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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

Dr Segun Aina
Africa Fintech Network

Dr Segun Aina

Dr Segun Aina is a global professional banking leader, internationally rated fintech ecosystem builder and thought leader and respected Futurist. He has three decades of distinguished banking career including six years as a Bank MD/CEO with a focus on innovative digital financial services. Dr Aina is a former President of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and currently Chairman of Global Banking Education Standards Board, a board made up of professional banking institutes across the globe.

Topic: Fintech City-To-City

Alan Ainsworth
Open Banking Implementation Entity

Alan Ainsworth

Alan Ainsworth is Head of Policy at the Open Banking Implementation Entity. OBIE was set up by the UK’s competition regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority to develop open banking standards and ensure effective implementation by the UK’s biggest banks, with the aim of driving competition and innovation in retail banking. Alan has led the work of the OBIE in focusing on the customer’s ease-of-use, and was instrumental in adding app-to-app authentication and the Customer Experience Guidelines to the Open Banking Standard.

Topic: Open Banking

Oz Alashe
Cybsafe

Oz Alashe

Oz Alashe MBE is CEO and Founder at CybSafe, a behavioural science and data analytics company that builds software to better manage human risk. A former UK Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel, Oz is focused on making society more secure by helping organisations address the human aspect of cyber security.

Topic: Cybersecurity

Nejoud Almulaik
Fintech Saudi

Nejoud Almulaik

Nejoud worked for 10-years at JPMorgan Chase Bank, and has vast experience in building client relationships and portfolios across finance, industry, and the public sector, managing sales portfolios for Large Corporations in Saudi Arabia. In 2018 she worked as an International Strategic Partnership Director and managed international relationships for SMEs. Most recently she was appointed as the Director of Fintech Saudi, a Government lead initiative that supports Fintech ecosystem development in Saudi Arabia.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

James Allgrove
Fidel

James Allgrove

James Allgrove is Fidel’s Chief Revenue Officer, overseeing all go-to-market functions for Fidel including Sales, Partnerships, Customer Success, Onboarding, and Marketing. James joined Fidel from Stripe, where he set up and managed Stripe's UK operations, scaling the team and growing the UK business to Stripe's largest international market. James also set up Stripe's New York City office and East Coast presence. Prior to joining Stripe, James was a consultant at Bain & Company.

Topic: Open Banking

Iain Anderson
Cicero/amo

Iain Anderson

Iain is an expert in integrated communications, global political risk, and public policy. He has over 30 years experience in communications, initially as a business journalist and then as a founding shareholder at Incisive Media. He has also worked for a range of politicians, including Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP on his leadership bids. Iain is co-founder and Executive Chairman at Cicero/amo and focuses on public policy and corporate communications strategy supporting many global FTSE and Fortune 500 blue-chip organisations.

Topic: Big Tech & Big Banks

Eric Anziani
Crypto.com

Eric Anziani

Eric Anziani is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Crypto.com where he oversees a team of 200+ individuals working across several functions including product, growth, institutional sales, strategy, partnerships, blockchain, research and data. A seasoned tech leader, he brings 15 years of experience in strategy, partnerships and innovation in financial services/payments, fintech and lifestyle tech.

Topic: Crypto & Blockchain

Avinash Agrawal
OpenPayd

Avinash Agrawal

Avinash started his career as a software developer before transitioning to Product. He is a seasoned product leader and operator having spent 8 years at high growth Fintechs in the banking and payments space including Bankable, Currencycloud, Paybase and OpenPayd. He holds an MSc. Management (Finance) from HEC Paris and a B.Eng(Hons.) Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Cardiff University.

Topic: Open Banking

Rajesh Agrawal
UK GOV

Rajesh Agrawal

Rajesh Agrawal is the Deputy Mayor of London for Business. Born in India, Rajesh moved to London in 2001. As an entrepreneur he founded RationalFX in 2005, and Xendpay in 2014, both companies utilising technology to reduce the cost of international money transfer for businesses and individuals.

Rajiv Babooram
Economic Development Board of Mauritius

Rajiv Babooram

As Lead Professional at the Economic Development Board of Mauritius (the national trade and investment promotion agency), Rajiv is responsible for assisting fintech companies to use the Mauritian jurisdiction as a fintech hub to tap into opportunities in emerging markets of Africa.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Christine Bailey
PassFort

Christine Bailey

Dr. Christine Bailey is CMO of PassFort, a SaaS RegTech provider whose platform automates financial crime & compliance processes. She has spent her career in B2B Tech/Fintech marketing roles, leading European marketing functions for Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems as well as for pre-IPO companies. A respected thought leader and public speaker with two TEDx Talks, Christine is a published author of “Customer Insight Strategies” and contributing author of The PAYTECH book. She has a doctorate (DBA) in customer insight.

Topic: Digital Identity

Mustafa Baltici
KOOP, Fintech Association Turkey

Mustafa Baltici

Mustafa Baltacı is a mentor, advisor, executive and enthusiast in financial industry and innovative technologies. His focus is on fintech and blockchain landscape.

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

Manal Bernoussi
Casablanca Finance City

Manal Bernoussi

Manal Bernoussi is a member of the executive committee of Casablanca Finance City. She oversees the strategy and positioning of CFC on new segments as well as the development of international partnerships with other leading financial centers. Prior to that, she held several positions as part of the managing team of CFC and started her career in the Consulting Industry.

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

Hamish Blythe
Trilo

Hamish Blythe

Hamish is the founder and CEO of Trilo, a new ecosystem for people to pay people, with no middlemen or cards whatsoever. Having been unendingly frustrated with the costs, fraud, and inefficiencies with the cards world, Hamish set out on a quest to overhaul the way we shop and live. Trilo has recently raised funding, and are now launching throughout the UK, and are building a team of dreamers and adventurers to build the new ecosystem.

