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John Abbott
Yoti

John Abbott

John Abbott is the Chief Business Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Yoti, a global technology company on a mission to improve people’s lives through ethical, responsible and accessible identity and biometric solutions. John is responsible for ensuring Yoti develops a global business and consumer identity ecosystem, creating a high-utility and trusted network for all types of businesses, charities and governments to securely interact with.

Topic: Digital Identity

Musheer Ahmed
Finstep Asia

Musheer Ahmed

Musheer is the Founder of FinStep Asia, which is building Asia’s next generation of Businesses, and providing advisory on Fintech & Digital ecosystems. He is one of the main contributors in building the Fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong and Asia as the cofounder of Fintech Association of Hong Kong, and as the Board Member of Global Impact Fintech Forum. He is on several advisory boards and a mentor/advisor to over a dozen fintech startups.

Topic: Fintech City-To-City

Suleiman Barada
The Union of Arab Banks

Suleiman Barada

Suleiman Barada is an Independent Technology Business Strategist. A Senior Advisor at the Union of Arab Banks, and Head of UABdigital where he spearheads the ecosystem digital transformation arm of the Union, with an ecosystem-wide vision and mission, and a mandate to leaving no financial institution behind in the Digital Economy within the Arab countries. Suleiman is also Chair of the Advisory Board at the Arab Banks Innovation Council.

Topic: Fintech City-To-City

Dave Birch
Consult Hyperion

Dave Birch

David G.W Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. He is a Global Ambassador at Consult Hyperion (the secure electronic transactions consultancy that he helped to found), Technology Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (the London-based think tank), a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School and holds a number of board-level advisory roles.

Topic: Digital Identity

Thanos Bismpigiannis
Plum

Thanos Bismpigiannis

Thanos Bismpigiannis joined Plum in July 2020 and is responsible for developing Plum’s investment product to include pensions, new funds, stocks and ETFs. Thanos is our expert in wealth management, personal finance and investments, including digital assets. He studied Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and has an MBA from INSEAD. Prior to Plum, he worked as Product Director at Currencycloud as well as Product Manager at Western Union and Oracle.

Topic: Green Finance

Ghela Boskovich
FemTechGlobal™

Ghela Boskovich

Ghela is founder of FemTechGlobal™, a network dedicated to challenging the status quo, and improving the inclusiveness and diversity in Financial Services. She is also Head of Europe for the Financial Data and Technology Association.

Topic: Open Banking

Martin Boyd
FIS

Martin Boyd

Martin Boyd leads FIS’ Fintech Solutions, which encompass the Capital Markets and Banking divisions of FIS. Martin is responsible for developing the technology and services that facilitate the movement, management and growth of money and global securities. He joined FIS in 2015 with the acquisition of SunGard, where he began his leadership journey in 1998. Over his 20 years with FIS and its predecessor companies, Martin has held a variety of global operational and strategic leadership positions with increasing responsibility.

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

David Brear
11:FS

David Brear

David is the CEO of 11:FS and has pitched, established, and run billion-pound transformations for some of the biggest FS companies in the world. 11:FS is a challenger to the incumbent consultancies, creating innovative strategies and building out new propositions and ventures worldwide. 11:FS also builds products from competitor benchmarking tools, to core banking and modern architecture systems. In 4 years 11:FS has gone from zero revenues to a multimillion a month business with zero external investment.

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

Tim Copeland
The Block

Tim Copeland

Tim is a News Editor at The Block who focuses on writing data-driven stories. Prior to joining The Block, Tim was a News Editor at Decrypt. He has earned a BA in Philosophy from the University of York and studied News Journalism at the Press Association.

Topic: Blockchain & Crypto

Keiron Dalton
Prove

Keiron Dalton

Keiron is a veteran in mobile and digital identity, having influenced BT the GSMA and numerous technology vendors on their development of identity propositions. Keiron can be seen regularly quoted in a number of fintech publications and has appeared on BBC TV and radio as an expert on mobile fraud prevention. Keiron has spoken at notable events such as Mobile World Congress, The European Banking Forum and Fintech Connect. Keiron is responsible for the UK at Prove, as well as supporting international strategy.

