Vice President, MasterCard Labs
Steve is responsible for MasterCard’s Startup Engagement and Acceleration activities in Europe. As part of that role, Steve manages MasterCard’s Start Path Accelerator - a new, commerce-focused accelerator, aimed at supporting innovative European startup companies. The Start Path Accelerator helps early stage startups driving innovation across commerce to successfully scale. We are structured as a natural extension of other incubators, and are focused on helping startups overcome critical operational challenges and creating the opportunity to secure a pilot with a key customer. Prior to joining MasterCard, Steve spent eight years with Science Foundation Ireland, where he managed an investment portfolio of approximately €120m and ten years in various senior software development roles in a wide variety of industry verticals. Steve holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.
CEO & co-founder, CurrencyFair
Brett Meyers is the CEO and co-founder of CurrencyFair, the world’s first p2p foreign exchange marketplace. CurrencyFair’s unique matching system allows consumers and small businesses to transfer funds between bank accounts around the world at a fraction of the cost of traditional international SWIFT payments. Since launch in 2010, over €1.2 billion has been transferred, saving customers an estimated €60 million in bank charges. Brett himself has a background in both technology and finance. Prior to CurrencyFair, he led structured finance analytics teams at both JPMorgan and Law Debenture Asset Backed Solutions, and witnessed the rise and fall of complex securitisation structures. He believes that the recent financial crisis has shaken consumer trust in banks, and is a major factor in the current success of disruptive alternative financial services providers such as CurrencyFair.
Artie started working in HR in 1992. Computers, software and technology were hobbies at a young age. She switched careers in 1998 to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in the banking industry. In those days companies suffered from a noticeable gap between business and ICT departments. As a young female professional in ICT, Artie enjoyed making an effort towards closing this gap and taking the bridging role. She advanced her career in 2000 as an ICT manager with a Dutch investment bank. From 2004 she broadened her outlook and experience by working in sales, advisory and management consulting roles. From devotion and expertise through to concept and implementation. In 2010 she joined Rene Frijters’s team to build Knab from scratch within 2 years. Knab is a full service payments, savings and investments new generation bank. This project, named Bank of Tomorrow, was implemented in September 2012. She holds the position of CIO and is also a board member of Knab for business processes, testing, operations and IT management. It is her deep-rooted belief that results are achieved through people, people management, a great place to work, engaged employees and a culture of high performance. She places great importance on diversity in thinking and believes that if leaders focus on this it will encourage the company talent to work more effectively and add greater value to customers.
With years of experience in various positions at Boston Consulting Group, Rothschild and Goldman Sachs, Dominik Steinkühler has gathered extensive knowledge of the finance industry and risk management practices before co-founding Lendico in 2013. Dominik holds a Ph.D. in Business Sciences from the RWTH Aachen University.
Co-founder and CTO, Bancbox
At Bancbox Praveer is responsible for all aspects of core software development and operations infrastructure. With more than fourteen years of software development management experience, Praveer has managed the development of a wide range of technologies including payments, data security, online marketing platforms, and highly scalable applications. Prior to Bancbox, Praveer oversaw research and development of performance marketing engineering at Yahoo where he formed a working group to identify and solve issues related to the end-to-end latency of banner advertisements. Before that, Praveer was the lead architect of the Relevance-X platform currently used by Acxiom to leverage the direct marketing power of PersonicX in the online environment. Praveer has received a Master’s degree in System Science and Structural Engineering from Louisiana State University. He holds a bachelors degree from National Institute of Engineering Rourkela, India.
Fintech startup investor
Carina has spent most of her career in banking with special focus in direct banking. She was member of the founding team of ING Direct, where she became the CEO of ING Direct France and afterwards CEO of ING Direct in Spain. Carina is a believer of the profound changes that are completely reshaping the financial services industries due to the irruption of new technologies but specially to the new attitude and behavior of the consumers that obliges to rethink business and build customer centric companies. She is currently Board Member of Abanca and Reparalia and an investor in digital and fintech startups.