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

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

Andrew Bud
iProov

Andrew Bud

Andrew Bud is the founder and CEO of iProov, the world leader in Genuine Presence Assurance. It delivers platform-independent face verification for online services via mobile devices and laptops, for onboarding and authentication. iProov is adopted by the UK Home Office, the NHS and the US Department of Homeland Security and by major banks.

Topic: Digital Identity

Neill Butcher
The Conexus Group

Neill Butcher

Neill provides growth consultancy for The Conexus Group and is the founder of Headcount, a leading global fintech recruitment firm. He possesses over 25 years’ dedicated fintech and payments experience. Neill works with FinTech/PayTechclients across The Conexus Group to provide market intelligence and industry understanding and offer tailored solutions that support the growth aspirations and strategic choices of our customers.

Topic: Sustainable Finance

Marta Byrne
Hoard.Exchange

Marta Byrne

Marta has been active in blockchain and NFTs space since 2018. She is an MBA educated and seasoned start up veteran. She brings more than 16 years of experience in HR, administration, and operations to help drive and shape the digital economies of the future.

Topic: Blockchain/Crypto

James Chappell
Digital Shadows

James Chappell

James Chappell is the Founder & Chief Innovation Officer at Digital Shadows. He has led teams in InfoSec and Cybersecurity since 1997, working across the private sector and government organizations helping them to understand the technical aspects of information security. James spent over ten years of his career as a security architect and leading the Information Security profession at a large cybersecurity consulting firm.

Topic: Cybersecurity

Bette Chen
Acala

Bette Chen

Bette Chen, co-founder of Acala and Karura, has a background in specialized software engineering and has led as a product manager in the blockchain space. She spent the last two years building and delivering a DeFi optimised blockchain and product suites using Substrate and Polkadot.

Topic: Blockchain/Crypto

Helen Child
Open Banking Excellence

Helen Child

Helen is the co-founder of Open Banking Excellence (OBE), the world’s leading community of Open Banking and Open Finance pioneers from across the breadth of financial services. She’s excited about the current renaissance in payments and believes Open Banking will usher in a new, customer-centric era of transformation and transparency.

Topic: Open Banking

Bogusława Cimoszko-Skowroński
MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

Bogusława Cimoszko-Skowroński

Bogusława is a serial entrepreneur, technology startups ecosystem builder, financier with deep capital transactions experience from UBS AG, EBRD London, FFC Fincoord Ltd, VC, and angel investor. She is currently Co-founder and Board Member MIT EF CEE and Partner at FounderPartners. She was educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Susanne Chishti
FINTECH Circle

Susanne Chishti

Susanne Chishti is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe's 1st Investor Network focused on fintech investments & Founder of the FINTECH Circle Institute, the leading fintech learning platform offering Innovation Workshops to C-level executives and fintech courses. She is also the Co-Editor of the Bestseller "The FINTECH Book" which has been translated into 10 languages and is sold across 107 countries, The WealthTECH Book, The InsurTECH Book, The PAYTECH Book, The AI Book and The LEGALTECH Book (published by WILEY in 2020).

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

Andrew Churchill
MIDAS Alliance

Andrew Churchill

Lead author of British Standard in Digital Identification & Authentication (PAS499), and research into security flaws of Government and payment industry systems, particularly in relation to Identity and authentication, and development of security solutions to address attacks against such systems.

Topic: Financial Crime

Gina Clarke
The Fintech Times

Gina Clarke

Gina is the Editor-in-Chief of The Fintech Times. She has previously worked for the BBC, Press Association and Forbes and still writes for national newspapers on a variety of consumer focused topics. She is also an expert moderator. Gina’s career started out in local radio, where she found a passion for telling the stories of the people behind the news.

Topic: Blockchain & Crypto

Kat Cloud
Plaid

Kat Cloud

Kat Cloud is the UK Policy Lead for Plaid, an open finance platform and data network that powers the digital financial ecosystem. In her role, she focuses on protecting and enabling consumer’s rights to access and use their financial data. Before joining Plaid, she was the policy lead for open banking and PSD2 at the Financial Conduct Authority. Throughout her career, Kat has played key roles in delivering open banking, PSD2 and now open finance for the UK.

Topic: Open Banking

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

Robert Courtneidge
EPA

Robert Courtneidge

Robert is a valued and highly respected industry expert with a distinguished career in the card and payments industry. Robert has deep expertise in digital assets and e-money, and is highly skilled in all aspects of consumer finance issues, including banking regulation and compliance, consumer protection and AML/CTF. In the UK through his work with the EPA on ‘Project Regulator’ he works closely with The Payments Services Regulator, HM Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority.

Topic: Financial Crime

Greg Cox
Monevo

Greg Cox

As CEO & Founder of Monevo, Greg Cox is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of Monevo – a personal credit platform and API that operates in the UK, USA, Australia and Poland. Greg is a serial entrepreneur who has built and scaled a number of highly successful fintechs over the last decade. Greg is also Group CEO of Monevo’s parent company Quint Group and Executive Chairman of Acquired.com.

Topic: The Application of AI in Fintech

Simon Cureton
Funding Options

Simon Cureton

Simon Cureton is Chief Executive Officer at Funding Options, where he’s using his extensive experience in the alternative finance sector to ensure the company is at the forefront of Open Banking and other innovations within the industry. Before joining Funding Options, Simon was one of the founding members at Esme Loans. Prior to that, he worked for RBS International as part of its transformation program, as well as other world-leading financial companies including Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital, and Deutsche Bank.

