Head of Fintech, Xero
Edward Berks is the Head of Fintech at Xero, a cloud-based accounting platform.
Founder and CEO, Fluidly
Caroline Plumb, Founder and CEO of Fluidly, a cash flow forecasting tool
Founder and MD, Adaptive Lab
James Haycock is the Founder and Managing Director of Adaptive Lab, now Idean, following their recent acquisition by Capgemini.
Co-Founder and CEO, Onfido
Husayn Kassai is Co-Founder and CEO of Onfido. Onfido uses machine learning in customer authentication, validating users' identity documents and comparing them with facial biometrics.
Founder and CEO, LendInvest
Christian Faes is the Founder and CEO of LendInvest, a property lending and investment platform which has originated over £1bn of loans since launch.
Founder & CEO, Habito
Dan Hegarty is the Founder and CEO of Habito.
Managing Director, Apis
Asad Naqvi is Managing Director of Apis, a growth stage private equity fund focused on financial services in growth markets.
Louise Beaumont is the Co-Chair of techUK's Open Banking & Payments Working Group and a member of the Open Banking Implementation Entitiy Working Group.
Aneesh Verna is the Founder and CEO of Aire, a new breed of credit bureau improving access to credit.
Julian Ranger is the Chairman of digi.me, a platform that allows users to take back ownership of their data currently spread around the web and use it to their own benefit.
Hannah Leach is part of the team at Adapt, an advisory firm helping companies build strategies and governance around data.
Charles Bradley is the founder of Adapt, an advisory firm helping companies build strategies and governance around data.
Founder, Credit Kudos
Freddy Kelly is the Founder of Credit Kudos, a new model credit bureau making better data available to lenders.
Matt Ford is the Founder of Pariti, an app built to help consumers improve their credit and qualify for new products. Pariti was recently acquired by UK challenger bank Tandem.
Executive Director, FINOS
Gab Columbro is the Executive Director of FINOS, the fintech open source foundation.
CEO and Co-Founder, Yoti
Robin Tombs is a serial tech entrepreneur and investor. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Yoti, a digital identity platform enabling secure onboarding anywhere online or in-person. Prior to Yoti, Robin co-founded Gamesys, one of the world's leading online gaming operators. He is also an angel investor in a handful of technology companies and a trustee of Future First.
Co-Founder, Lithos Partners
Sharon is the former Head of Digital Communications at Standard Chartered and current communications strategy consultant.
Managing Director, B2C2
Kevin Beardsley is the Managing Director of B2C2, a leading cryptocurrency marketmaker. and one of the 40 coolest people in UK fintech, according to Business Insider.
Managing Director, GPS
Suresh Vaghjiani is the Managing Director of Global Processing Services, a card processor supporting some of the best known fintechs including Monzo, Starling, Revolut, Curve, Osper, Pockit and more.
Editor-in-Chief, The Financial Revolutionist
Gregg Schoenberg runs The Financial Revolutionist, a weekly newsletter touching on some of the most interesting developments in financial innovation and linking them in interesting ways to all sorts of social and cultural considerations. Prior to starting the FR, Gregg was a senior executive at Natixis, a French bank, where he ran equities.
Cristina Alba Ochoa
Cristina Alba Ochoa is the CFO of OakNorth, a leading UK challenger bank.
Head of Communications, OakNorth
Valentina heads Communications at OakNorth, a UK challenger bank and one of the UK’s fastest-growing fintechs.
Anders La Cour
Co-Founder & CEO, Banking Circle
Anders La Cour is the co-founder and CEO of Saxo Payments Banking Circle, a utility layer providing global transaction processing and payments to the banking industry. Anders is a lawyer by training and worked in M&A advisory and Venture Capital prior to starting Banking Circle.
Founder & CEO, iwoca
Christophe Rieche is the founder and CEO of iwoca.
Founder & CEO, Spotcap
Jens Woloszczak is the founder and CEO of Spotcap.