Head of International Biz Development, iwoca
Adrien is iwoca's Head of International Business Development. Before joining iwoca, Adrien had been working at Societe Generale's Corporate & Investment Banking division, and later at the French Association of Corporate Treasurers, advising corporates on foreign exchange and interest rate hedging strategies. iwoca (standing for "instant working capital") has been providing thousands of UK-based small businesses with flexible funding since 2012. iwoca has also launched in Poland in early 2014, in Spain in September 2014, and is about to launch in other European countries.
Co-founder and CEO, BancBox
Sanj is the Co-founder and CEO of BancBox. Sanj has set the strategic vision and execution for BancBox. Under Sanj’s leadership, BancBox has raised over $11M from first tier Silicon Valley VCs and grown to a company that manages over $3B of annual money movement and acts as the system of record of well in excess of $100M. BancBox was the first technology company to expose the robust functionality of banks through forward facing APIs that allow for the rapid development of payment applications. BancBox’s business is to leverage its payments and escrow expertise to build industry-specific payments applications that are compliant and scalable. Currently, BancBox is the premier payments company servicing the crowdfunding, alternative lending, and credit relief industry. Sanj continues to promote the BancBox API vision and is a regular speaker at industry conference such as Money2020, NextBank Europe, and several crowdfunding events. Prior to BancBox, Sanj spent several years in the online media industry including at Nextag and Yahoo, Inc. where he led the performance marketing team that developed and operated Yahoo’s Cost-per-Lead (CPL) line of business which launched multiple products (such as Yahoo Tagline in Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Cross Sell in Yahoo Games, etc). Sanj started his career as a corporate attorney specializing in Corporate Securities, M&A, and Privacy and he has considerable experience with the privacy and legal issues related to the marketing of consumer finance products. Sanj is a licensed real estate broker in California, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). Sanj graduated from Boston University School of Law (magna cum laude) and Duke University.
Head of Ventures & Innovation, Rabobank
Michael Dooijes is an international banking executive with extensive entrepreneurial experience. In the 2014 list of Bank Innovation, he is one of the people to watch in the financial sector. In the last 20+ years, Michael has lived and worked in different countries like the UK, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands being active in international business and sales management roles. Currently, Michael is Head of Ventures & Innovation at Rabobank Netherlands Bedrijven, looking after Rabobank's strategic direction in transaction banking with a team of 7 professionals. Rabobank is one of the largest banks in the world. His key responsibilities are (long-term) strategy, client centric innovative solutions and business development. Next to this role, Michael is CEO of a mobile payment startup, MyOrder. MyOrder provides merchants a platform for success in the m-commerce space. Rabobank is one of the first bank to acquire a m-commerce start-up and is a frontrunner and pioneer in this business. He is a regular key note speaker at international conferences on topics like corporate innovation and the future of mobile (payments). In addition to his professional career, he is involved in extracurricular activities, like the Bid Network Foundation (www.bidnetwork.org) and as coach for entrepreneurs. He is passionate on the innovative and social impact elements in life. Michael obtained his MBA degree from NYU Stern.
Innovation Facilitator, Group Flow
Mariela Atanassova (Mela) is a technologist and innovator with more than 17 years experience in the financial industry. She is a co-founder of Innotribe - SWIFT’s collaborative Innovation initiative where she gained hands-on experience with innovation management and processes, particularly open and collaborative innovation, product innovation and culture change. Currently Mela runs a practice as an innovation facilitator and collaboration designer, helping groups work better, learn and innovate. She uses a diverse palette of tools such as creativity techniques, graphic facilitation, design thinking and complex systems. She applies these in a variety of environments (workshops, software development projects, conferences), and in different industries (FinTech, Insurance, Biotech & Pharma, Education, Standardisation). She is an advisor to Startupbootcamp FinTech.
