Comment: World's fintech leaders set to meet in London next week

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Comment: World's fintech leaders set to meet in London next week

Global leaders and influencers from throughout the fintech ecosystem are set to meet in London's ExCeL on the 3-4 December at the UK's largest fintech event, FinTech Connect.

Network with senior representatives from the world's major institutions, including Goldman Sachs, AXA, Citi, ING, HSBC, JP Morgan, Chase & Co and more as they gather to discuss breaking business news, share expert knowledge and establish strategic partnerships.

Creating a platform to explore the biggest developments and innovations in the industry, the FinTech Connect 2019 agenda is separated into 5 conferences and 6 streams that offer a laser focus on the key areas of discussion. The outstanding line-up of speakers and topics reflects the high quality of expertise and content available to attendees that come together to hear from the industry's pioneering minds and share disruptive ideas that will shape the future of the financial services.

DX Connect takes place across two theatres and, via two streams, will bring together incumbent financial institutions and disruptors to challenge the banking status quo. Digital Engagement begins by looking at the ‘Evolution of the Customer Experience' as Anne Boden, CEO and Founder of Starling Bank and an industry veteran, leads her session ‘From Challenger to Part of the Furniture'. Personalisation is the theme for the afternoon with the opportunity to hear from the man who led the digital transformation for DBS, Paul Cobban, Chief Data and Transformation Officer.

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Digital Re-engineering places more of a focus on the use of technology in financial services, from the potential of AI to the challenges faced when updating legacy architecture. To discuss ‘Driving a corporate digital transformation' Niall Cameron, global head of corporate and institutional digital at HSBC will share his experiences of using next-gen technologies to deliver digital solutions.

The session sees key panel discussions such as ‘What are the strategic opportunities afforded by open banking?' take place. Moderated by Biju Suresh Babi, Lead - Open Banking & PSD2 of Fiarano Software, sitting as panellists are:

Caroline Ambrose, Director, Open Banking Implementation, Barclays
Søren Rode Andreasen, Chief Digital Officer, Danske Bank
Leon Muis, Chief Business Officer, Yolt Technology Services
Polina Evstifeeva, Head of Regulatory Strategy, New Ventures, Deutsche Bank
Sarah Häger, Head of Open Banking Community, Nordea 

The panel will look at how major financial institutions are driving the opportunity in PSD2; bringing digital leaders from incumbent banks across Europe to discuss how open banking will be a positive force for change.

Attendees at PayTech Connect have the mandate to assess and select products that will have a transformative impact on how their business manages its payments, and the agenda reflects the knowledge needed to do this. VP of Payments at Ticketmaster, Jacqueline Chilton, will share her experience of bringing a best-in-class payments experience to fans in the high-volume entertainment industry with her session ‘Wake up to payments potential.' Following this, ‘The Future of Banking' with Head of Open Banking at Revolut, Josh Fernandes, who leads open banking development work across the group.

Taking up the mantle of B2B payments, leaders from a combination of major incumbent and disrupter organisations will discuss whether the market is undergoing evolution or revolution. Moderated by renowned financial journalist, John Detrixhe of Quartz, the panel plays host to:

Paul Horlock, CEO, Pay.UK
Maria Parpou, Chief Product & Commercial Officer - Commercial Payments, Barclaycard
Richard Ambrose, CEO, Azimo
Suresh Vaghjiani, CEO & Co-Founder, Tribe Payments

To counteract the rising costs of compliance and increasing sophistication of fraud and cybercrime, RegTech and Security Connect is a forum for compliance experts to discuss the latest technology solutions and innovations. Hear from Janet Adams, Head of Risk & Controls, Business Banking, Head of AI at TSB, a disruptive tech advocate with a unique perspective on the ethics of AI in Banking as she explores ‘Assessing explainable AI in financial services'. For insights from the Financial Crime team at Monzo, who use technology to reduce the customer impact of their initiatives, attend Head of Financial Crime, Natasha Vernier's session ‘Implementing successful AML compliance at a challenger bank'.

We are living in an age of constant banking innovation. The challenger banks have come into the European market and created user experiences that allow a more agile form of personal banking. However challenges and threats remain in terms of personal security. The session will feature the panel discussion ‘Innovation vs regulation - What's driving the change for FI's?' and will be led by Sushil Kunar, Principal Associate, Gowling. This panel brings together some of the world's biggest challenger banks along with some major incumbents to discuss how they drive that banking innovation, whilst not being undermined by regulatory risk. Taking part in the conversation on stage is:

Becky Marriott, Vice President Risk and Compliance/MLRO, Tide 
Tomas Hazleton, Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, N26 UK  
Eric Wu, Head of Compliance Technology, Revolut 
Adriana Ennab, Director, Public Policy, Credit Suisse
Mariano Giralt, Managing Director, Global Head of Tax & Regulatory, EMEA Digital Lead, BNY Mellon
Diana Carassco, Group Head of Risk, Digital Channels, Lloyds Banking Group

Blockchain Connect allows leads from financial institutions to come together and share experiences of their distributed technology ledge projects with sessions that encourage them to discover the dramatic operational efficiencies that can be realised via the deployment of distributed ledger technology. Professor Sally Eaves has been described as a ‘torchbearer for ethical tech' and, as a Member of the Forbes Technology Council and Chair for all the sessions on Day 1, brings a depth of experience on the topics of ‘Taking Blockchain beyond POC, Why 2019 is the Year of Real World Applications' and ‘Interoperability between Blockchains and Legacy Systems'.

As well as a commanding line-up of 300 fintech experts ready to inspire at the event itself, the FinTech Connect App will bring you the opportunity to accelerate dialogues before the event with the leading minds across digital transformation, paytech, regtech and blockchain.

Register for your delegate pass to access the 5 stream conference Secure your delegate pass to access the 5 stream conference. Use code FIN19 to save £180. Alternatively, free visitor registration gives access to the exhibition floor, 11 hours of Masterclasses and the Startup LaunchPad. 

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