Nick Dove, Director, John Howell & Co
Peter Randall, CEO, SETL
Katherine Stratton, Director of Growth & Operations,Acorn
Sean Hunter, CIO, Acorn Machine
Sean is ACORN’s Chief Information Officer, based in London. As one of the first commercial engineers at Palantir Technologies in Europe, he led trader oversight partnerships with large financial institutions, particularly Credit Suisse, which led to being co-head of the JV called Signac. Before Palantir, Sean was a strategist at Goldman Sachs for 8 years, working in a number of areas including equities, fixed income and algorithmic trading. Sean has worked with cloud and distributed computation technologies for 16 years, from setting up the first compute farm at GS to being a full cloud-based SaaS solution provider at ACORN.
Philip Gradwell, Chief Economist, Chain Analysis
Philip Gradwell is Chief Economist at Chainalysis, a Benchmark-backed blockchain intelligence platform that powers cryptocurrency compliance and investigation software for the world’s leading governments, banks and crypto-businesses. He leads product research at Chainalysis, putting him at the forefront of economic and data analysis in crypto. He and his team use a structured data set of crypto activity to conduct economic analysis, network research, and risk and anti-money laundering assessments. He regularly presents to regulators and the industry and speaks in the media, such as the NYT, WSJ and FT. Prior to joining Chainalysis, Philip led a team of economic consultants working globally on energy system analysis and climate change economics
Philip Gradwell, Chief Economist, Chain Analysis
Mark Whitcroft, Founding Partner, Illuminate Financial
Mark is a Founding Partner at Illuminate Financial, a London-based venture capital firm with global mandate, exclusively focused on financial technology that benefits capital markets participants. Prior to Illuminate, Mark spent eleven years in various capital market roles at HSBC and Deutsche Bank based in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. He has been investing in FinTech companies since 2010 and has worked at a number of FinTech start-up accelerators.
Dharmash Mistry, General Partner, Lakestar
Kirsty Rutter, MD & Chief Innovation Officer, Barclays UK
Dharmash Mistry, General Partner, Lakestar
Sam Tidswell-Norrish, Principal, Motive Partners & Chief of Staff to UK Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for FinTech
Sam serves as Principal, Business Development at Motive Partners. He is leading Business Development at Motive Partners, and joining with a broad range of financial services experience, from payments to investment banking, and government initiatives to industry trade organizations, as the Chief of staff to UK Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for Fintech. He began his career with Barclays in Payments Reengineering and subsequently worked in a number of areas of the bank including equity capital markets. He holds broad range of experience in financial services, payments to investment banking and government initiatives to industry trade organizations. He was selected as young leader of the future by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation in 2013.
Joshua Bower Saul, Founder, Cybertonica
Yan Gloukhovski, Founder, Zeroflows
Nigel Verdon, Founder, Railsbank
Loubna Bazine, Co-Founder, FriendlyScore
Dr. Louise Beaumont, Co-Chair, Open Bank Working Group
Dr Beaumont is a director at SapientRazorfish, leading the Open Bank practice, bringing to life the Open Bank Future for consumers, SMEs, banks, FinTech, and new competitor ecosystem. She is the Co-chair of the Open Banking Industry Entity Open Bank Working Group and the vice chair of the Open Bank Group for techUK. Dr Beaumont creates markets, enables scale, and drives growth, with a passion for the intersection between technology, financial services and public sector. She has worked with blue chips, start ups, investors and everything in between to grow companies and create value.
Reema Patel, Programme Manager, Nuffield Foundation
Reema is an experienced public policy professional, having worked in local government and led research initiatives at think-tanks Involve, the RSA’s Action and Research Centre and the New Local Government Network. Reema is presently working at the Nuffield Foundation to help scope and set up an independent body focusing on data ethics and artificial intelligence. Recently, she Programme Manager for the RSA’s Citizens Economic Council, tasked with engaging members of the public in a deliberative and informed conversation about the future of an economy
Cynthia Vega, Consulting Director at Kantar
David Nicholson, Co-Founder, Yoyo Wallet
Kaushalya Somasundaram, Global Head of Fintech Partnerships & Strategy, HSBC
As the Head of Fintech Partnerships & Strategy, Kaushalya Somasundaram leads the partnership and corporate venturing for HSBC’s core businesses including Global Liquidity and Cash Management, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, Custody and Global Markets. She has led HSBC investments in Fintech companies of strategic importance and the bank’s forays into the world of distributed ledgers. Kaushalya has held a variety of senior roles across HSBC including Strategy & Planning, Corporate Development and Group Audit. Kaushalya has also been recognised in the Brummell’s 2016 list of the most inspirational women innovators in London.
