of CivilisedBank and an original member of the CivilisedBank team. He has been working since 2015 to build a new UK challenger bank with a focus on personalised relationship banking for SMEs, excellent service and fair offers for savers. He is an active member of the London fintech & startup community, serving as a startup advisor at StartupBootcamp Fintech, a London-based fintech accelerator, and an advocate at Tech London Advocates, an industry organisation promoting London as a global tech innovation capital.
Chris has spent the last four years leading devops teams working with AWS and infrastructure automation tools; most recently with Travelex, building the backend systems to support their new international payments product, Wire. Previously he worked as a technical account manager, being responsible for everything from project commercials to production disaster recovery. He started programming when he was six and never really looked back.
Alexander Akinjayeju is a business executive and security professional with over 2.5 decades of experience. With a technical background, he has extensive experience in technical, people and process security controls across several industry sectors. Alexander holds an MSc information security from the Royal Holloway, University of London and several industry certifications. He is currently a co-founder and CISO at the Digitranz, as well as the chairman of the Cloud Security Alliance, UK chapter.
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.
Yuri Misnik is the Global Head of Digital Platforms in HSBC. His day to day responsibilities include driving technology definition, architecture, implementation and innovation of the HSBC retail digital capabilities. Yuri has over 15 years of IT experience ranging all the way from a core development to solution architecture of mission critical systems. Before HSBC, Yuri was the Head of Technology for Amazon Web Services UK and Ireland where he was responsible for driving the technical conversations with AWS customers and bringing the next wave of innovation using the power of cloud technology. Yuri’s team created the customer-centric, agile and innovative technical culture which AWS in the UK and Ireland are famous for.
Anthony Wagerman became Chief Executive Officer of Travelex in 2015, having been with the business since 2000. He has held various roles within Travelex, including Managing Director for the Retail Division, Managing Director for Currency Services, and Managing Director for Europe & Americas. He became Deputy CEO in 2013, chairing a number of entity boards in Europe, Americas and the Middle East. Prior to joining Travelex, he held positions in a variety of companies. Anthony has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry & Administrative Sciences and an MBA from City University, London.
Jo Ann is CEO of Barefoot Innovation Group and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business & Government.
A noted advocate of “regulation innovation,” she has been Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, partner at KPMG, Co-Chairman of Treliant Risk Advisors, and a staff member at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. She cofounded Hummingbird Regtech, a regtech firm focused on AML.
Jo Ann served on the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board and is on the boards of Oportun, the Center for Financial Services Innovation, and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.
Jo Ann hosts the acclaimed podcast series Barefoot Innovation.
Allan is a Global Lead Architect for Aegon based in Edinburgh. and the Hague. Allan is involved at strategy, design and delivery level with digital innovation and transformation, omnichannel architecture, mobile, cloud compute, big data, IoT, Open API PSD2 and blockchain projects.
Greg is Chief Technology Officer at Starling Bank, leading on technical strategy, engineering and infrastructure, and operating a service-based architecture in AWS supporting native iOS and Android apps. Greg has loved programming from the era of ZX Spectrums and BBC Micros, writing and submitting BASIC programs to computer magazines while at school in the 80s. He wants bank-building to be fast, fun and fearless. He codes in many languages but he loves Clojure.
Daniele Catteddu is an information security and risk management practitioner, technologies expert and privacy supporter with over 15 of experience.
Currently he is the Chief Technology Officer, at Cloud Security Alliance, where he is responsible to drive, on a global scale, the adoption of the technology strategy within key CSA lines of business: research, standards, education and products. He identifies technology trends, global policies and evolving social behavior and their impact on information security and on CSA’s activities.
Mr Catteddu is Member of the Policy and Scientific Committee of the European Privacy Association.
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.
Koen Vanderhoydonk heads Euroclear's Operational Client Experience department as part of the Communication, Marketing & CSR division. His responsibilities cover digital transformation, operational content marketing, editorial- and translation services. He is responsible for MyEuroclear, the operational website covering e-Learning, digital user experience, customer journeys and Tone of Voice. Furthermore, Mr Vanderhoydonk is part of the Digital Customer Experience management team and has over fifteen years of experience with Euroclear. For several years he headed the account management and client relationship team covering all Euroclear Bank clients in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Central Europe.
Francisco Mingorance is the Secretary General of CISPE, the Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe. Mr. Mingorance participated in the creation of the CISPE organisation to help offer concrete responses to the growing questions and needs of cloud computing customers across Europe anticipating the application of the new European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018. As part of his counselling services, Mr. Mingorance advises leading innovative firms on government relations strategies, regulatory affairs, stakeholder outreach, industry relationship building and public sector business development. Mr. Mingorance is a lawyer with an engineering background.
Filip is an IT specialist with over 12 years of commercial experience. He is also a developer, analyst and project Manager with passion for new technologies and has experience in software development for corporations, small and medium business as well as startups.
Michal is an experienced pen tester, ethical hacker, and programmer. He has previously worked for MalwareMustDie where he assisted in a cybercrime investigation regarding Dendroid Malware Coder and has collaborated with both MMD researchers and the FBI, resulting in a successful conviction. Additionally, during his independent security research, he discovered and reported over 100 critical vulnerabilities and threats in airlines, banks, retailers, governments (White House and Barrack Obama website) and financial institutions systems in the UK, the US, and in Russia.
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.
Steve is a Lead Architect within Lloyds Banking Group, Group IT Architecture, Methodology & Innovation function. Steve has recent cloud implementation experience and has been involved in a number of initiatives to position software-as-a-service as the future state architecture. Alongside his Group Functions responsibilities across Group HR and Group Audit, Steve works closely on a number of Accessibility, Inclusion & Diversity programmes. Accessibility is being seen as a key differentiator when comparing IT or Business facing services and Steve is working alongside the British Disability Forum to position accessibility as a key research theme.
Raul is the Spain Country Manager of Open APIs at BBVA's New Digital Businesses division. He is also the co-founder of Gifagif, a certified fanatic of agile development methodologies, crossfit practitioner, board games lover and recently became a Dad.
Simon Redfern is the CEO of TESOBE and founder of the Open Bank Project. He is a seasoned technologist with over 25 years experience in IT. He studied electronic engineering in Manchester in the early 80's focusing on realtime programming and digital systems, followed by relational databases and then the web in the early 90's. Since then, Simon has worked as a software developer, architect, CTO and DBA on numerous web based platforms. Always keen to explore emerging technologies, Simon is also a composer / musician and enjoys interdisciplinary creative collaborations. He is a keen supporter of open source and open data believing they are a sustainable force for social good.
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.
Simon joined Monzo in 2015 after years working for big financial services companies and banks around the world. He's part of the team that works on the core infrastrucutre at Monzo, building a scalable and reliable base on which the Monzo product can sit.
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.
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.
Bhavesh is an Agile digital professional with 11 years’ experience in strategy, product development and digital transformation. Bhavesh enjoys connecting people and ideas to inspire, innovate and co-create solutions. He has proven experience within Banking, Defense (SC Cleared), Consultancy (Telecoms and Government clients). Bhavesh professional interest includes cloud capabilities, biometrics, digital payments, digital customer experience and disruptive technology. He is an avid traveler and enjoys skydiving, scuba diving and cycling.