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.
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.
Alain Falys, Co-Founder & CEO, Yoyo Wallet
Alain Falys is a serial tech entrepreneur, an executive and an investor, with an affinity for useful financial technologies and e-commerce. He is the co-founder & chief executive officer of Yoyo Wallet, the fastest growing mobile payment and loyalty marketing platform in Europe. In 2000, he co-founded and ran OB10, the world’s largest electronic invoicing network that floated on the London AIM stock market as Tungsten Corporation Plc. He is a partner of Firestartr.co, a group of investors which provides seed-stage capital to Europe’s most innovative internet and software businesses, and worked with an elite network of expert advisors. Also co-founded Omnis Mundi, an e-commerce incubator, with successful startups such as BuyVip sold to Amazon in 2010. Falys previously worked as senior vice president at Visa International.
Ben Chisell, Product Director, Starling Bank
As Starling Bank’s product director, Chisell jointly manages the product and design team, using data to improve the relationship between customers and their money, and to help the business make better decisions. Chisell was previously product lead for Amazon Video, and is keen to bring their brand of customer obsession to Starling. He spent four years in London and California leading the development of eBay’s search engine and its first steps into machine-learning. After working for large, US-headquartered tech companies, he joined Starling because he wanted to solve problems that could have a meaningful impact on people’s lives, and to help develop an exciting new tech brand in London from the ground up.
Nikolay Storonsky, CEO and Founder, Revolut
Nikolay Storonsky is the chief executive officer and founder of Revolut. Prior to founding Revolut, he worked as an equity derivatives trader at Credit Suisse. Before that he worked at Lehman Brothers’ emerging markets trading desk in 2006. After experiencing the high fees applied to foreign exchange transactions, he decided to quit his job to launch Revolut.
Dr. Nick Dove, JH Dragon Network
Nick Dove has advised governments, development agencies and financial institutions, notably on banking sector health in a macro-economic context. He has written authoritative reports on Sovereign Wealth Funds and infrastructure investment; and was recently an expert contributor to the report for the Irish Parliament on Ireland’s Banking Crisis. From 2005-8, he project managed a high-level study group based in the UK looking at the impact of natural resource wealth on Kazakhstan’s growth and financial stability. In 2009, he was appointed by the National Bank of Kazakhstan to advise on financial sector restructuring needs following the banking crisis there. Recently, he and John Howell co-authored the report “Principles for Working with the Private Sector” for the Heads of the MDBs.
Gary Wright, Founder and Managing Director, Block Asset Technologies
Gary Wright is a leader in financial market innovation based on in depth knowledge of financial markets processes and specialising in data. Creator of business cases for new products and services in financial markets. CEO of Blockchain firm Block Asset technologies providing business cases for software development. The alternative provider of data for financial markets and management of change. High quality manager experienced in some of the world’s top banks and involved in major changes in financial markets as a solution provider. A blogger and writer of renown on topics impacting the financial services industry. The objective is always never to fear change and to make tangible and measurable improvements in operational areas.
Jon Pearson, Founder & Director, Deutsche Bank Labs
Jon Pearson is the founding member and currently the innovation director of Deutsche Bank Labs. Leading with 19 years’ experience in product development, multi-platform customer experience strategy, design and implementation across multiple sectors and territories. Jon has set up and managed world-class global programmes of work, delivering strategic solutions across both public and private sectors. Specialising in technology innovation, product development, customer experience strategy, experience architecture, and interface design. Jon manages Senior Stakeholder engagement, large multi-disciplined teams both on and off shore, to deliver innovative solutions across multiple channels ranging from; open API platforms, Search, Customer Relationship Management, Mobile, IoT, interactive TV, Machine Learning and Distributed Ledger technology.
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. He has run a London-based office, which managed hedge funds and was active in private equity. 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. 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.
Mr. Dave Wallace, Global COO, Mirium Agency
Mirum is a borderless agency of over 2,400 digital savants, storytellers, makers and relentlessly curious minds that are united by an uncommon drive to make what’s next. Active in 24 countries, Mirum works across a global network of expertise to transform business, design innovative digital experiences and activate commerce at a global and local level. Wallace is also the global COO and chief executive officer of HeathWallace, a specialist UX, design and development shop focusing on financial services. Clients of HeathWallace are some of the largest banks in the world, including Schwab in the UK, RBS and HSBC.
Mr. Paul Say, Marketing Lead, The Floow Limited and Owner & Director, Say-DE Consulting
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.
Mr. Simon Webb, Global Executive Creative Director, HeathWallace
HeathWallace is a specialist in designing and developing highly usable and commercially effective websites for leading financial service companies. Simon Webb is part of the original HeathWallace team, founded in 2001, which now operates out of seven offices around the world as part of the Mirum network. Webb has been instrumental in developing a culture that nurtures skills and ideas from all those involved in the design process which has proven fundamental in enabling businesses to realise their full potential and deliver large-scale customer experience solutions. Webb will talk about insight-led planning combined with collaborative, creative thinking as part of delivering an engaging end-to-end experience design. His work has been recognised at the Webby Awards, CIM Marketing Excellence and UXUK Awards.