Co-founder and CEO, Digital Origin
Rolf Cederström is the co-founder and CEO of Digital Origin, a technology company delivering innovative financial services for the Spanish market. Prior to Digital Origin, he worked for over ten years in the financial sector in London at several investment banks, including Goldman Sachs & Co. There he also co-founded Ardent Advisors, a boutique investment bank focused on the Internet sector. He has a MSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Lund, Sweden, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Senior Economist, IOSCO
Shane has 20 years of financial markets experience, spanning the public sector, academia and private industry. Before joining IOSCO in 2011, he was employed as an Economist at ASIC, Australia's securities market regulator, for 3 years. In addition to his regulatory work experience, Shane, in 2008, was Senior Economic Advisor to Senator John Watson, within the Australian Federal Parliament, affording him the opportunity to provide advice on economic issues influencing the formation of Australian Government financial and economic policy. Prior to public sector experience, he was employed at the Australian National University where he taught and tutored several subjects in financial economics and finance theory. In 2007, he was awarded a PhD (Economics) by the Australian National University Before moving into academia in 2003, Shane spent 10 years working in private industry with such firms as Swiss Bank Corporation, UBS, Citibank and ABN AMRO across numerous financial centres including London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney. Shane's experience in these organisations has covered a broad range of markets including equities, foreign exchange, futures, credit products and a wide range of derivative products (both OTC and exchange traded).
MD & FS EALA Lead, Accenture Interactive
Joydeep is an experienced digital professional with significant experience in helping clients transform their businesses using digital. He currently leads Accenture’s digital customer channels and market practice for Financial Services in Europe and Latin America. Prior to joining Accenture, Joydeep ran the Financial Services Digital practice for SapientNitro. Joydeep has hands-on experience in working with leading banks across Europe and advising them on a variety of topics ranging from new customer propositions, operating models, emerging digital technologies and digital platforms. Some of his recent and relevant work includes helping define and set up a digital bank from start, creating a digital service unit for a leading UK bank, developing a new customer proposition using social for a leading South African bank, creating a personalised cross-sell and up-sell acquisition engine for a leading Italian bank, and defining a new direct wealth digital platform for a leading Irish bank. He has published several point of views on digital banking and is a passionate advocate of customer experience-led strategy.
Dominic Pym is an Australian businessman and technologist. He's been involved in software, web and mobile development for over 15 years from start-ups to global enterprises in Australia, the UK, the USA and throughout Asia. Dom has a passion for financial services, and has co-founded and invested in several FinTech start-ups over the past decade, most recently Ferocia where an extraordinary technology team has been assembled and they've partnered with a major Australian bank to re-imagine Internet Banking. Prior to his start-up experience Dom worked with SAP and SAP Markets, consulting in more than a dozen countries with over 40 multi-national enterprises (including several Fortune 500’s).
Senior Product Manager, Temenos, UK
Aaron Phethean is a Senior Product Manager for Temenos, UK. Since joining Temenos in 2006, he has met with 100’s of banks and been involved in almost as many integration, web service, and API projects. Aaron regularly contributes to open source projects, blogs, and has been instrumental in the open sourcing of Temenos’s API platform, IRIS. When he’s not trying to build great software, you’ll find Aaron riding mountain bikes in extreme conditions and often at eye watering speeds. Originally from New Zealand, Aaron is currently based in London and can be found on Twitter @aphethean or contacted directly via email [email protected]
Senior Innovation Manager, Intesa Sanpaolo
Roberta is Senior Innovation Manager for the European Region - Innovation Department at Intesa Sanpaolo, within the Corporate & Investment Banking Division. She engages with the ‘innovation ecosystem’ and is passionate about new trends pertaining to the financial industry. Her focus is on hi-tech start-ups and innovation-driven changes within corporate banking. She has previously worked on several projects such as the Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative in Italy and the Italian Innovation Days in the US. Roberta formerly held a position as Policy Officer at the European Commission - DG Research and, prior to that, at Banca Intesa as a Relationship Manager for US Corporates. Roberta works and lives in London. She grew up in Singapore, lived and worked in Milan and Brussels and is fluent in English, French and Italian.