Managing Director, North America, 11:FS
Sam Maule is Managing Director, North America for 11:FS, a UK-based digital consulting firm. Prior to joining 11:FS, Same led Digital and Fintech for NTT Data, and before that, he worked on product at TSYS, a card processor. Sam is the host of the Connection Interrupted podcast, where he interviews guests about their experiences with technology.
Founder & CEO, GoCardless
Hiroki Takeuchi is the Founder and CEO of GoCardless, a London-based fintech that simplifies recurring payment collection for businesses.
Nigel is a partner in Deloitte’s Financial Services technology practice, where he focuses on insurtech. With a background in end to end technology transformation, Nigel works with insurers on the journey to becoming truly digital. Prior to joining Deloitte, Nigel led the UK Insurance business for Capgemini, where he advised UK and European Insurance companies on major systems replacements and technology transformation projects aimed at improving the customer and broker experience.
Founder, Tech London Advocates
Russ is the Founder of Tech London Advocates (TLA), a private sector led group of leaders promoting London's technology sector and addressing the issues on the horizon. The group is a not-for-profit community of individuals with aspirations to build and promote London as a world leading digital and technology city. Russ has led a long and illustrious career in technology and telecom, including serving as the Chief Marketing Officer of O2, the Global Innovation Director for Telefonica and Managing Director, EMEA for Skype.
Founder & CEO, Betterment
Jon Stein is the CEO and founder of Betterment, one of the leading roboadvisors in the US. After amassing a number of years of experience advising banks and brokers on risk and products, he founded Betterment in 2008 to make people's lives better. Jon is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Business School. He holds Series 7, 24, 63 licenses and is a CFA charterholder.
Fouder, 10x Future Technologies
Antony Jenkins is the Founder and Executive Chairman of 10x Future Technologies, a UK-based fintech company creating digital platforms for banks. Antony is also Group Chairman of Currencies Direct, an FX and international payments provider, a board member of Blockchain, one of the leading software platforms for digital assets, backed by the likes of Lightspeed, Google Ventures and Sir Richard Branson. Antony also sits on the digital advisory council of Fannie Mae and is a member of a consultative working group for ESMA, the European financial regulatory institution. From 2012-2015, Antony served as CEO of Barclays Bank. At 10x, Antony and his team are building a digital bank for Virgin Money in the UK and speaking with banks around the world about implementing end-to-end-digital capabilities. Investors in 10x include Ping An, the China-based technology giant who was the primary investor in the £34m Series A funding round for 10x last September – the largest ever Series A for a European fintech firm.
Chief Platform Officer, Starling
Megan Caywood is the Chief Platform Officer at Starling Bank, one of the UK's newest and most tech forward banks. Megan is responsible for the design and development of Starling's API strategy and its marketplace.
Oliver Oram is the founder of Chainvine, a blockchain company specializing in the tokenization of assets.
Head of Awareness, Bud
Jamie is the Head of Awareness at Bud, the leading London-based fintech company.
Business Development, Bud
Nina Mohanty heads business development for Bud, one of London's leading fintech companies.
Benedetta Arese Lucini
Co-Founder, Oval Money
Benedetta Arese Lucini is the co-founder of Oval Money, an app helping people save more and improve their financial lives. Prior to starting Oval Money, Benedetta ran Uber in Italy, launching it in that country and running it for three years. In addition to her interest in tech and fintech, Benedetta is an advocate for political reform and women's rights in Italy and a radio broadcaster.
Managing Partner, Forestreet
Alessandro Hatami is the former Group Innovation Director at Lloyds Banking Group and current Managing Partner at Forestreet.
Co-Founder, Scalable Capital
Ella Rabener is the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Scalable Capital, a technology-driven investment management platform for retail investors. Scalable Capital has raised 41 million Euros in funding from BlackRock, Holtzbrinck Ventures and Tengelmann Ventures. Scalable employs over 50 people in offices in Munich and London.
CEO & Founder, Marble
Fiona Mackenzie is CEO and founder of Marble, a personal financial management app. Fiona has spent most of her career as an actuary in insurance and pensions and is looking to bridge the gap between what people are doing with their money and what they could be doing to better achieve their goals.