Topic: Green Finance

Bruce Curry
FICO

Bruce Curry

Bruce Curry is Vice President for Credit Risk, Collections and Recovery EMEA at FICO, helping clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa improve performance in credit decisioning, collections and recovery. Bruce has worked directly with over 100 clients in some 45+ countries across both EMEA and APAC. Before joining FICO, Bruce held successive senior operational management positions over 16 years with Tier 1 financial institutions and been with FICO for 12 years in both consulting and C&R practice management roles.

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

Prof. Olayinka David-West
Lagos Business School

Prof. Olayinka David-West

Olayinka David-West is a Professor of Information Systems with over three decades of experience in IT and financial services. She is a passionate advocate for digital transformation and inclusive finance. Her research and practice engagements involve policy and strategic management interventions towards using digital technologies for transforming businesses and society. Olayinka is also Associate Dean at the Lagos Business School and sits on the school’s Management Board.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

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

Khalid Dannish
Bahrain Fintech Bay

Khalid Dannish

Khalid Dannish is the Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain FinTech Bay. Khalid has 7 years of international experience in investment banking risk management focusing on market risk at J.P. Morgan and Barclays Capital in London, and ABC in Bahrain. Most recently he was Vice President in the firm wide market risk team at J.P. Morgan overseeing all spread and macro businesses, leading teams in London and New York.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Emmanuel Daniel
The Asian Banker

Emmanuel Daniel

Emmanuel Daniel is an entrepreneur and writer. He is the founder of The Asian Banker, Wealth and Society and Bankquality.com. The Asian Banker is a global research and consulting house that now operates across the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and in Africa. He set up bankquality.com in 2014 as a “trip-advisor for the financial services industry”. He founded Wealth and Society as a programme that tracks impact investments, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and social or environmental initiatives around the world.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Eelco Dettingmeijer
Nuvei

Eelco Dettingmeijer

Eelco Dettingmeijer is Nuvei's SVP for Sales and Partnerships in EMEA. He heads a growing team responsible for Nuvei's growth strategy in all commercial sectors across the EMEA region. Hailing from the Netherlands, he holds a bachelor's degree in business from the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and a master's in International Payments Ecosystem from Middlesex University. In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling, and spending time with his family.

Topic: Blockchain & Crypto

Joanne Dewar
Global Processing Services

Joanne Dewar

Joanne Dewar is Chief Executive Officer of Global Processing Services (GPS), the trusted and proven go-to payments processing partner for over 180 of today’s leading challenger fintechs around the world, including Revolut, Starling Bank and Curve. GPS has to-date, issued over 170 million cards – enabled in over 48 countries, and processed over 1.3 billion transactions through its platform in 2020.

Topic: Big Tech & Big Banks

Irra Ariella Khi
Zamna

Irra Ariella Khi

Irra Ariella Khi is CEO of Zamna, a software company working to validate passenger passports and health status. Zamna clients include BA owner IAG and the Emirates Group. Irra previously co-founded 3 other companies, speaks 9 languages, has 4 children and has received many awards including UK BAA "Best investment in disruptive tech" + "Best investment in Female Founder"; Founders Forum and AccelerateHER "Rising Star"; Pitch@Palace Winner on "Big data, intelligence and the future of security" and Management Today’s "35 Women Under 35".

Topic: Digital Identity

Raf De Kimpe
Fintech Week London

Raf De Kimpe

Starting his career in a software research centre in 2010, Raf spent the last 5 years in the fintech industry. Heading a fintech ecosystem in Belgium as Director of Business Development & Community, Raf developed a passion for industry events. Raf's two biggest interests are fintech and healthtech. Having successfully executed large and small scale events in different industries and around the world, Raf is now the CEO of Fintech Week London.

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

Kathryn Eastwood
EY Foundation

Kathryn Eastwood

Kathryn is Head of Business Development at the EY Foundation, who are committed to breaking down barriers between young people in poverty and meaningful employment. Kathryn works with employers across a range of sectors to connect them to untapped talent through employability programmes and strategic partnerships.

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

Jimmy Fong
SEON

Jimmy Fong

Jimmy Fong, CCO at SEON. Jimmy serves as CCO at SEON, the fraud fighters. He has over 13 years within the online payments and fraud space as part of fraud tech pioneers CyberSource (acquired for $2B by Visa), GlobalCollect (acquired by Ingenico for $1B and latterly InAuth (acquired by American Express for $250m). His passion is mixing nerdy obsession over technology and hyper commercial growth.

Topic: Raising Capital for Fintechs

Mariano Francisco Biocca
Argentina Fintech Association

Mariano Francisco Biocca

Mariano is Executive Director at the Argentina Fintech Association since its creation, in November 2017 when 13 companies came together. Almost 4 years later, the association has 200 companies. He previously lead the Institutional Relations at iBillionaire.

Topic: Fintech City-To-City

Sarah Francis
Polymath Consulting

Sarah Francis

Sarah has worked with tech companies, Issuers and Acquirers over the past 20 years specialising in what she terms ‘product compliance’ encompassing product design, fraud and risk prevention/minimisation, AML and consumer engagement. Sarahs experience encompasses the roles of Fraud Prevention Product Design, MLRO, Compliance and Risk Director as well as complete left of field Sales Manager and Market Development. Recognising that every country has its own payment culture as differing as its language.