Mr. Thomas Gere, CEO and Founder, Realities Centre
Thomas Gere is a serial entrepreneur & angel investor with experience both in China and Europe. He has a background in engineering and 3D design as well as starting & investing in various tech start-ups, Gere has recently founded the Realities Centre in London to accelerate innovation in the augmented reality (AR) & virtual reality (VR) space. The centre is focusing on incubation and co-working specifically for the AR/VR industry with events, courses and mixed reality production. The Realities Centre is focusing on business-to-business training and remote collaboration using AR and VR, as well as their applications in the media and creative industries in its other location in West London.
Claire Calmejane, Director of Innovation, Lloyds Banking Group
Calmejane is charged with harnessing digital innovations and disruptions to best suit Lloyds’ 30 million customers and 50,000 employees. The computer engineer joined the bank in October 2012 as head of digital delivery and became head of the digital centre of excellence, innovation and partnerships in 2014. She became director of innovation in January this year and, since joining,she has set up the LBG Innovation Labs which focus on internal innovation and now have 50 people working in them. French-born Calmejane is a board member and mentor at Startupbootcamp FinTech, having helped to drive Lloyds’ backing of the accelerator programme. Before joining the bank, she worked in the London office of Capgemini Consulting and has served as a visiting scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business in Boston.
Huy Nguyen Trieu, CEO, Disruptive Group
Huy has navigated between start-ups and large organizations, from CEO of a start-up to Managing Director in international banks, from mentor to entrepreneurs to Resident Expert at Oxford. He is fascinated by the changes happening around us, the impact of technology on many industries, and the changing dynamics between small and large organizations. An engineer by background, an entrepreneur by nature, and more generally a “big picture” person, he co-founded and led Ukibi, a precursor of Linkedin, in 1999. After 5 intense years, he fell by coincidence into banking and was fortunate to be an intrapreneur in major international banks where he helped to build very large businesses. At the same time, he continued to be very engaged in technology and innovation. He writes the blog Disruptive Finance and was previously on the Fintech Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum. Prior to The Disruptive Group, Huy was a Managing Director at Citi, a MD at RBS, a VP at SGCIB.
Mr. Nektarios Liolios, Co-Founder and CEO, Startupbootcamp FinTech and InsurTech
Nektarios Liolios is leading Startupbootcamp FinTech, the world's largest accelerator for fintech start-ups as well as Startupbootcamp Insurance Technology (InsurTech) as co-founder and chief executive officer. He is also co-founder at Rainmaking Innovation, part of the global Rainmaking cooperative of entrepreneurs, leading innovation programmes across the financial services sector. Working to address the relationship between corporates and start-ups, Liolios works closely with the industry partners and investors for the Startupbootcamp fintech and insurtech programmes in London, New York, Singapore, Mumbai and Mexico City. Prior to Startupbootcamp, he led SWIFT’s Innotribe Start-up Challenge, facilitating interaction between start-ups and financial institutions. He is an outstanding thought leader driven by entrepreneurship, collaboration and the desire to change the industry.
Mr. Christian Hunt, Global Head of Compliance & Operational Risk Control EMEA, UBS
Christian Hunt is the global head of compliance & operational risk control for asset management and global head of compliance & operational risk control for Europe, Middle East and Africa at UBS. Prior to joining the firm, he was chief operating officer of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), a subsidiary of the Bank of England. He previously held the position of head of department at the PRA, responsible for the supervision of international systemically important banks.Prior to that, he was a director in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. In addition to his corporate finance responsibilities, Hunt also ran the chairman’s office and spent two years on secondment at the UK Takeover Panel, regulating takeovers and mergers.
Mr. Peter Ballard, Co-Founder, Partner and Executive Director, Foolproof
Foolproof is one of the UK's leading experience design specialist agencies. Peter Ballard himself has been a digital specialist for over 20 years, and is a passionate champion of user experience and the importance of design thinking in creating engaging, high-performing, digital products and services. Ballard will speak about ‘Evidence Driven Creativity’ - a philosophy that the best design decisions are made through the smart application of insights where both clients and customers are part of the design process to create new and better digital experiences. Prior to founding Foolproof, Ballard was marketing director for Virgin Money, Richard Branson’s financial services business in the UK.
Dr. Paul Woolley, Chairman of the advisory board and senior fellow, Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics
Paul Woolley's career has spanned the private sector, academia and policy-orientated institutions. He studied Economics at the University of York (UK) and held the Esmée Fairbairn Lectureship in Finance at York 1970-76, also serving as Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Committee on the EEC 1975-6. He then moved to the International Monetary Fund, initially as an Economist and later as Advisor and then head of the Division responsible to the Fund's borrowing and investment activities.Returning to the UK, he was for four years a Partner and Director on the main board of merchant bank, Baring Brothers. He returned to academic life in 2007, funding the Paul Woolley Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality at the London School of Economics. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Centre and a full-time member of the research team.