Sr investment manager, XAnge Private Equity
Nicolas Debock, 36, spearheads the Paris-based private equity and venture capital firm’s investments in fintech venture and growth firms across Europe. XAnge, which has a total of €375 million of assets under management, has backed several fintech firms, including payments start-up The Currency Cloud, German online bank Fidor Bank and French crowdfunding platform KissKissBankBank. Before joining XAnge in 2011, Debock worked in the innovation and strategy department of French postal service Groupe La Poste, engaging with start-ups, venture capitalists and investors to gain insight into new trends that could affect the firm’s businesses. Debock was one of the founders of BarCampBank, a community that organises events on the future of banking and disruptions related to finance, and, in 2013, he organised Hack The Bank Paris, the first French fintech hackathon. Debock collects jazz vinyl records, enjoys cycling and playing rugby.
Founder, Anthemis Talent
Gavin's expertise lies in advising companies on recruiting, developing, and retaining high-performing talent and with them building world-class teams. As founder of Anthemis Talent, his 15+ years of experience in the industry is invaluable for clients and their portfolio companies to grow and develop their organisations. Prior to joining Anthemis Talent, Gavin ran the financial services talent business across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for Heidrick & Struggles. In his 13 years there, his client work included hiring the Chairman, CEO, COO, CTO and other C-Level executives across a range of sectors including fintech, payments, consumer financial services, corporate & investment banking, asset wealth & alternative investments, clearing & bpo. These clients have ranged from the world's most prestigious multi-nationals, to the most disruptive small start-ups. Gavin became one of the youngest partners in the firm's history at 29, and was recognised internally and externally as one of the very few executive search professionals who really understand the intersect point of the financial services industry with technology, change and innovation.
COO, Open Bank Project
Ismail Chaib is the Chief Operating Officer of Berlin-based Open Bank Project , an open source API and app store for banks. As such, he has been engaging with banks and promoting the use of APIs in the financial service industry for more than three years. He previously co-founded the award-winning startup SMSBridge. He graduated from the National School of Computer Science (ESI) in Algiers, Algeria.
Executive President, BBVA Data & Analytics
Dr. Marco Bressan is in charge of BBVA’s Big Data global initiative and Executive President for BBVA Data & Analytics. This includes the promotion and development of data services, data-centric operations and analytical competencies within the group. Until 2012, Marco was Chief Innovation Officer, Transportation and Government for Xerox Corporation, one of the leading providers of parking, tolling, enforcement and public transit services to governments globally. As CIO, he was responsible for the creation and execution of an innovation portfolio addressing long-term transportation and urban trends. Smart sensor systems, real-time public transit analytics or data- driven parking solutions are sample topics covered by the projects in this portfolio. Dr. Bressan was also responsible for the Services Innovation Laboratory at Xerox Research Centre Europe, based in Grenoble, France. The lab collaborated with over 50 academic and industrial institutions worldwide through a variety of government projects and open innovation initiatives. Some of the key competencies within the lab were analytics and optimization, machine learning, social network analytics, ethnography, services computing and services economics. As a researcher his background is in data science, statistical pattern recognition, machine learning and computer vision. Over 30 scientific publications and 10 patents are the result of his research work. A number of these contributions have served as a basis for the creation of new services, products and companies in the fields of data analytics, biometrics, satellite imaging and industrial vision. Dr. Bressan holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires, a M.Sc. in Computer Vision from the Computer Vision Centre in Spain and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Bressan is a member of the Industrial Liaison Committee of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He is an active member of the network of Argentinean researchers abroad and one of the founders of the Network of Computer Vision and Cognitive Science Researchers.