Mr. Lukas Zoerner, Founder and CEO, Mespo
Lukas Zörner is one of the prominent voices from the millennial generation in London’s financial technology (fintech) community. He is regularly featured in fintech events organised by Lloyd's Banking Group, Money 20/20 and other organisations. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Mespo, an app that lets people monitor and manage their finances across different accounts. Mespo identifies savings opportunities in personal finances and offers customers better alternatives directly through their chat-based platform. Before founding Mespo, Zörner worked in Morgan Stanley's investment banking division advising power & utility companies across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Zörner will give a perspective of the so-called "FinTeen" and the expectations of his generation when it comes to frictionless usage of technology in daily lives.
Mr. Jean-Stephane Gourevitch, CEO & Co-Founder, Mobile Convergence Ecosystems
Jean-Stéphane Gourévitch is a thought leader on digital payments, mobile money, digital banking, mobile commerce, financial technology (fintech), the data economy and innovation ecosystem with over 25 years global experience at senior management levels. Gourévitch is a mentor and advisor to fintech, insurance technology (insurtech) and digital technologies start-ups and to young entrepreneurs in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin and North America. He will share his expertise in strategy, business development, regulatory affairs, public policy, government relations, stakeholder relationship management and communication. Gourévitch has held senior management positions with international telecom operators Orange, France Telecom, Verizon Business and has worked for OFCOM, the UK digital communications regulator.
Mr. Dinis Guarda, CEO and Chief Strategy Officer, Board of Directors, Humaniq
Humaniq is an ethereum-based blockchain banking app building the next generation model for financial services. Launched in 2016, Humaniq aims to provide mobile finance to the two billion unbanked populations through its mobile app that uses biometric authentication to replace traditional methods of ID and security. Guarda is focusing on converting the most advanced technology for sustainable development in the undeveloped world. He is a published author and active in various initiatives that use blockchain and other technologies to advance the greater good in society. He will share with us how disruptive innovation, big data, social media, and technology are disrupting and opening new opportunities for the education, business and financial technology (fintech) world.
Mr. David Gyori, CEO, Banking Reports
David Gyori is a globally renowned FinTech consultant, trainer, author and keynote speaker. He is CEO of Banking Reports Ltd London, providing top quality ‘FinTech Training for Bankers’ all over the world. In addition, Gyori holds a number of key international positions: He is founding member of the World FinTech Association as well as member of the panel of judges of the European FinTech Awards. He is co-author of ‘The FINTECH Book’, published by Wiley and Sons in 2016, quickly becoming a global category best-seller. Gyori is faculty member of the Retail Banking Academy (London), one of the most prestigious banker-training facilities globally. He serves on the advisory board of multiple FinTech companies in the United Kingdom.
Ms. Kully Johal, Director, Founder, Amaryllis Ventures
Kully Johal is a leading angel investor and advocate for supporting and promoting UK cybersecurity start-ups. She works with and invests in businesses at idea stage. As a mentor and coach to tech start-ups and founders, Johal’s key focus is on fundraising, investment planning, business strategy, business development, finance and operations to create maximum value for all stakeholders. Johal has spent the last ten years as venture capitalist, seed investor and executive CFO for high-tech businesses backed by corporate venture funds, private equity and venture capital; these include BP Castrol, QinetiQ and Coller Capital. Johal is a regular member of an advisory group brought together by DCMS and the Cyber Growth Partnership.
Mr. Peter Randall, CEO, SETL
Peter Randall is spearheading the SETL initiative as SETL’s CEO. Credited with revolutionising the equity exchange market in Europe through the establishment of Chi-X Europe Ltd, Peter led the company’s growth as founder and CEO, from an unknown multilateral trading facility to become one of the top 5 trading venues in Europe by volumes traded. Subsequently, Peter was appointed CEO of Equiduct, where he restructured the business, and turned it into the fastest growing trading platform in Europe in 2012. Prior to Equiduct and Chi-X, Peter was COO at Instinet Europe Ltd, and Executive Director of FIX Protocol Ltd.
Ms. Liliana Reasor, Founder, Novus Ordo Capital
Liliana Reasor is the founder of Novus Ordo Capital, a venture capital company focusing on UK financial technology (fintech) ventures. She is also the founder of SupraFin, a global digital growth accelerator for fintech companies. Reasor is a thought leader and heavily involved in the fintech start-up ecosystem in the UK as a fintech mentor, coach and investor judge. Prior to starting Novus Ordo Capital, she worked in fintech-related roles at Moody’s Analytics and Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Securities and JP Morgan. Reasor was selected one of the 100 Global Fintech Women Influencers and Leaders by Innovate Finance in 2015 and in 2016.
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. Amar Singh, CEO and Founder of Cyber Management Alliance
Amar Singh is engaged as a business and cyber security advisor and interim C level executive by organisations which need to reduce their risk exposure, deploy post incident remediation, build security teams, increase cyber resiliency and mature their information security and data privacy posture. His client profile includes Siemens, the BBC, Reuters, BP, ATOS, Gala Coral, Cable & Wireless, SABMiller and many more. In addition, Singh acts as a resident consultant on information security product development and market direction for several organisations based in the US and the UK. He is also retained as a senior analyst at Kuppinger Cole and chairs ISACA's UK security advisory group.