Managing Director, ING
Stephane Malrait is a Managing Director and Global Head of Financial Markets eCommerce at ING. In that role, he effectively leads ING's electronic trading business as market maker and on behalf of clients. Stephane also sits on the Innovation Council of ING Bank and the Innovation steering committee of ING London.
Founder & CEO, Thought Machine
Paul Taylor is the founder and CEO of Thought Machine, a brand new banking platform combining a Google-like approach to software with bank-like requirements for functionality. Prior to Thought Machine, Paul headed the text-to-speech group at Google. He joined Google in 2010 when they acquired his company, Phonetic Arts. Phonetic Arts developed speech synthesis technology and was based in Cambridge, England. Paul has a PhD in Speech Technology Research from Edinburgh University and started his career as an academic. Since then, he's founded three companies and taught at Cambridge University, in addition to his work at Google. Paul has published over 80 papers on speech technology, including the now standard text book in the field.
Director of Fintech, Autonomous
Lex Sokolin is a futurist and entrepreneur focused on the next generation of financial services. He directs Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research, a leading research firm. Prior to joining Autonomous Research, Lex founded and ran NestEgg Wealth, a roboadvisor that pioneered online wealth management and was acquired by AdvisorEngine, a digital wealth management platform backed by WisdomTree.
Co-Founder & VP, Plug & Play Fintech
Scott Robinson is the founder and VP of Plug and Play FinTech, a fintech-focused startup platform run with partners including BNP Paribas, Santander, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, TD Bank, Sberbank, USAA, Mitsubishi, Capital One, Sumitomo, Intuit and many more global financial institutions. Since the launch of the program in February 2015, Scott and his team have accelerated over 90 FinTech startups and made numerous venture investments in the space.
Fonder & CEO, Tandem
Ricky Knox is the Founder and CEO of Tandem, a new UK bank that partners with its customers to improve their financial lives. Tandem is at least Ricky's third business. He's also a co-founder of Small World and Azimo. In addition to starting companies, Ricky also invests in them via his investment vehicle, Hexagon Partners.
Founder & CEO, Curve
Shachar Bialick is the Founder and CEO of Curve, the smarter banking card. Curve works like....well, magic. It lets you spend on all your cards on a single piece of plastic and even go back later and change which card you paid with.
Founder & CEO, Deposit Solutions
Tim Sievers is CEO and Founder of Deposit Solutions, an Open Banking platform for deposits, connecting banks and depositors across Europe. The platform allows banks to offer attractive third party deposit products to their own customers through their existing accounts. Deposit Solutions works with banks across Europe, has mediated deposits in excess of €2bn, and employs more than 110 people across Hamburg, London and Zurich.
Co-Founder & CEO, Kantox
Philippe Gelis is Co-founder and CEO of Kantox, a wholesale FX company and one of London's most successful fintechs.
Head of Client Solutions, BBVA
Mario Pardo double-hats as Head of Strategy in Customer Solutions (the unit responsible for the digital transformation of the BBVA Group) and Head of Strategy and Transformation in Corporate and Investment Banking.
Head of Global Treasury Solutions, BBVA
Carmela Gomez is Head of Global Treasury Solutions at BBVA.
Head of Open Innovation, BBVA
Marisol Menendez is Head of Open Innovation at BBVA and leads the bank's annual Open Talent competition.
Managing Director, SVB
Kristi Oliver is a Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank, one of the best known banks in the startup community, banking many of the most successful tech companies and VCs in the US and UK.
Head of Commercial Banking, SVB
Erin Platts is Head of UK Commercial Banking at Silicon Valley Bank, one of the best known banks in the startup community, banking many of the most successful tech companies and VCs in the US and UK.
CEO, Entrepreneur First
Matt Clifford is the co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneur First, the world's leading technology company builder. EF invests in top technical individuals to help them build world-class deep tech startups in London and Singapore. Matt is also the co-founder of Code First: Girls, a free part-time course for high-potential female university students who want to be part of the digital revolution. In 2016, Matt received an MBE from the Queen of England for recognition of his work.
