Top tier speaker panel
Christian Visti Larsen holds 15 years of experience in the banking and payment sector. Christian has held management positions with Danske Bank, KPMG and was one of the first to obtain an e-money license from the Danish FSA. Prior to NewBanking, he was CFO and head of strategy for the biggest European blockchain payment gateway.
CEO, NewBanking ApS & Member of the Virtual Currencies Working Group - Payment System Expert Group, EU commission
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. David holds a number of key international positions: He is Founding Member of the World FinTech Association and Member of the Panel of Judges of the European FinTech Awards as well as the UK National Technology Awards. He is the co-author of ‘The FINTECH Book’, published by Wiley and Sons in 2016, quickly becoming a global category best-seller. David 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.
CEO, Banking Reports & Co-Author, The Fintech Book
Peter Oakes is the founder of Fintech Ireland and Board Director at TransferMate & Susquehanna International. Regarded internationally as a fintech, regtech, central banking and financial regulation expert who has immense experience in helping businesses navigate through the complex technological, strategic, financing and regulatory issues, Peter has been working on fintech initiatives since 2009. His cumulative background as a lawyer (Ireland, UK and Australia), non-executive director, former Board Director and Chief Risk Officer at Bank of America Merchant Services Europe and former Director of the Central Bank of Ireland gives him unique and uncompromised experience to help drive payments and fintech.
Founder, Fintech Ireland, Board Director, TransferMate & Susquehanna International
UK / Ireland
Fabrizio Villani, co-founder, and head of growth of fintastico, is a pioneer of fintech sector with great knowledge on fintech and latest trends. Fabrizio has been involved in the launch of several fintech startups in Spain like Kantox and NoviCap. In 2016 he was one of the ten top selected Insurtech IoT leader according to Insurance Nexus and InsurTechNews. At the beginning of 2017, he created Fintastico, an international project with one mission: make consumers' lives easier by helping them to discover innovative financial services that help people better manage their personal economy, save money and enjoy more life.
Co-founder & Head of Growth, Fintastico
As the Global Head, Financial Services RegTech, Risk & Regulatory Compliance Affairs, for Hitachi, Nirvana is the business owner and strategic leader for Hitachi’s Financial Services RegTech business. A thought leader and pioneer in the Financial Services RegTech sector, she is a global compliance, operations and risk expert across multiple Financial Services sectors, global regulations, and jurisdictions. As the former Head of Regulatory Reporting at KPMG, she has to lead the business, practice, and development for Regulatory Transaction Reporting. She has served as a lead regulatory expert across Trade, Transaction, Periodic, and Positional reporting requirement under various global regulations including, but not limited to: MiFID, MiFID2/MiFIR, EMIR, REMIT, DFA, SEC, CFTC, Hong Kong TR, Canadian TR, ASIC TR, Commodities Position Reporting, and Threshold reporting requirements. She has over 18 years of senior experience in the Financial Services industry. Between 2014-2015 she was appointed as the lead expert on a European Regulatory body on the MiFID II/MiFIR Transaction Reporting Technical Standards, and Instrument Reference Data Standard, as well as writing the approach for their consultation paper.
Global Head, Financial Services RegTech, Risk & Regulatory Compliance Affairs, Hitachi Data Systens
With over 16 years cyber security experience, Robert has established and managed security operations center for both the UK government and large multinational organizations. He is an experienced and proven leader with many years’ experience of briefing senior management, and well versed both in proactively defending against cyber threats, and managing the aftermath when things have gone wrong. As deputy head of the UK Government’s Cyber Security Operations Centre, Robert played a key role in preparations for the London Olympics where he led the development of incident response measures and was responsible for the cyber exercise program. Robert’s cyber security career started at UBS where he undertook risk assessments and architecture reviews. From there he moved to the UK Government, assessing cyber threats to the national infrastructure before he established and led a forensic analysis team, a role which took him from malware analysis to incident management and recovery. Now providing independent consultancy services, Robert has published cyber security articles in a number of specialist magazines and is a frequent commentator on cyber issues for television and radio. Robert is also an Associate Fellow for Cyber at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
Founder of the Cyber Security Expert
John is the founder and Managing Director/CEO of Australian Securities Exchange listed iSignthis Ltd (ASX : ISX). John holds qualifications in engineering (University of Western Australia), law, and business (University of Melbourne), with a broad understanding of international regulatory regimes as they relate to payments, money laundering, and identity. John has over 20 years' experience across a number of sectors including payments, online media, AML, defense and secure communications. In particular, John’s experience includes the application of technology to assist with remote enhanced due diligence, across a number of FATF legislative model jurisdictions. Areas of relevant expertise include the identity verification requirements for eIDAS, 3AMLD, 4AMLD, JMLSG and CySec. John has previously been Managing Director/CEO of Australian Securities Exchange publicly traded ReelTime Media Ltd (ASX : RMA) and Director/CEO of Data & Commerce Ltd (ASX : PNW).