Topic: Financial Crime

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

Justin Gagnon
Rome Blockchain Labs

Justin Gagnon

Justin is a long term entrepreneur with a passion for big ideas and global impact. With a background in institutional finance and money management, JD transitioned into the crypto space where he is currently involved in building several new projects across multiple block chains including BenQi, Velox, and three others yet to be publicly announced. Improving user experience, efficiency and access to DeFi is what drives him to dream into reality on such an intense level.

Topic: Blockchain & Crypto

Oliver Gale
Panther Protocol

Oliver Gale

Oliver is a seasoned fintech entrepreneur, investor, CBDC inventor, and founder of multiple companies including Panther Protocol, Bitt, BaseTwo, and Elemental. For several years, Oliver has been a leading global advocate, championing policy making discussions and thought leadership at central banks, government entities, and organizations including the UN, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Commonwealth Secretariat, Caribbean Development Bank, MIT, Columbia University, and the IMF.

Topic: Blockchain & Crypto

Gene Gerrienne
Early Metrics

Gene Gerrienne

Gene oversees the International Office of Early Metrics. He supports his international clients in their innovation journey, from strategising to picking and engaging with startups.

Topic: Fintech Ecosystem Insights in 2021

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

Mariana Gospodinova
Crypto.com

Mariana Gospodinova

Mariana Gospodinova is the General Manager of European Operations for Crypto.com, where she leads the market strategy, operations, business development and partnerships, and product commercialisation for the company across the continent. Previously, Mariana was COO of Binance Europe and has significant experience in the payment industry in Europe, with leadership roles in operations at companies including Paysafe and SysPay, focusing on building up a payment platform in line with regulatory and card scheme requirements.

Topic: Sustainable Finance

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

Ronak Halani
Agile Automations

Ronak Halani

Ronak started the IT solutions design and development journey with a talented RPA team at a top UK bank in 2013. With experience in HR L&D and customer experience, Ronak co-founded the Agile Automations, a bespoke RPA solutions provider, in 2015. Ronak has overseen several successful RPA projects, powered by AI driven Fintech innovations, from concept to implementation while ensuring that the solutions remain future-proof and agile.

Topic: The Application of AI in Fintech

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

James Harris
Crypto Compare

James Harris

James is responsible for CryptoCompare's commercial and corporate strategy. Prior to joining, he ran a digital asset manager cum custodian in 2017 which was sold to Diginex in 2019. Before entering digital assets, James worked for Citi, Standard Chartered and various hedge funds as a trader. He has a business degree from Bradford School of Management and an IMC from the CFA Society.

Topic: Blockchain & Crypto

Matthew Higham
Microsoft

Matthew Higham

Matthew Higham is the Chief Digital Officer for Microsoft UK and the Sustainability Lead for Enterprise. His role centres around creating market disruption through deep partnership with our customers. He is a passionate leader in the use of technology for social good and to working in harmony with the planet, its resources while securing a more equitable future for all.

Topic: Sustainable Finance

Martyn Holman
Augmentum Fintech

Martyn Holman

Martyn has nearly 20 years of experience as an operator, advisor and investor in tech and growth spaces. Martyn’s early career was spent as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, consulting with FTSE 50 clients across consumer, energy, financial services and heavy industry. Since then he has accrued 15 years of experience as both an operator and investor in the tech/VC space. He was also a key member of the early Betfair team, the UK’s first true unicorn.

Topic: Raising Capital for Fintechs

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

Henk J. Hoogendoorn
Qatar Financial Centre

Henk J. Hoogendoorn

Henk Jan Hoogendoorn is the Managing Director, Financial Sector Office at QFC, where he is responsible for delivering on QFC's mission of attracting financial and regulated businesses to Qatar through the QFC platform, in line with the Second Financial Strategy and Qatar National Vision 2030. He has extensive experience in international finance, management, and transforming and building businesses in the financial sector.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Ali Hussein
Association of Fintechs in Kenya

Ali Hussein

Ali Hussein is a Serial Entrepreneur and regular commentator and contributor on all things Tech and the Policy and Regulatory landscape that straddles this sector across Africa, and the rest of the world. Ali also works in consulting on Digital Transformation two of his latest startups are in the Fintech and eSupply Chain Platform in the FMCG Sector. Ali serves on several boards in the private & public sectors such as the Association of Fintechs in Kenya and the Kenya ICT Action Network.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Zeiad Idris
Algbra

Zeiad Idris

Zeiad is Co-Founder and CEO of Algbra, a digital financial ecosystem dedicated to serving unbanked and underbanked communities globally by combining grass roots understanding with international expertise. Operating within a U.K. regulatory framework and leveraging tier one technology partners, Algbra tackles the world’s greatest socioeconomic challenge - financial inclusion.

Topic: Financial Inclusion

Stephen Ingledew
Fintech Scotland

Stephen Ingledew

Stephen is the Executive Chair of FinTech Scotland, the independent cluster leadership enterprise focused on delivering positive economic outcomes through financial innovation. He has led FinTech Scotland since its formation in 2018, initially as Chief Executive, to be recognised as one of Europe’s top financial technology (fintech) economic cluster bodies. Throughout his career, Stephen has been an influential advocate of making the financial world more open, creative, and inclusive through innovative digital and data initiatives.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

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

Adam Jackson
Innovate Finance

Adam Jackson

With 30 years’ experience in government, finance and sustainability, Adam leads Innovate Finance’s policy and regulatory engagement, representing the UK FinTech sector. From 2008-2013 he was in charge of UK Government policy and programmes for start-ups, scale-ups and SME finance. He has led Grant Thornton’s strategy on profits with purpose and Tesco’s Climate Change programme. He was a member of the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing and has recently worked with London insurance brokers on Net Zero.