Partner, Balderton Capital
Rob Moffat is a Partner at Balderton Capital, a London-based venture capital firm that has invested in fintech businesses including GoCardless, Revolut, Crowdcube, Nutmeg, Seedcamp, ComplyAdvantage, Wonga, Zopa and more. Prior to joining Balderton, Rob worked at Bain & Company and Google. Rob holds degrees from Cambridge and INSEAD.
Charlie Delingpole is the founder and CEO of ComplyAdvantage, a company using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help prevent financial crime. Prior to founding ComplyAdvantage, Charlie co-founded and ran MarketInvoice, a leading alternative lending platform focused on invoice finance. Charlie founded his first startup in 1999, and somehow managed to run it for seven years while at Cambridge and then the London School of Economics.
Partner, Eight Roads
Michael Treskow is a Partner at Eight Roads Ventures, focusing on venture and growth investments in technology companies across Europe. Previously, Michael worked at Accel in London, where he was involved with investments in companies such as Funding Circle, GoCardless and WorldRemit. He moved to London from San Francisco, where he did cross-stage investing in technology companies at Warburg Pincus.
Carolina Brochado is a Partner at Atomico, a London-based VC firm. Atomico manages over a billion USD and has invested in seven companies that grew to be worth more than a billion dollars, according to the Financial Times, including games developer SuperCell and weather data company Climate Corporation.
CEO, Octopus Ventures
Alex Macpherson is CEO of Octopus Ventures, the £660 million venture capital arm of UK fund manager Octopus Group. Alex's fund has invested and exited a handful of noteworthy AI companies, including Evi Technologies, Swiftkey and Magic Pony, which sold to Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter, respectively.
Founder & CEO, Trussle
Ishaan Malhi is CEO and Founder of Trussle, the UK's first online mortgage advisor. Trussle uses technology to help homebuyers and existing homeowners select from the over ten thousand mortgage and remortgage options on the market in the UK. Trussle has attracted investment from a range of noteworthy backers, including Zoopla, Seedcamp and the co-founders of Betfair and Wealthfront.
Founder & CEO, ClearBank
Nick Ogden is the Founder and CEO of ClearBank, the UK's first new clearing bank in more than 250 years. ClearBank offers banking infrastructure, including clearing, to incumbent and startup financial services companies and fintechs. Built on real time technology, ClearBank aims to support increased transparency and competition in the UK banking market. Prior to founding ClearBank, Nick founded, ran and sold WorldPay, a global leader in payment processing.
CEO, Innovate Finance
Lawrence Wintermeyer is the CEO of Innovate Finance, an independent membership association that represents the UK's global FinTech community. Founded in 2014, Innovate Finance looks to accelerate the UK's leading position in the global financial services sector by supporting the next era of technology-led financial services innovators.
Co-Founder & CEO, Railsbank
Nigel Verdon is the co-founder and CEO of Railsbank, an API-layer connecting fintechs to a wide range of banking and payments services in 5 lines of code. Nigel is a pillar of the London fintech community. Prior to founding Railsbank, he founded and ran CurrencyCloud, an API-based FX and payments solution, invested as a venture capitalist at Orange Growth Ventures, advised startups in the UK and Europe and traded FX at Nomura and Swiss Bank.
Steve Lemon is the co-founder of CurrencyCloud, a wholesale FX and payments company. CurrencyCloud's API-based payments engine automates B2B payments and FX, powering an impressive range of fintechs, including Klarna, Travelex, Revolut, Azimo, Fidor Bank and, previously, Payoneer, Kantox and TransferWise. Earlier this year, CurrencyCloud raised a $25m series D round from Google Ventures, which will allow it to grow its US presence and expand into Asia.
Principal, Omidyar Network
Ameya Upadhyay is a Principal at Omidyar Network, a high impact social investment fund set up by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Ameya focuses on the firm’s Fintech and Financial Inclusion efforts, investing in organizations that have the potential to create economic opportunity for individuals in Africa, Europe, Myanmar and India. His portfolio includes first movers in India across micro-enterprise lending, digital retail lending, merchant cash advance, and online brokerage.