CEO and Managing Director of iSignthis
Gert Heynderickx is legal counsel and company secretary at the European Payments Council (EPC). He is responsible for the regulatory management and general legal and compliance matters, as well as for all aspects of corporate governance relevant to the EPC association. Gert manages and coordinates the activities of the EPC General Assembly, Board, Nominating and Governance Committee and Compliance and Adherence Committee. The EPC, representing payment service providers, supports and promotes European payments integration and development, notably the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). Prior to joining the EPC, Gert has worked as legal counsel at Euroclear in a variety of domains, with a focus on European regulatory management. He also acted as Compliance Officer and Data Protection Officer.
Legal Counsel & Company Secretary, European Payments Council
Francisco joined the European Monetary Institute, the forerunner of the European Central Bank, in May 1995. Francisco participated in the development of the TARGET system (the Real Time Gross Settlement system for the euro). Since June 2005 he has been working in the Market Integration Division in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments of the European Central Bank. With almost 20 years of experience in Market Infrastructures, as Deputy Head of Division Francisco conducts policy work aiming for further harmonisation and integration of payments at European and global level, including clearing and settlement. Francisco holds a master’s degree in computer science from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain).
Deputy Head of Division - Market Integration, Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments, European Central Bank
Megan is Director of Marketplace Platform at Starling Bank, where she leads API Strategy, partnerships and the development of the Marketplace Platform. Starling Bank is a leading challenger bank in the UK that was founded in 2014 by Anne Boden, former COO of Allied Irish Bank. In 2015 they raised $70 million in their first round of funding and received their official banking license. Prior to Starling, Megan worked in technology in San Francisco, having led product development at Intuit and Xero, two of the world's largest financial technology companies. Megan holds five patents in financial technology, and regularly writes and speaks on the subject. She is now residing in the UK on a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, recognised for her work in digital technology.
Chief Platform Officer, Starling Bank
Tony Craddock is Director General of the Emerging Payments Association. Tony is passionate helping companies succeed in payments. Having launched the CRM International Consortium and the Association of Publishing Agencies, Tony appreciates the power of business communities and collaboration – “I used the insights I learnt chairing these communities to design the EPA in a way that allows us all to be part of a powerful catalyst for growth and payments innovation”. An enthusiastic public speaker and colourful media commentator about everything to do with payments, Tony is the founder of the Emerging Payments Association and was awarded No. 5 in the PaymentsPower10 2013. He’s a ‘serial entrepreneur’ whose biggest challenge is to focus on developing his current portfolio rather than coming up with yet more great ideas. “Running your own business is the best fun you can have with your clothes on,” he says. “I believe it is my purpose to challenge, support and enable others to go way further than they currently think is possible,” says Tony.
Director General, Emerging Payments Association (EPA)
CEO and Founder of innovative financial ecosystem Exscudo, the Owner and CEO of Clarus, a major developer of exchange systems and security and ERP-systems for companies. He is a consulting expert on DAPS Ethereum and advises major European and Asian financial market players on cryptocurrency trading. A recognized expert on blockchain technologies and decentralized cryptographic data transfer networks. Andrew has over 8 years of experience in the management of companies and over 18 years of experience in IT technologies and their integration into the real sector of economy.