Topic: London Emerging Fintech Trends

Monica Jasuja
Comviva

Monica Jasuja

Monica Jasuja is Vice President at Comviva and heads the Product Management for the Digital Financial Solutions Division. She has 20 years of experience in building innovative digital products for financial services. Creating solutions in the digital payments space is her passion, and when she’s not busy shaping the future of the fintech industry, she likes to help mentor people and businesses.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Mark John
Tramshed Tech

Mark John

Mark John is COO and co-founder of Tramshed Tech and currently sits on the advisory board of the Cardiff University Data Science Academy, and represents Wales on the UK Tech Cluster Group, putting forward the views, opinions, and needs of the tech and digital sector in Wales, as well as previously sitting on the UK Digital Economy Advisory Board. Tramshed Tech are established operators of commercial tech & digital workspaces, providing a range of co-working & accelerator services for the start-up community in Wales.

Topic: Big Tech & Big Banks

Haydn Jones
PwC

Haydn Jones

Haydn Jones, has more than 20 years leadership experience covering technology, data, banking operations, sales, central banking and regulation. Haydn is firstly an Engineer (M.Eng, 1st Class, FIET) and secondly a lawyer shaping and leading blockchain projects. Since 2016, he has been exclusively focused on blockchain and digital currencies. Haydn is a conference speaker, chair, educator and co-author of The Executive Guide to Blockchain.

Topic: What's Next For Blockchain in Financial Services?

Tamas Kadar
SEON

Tamas Kadar

Tamas Kadar is the founder and CEO of SEON. He started the company with his co-founder when they were still students in university and built it from scratch. A graduate of the elite Corvinus University, he studied Deep Info Comms where he saw first-hand how fraudsters and hackers looked to get around security measures. He has been featured in Forbes’ ‘Hottest Young Startups in Europe’ and is a regular startup pitch winner. He’s a true tech nerd’s product visionary for creating a fraud-free world.

Topic: Big Tech & Big Banks

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

Charlotte Kanagasabapathy
Barclays

Charlotte Kanagasabapathy

Charlotte is Director of Innovation at Barclays. She is a versatile innovation professional with 7 years’ experience driving experimental projects and establishing new capabilities in complex stakeholder environments. Charlotte is passionate about the voice of the customer and exploring commercial opportunities to meet their needs.

Topic: London Emerging Fintech Trends

Rebekah Keida
Ethernity

Rebekah Keida

Rebekah is VP with Ethernity Chain and works with a number of brands, personalities, musicians, and artists to determine bespoke blockchain solutions using NFTs, social tokens, and additional tactics. She's currently working on a few large projects for Miami Art Week in December 2021. Rebekah spent her formative years in Miami before moving to Chicago, NYC, LA, and San Francisco. She specializes in working with tech companies and luxury brands.

Topic: Blockchain & Crypto

Nir Kouris
FinTech Nations & Coin Nations

Nir Kouris

Nir is a technology evangelist and Founder of Coin Nations and FinTech Nations Summit. He specialises in Crypto, Blockchain, NFT, Banks, FinTechs #1 Challenger and Neobanks Advice & Relations. He also has expertise in Marketing, Community, Events & Ecosystem Partnerships.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

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

Guy Kashtan
Rewire

Guy Kashtan

Rewire is the first neobank for migrants worldwide, and harnesses the power of technology to develop strategic partnerships with financial institutions in the migrant’s country of origin, and in their new home to provide innovative financial services tailored for migrants. Guy holds a BA in Computer Science and is a Zell Entrepreneurship Program graduate. Guy has an extensive technological background as a Software Engineer and Product Manager. Prior to Rewire, Guy worked at Microsoft on the Cortana team and led multiple products.

Topic: Financial Inclusion

Nimrod Lehavi
Simplex

Nimrod Lehavi

Serial entrepreneur, hacker, maker, geek, crypto head, and utterly unfamiliar with the concept of “impossible”. Simplex CEO Nimrod Lehavi’s career spans more than two decades of entrepreneurship and management experience. Under his leadership, Simplex continues to evolve to enable the entire crypto ecosystem in growing to its potential. A board member of the Israeli Bitcoin Association, Nimrod is a thought-leader and regular speaker at leading industry conferences, as well as an advisor to well-selected industry startups.

Topic: Blockchain & Crypto

King Leung
Invest Hong Kong

King Leung

As Head of Fintech at InvestHK, the department of the Hong Kong SAR Government responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment, King’s mission is to foster a more vibrant fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area where King has the privilege to work closely with major fintech stakeholders – leading financial services institutions, fintech companies, accelerators, innovation labs, investors, regulators, and universities.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Emma Lindley
Women in Identity

Emma Lindley

Emma is Co-Founder of Women in Identity and has over 18 years of experience in building identity systems. She is also a consultant, writer and speaker in digital identity, data and privacy and is passionate about diversity, inclusion and building identity and data products in a way that everyone can use them.

Topic: Digital Identity

Rita Liu
Mode Global Holdings

Rita Liu

Rita joined UK fintech group Mode as Chief Commercial Officer and Board Director in March 2020. In 2010, Rita joined Alipay and was initially responsible for driving partnerships with major Chinese banks. In 2011, she became one of the founding members of the Alipay International Business department, and has since held senior roles in business development in Asia, the U.S and Europe. From 2015 to 2017, Rita was serving as Head of EMEA. In 2018, She was named Head of Canada and also appointed as CEO of Alipay (UK) Limited.

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

Michael Lowers
Huawei

Michael Lowers

Michael is New Zealander living in London, with a background in Financial Services. Previous roles include The Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, and Barclays. Currently, Michael is the Global Director of Finance Vertical Eco-development & Partnerships at Huawei, working to make Huawei Mobile Services the best global mobile ecosystem in the world.