CTO, IBM Quantum Computing
Scott Crowder is the CTO of IBM's Quantum Computing business
Alvaro Alvarez del Rio
Principal, Initial Capital
Alvaro Alvarez del Rio is Principal at Initial Capital, a mobile gaming and fintech focused venture capital fund. Prior to joining Initial Capital, Alvaro worked in investment banking and private equity.
Principal, Orange Growth Capital
Aman Ghei is Principal at Finch Capital, a London- and Amsterdam-based venture capital firm focused on high growth fintech and mobile gaming companies. Prior to joining Finch Capital, Aman worked at Facebook and Accel Partners.
Co-Founder & CEO, Penta
Lav Odorovic is Co-Founder and CEO of Penta, a Berlin-based neobank offering banking services to early-stage technology companies.
Founder & CEO, Crunch
Darren Fell is the Founder and CEO of Crunch, one of the original cloud-based accounting platforms, launched in 2009. Crunch serves thousands of sole traders and small businesses in the UK with an ever-increasing range of accounting and financial services products.
Founder & CEO, Azimo
Michael Kent is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Azimo, one of Europe's most successful fintechs of recent years. Michael is also co-founder and a non-executive director of Tandem, a new digital-only bank in the UK. Previously, Michael co-founded Small World Financial Services, a money transmission provider, which he grew to $4.5bn in annual transaction volumes. Michael is also a startup investor and advisor, working with companies including Curve, a smarter credit card, and ComplyAdvantage, an digital KYC & compliance solution.
Senior Economist, OECD
Gert is a Senior Economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In nearly 20 years at the OECD, Gert has worked on subjects including financial market structure and stability, economic policy and regulation, and engagement of the private financial sector. Gert is the author of various publications, including numerous articles on financial markets and a book on high and chronic inflation and stabilization policies.
CEO, Open Insights
Usama is the former Chief Data Officer at Barclays and Yahoo. He is one of the top executives in the transformational data science space. Currently, Usama is CEO of Open Insights, a US-based data strategy and technology company. Usama also serves as CTO of Stella.AI a Mountain View, CA based, VC-Funded startup, and as Interim Chief Operations & Technology Officer for new, innovation-focused division of MTN, Africa’s largest telecommunications provider.
Co-Founder & CEO, 11:FS
David Brear is CEO and co-founder of 11:FS, a FinTech consultancy that helps banks become truly digital. He’s also cohost of FinTech Insider, a blockbuster podcast about FinTech and financial services. Named among the Top 100 Most Influential FinTech Leaders of 2016, he's one of the most recognized and influential people in financial services. David worked at Lloyds Banking Group and Aviva on large-scale digital transformations and then led Gartner's Global Digital Banking practice before starting 11:FS.
Managing Director, Rainmaking
Liz ran StartupBootcamp Fintech's 2015 London program and then led ecosystem development for the accelerator. She is currently Managing Director for Thought Leadership at Rainmaking, one of the parent companies of StartupBootcamp.
Co-Founder & CEO, Mambu
Eugene Danilkis is co-founder and CEO at Mambu, the SaaS banking platform, established in Germany in 2011. With a passion for technology and design and degrees in Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Science, Eugene is the driving force behind the Mambu vision.
Founding Partner, Reinventure
Co-Founder and Managing Director Reinventure Group, a new model of corporate venture capital in Australia and New Zealand. Danny has worked on both sides of the table as an entrepreneur and corporate venture capital executive.
Founding Partner, Reinventure
Simon Cant is a Co-Founder and Managing Director Reinventure Group. Simon has spent his career working on innovation, both through venture and corporate innovation.
CEO, StartupBootcamp Fintech
Nektarios is CEO & Co-Founder of Startupbootcamp FinTech and Startupbootcamp InsurTech, the leading innovation programs in the financial and insurance industries. The programs provide funding, mentorship and office space in the heart of London, Singapore & New York, along with access to a global network of investors and VCs, for up to 10 selected FinTech startups per class. Nektarios has spent nearly 20 years in the business, previously with Clearstream and SWIFT, where he ran the Innotribe Startup Challenge.