Topic: Digital Identity

Itai Elizur
Market Across

Itai Elizur

Itai has spent the past decade helping enterprises and startups to develop and execute marketing and growth strategies in the digital space. As a marketer, he is especially interested in SaaS, B2B marketing, Blockchain and more. Itai is a managing partner at one of the leading marketing agencies in tech and has managed marketing and PR campaigns for ventures like Payoneer, Binance, Etoro, Tron, Polkadot, Wix and many more.

Topic: Blockchain & Crypto Breakout

Adi Engel
vcita

Adi Engel

As Chief Marketing Officer, Adi Engel is responsible for leading vcita’s strategic thinking and global marketing objectives in supporting micro and small businesses on their journey to success and digital transformation. Coupled with her business acumen, Adi has a host of experience and customer-centric product knowledge, which she constantly brings into new, innovative, company-wide, initiatives that are guided by her passion for enabling the inclusion of the underserved.

Topic: Open Banking

Amy French
Level39

Amy French

Amy French is the director of diverse, high-growth tech business hub, Level39, consisting of a community of around 200 tech startups and scale-ups located in the heart of Canary Wharf. Amy has been instrumental in forging partnerships between Level39 and Global Institutions, Investors, Academia and Government. Amy is passionate about supporting founders, developing the curriculum and ecosystem activities to help Level39’s members sign major contracts, hire top talent, win new business, and receive critical funding.

Topic: Raising Capital for Fintechs

Leda Glyptis
10x

Leda Glyptis

As Chief Client Officer, Dr Leda Glyptis focuses on driving client success for existing and new 10x clients. Leda is a former founding CEO of 11:FS Foundry, and a director at Sapient, focusing on digital transformation and emerging technologies. Leda joined BNY Mellon from fintech start-up Great East London Software. Leda holds an MA from King’s College, Cambridge, and an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has taught politics, global governance and management principles extensively.

Topic: Big Tech & Big Banks

Sophie Guibaud
OpenPayd

Sophie Guibaud

Sophie is the Chief Growth Officer at OpenPayd, responsible for revenue growth and leading the Marketing, Sales, Customer Success and Corporate Development teams. She has spent the last 10+ years developing and executing the go to market strategy for Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) & Embedded Finance propositions across Europe at Bankable and Fidor.

Topic: Open Banking

Imran Gulamhuseinwala OBE
OPEN BANKING

Imran Gulamhuseinwala OBE

Imran Gulamhuseinwala was appointed Implementation Trustee for the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) on 13 April 2017. In his role as Trustee, he has oversight and responsibility for Open Banking’s development and delivery of the common technical standards underpinning the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) Open Banking initiative. 

Topic: Open Banking

Sameer Gulati
Cicero/AMO

Sameer Gulati

Sameer leads the FinTech practice at Cicero/AMO. He previously worked as a FinTech Specialist and Advisor at the UK Department for International Trade, driving the Government’s FinTech strategy on overseas trade and investment, and was formerly Head of Policy and Regulation for industry trade body Innovate Finance. In 2018 Sameer was named among the top 100 BAME Leaders in Tech by search agency Inclusive Boards.

Topic: Open Banking

Tiama Hanson-Drury
Minna Technologies

Tiama Hanson-Drury

Tiama Hanson-Drury is Chief Product Officer at Minna Technologies. Prior to that, she ran product for Dynata and Zappi. She is passionate about building product growth engines and brings extensive experience in the B2C and B2B companies, Transformation, Consumer Insights, and the increasingly complex area of personal data privacy. Tiama is actively committed to building equitable products and supporting diversity, having helped develop efforts at Kantar, Zappi and serving as Dynata’s Executive D,E&I sponsor.