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

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

Philippa Martinelli
UK Department for International Trade

Philippa Martinelli

Philippa is an Advisor and FinTech Specialist for the UK Department for International Trade, consulting on implementing approaches to innovation and securing the ongoing prosperity of the sector. She leads on initiatives including FinTech Bridges, Leading Edge and the US-UK Financial Innovation Partnership, and works closely with the FinTech Strategic Review implementation and responses to C-19. Philippa engages with governments and regulators globally to reduce market access, policy and regulatory barriers for businesses.

Topic: Sustainable Finance

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

Claire Maslen
Consult Hyperion

Claire Maslen

Claire Maslen is Chief Marketing Officer at Consult Hyperion responsible for creating and delivering the marketing plan and strategic partnership engagement to support the growth of the organisation and the success of our clients. Bringing with her, nearly 30 years’ experience at the forefront of the telecoms industry and a number of blue chip technology organisations.

Topic: Digital Identity

Loredana Matei
Finsight.news

Loredana Matei

Loredana Matei is the founder of the fintech media platform Finsight news and founder and executive director of the PR and Communications firm Jensen Matthews PR. Startup mentor at Sheraa in the UAE and Winner of “New Entrepreneur of the Year” title in 2018 recognized by Gulf Capital SME Awards, Loredana is helping businesses, leaders, and corporations across the world to achieve their brand goals, navigate fast-paced digital adoption environments, and communicate better while reporting the innovation in the space of fintech.

Topic: Fintech City-to-CIty

Raja Al Mazrouei
DIFC Fintech Hive

Raja Al Mazrouei

Raja is a visionary and influential executive within the finance and technology sectors. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for progression have been the driving force behind her achievements and continue to fuel her ambition to reinforce further the UAE’s position as an innovation destination on the global stage. With over a decade of experience in financial services, Raja has developed an ecosystem for FinTech entrepreneurs and stakeholders in Dubai, a primary contributor in the emirate named a top ten global FinTech hub.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Lebo Mokgabudi
EagleQuest Africa

Lebo Mokgabudi

Lebo Mokgabudi the CEO of Eaglequest Africa, a Fintech Advisory firm, and has payments expertise building digital financial solutions for financial inclusion across Africa and Asia. She has provided consulting services to venture capital firms, financial institutions, and governments. Clients include BFA Global, Catalyst Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Multichoice Africa, Village Capital, Women Development Bank, and Standard Bank Group.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Tony Moretta
Digital Jersey

Tony Moretta

As CEO of Digital Jersey, Tony is responsible for delivering the organisation’s long-term economic, social and reputational objectives together with meeting annual business goals, to develop Jersey as a recognised digital jurisdiction. Before joining Digital Jersey, he was delivering a number of projects in the digital space for both the UK Government and major private sector companies and was one of the founders of 'Weve', a joint venture between EE, O2 & Vodafone.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Richard Morgans
Mambu

Richard Morgans

Richard has worked in financial services for the last 15 years in digital proposition, product development, innovation and partnerships. He has spent time in management consulting, helping to launch the UKs first digital only bank, Atom as well as running teams in TSB and Barclays. Currently, Richard is the General Manager for Mambu in the UK and Ireland responsible for the commercial strategy and go to market for the region.

Topic: Next Big Things in Fintech

Colin Neil
Adyen

Colin Neil

Colin joined Adyen in November 2017, opening Adyen’s new office in Manchester, as part of the company's UK expansion. Prior to Adyen, Colin worked for the luxury fashion house, Burberry, as Retail Operations Director, where he helped to create an industry-leading unified customer experience and consolidated all of Burberry’s channels under one consistent payment solution. With over 30 years in retail, Colin is passionate about technology’s part in the evolution of the customer experience.

Nir Netzer
Fintech-aviv

Nir Netzer

Nir is a FinTech Innovation Strategist, FinTech Transformation Adviser, Tech Scouter and a keen leader of the Israeli FinTech ecosystem, driving its growth by curating and hosting FinTech conferences as well as lecturing in academic courses. Nir is a C.P.A, holds an LL.B and an MBA in finance and financial management.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Mimi Nguyen
Mana Search

Mimi Nguyen

Mimi is a PhD candidate at Imperial College London, Faculty of Engineering and R&D lead at Mana Search, a fintech headhunting firm in London. Her research looks at the future of teamwork and the development of shared mental models in remote multidisciplinary teams. She is also an Innovation's Lecturer at Central Saint Martins. Her background is in tech consulting/ game development/ fintech - Accenture, BCG, and iwoca.

Topic: What's Next for Blockchain in Financial Services?

Huy Nguyen Trieu
CTFE

Huy Nguyen Trieu

Huy Nguyen Trieu is the Co-Founder of the CFTE - Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship. He is also the CEO of The Disruptive Group – a business builder and advisory firm in innovation and finance. Prior to setting up CFTE, Huy was a Managing Director at Citi, and previously at Royal Bank of Scotland and Société Générale. Before banking, he was the CEO of Ukibi, a VC-funded startup in the US.

Topic: Sustainable Growth - How to Win the War for Fintech Talent

Anders Norlin
Findec

Anders Norlin

Anders has a long investor background with experience from positions in an investment company, VC fund, and business angel network together with angel investments – all with board assignments and extensive hands-on business development in young tech companies with an international mindset. Anders started up the Findec operations in April 2019, an organization that today has over 150 fintech startup members, has built an extensive international network, and plays a vital role in boosting the entire fintech ecosystem in Sweden.