Executive Director, Bitcoin Foundation
Jon is an e-Money researcher and crypto-economist focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies. He advises startups in Bitcoin, gaming, mobile and prepaid. Jon joined the foundation as a board member, bringing a range of industry experience which spans both the technology and financial sectors. Prior to working with the Bitcoin community, Jon was CEO of Hushmail, an email service focused on user privacy and content encryption. He also held a senior position at VeriSign, the Silicon Valley-based domain registry operator. Jon has deep experience in international finance: he was Chief Forex Trader at VISA and prior to that he held a high-level post at Sumitomo Bank, Japan's second largest bank by assets. Jon earned his B.A. in Economics at George Washington University in 1985. He also studied Economics and Computer Software Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Founder and CEO, Kreditech
Sebastian, born in 1986, co-founder and CEO, built Kreditech based on his vision of building a digital bank that replaces branches by a data based online version of it. Founded in 2012, Kreditech has become the category leader in big data scoring and online lending worldwide. Sebastian is an expert in fundraising, growth management, company building, internationalization, big data technologies and the global fintech sector. He has previously held a management position at Rocket Internet and lead the market place Gigalocal as CEO. Prior to selling his first startup, PredictX, he gained experience at Deutsche Bank and Roland Berger. Sebastian holds a degree in management and strategy by the London School of Economics.
Head of Innovation, Rabobank
Harrie Vollaard is Head of Innovation at the Rabobank. Started the innovation department from scratch and built it to a department also responsible for trend watching and strategy. His team has a now a tremendous record of initiating major changes within the bank e.g. introducing the new way of working, collaboration with the FinTech industry, open banking and big data. Renewed the role of the department several times and is now focusing on open innovation, investments and spin offs.
Global Ambassador, Consult Hyperion
David G.W. Birch is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital money and digital identity. One of the 2014 “Power 50” in European digital financial services, in 2013 he was named one of WIRED magazine’s global top 15 favourite sources of news from the world of business and finance and was ranked the no.1 influencer in European emerging payments by Total Payments magazine. Dave is a Director of Consult Hyperion, the technical and strategic consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions. Here he provides consultancy support to clients around the world, including all of the leading payment brands, major telecommunications providers, governments bodies and international organisations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. Described at the Oxford Internet Institute as “one of Britain’s most acute observers of the internet and social networks”, in The Telegraph as “one of the world’s leading experts on digital money”, in The Independent as a "grade-A geek" and by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as "one of the most user-friendly of the UK's uber-techies", Dave is well-known for his thought leadership blogging, podcasts and events for Consult Hyperion’s Tomorrow’s Transactions series. He has lectured to MBA level on the impact of new information and communications technologies and contributed to publications ranging from the Parliamentary IT Review to Prospect. He wrote a Guardian column for many years. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world. Retail Systems magazine said that his recent book “Identity is the New Money” is bold, forward thinking [and] grapples with weighty issues in a concise and accessible way. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics.
Co-Editor in Chief, Informilo
Ben Rooney was the technology editor for The Wall Street Journal in Europe before leaving the paper to join Informilo. In a long and award-winning career Rooney was the launch editor of the UK’s first daily online web newspaper, the Electronic Telegraph, in November 1994 having joined the newspaper’s foreign desk operation three years previously. He went on to edit the technology section for the UK’s leading quality broadsheet before leaving the paper in 2000 just in time for the dotcom bust. After setting up the European operation for a West-Coast start-up (or dotcom as they were known in those days) which successfully exited, Rooney became a freelance writer for UK newspapers and magazines, writing for the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian amongst others. For five years Rooney was also a PHP and Ruby on Rails web developer before joining The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of four books and was voted Tech Journalist of the Year in 2013 by his peers.
Consulting Manager, Carlisle & Gallagher
Sam Maule serves as a Consulting Manager at Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group. He joined the firm in June 2011 focusing on the Cards & Payments Community of Practice. In this role, Sam provides industry subject matter knowledge and experience to CG’s Financial Services clients in support of projects such as Consumer and Commercial Card portfolio management, emerging payments, Loyalty & Prepaid, and on-line/mobile banking. Prior to CG, Sam held management positions with TSYS in a number of Consumer and Commercial Card roles to include digital card management, mobile, loyalty & prepaid, and consultative services. These positions were focused both on domestic and international clients and included several years living abroad in the UK in support of the TSYS Europe Client base. Sam is an active voice in the FinTech Social Media space and his contributions led to his recognition as one of Bank Innovation’s 2013 & 2014 Banking Innovators To Watch listing.