Topic: Sustainable Finance

Lord Chris Holmes MBE
House of Lords

Lord Chris Holmes MBE

Chris is a passionate advocate for the potential of technology and the benefits of diversity and inclusion. He is a member of the influential House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology and has previously co-authored Committee Reports on topics such as Democracy and Digital Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Financial Exclusion. He is co-chair of Parliamentary Groups on Fintech, AI, Blockchain and Assistive Technology. He is also an ex-paralympic swimmer, earning a total of 9 gold medals.

Topic: Big Tech & Big Banks

Marilena Ioannidou
British Business Bank

Marilena Ioannidou

Marilena joined the British Business Bank in December 2013. She is currently a Director in the Venture Solutions team responsible for the Future Fund, a £1bn+ fund launched by Government in May 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has spent previous years as a Fintech lead in a subsidiary of the Bank. Her previous career was spent largely in corporate finance and investment banking, working in director and financial strategy positions.

Topic: Next Big Things In Fintech

Anna Irrera
Reuters

Anna Irrera

Anna Irrera is a Chief Correspondent at Reuters in London where she covers the financial technology sector and technology related developments at some of the world’s largest financial institutions. In her role she works on stories on topics at the intersection of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, including cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology blockchain, peer-to-peer lending and online investing.

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

Ron Kalifa
Network International

Ron Kalifa

Ron Kalifa is the author of the Kalifa Review, an Independent report on the UK Fintech sector, which launched in 2020. He is also the chairman of payment solutions company Network International (FTSE), and the chairman of Education Technology platform, FutureLearn. Ron is also presently on the court of directors for the Bank of England. Prior to this, Ron has held executive positions In governmental and corporate bodies including Transport for London, Worldpay and Visa.

Topic: Open Banking

Theodora (Theo) Lau
Unconventional Ventures

Theodora (Theo) Lau

Theodora (Theo) Lau is the founder of Unconventional Ventures, a public speaker, and an advisor. She is the author of Beyond Good, and co-host of One Vision, a podcast on fintech and innovation. She is also a regular contributor for top industry events and publications, including Harvard Business Review and Nikkei Asian Review.

Topic: Big Tech & Big Banks: coopetition

Joy Macknight
The Banker

Joy Macknight

Joy Macknight is editor at The Banker. She joined the magazine in 2015 as transaction banking and technology editor. Previously, she was features editor at Profit & Loss, editorial director at Treasury Today and editor at gtnews. She also worked as staff writer on Banking Technology and IBM Computer Today, as well as a freelancer on Computer Weekly. She has moderated panels at many international events.

Topic: Big Tech and Big Banks: Coopetition

Michael Mainelli
Z/Yen Group

Michael Mainelli

Michael is a scientist financier trying to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. He became a senior partner with BDO Binder Hamlyn, and Corporate Development Director for the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Evaluation & Research Agency. He co-founded Z/Yen in 1994, the City of London’s leading think-tank, renowned for its Global Financial, Green Finance, and Smart Centres indices.

Topic: Green Finance

Alex Marsh
Klarna

Alex Marsh

Alex Marsh leads UK activity for Klarna, the leading global payments and shopping service and one of the world’s most highly valued private fintechs. Alex has extensive experience in banking, fintech, retail and finance, developing and executing strategies which deliver rapid and sustainable growth as well as working with regulators. Before joining Klarna, Alex spent 10 years at Close Brothers, where he held several leadership positions and became Managing Director at multi-award-winning Close Brothers Retail Finance in 2016.

Topic: Open Banking

Rita Martins
HSBC

Rita Martins

Rita Martins is the FinTech Partnerships Lead, for Finance and Risk at HSBC, Managing relationships with third parties and driving collaboration between FinTechs and traditional financial services. Prior to this role, Rita worked at Ernst and Young and Accenture, advising C-Suite on the applicability of RPA and AI tools in finance and driving large scale transformation projects.