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

Steve Pannifer
Consult Hyperion

Steve Pannifer

Steve is COO of Consult Hyperion and a member of PCAG, the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group to the UK government and a well-known expert in digital identity having contributed to numerous leading digital identity initiatives in Australia, Canada, the EU and the UK. He has advised for banks, mobile operators, governments and technology firms, on all aspects of digital identity including governance, business models, architecture and implementation.

Topic: Digital Identity

Joe Parkin
BlackRock

Joe Parkin

Joe Parkin is Head of Banks and Digital Channels in the UK at BlackRock. In his role he is responsible for BlackRock's relationships with Private, Retail and Neo Banks, as well as Digital Channels in the UK.

Topic: Green Finance

Ali Paterson
Fintech Finance

Ali Paterson

Ali is the Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Advertainment Media, Fintech Finance and creator of “The Payments Race.” Since inception Ali has managed to grow Advertainment Media from a bootstrapped startup to a profitable company with turnover in the millions, while retaining 100% equity. As well as shepherding bespoke video and media assets, he runs the content for Fintech Finance, interviewing some of the best and brightest representatives across the financial services landscape.

Topic: Financial Inclusion

Diego Perez
ABFintechs

Diego Perez

Diego Perez is the CEO of ABFintechs, the Fintech Association of Brazil, a not-for-profit organization that represents the common interests of the Braziian Fintechs on the interactions with regulators and lawmakers. Diego is also the co-founder of SMU Investments, an investment based crowdfunding platform that connects investors to promising startup companies through a digital platform.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Justin Pike
MYPINPAD

Justin Pike

An innovator in the IT industry for over 25 years, Justin initially developed one of the world’s first electronic top-up platforms for prepay mobile phones. In 2002 he co-founded eNett International, a multi-billion dollar payment processing company, today considered the world leader in the travel payments sector. Justin founded MYPINPAD in 2012 after developing the core intellectual property and as Chairman he drives the company’s business strategy.

David Poole
MYPINPAD

David Poole

An executive with over 30 years’ experience at the forefront of new technology and payment processes in the UK and USA. Prior to joining MYPINPAD in 2013, David was Managing Director at mPOS technology company, Miura, Vice President EMEA at Verifone Inc and President & GM at Infor POS.

Topic: Payments

Colin Platt
Unifty.io

Colin Platt

Colin is the CEO of Unifty.io. He has worked in distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrencies since 2013, launching efforts at BNP Paribas Global Markets. He became a technology entrepreneur in early 2016, initially working with digital asset derivatives. Colin has worked as an independent consultant for DLT and cryptocurrency, and has helped a wide range of companies from start-ups to UK and US blue-chip companies, as well as government and industry consortium.

Topic: Blockchain & Crypto

Erick Rincón Cárdenas
Colombia Fintech

Erick Rincón Cárdenas

Erick is a Lawyer from the Universidad del Rosario, with Postgraduate degrees in Financial Law and Contract Law, a Diploma in International Electronic Commerce from the Universidad del Externado, a Diploma of Advanced Studies D.E.A. and a Masters in Commercial Law from the Universidad Alfonso X, and Doctor of Law from the Universidad Europea. He is currently a partner of Rincón Cárdenas & Moreno, President of Colombia Fintech, and Associate Professor of the Faculty of Jurisprudence of the Universidad del Rosario.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

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.

Topic: Big Tech & Big Banks

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

John Sam-Kuban
Crown Agents Bank

John Sam-Kuban

John is Senior Vice President at Crown Agents Bank, and was previously Managing Director, Head of Regulatory Assurance at HSBC and HSBC Head of Compliance, Global Banking and Markets.

Topic: Financial Crime

Romina Savova
PensionBee

Romina Savova

Romi Savova founded PensionBee in 2014 to simplify pension savings in the UK, following a difficult pension transfer experience of her own. As the Chief Executive Officer, she has played a pivotal role in advancing consumer standards in the pensions industry, from reducing transfer times to campaigning for the full abolition of exit fees. Romi is also a member of the government’s Pensions Dashboards Programme Steering Group, which was set up to advise on the delivery of pensions dashboards.

Topic: Green Finance

Zahra Shah
Seers

Zahra Shah

Zahra is the Co-Founder, NED & Investor (& former CCO) at Seers – Leading privacy platform. She has a background in Management Consultancy with over a decade of experience at Accenture - Financial Services, Capital Markets area. She helped global Investment Banking clients on strategic projects via RegTech & FinTech solutions. She is a Trustee (& former CEO) of BPF, Board Advisor to TeamUp Angels, Co-Chair for TIE Women London, President of OPEN London & alumnus of Google: Female Founders.

Topic: Cybersecurity

Noha Shaker
Egyptian Fintech Association

Noha Shaker

Noha is the founder and Secretary General of the Egyptian Fintech Association and the co-founder and the Vice President of the Africa FinTech Network – both are non-profit organizations that serve Financial Inclusion and equitable economic growth across Africa, using FinTech and entrepreneurship as means to democratise finance. Noha Headed the Digital Ventures and Strategic Alliance at CIB, Egypt’s largest private bank, where she managed FinTech innovation and all initiatives supporting the FinTech ecosystem in Africa.

Topic: Fintech City-To-City

James Sherwin-Smith
Fintech & Payments Club

James Sherwin-Smith

James is SVP, New Payment Platforms at Mastercard, and the Founder of FintechAndPayments.Club, a 40,000 strong community on Clubhouse, an audio only social media networking site. James was previously CEO of SME lending platform Growth Street, and led Digital Banking and Payments for Oliver Wyman across Europe, Middle East and Africa. James is also an angel investor and advisor to startups in the fintech and payments domain.

opic: Sustainable Finance

Ángel Sierra
FinteChile

Ángel Sierra

Ángel is the co-founder and Executive Director of FinteChile (Chile Fintech Association), and the Former co-founder of Colombia Fintech (Colombia Fintech Association). His qualifications include Industrial Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia MBA, and Georg Simon Ohm University, Germany.