Emmanuel Daniel,Chairman, The Asian Banker
Emmanuel Daniel is the founder and chairman of The Asian Banker, the foremost financial services industry intelligence provider in the world. He is also the founder of The Banking Conversation, an online repository of interviews with a wide range of global thought leaders and opinion shapers. Emmanuel has an established reputation for incisive commentary and analysis of critical issues affecting the industry and the business world in general. He is also sought after for a wide range of confidential boardroom sessions at leading institutions on developments in the industry; and has served in various government advisory committees on business leadership and the financial services industry. Emmanuel has led The Asian Banker to become the leading industry research, publication and consulting house, with a strong reputation worldwide.
Matt Dooley,International Resource Director, Host of The Asian Banker Silicon Valley Innovation Tour
Matt Dooley, a well respected authority on banking innovation will be the chairman of this tour. He is the founder and director of Connected Thinking, providing digital strategy, marketing, and training to banks. Dooley is a member of the Next Bank team with over 20 years international experience driving change at two of the world’s leading banks, across three continents. He was global head of Internet strategy and head of digital experience for the global commercial banking division in HSBC. He pioneered HSBC’s global Internet design standards as a result of establishing the first Internet banking platform back in 2000. Dooley stays abreast of the latest trends in mobile and virtual technology as well as social media and is instrumental in helping participants develop their own personal disciplines in handling these areas.
Mr. Ian Kerr, CEO, Bolero
Ian Kerr was appointed chief executive officer of Bolero in May 2014. He has 30 years’ experience in financial technology in a range of organisations starting with NCR and including IBM, payments and banking solution providers. Kerr has the responsibility to lead Bolero over the next phases of global growth through the development of the company’s digitised trade solutions. He has been based in the US and Singapore, as well as the UK through his career and is a regular speaker at international trade and technology events. Kerr holds a BSc from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Mr. Pierre F. Suhrcke, Venture Partner, Tempocap
Suhrcke is one of the leading financial technolo experts in Europe. He has been investing in successful Fintech firms since the early 2000. He is venture partner at Tempocap a European technology, as well as a board member of Acorus Capital, a Hong Kong based Private Equity firm. Prior to that, Suhrcke spent more than 17 years in various senior management positions in investment banking at Deutsche Bank in London and Frankfurt. These roles included European head at Deutsche Bank’s Capital Venture Partners, deputy head of equities, and global head of risk management. He was a partner of ABS Ventures, which acquired most of Deutsche Bank’s venture portfolio (80 companies) through a management buyout. Suhrcke had been on the board of over 20 successful private companies in the US and Europe, among them global market leaders such as Adeptra, RiskMetrics, and Trema.
Mr. Supun King-Jayawardana, Head of Innovation Lab, London, Commonwealth Bank
Supun is currently leading the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's (CBA) London Innovation Lab. He is responsible for engaging with the UK and European fintech community, to explore emerging technologies and new business models in financial services. Before moving to London in 2016, Supun was a founding member of CBA's first Innovation Lab in Sydney, Australia. At CBA, he has also held roles in corporate strategy within the institutional and capital markets banking division. Prior to joining CBA, Supun was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman Financial Services.
Mr. Jason Bates, Co-Founder, 11:FS
Bates is co-founder at 11:FS, he leads delivery teams in work across the financial services market to help banks drive digital transformation and help them deliver ‘truly digital banking’. Bates has spent the last three years creating, building, and testing next generation digital banking propositions in the wild. He co-founded two new digital banks (Monzo and Starling) and as chief customer officer created the propositions, built product teams, led the design development of the award winning Monzo app, and defended the regulatory application with the FCA / PRA. Bates also co-hosts every week 11:FS Fintech Insider, the top financial technology (fintech) podcast listened to in over 150 countries.
Mr. David M. Brear, CEO, 11:FS
David M. Brear is the Co-Founder and CEO at 11:FS. Brear has been immersed in the technology of financial services for as long as he’s been working and is consistently voted one of the most influential people in banking, insurance and fintech by banks, his peers and a number of industry bodies. His CV takes in senior roles at banks, insurers, research and analysis firms and consultancies. He spends his time these days helping banks, insurers, regulators and governments be better and has established 11:FS, along with other industry household names, to become a truly subject matter expert led source of benchmarking, research, advice and investment for banks and fintech. Brear also co-hosts every week 11:FS Fintech Insider, the top fintech podcast listened to in over 150 countries.
Mr. Luca Schnettler, Founder and CEO, HealthyHealth
Luca Schnettler is the founder and chief executive officer of HealthyHealth, a company using lifestyle data to precisely predict 150-200 medical conditions and use this data to create customer engaging improvement plans. Schnettler is especially interested in using digital methods to rethink traditional industries and modernising peoples access to healthcare and insurance.