CEO and Founder of Exscudo
As Head of Product and Client Services at JWG, Elliot is responsible for the continual growth and development of JWG’s award winning regulatory change management platform, RegDelta. He and his team specialize in the integration of RegDelta with JWG’s global client base, as well as working with firms and vendors to create RegTech solutions to address complex regulatory problems. He holds a Master’s degree in Global Media Communications from the University of Melbourne, Australia and joined JWG in 2013.
Head of Product and Client Services at JWG
Dr. Subas Roy is the Chairman of the International RegTech Association. He has served as the global RegTech practice leader in a large professional services organization previously and has led several global digital risk and compliance transformation programmes over the last 20+ years. He was the Chair of a number of Government led initiatives in the United Kingdom and wider Europe related to innovation in digital trust and compliance. Innovation-In Trust and RegTech-by Design are the two practical theories developed by him and he continues to research on these further. He is passionate about RegTech, global RegTech eco-system and helping to create a collaborative, leading-edge, innovative work environment. He is a trained computational mathematician with professional qualification on Accounting and Business Administration. When not traveling, he is based in London. A father and a husband, he likes to spending time with his family, reading books and running for leisure!
Chairman of the International RegTech Association
Pascale-Marie is responsible for developing the European Banking Federation’s strategy and objectives with regard to all payment related issues as well as supporting the role of European Banks in existing and emerging payment initiatives (PSD2, mobile, e-payments etc). She is also a member of the Commission Payment Systems Experts Group which represents the EBF at the ECB European Retail Payments Board (ERPB). In addition, she is a member of the Payment Security Support Group of the European Payments Council and managing Director of Fidelis, a company specialized in EU lobbying on payment related issues. Pascale-Marie holds a PhD in international private law.
Senior Policy Adviser, Payments and Digital at the European Banking Federation
Marc-Elie Caspar is Sales Director for France & Benelux markets at Western Union Business, Western Union’s Global Payments division. As a leading provider of cross-border business payments, Western Union Business Solutions supports companies of all shapes and sizes to expand globally through one of the largest payment networks in the world and powerful online platforms that help simplify cash flow management and help protect profits. For over 17 years, Marc-Elie has been supporting SME’s, Large Corporations and Financial Institutions in their risk management issues, information needs and payment challenges through his expertise in B2B solutions and services. Previously, Marc-Elie holds for many years senior management positions in France and in the Middle East, at different global leading companies in financial information & rating, risk management and B2B solutions in Compliance, anti-money laundering & corruption. Marc-Elie is a board member of the ACAMS in France (Advanced Financial Crime Professionals Worldwide), the largest international membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, skills and expertise of AML/CTF and financial crime detection and prevention professionals
Sales Director for France & Benelux markets at Western Union Business Solutions
Irina S. Zimakova is the Co-Founder of the European Blockchain Federation: the first official European trade association representing the digital asset industry: Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Distributed Ledger Technology, IoT, Smart Contracts, Smart Cities, and related stakeholders. It is her mission to promote and lobby for the acceptance and use of digital assets and related technologies. Through education, advocacy, and working closely with EU policymakers, local governments, regulatory agencies and industry, her goal is to develop a pro-growth legal environment that fosters innovation, jobs, and investment. Prior to the European Blockchain Federation, Mrs. Zimakova has held several positions at a number of Dutch Financials such as ABN AMRO, Obvion, and SNS Bank. She is a Fintech & Blockchain thought leader and known for her pioneering qualities in the International Blockchain field.
Co-Founder of the European Blockchain Federation
Dr. Tom Butler is a Professor in Information Systems at University College Cork. A former Government of Ireland Research Fellow, Professor Butler is the Principal Investigator of Ireland’s Governance Risk and Compliance Technology Centre. In the latter role, he leads a multidisciplinary team conducting research on the development and implementation of semantic technology-based RegTech for the financial industry. Significantly, this project builds upon his previous success in leading teams in the design, development, and implementation of knowledge management systems for the UN’s Population Fund Agency and the Irish Government, and in research on the design and implementation of GRC systems for the ICT sector.
Principal Investigator of Ireland’s Governance Risk and Compliance Technology Centre