Topic: Fintech City-To-City

Chris Skinner
The Finanser

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

Julianne Sloane
Nossa Data

Julianne Sloane

Julianne is co-founder of Nossa Data, a software provider that allows companies to manage and communicate their ESG performance to investors, regulators, rating agencies and for internal ESG decision-making.

Topic: Green Finance

Jamie Smith
Evernym

Jamie Smith

Jamie is Senior Director, Business Development at Evernym. With over 15 years' experience of designing and delivering digital technologies and disruptive business models around the world, he specialises in helping organisations embrace new self sovereign identity approaches and creating new digital ecosystems to drive growth.

Topic: Digital Identity

Terrie Smith
DigSEQ

Terrie Smith

Terrie is a passionate mobile payments expert with over 20 years’ industry experience. She has a proven track record in the payments industry and is included in fundamental patents related to provisioning and tokenisation - She was instrumental in shaping the MasterCard Digital Enable System (MDES), used to support Apple Pay. As an avid innovator capable of bringing her ideas to life, Terrie co-founded the award-winning IoT platform DIGISEQ in 2014 where she serves as Chief Executive.

Topic: Digital Identity

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

Orian Tal
Market Across

Orian Tal

Orian is a PR and growth marketing expert with ample experience in building & communicating brands, and their stories, to mass media and consumers. For the past four years Orian has specialized in public relations online and offline, in high stakes markets such as SaaS, medtech, blockchain & cryptocurrencies, personally leading campaigns for companies such as Binance, TRON, Polkadot, Crypto.com, Appsflyer and others.

Topic: Blockchain & Crypto

Alex Tarhini
Point72 Ventures

Alex Tarhini

Alex Tarhini is an Operating Partner at Point72 Ventures. He focuses on investments and portfolio company growth in financial services technology companies globally. In this capacity,he regularly engages with financial services leaders aiming to drive industry innovation. Before Point72 Ventures, Alex launched and managed the Barclays Accelerator with Techstars in New York City.

Topic: Raising Capital for Fintechs

Simon Taylor
11:FS

Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor is Co-Founder of 11FS, The UK venture builder famous for Fintech Insider, the #1 global fintech podcast, as well as building challenger banks for Natwest and Standard Chartered.  Simon is a judge of the Technation fintech program, and widely recognised as one of the world's leading Fintech subject matter experts. Prior to co-founding 11:FS Simon was Head of Blockchain R+D at Barclays where he developed innovative financial crime prevention policy.

Topic: What's Next for Blockchain in Financial Services?

Susannah Taylor
Early Metrics

Susannah Taylor

Susannah helps clients in the UK and internationally to understand and take an active role in the startup ecosystem - from research and strategy through to direct engagement.

Topic: Green Finance

Adizah Tejani
HSBC

Adizah Tejani

Adizah works across Partnerships and Product Innovation for HSBC UK where her current focus is new product development driven by technology. This includes work with big tech and startup companies. Partners over the years include, Google, Apple and Microsoft and hundreds of startups. Adizah has previously had growth roles across startups and publicly listed companies in fintech including Token and Level39.

Topic: Big Tech & Big Banks

Emily Thomas
Klarna

Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas is the UK Consumer PR Lead at Klarna where she oversees the media relations side of Klarna’s consumer campaigns in the UK. Emily is an experienced marketing and communications professional in the financial services sector and has been at Klarna for over three years. Most recently, she has led consumer PR campaigns and activations for #whypayinterest, Clothes Love All with fashion guru Tan France, and the launch of the Influencer Council Whitepaper.

Topic: Sustainable Finance

Marcus Treacher
ClearBank

Marcus Treacher

Marcus is a specialist in digital banking and payments, delivering transformational improvement through technology innovation and working with the teams at Clear Bank and RTGS global to build the payment rails of the future.

Topic: What's Next for Blockchain in Financial Services?

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

Carlos Torres Guzman
YG Consultants

Carlos Torres Guzman

Carlos is a Senior Partner at YG, a Mexican law firm, specializing in fintech, payment methods, anti-money laundering, and corporate law, with more than 12 years of experience. Carlos is mainly specialized in corporate law and payment methods and has a portfolio of clients, leaders, and pioneers in the sector in which they are developed in Mexico, North America, South America, and Asia. Carlos maintains a constant study of legislation, pro-business approach, market knowledge, problem-solving, and development of legal strategies.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

Suresh Viswanathan
TSB

Suresh Viswanathan

Suresh was appointed as Chief Operating Officer at TSB in August 2019. He has over 30 years’ experience in technology and financial services. He has held Chief Information Officer and operational roles in international, retail and corporate banking and led complex global scale technology operations and integrations.

Topic: Big Tech & Big Banks

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

Sarah Williams-Gardener
Fintech Wales

Sarah Williams-Gardener

As an experienced businesswoman, Sarah spent 17 years at IBM, latterly as Government Affairs Director. Across Government relations, communication, stakeholder and client management where Sarah led successful teams. These succeeded in lobbying for change as well as winning significant commercial deals and implementing significant innovation programmes. Sarah was a member of the founding team at Starling Bank, and today Sarah is the CEO for Fintech Wales, on a mission to establish Wales as a globally recognised fintech hub.

Topic: Fintech City-to-City

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