Journalist, Financial News
Anna Irrera is a journalist at Financial News, a Dow Jones newspaper in London, where she writes about financial technology and market structure. She joined Dow Jones in 2012 as an online reporter for Financial News. She moved to the UK from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she was a trainee with Thomson Reuters, working for the English language newswire service. She holds M.S. degree (with honors) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and a graduate degree in law from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. Between journalism and law school, Anna worked at the Italian national publication ItaliaOggi, covering law and taxes. She is the author of “Prendo a calci il sole - Bahia, i bambini, la strada,” 13 true stories of Brazilian meninos de rua, a project she began while a visiting student at Harvard University in 2007. Anna is fluent in English, Italian and Portuguese.
Co-founder, FinTech Forum DACH
Samarth is the co-founder of FinTech Forum DACH, the first hub for fintech startups, investors and banks focused on the German-speaking / CEE region. Samarth was named to the Wall Street Journal / Financial News FinTech 40: "Leaders in FinTech" / "40 Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance". He is the founder & MD of TechFluence, a Frankfurt-based boutique advisory firm and "do tank", and author of the 1st Study of FinTech Startups in DACH. Before founding TechFluence in 2012, Samarth worked at Capgemini Deutschland, HCL Tech / DSL (a Deutsche Bank JV), OrbiTech (Citigroup software spin-off), and PricewaterhouseCoopers. His experience includes over 14 years in sales, business development, and consulting in the financial services and IT sector, of which the last 9 years focused on Germany / Continental Europe- and on getting fluent in German! In the last six years he generated qualified opportunities worth ~€7 Billion TCV across more than 30 different tech offerings ranging from startups to the largest financial technology and IT services firms, and grew revenues from €12mn to €22mn within three years as HCL's Account Manager for Deutsche Bank. Samarth has degrees in engineering (Computer Science, BIT Mesra) and an MBA (Strategy & Marketing, IIM Calcutta).
Senior VP, Celent
Daniel W. Latimore, CFA, is the Senior Vice President of Celent’s Banking group and is based in the firm’s Boston office. Mr. Latimore’s areas of focus include the banking ecosystem, digital and omnichannel banking, and core systems. Underlying each area is a keen interest in consumer behavior, innovation, and technology-enabled strategy. Mr. Latimore has been widely quoted in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, American Banker, Boston Globe, CNBC, and CNBC Europe. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and client gatherings, having addressed audiences ranging from intimate meetings of CEOs and central banks to conference keynotes in more than a dozen countries. He led research groups at Deloitte and IBM, worked in industry Liberty Mutual and Merrill Lynch (where he lived in New York, Tokyo and London), and was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He received a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA institute.
Innovation Strategist at BeeOne
Oriol has been working hard over the last 4 years to help banks evolve their businesses and organizations to a digital-centric model to overcome disruptive change. In his role of Innovation Strategist at BeeOne GmbH, the digital innovation enterprise of Erste Group Bank, he leads activities and projects making Erste Group Bank a leading player in customer experience and new technologies adoption. Prior to his current role, he worked for Caixabank in the e-channels and innovation unit and for Capgemini Consulting in the innovation and strategy fields. Oriol has been on the board of Mobey Forum since April 2014.
Co-Founder and Partner, Lend Academy
Jason Jones is a Co-Founder and Partner at Lend Academy, a media and investment services firm in the online lending sector. Prior to Lend Academy, Jason founded HighStep Capital, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage Internet and financial services companies. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of iFunding, an online real estate investment platform; and on the Board of Advisors of iMENA, a Middle Eastern Internet holding company. Previously, Jason worked at J. Goldman & Co. where he was a Sr. Analyst for an Internet focused long/short equity portfolio. In addition, he worked as an internet equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs, a venture capital research analyst at Cambridge Associates, and as a trade settlements associate at Fidelity Investments. Jason holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University where he was a Park Leadership Fellow and a BS from Babson College. He is originally from the Boston area and he currently resides in the NYC area.