Dhiraj Mukherjee is an entrepreneur and innovator, founder of the world famous music app Shazam and former Head of Innovation at Virgin Money, a prominent UK bank. The views he shared with us on Rebank are his own personal views. Dhiraj has advised or launched digital platforms around music, movies, advertising and social networking. He has advised on innovation for Reuters and other large corporates, and now carries the innovation flag at Virgin Money. In addition to his work at Virgin Money, Dhiraj is an insightful thinker in his own right, and it's in that capacity that he joined us on Rebank.
Sophie is Head of European Expansion for Fidor Bank, one of Europe's original and best known digital-only banks. Originally launched in Germany in 2009, Fidor expanded into the UK in 2015. Prior to joining Fidor, Sophie led product strategy and commercialization at Bankable, a white-label banking platform provider. Before that, she was the Chief Marketing Officer at HelloFresh, a Rocket Internet-backed ready-to-cook meal delivery startup.
Dave is an internationally-recognized thought leader in digital identity and digital money. Dave is perhaps Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments and adjacent technologies, including digital identity, blockchain and privacy.
Founder & CEO, Taqanu
Balazs is the founder and CEO of Taqanu, a blockchain-based bank and digital ID registry for people without addresses, initially refugees and other at-risk populations.
Pascal is a full-time venture capital investor and fintech practitioner. Before becoming a venture capitalist, Pascal founded and ran startups, worked for commercial and investment banks and as been at one time or another a CFO, COO, CIO… the list goes on. Pascal is currently Venture Partner with Santander InnoVentures. Prior to that, he built the fintech venture arm of Route 66 Ventures into a top global fintech investor. Originally from France, Pascal holds an MBA from UVA's Darden School of Business and is a CFA charterholder
Founder & CEO, Pockit
Virraj is the founder and CEO of Pockit, a UK-based neobank working to address the problem of financial exclusion in the UK. Launched in 2014, the company had 123,000 customers at the end of 2016 and is growing fast. Pocking is built around a transaction account and a payment card, and is in the process of expanding its offering to include a range of financial products.
Andra Sonea is a banking systems specialist. Until recently Lead Solutions Architect within the Innovation & Digital Development Directorate at Lloyds Banking Group in London, Andra is currently pursuing a prestigious Anthemis Fellowship to build on her work in banking system architecture. Prior to joining Lloyds in 2014, Andra worked for over fifteen years as an international technology consultant with IBM, SAP, EY and KPMG, gaining first-hand experience building and transforming IT architecture at some of the world’s largest banks.
Tom is a serial entrepreneur. He founded an e-commerce platform for students called boso.com while he was in college, and later launched GoCardless, a B2B payments company that raised funding from the likes of Accel, Balderton and Passion Capital and went to Y Combinator in 2011. Tom got involved in the digital, challenger bank space in the UK relatively early, at the bank now known as Starling before moving on to found Monzo, which plans to launch in early-2017.
Brett King (@brettking) is a bestselling author and was voted Innovator of the Year for 2012 by American Banker. Since 2010 Brett has released 5 Global Bestselling books, including Bank 2.0, Branch Today – Gone Tomorrow, Bank 3.0, Breaking Banks and his latest Augmented. His books have topped bestseller charts for banking in 18 countries and have been translated into 9 languages.
David Robson leads IBM’s Watson business in the European financial services sector. Perhaps the world’s most recognizable AI system (after HAL 9000), IBM’s Watson is live across multiple industries and is using artificial intelligence to solve hard, real world problems.
Brian Roemmele is the consummate Renaissance man. He is a scientist, researcher, analyst, connector, thinker and doer. More than anything, I've found Brian to be an observer of the world, asking questions and following his seemingly infinite curiosity to the root of an astounding variety of issues.
Devie Mohan is a prominent fintech writer, speaker and commentator. Devie is the co-founder and CEO of Burnmark, a fintech research company established in partnership with Berlin-based FinLeap. She is also a market strategist and UK coordinator with FinLeap.
Joel Perlman is a UK-based serial entrepreneur. After starting his career at McKinsey, Joel eventually left to co-found Copal Partners, a financial research outsourcing company with his business partner, Rishi Khosla. Over a period of 12 years, they grew the business to almost 3,000 people before selling it to Moody's in 2014.