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

Dan Morgan
Plaid

Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan is the European Policy Lead at Plaid, an Open Finance platform and data network that powers the digital financial ecosystem. In his role, Dan liaises with regulators and policymakers to foster a thriving digital financial industry in the UK and Europe.

Topic: Open Banking & Banking as a Service

Kate Rosenshine
Microsoft

Kate Rosenshine

Kate leads the Global Unicorn Cloud Solution Architecture team at Microsoft, focusing on with late-stage start-ups and unicorns on their journey of growth with Microsoft, building strong technology partnerships, supporting their growth. Kate comes from a background in molecular biology and has led teams working on the intersection of technology and business. Prior to joining Microsoft, Kate held global roles at various start-ups, where she built and developed teams and shaped both technical and commercial strategies.

Big Tech & Big Banks: Coopetition

Richie Santosdiaz
The Fintech Times

Richie Santosdiaz

Richie Santosdiaz is an economic development advisor who has worked with various governments and multinationals in the management consulting space. He also comments about it regularly in the media. He is currently the Head of the Middle East and Africa for The Fintech Power 50 and The Fintech Times amongst other roles.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Virginie O'Shea
Firebrand Research

Virginie O'Shea

Virginie O’Shea is a capital markets fintech research specialist, with two decades of experience in tracking financial technology developments in the sector, with a particular focus on regulatory developments, data and standards. She is the founder of Firebrand Research, a new research and advisory firm focused on providing capital markets technology and operations insights for the digital age.

Topic: Big Tech & Big Banks

Chris Skinner
The Financer

Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner is known as one of the most influential people in technology, and as an independent commentator on fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com. His latest book (sixteenth!) is called Doing Digital, and shares the lessons of doing digital transformation learned through interviews with BBVA, China Merchants Bank, DBS, ING and JPMorgan Chase. He chairs the Financial Services Club and Nordic Future Innovation, is a non-executive director of 11:FS and on the advisory boards of various firms including Mode, Moven and Meniga.

Topic: The Next Big Things in FinTech

Symmie Swil
Starling Bank

Symmie Swil

Symmie Swil, Head of SME Banking is dedicated to supporting Starling’s business customers and enabling them to focus on growing their businesses by making it easier to manage their finances. Symmie brings experience advising entrepreneurial businesses on their growth strategy including acquisitions and IPOs/fundraisings and has also previously led strategy and operations teams for Investec’s Corporate & Investment Bank.

Topic: The Next Big Things in Fintech

Andrew Till
Trustonic

Andrew Till

Andrew is an experienced, senior commercial and technology leader. Over the past 25 years he has worked in a wide range of high-tech industries and has spent the last 10 years focused on the automotive sector. This has included working on multiple innovation projects from Linux based IVI platforms to connected car services. Prior to joining Trustonic Andrew held senior leadership positions with Harman Connected Services, Symphony, Teleca and Motorola.

Topic: Digital Identity

Andrew Vorster
The Banking Scene

Andrew Vorster

As a Special Advisor to the Board of The Banking Scene, Andrew is a familiar face in the banking industry. He was the VP of Technology Research at Visa Europe for nearly a decade and now, having spent over 35 years driving change and transformation across multiple industries, he works with both established organisations and start-ups across the world as an Innovation Catalyst, showing them how to think and be more innovative in everything they do.

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

Rich Wagner
Cashplus Bank

Rich Wagner

Rich Wagner is CEO and founder of Cashplus Bank, a leading UK fintech challenger, and has over 30 years of experience in payments and banking, including executive roles at Visa, Barclaycard and Providian. Cashplus was authorised as a UK bank in February 2020 building on its 15 year history of profitable fintech and lending innovation. Outside of his work at Cashplus, Rich has been an active and vocal industry advocate and, as former Chair of the EPA, played a key role in gaining fair access to UK payments systems for non-banks.

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

Matt Warman
UK GOV

Matt Warman

Matt Warman was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 26 July 2019. He was an Assistant Government Whip from 23 April 2019 to 25 July 2019.

Topic: Digital Identity

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