Author & Serial Technologist
Acclaimed author, keynote speaker and serial entrepreneur Peter Hinssen is one of Europe’s thought leaders on disruptive innovation. He has moved on from a deep passion for all things technology to believing that digital is ‘merely’ a spark, an enabler and that networks are the true drivers of progress. Peter collaborates with organisations that want to understand and leverage how digital has disrupted entire industries and business models. Through disruptive, organisational and digital inspiration, he helps them to survive the fast flowing network our environment has become. And shows them how they can thrive in it. Peter is co-founder of nexxworks and Across Group as well as Chairman of Across Technology. He lectures at various business schools in Europe like the London Business School, is a Senior Industry Fellow at the ‘Center for Digital Transformation’ of the ‘The Paul Merage School of Business’ at UC Irvine and functions as a board advisor on disruptive and digital innovation.
Advisor, Fintech Startups and Former CEO, SWIFT
Mr. Lázaro Campos is a management advisor and board member in digital payment ventures. He is a Non-Exec Director of miiCard Ltd (a start-up offering digital trust and online identity verification based on bank-account data), and a member of the Advisory Board of Payoneer Inc. (an industry-leading global business payment platform). Mr Campos served as the Chief Executive Officer of SWIFT, the global banking network, from April 2007 until July 2012 where he defined and led an ambitious strategy to re-position company as a commercially driven, customer centric, efficient and innovative cooperative . Launched innovation drive that positioned company as catalyst for innovation in industry (Innotribe.com). Performed turnaround during financial crisis, decreasing costs by 30%, improving operational performance, while launching innovative new products. Doing all this in a highly complex governance environment: cooperative with 25 member board and strict G-10 Central Bank oversight. Prior to that he held numerous executive and senior management positions. Before joining SWIFT, he served in the international division of Banc Agricol. Mr. Campos has over 25 years of international financial services and telecommunications experience. Most recently, Mr Campos has been appointed member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Digital Financial Services (DFS) Platform Enablers group in support of financial inclusion for the poor.
Partner, SBT Venture Capital
Matteo Rizzi is a General Partner in SBT Venture Capital, a 100 M USD Fin-Tech fund launched in 2013 by Sberbank, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. Previously, Matteo worked at SWIFT for 12 years. At SWIFT, he co-founded Innotribe and created the Innotribe Startup Challenge, positioning SWIFT as the facilitator of collaborative innovation in the financial industry. In 2007 he created www.swiftcommunity.net, the collaborative space for SWIFT’s financial eco-system. In 2003, he founded one of the first social networks, www.italiansonline.net, which today is the world’s largest Italian expatriate portal. Prior to joining SWIFT, Matteo spent 10 years in the IT-networking sales industry, leading the international expansion of a large IBM networking products wholesaler. Matteo holds a master’s degree in computer science and a post-graduate degree in financial transactions. A truly multi-cultural European, he conducts business in French, Italian, Spanish and English.
Co-founder & Director, Anthemis Edge
Samantha brings an unusual mix of corporate, start up and academic experience. Co-founder of Anthemis Edge, the group’s strategic advisory, expert network, design firm and talent collective, Samantha drives the growth of the business, sits on the board of AgileCI, mentors startups, and collaborates with several universities. With over 15 years of international experience in financial services, at RBS, First Data and American Express, Samantha focuses on the emergent in finance: business models, customer needs, assets, technologies and organisational design. Originally from Turin, Italy, Samantha graduated from the London School of Economics and lives in Barcelona with her young family. She has travelled over 40 countries and her first published book ‘20,000 miles with my rucksack‘ is a good read for adventure travellers.
Co-Founder & CEO, Kantox
Philippe Gelis is Co-Founder and CEO of the pioneering foreign exchange services provider, Kantox, established in 2011. He has overseen Kantox’s consolidation as an over 600 corporate client strong leader in the alternative foreign exchange provider sector. Kantox traded over $600 million and is on target to meet its 2014 goal of $1 billion. Its rapid, remarkable growth is attributed to the company’s underlying principles: transparency, efficiency and fairness. Before founding Kantox, Philippe worked as a strategy consultant for Deloitte and Axis Corporate, from 2007. He holds a Master of Business Strategy and a Master of Business Administration with a specialisation in business strategy, both attained at Toulouse Business School.