Chris Gledhill is the Founder and CEO of Secco. Chris is the #1 fintech influencer globally and regularly speaks and writes about fintech, banking and the future of financial services.
Martin Haering is the Chief Marketing Officer at Misys, a UK-based banking systems provider. Misys has 1,800 banking and financial services customers worldwide, include 48 of the top 50 global banks. Misys is one of the more innovative core banking providers, having recently announced a new platformification strategy that will see it open up its core banking systems to third party development.
Myles is an Experienced Payments Executive & Entrepreneur and is currently the Chief Executive of Modulr, a flexible payments platform seeking to deliver better ways for businesses to move money. At Modulr, Myles is building an API business payments platform that simplifies complex payment flows delivering efficiency and business growth.
Duena Blomstrom is an independent Digital Banking consultant, entrepreneur, VC, speaker and, her words,"uncomfortably opinionated blogger." For the past 18 years, Duena has worked across Telco and Finance on strategy and consulting for sales or marketing, including a 5 year stint as Head of Sales and Marketing for Meniga. Duena works at the intersection of technology and behavioural science; she's passionate about helping banks transition from thinking product set and thinking customer needs.
Michael O’Connor is a fintech & banking advisor and investor with extensive experience analyzing, structuring and investing in banking and financial services deals. Michael was a portfolio manager looking at credit and banking transactions for Arrowgrass Capital Partners, a prominent, London-based, financial services-focused alternative investment fund, before going independent earlier this year. Prior to Arrowgrass, Michael was a founding partner at Portman Capital Partners, where he advised UKFI and HM Treasury on alternative disposal strategies for Government-owned banking assets. Michael has also worked in various senior roles at GLG Partners, Polygon Investment Partners, Deutsche Bank and ABN Amro.
Vladislav Solodkiy founded Life.SREDA, a fintech-focused VC fund, in 2012 and has been running it ever since. Life.SREDA 1, which was focused on A-rounds in the US and Europe, invested $40m in 13 companies including Fidor, Moven, Simple, Anthemis, SumUp and Rocketbank. In November 2014, Life.SREDA launched its second fund, a $100m fund focused on B-rounds in Asia. So far, fund 2 has invested in companies including Fastacash, Mobikon, Lenddo, Ayannah and SoftPay. Life.SREDA also runs a $100m global blockchain fund.
Alex is the co-author of the critically acclaimed best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World.
Faisal is a banking and payments consultant providing advisory services to banks, financial services companies and startups. He specializes is cross-border money transfer and all aspects of the value-chain associated with it across B2B, B2C and C2C. Faisal has extensive knowledge in the design, integration & operation of payment networks and systems for international money transmission.
Chris Skinner is a famed banking strategist, advisor, blogger and speaker. Chris has published multiple books on the future of banking and fintech, including most recently ValueWeb. Seth Wheeler, Brookings Guest Scholar and Former Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House, called Chris “one of the most authoritative voices on Fintech anywhere” Check out Chris's blog at thefinanser.com.
Jason has started 2 challenger banks, Mondo and Starling, a handful of digital consultancies, and a successful social enterprise that helps thousands of young people gain digital skills. In between, he consulted for Google, taught at Facebook, and separated billion dollar companies. Jason's most recent company, 11:FS, works with organizations across financial services to drive digital transformation and deliver contextual digital banking.
Skylar is a senior data scientist at Accenture's Advance Analytics Lab. With experience across logistics, defense, e-commerce, travel and more, at some of the world's largest companies, Skylar works on the front line of data science in its application to real-life business cases.
Jeff heads Fintech and Digital Partnerships across EMEA at Capco, a global management and technology consulting firm. Jeff is heavily involved in London's fintech scene as a mentor, advisor and board member. Jeff is an experienced executive with an extensive background in the Financial Services and Consulting industry. He has worked with a large number of financial institutions including HSBC, Lloyds, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Nationwide, RBS, ING, ABN Amro, Rabobank and others and has led the delivery of large, complex business and IT change programmes