CEO Fidor TecS
Frank Schwab joined Fidor TecS AG as CEO in January 2014. Fidor TecS enables disruptive digital banking by reshaping the customer relationship through technology. Before he worked as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey. In more than 20 years at Deutsche Bank Frank was the chief architect of the retail banking division, director of European co-ordination and head of internet banking. Frank is a pioneer of Online Banking, Mobile Banking and Touch Point Banking and a winner of three European Awards for the New Online Banking, Mobile Banking and Touch Banking at Q110 - The Deutsche Bank of the Future. He also lectured „Creativity and Innovation Management“ at Mannheim Business School and “Information Management in Finance & Insurance” at Wiesbaden Business School.
Peter Vander Auwera
Peter Vander Auwera is an independent thinker, creator and sense-maker. Peter’s ambition is to inspire other people to dream. He loves connecting with experts, musicians and artists of all kinds to bring out the very best in them. He works and lives with them to fully demonstrate his dedication and integrity so that others will want to join the projects as well. His dreams are about creation, novelty, beauty, and mastery. He can get pretty excited about design and real disruptive transformation through multidisciplinary teams. He is less excited about technology for technology’s sake, but more about its application and societal impact. Foresight scenario thinking and practices intrigue him, as well as non-linear-thinking. He likes a mix of solitary desk-research, combined with meeting great people and creating serendipities and intensities. He likes the smell of “stage” and creating uniqueness. He has an urge to challenge the status quo. He is Co-Founder of Innotribe, the innovation initiative of SWIFT. Main architect and content creator of Innotribe at Sibos. Project lead of the Digital Asset Grid. Prior to SWIFT, Peter was at Microsoft as EAI Solution Sales and Business Development Manager for Microsoft’s Electronic Identity Card plans in Belgium, for which he received in 2005 the Microsoft Chairman’s Award. Peter is on the Board of www.happathon.com, is advisor and investor in www.NextBank.org, and sits on the Advisory Board of several organisations and start-ups. Peter is also a member of the WEF expert group on Personal Data, and the REXpedition, a think-tank for the Relationship Economy. Peter is founder of Corporate Rebels United, a movement to unite corporate rebels worldwide to ensure that true change happens virally, and Charter Member of Change Agents Worldwide. Peter is a frequent speaker, including TEDxNewWallStreet and TEDxChange. Throughout his career, he has won several innovation- and going-beyond awards. Peter is Belgian, Flemish primitive, married to Mieke and the proud father of an 8-year-old daughter. Peter is very active on social media, blogs regularly at http://petervan.wordpress.com and has a very engaged Twitter following community @petervan. You can find more about Peter at http://about.me/petervanderauwera.
MD, Startupbootcamp FinTech
Nektarios is Greek and resides in London where he works for Startupbootcamp FinTech. He has worked in the financial industry since 1997 in various guises. From 2010 - 2013 he worked with Innotribe “enabling collaborative innovation in the financial industry”. This involved connecting bankers, investors, startups and everyone in between via the Innotribe Startup Challenge, the Innotribe Incubator, Innotribe Conferences and all things Innotribe. Despite more than 15 years in the industry he has never felt more passionate and enthusiastic about his work as now. He was involved in the formation of SWIFT in 2004 and before that he worked for Clearstream Banking and Octopussy.
Aldo de Jong
Co-founder, Claro Partners
Aldo helps corporations and startups to navigate disruptive change. With Claro he provides business innovation and service design in the context of disruptive changes in society and business, such as the personal data economy, internet of things (IoT), new models of ownership and value exchange networks. Aldo is a strategist with a strong analytical capability and business acumen, coupled with creativity and passion for understanding people. He understands what it takes to take an initiative through the organization to the marketplace. He focuses on working with change-makers in industries affected by disruption, like telecoms, technology, financial services and media and with disruptive start-ups. Prior to founding Claro, he was a founding member of the Barcelona office of Smart Design and worked in various commercial and marketing roles at General Electric. He holds an MBA from IESE in Barcelona and an MSc Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology.