AXA UK Group
Parul is Head of AXA NEXT Labs Europe at AXA UK Group. She is a passionate advocate of Open Innovation in Financial services and works with Fintech and Insurtech start-ups both for investment and corporate partnering.
Parul is a Financial Services and PE specialist who has worked in UK, Germany and India. She is a mentor at The Duke of York Pitch@Palace and Mayor of London’s International Business Partnering Programme.
Richard Peers is Microsoft EMEA’s Banking Industry Lead working with their largest clients and FinTech innovators. He has spent the last 18 years at Microsoft in sales, services and marketing leadership, with the last three years deeply engaged with clients and agencies in the Financial Services and Retail space. Working on projects and engaging with leadership teams he brings an up to the minute insight on the vision and the practicalities of “Banking re-imagined”.
He created the Digital Wallet Foundry in 2013 which combined a conference and a hackathon to bring business and developers communities together. DWF sought to crack the code on Identity, Loyalty and Payments and was widely praised as a thought leading initiative.
Richard is a regular speaker at events and contributor re: payments, innovation, technology and the environment via social media.
Kathryn Van Nuys
Amazon Web Services
Kathryn Van Nuys leads FinTech for the Global Startup Business Development team at Amazon Web Services (AWS) where she is responsible for the development and execution of AWS’s strategic initiatives in FinTech. Kathryn partners with leading FinTech investors and startups to help them be successful on AWS and to engage more deeply across Amazon.com business units.
Kathryn’s career has been focused in capital markets, business development and strategic relationship management. Prior to AWS, she was the head of capital markets for Credibly, a small business funding platform, and before that at Pave, a marketplace consumer lender.
Kathryn started her career at Citigroup in debt capital markets and also worked at Lehman Brothers and Guggenheim Partners. While she has spent most of her career in New York, Kathryn lived in London for a few years during which time she led business development for EMEA & APAC at Roubini Global Economics.
Kathryn holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University.
A global thought leader, disruptor and innovator with an entrepreneurial flair, Kaiser works as an international development banker and has conceptualized and developed new institutions and business models in challenging environments. Core competencies include New Ventures, MSME Banking, Project Financing, Team Building, Change Management, Business Development and Good Governance. Kaiser is a strategic thinker with strong ethical standards and focus on results. With exceptional business acumen and broad experience on a global stage he has served on the BODs of several international companies and provided strategic advice to senior management and business owners.
With an MBA in Finance from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, an MS in Metallurgical Engineering from Moscow Institute of Steel & Alloys, a certification on "Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption" from INSEAD, and over 36 years of international experience in development banking and finance, Kaiser has developed a network of diverse professionals in every corner of the globe whom he leverages to make sure that the UN Sustainable Development Goals are at the center of all business decisions.
Nicolas Cary is a serial entrepreneur and lifelong technologist. He attributes much of his insight to his personal journeys around the world. He holds degrees in Business with an emphasis in Leadership Studies and International Political Economy. He has taught English and conducted poverty reduction assessments in rural India prior to spending the past decade growing start-ups. He is trilingual, and has a deep passion for positive digital disruption. He was a founding Partner at PipelineDeals where he focused on product development and management. In 2013 he Co-Founded Blockchain. More recently he Co-Founded SkysTheLimit.org, the leading youth business accelerator.
Winner of the 2015 European Digital Leader award for his inspiring and innovative contribution to initiate progress in the digital world, Mr. Cary accumulated over 300K miles last year doing FinTech advocacy, keynoting conferences, and attending grass roots meet ups across the Europe and around the world. His media appearances include the NYT, NPR, WSJ, Financial Times, Wired, Forbes, Entrepreneur, CNN, CNBC, TechCrunch, CNET, World Economic Forum, Marketwatch and many more. His company Blockchain, with over 25 million users, is the world's leading Platform for Digital Assets.
Mirna Sleiman is the founder and CEO of Fintech Galaxy, a crowdsourcing platform that aims to connect the fintech ecosystem. Mirna has over fifteen years of experience in government relations, business strategy, digital communications and journalism, mostly within the MENA region. Driven by passion for innovation and positive impact, Mirna has a track record in leading digital transformation projects, marketing communications strategies and global partnerships with public and private entities, with a particular focus on economic development, regulatory infrastructure and financial markets. She has previously served as the Head of the Government Sector and Head of Business Development at Thomson Reuters across MENA. Currently, she sits on the advisory board of the Union of Arab Banks and MENA Research Partners.
Magdalena Krön is Head of Rise London / FinTech Platform Lead at Barclays. At Rise, Magdalena is building a community of the most transformative technologies in financial services today. Working closely with over 50 FinTech companies she helps entrepreneurs connect their technologies and businesses with opportunities at Barclays and with Barclays corporate clients.
Magdalena started her professional career in retail management and went on to study a BSc in Information Management for Business followed by a MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship, both at UCL. Focusing on how technologies will disrupt traditional industries she has repeatedly helped organisations build networks that can accelerate innovation.
Magdalena is an entrepreneur at heart and co-founded a company building a flexible workforce application for retail chains in 2012. She was then was presented with the opportunity to work with Capital Enterprise in 2013. Here she co-founded Capital List, a service bridging the gap between investors and entrepreneurs and launched the London Co-Investment Fund. In her current role Magdalena keeps one foot in the startup world and another in the corporate world as she’s facilitating connections between the two.
As a great advocate for improving diversity in technology she is also the co-founder of the Geek Girl Meetup community in the UK and Singapore. Over the last 5 years Magdalena has helped inspire thousands of women in tech. She has been leading a team with the aim to create more female role models and showcasing their stories, talent and passion on stage through GeekGirl Meetup's monthly events and yearly conference (check out geekgirlmeetup.co.uk)
Joshua is a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank Fintech team in London.
The FinTech team work to identify emerging technologies and ideas to solve for industry-wide problems, with a particular focus on Capital Markets. The team drives the engagement strategy with a global network of startups, venture capitals, accelerators, incubators, government bodies and universities. Through the J.P Morgan In-Residence program, which is the only Capital Markets focused accelerator / incubator, Joshua and his team evaluate and invite startups into J.P. Morgan to leverage proprietary data, knowledge, people, and capital to develop usable and transferable solutions that have value to the financial industry as a whole.
Prior to joining the FinTech team at J.P. Morgan, Joshua spent time developing a PE backed FinTech Company and went on to found his own FinTech venture in London. Previously, Joshua worked as a strategy consultant in Trading and Investments with a number of global buy-side firms.
Joshua is an active mentor in the FinTech industry, supporting independent accelerators based in London.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Liam is the Head of Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Hong Kong Innovation Lab. Liam is an experienced business innovator, with 15 years’ experience across both startup and large corporates in innovation, product development, business development, strategy, and human centred design.
Prior to working at CBA, Liam was the General Manager of Service Product Innovation at Telstra, Australia’s largest Telco company. Liam was responsible for developing and testing new business models in response to a multi-faceted disruption. Liam also ran Service Design and Operations for Telstra’s retail footprint and was product lead for several new service businesses in the Telstra portfolio.
Before Telstra, Liam led Business Development and Operations at Gizmo, an IT services startup, which appeared twice in BRW fast starters list.
Global FinTech Lab
Virgin Money Foundation
Lucile is a principal at EightRoads where she focuses on software and next generation financial services businesses. She is passionate about the European start-up community and believes it will be the birthplace of the next generation of global leaders.
Peter’s work covers executive & non-executive director and advisory board roles for Fintech (Payments, Robo-Advisers & Emoney), RegTech, MiFID and Funds. Peter is Panel Member of The Fintech20 Ireland (a joint venture with The FinTech50) and founded FintechIreland.com and FintechUK.com. He is a director of Susquehanna International (options market maker) and TransferMate (payments) and board advisor to Ozan (e-money wallet) and Clearsettle (payments). Peter mentors a number of fintech start-ups across Europe. Peter has held senior industry roles including Chief Risk Officer at Bank of America Merchant Services Europe and Director, Central Bank of Ireland. Peter is a Solicitor in United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.
Ranjeev Kumar Gupta
Rajeev has worked with UNCDF Bangkok office since 2016 as Programme Management Specialist – Inclusive Finance and performs the role of Programme Manager a.i. – Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT), and Regional Coordinator - Making Access Possible (MAP) for ASEAN and SAARC countries.
Rajeev works to advance financial inclusion and economic participation by changing the behaviour of market actors to stimulate investment, business innovations, and regulatory reform in financial markets. Rajeev through the programme, works on building an evidence base on women’s financial inclusion in the region and catalyse innovative partnerships to incubate market-led approaches to innovate, scale and replicate financial service interventions.
Prior to joining as Programme Management Specialist, Rajeev worked as consultant with UNCDF on Nepal agriculture value chain finance programme, on developing Country based financial inclusion strategies, and setting up ASEAN Challenge Fund for co-financing private sector to innovate and upscale financial inclusion services.
Rajeev has over 19 years of experience in technical advisory and programme development roles, with a particular focus on financial services for the poor. Prior to UNCDF, Rajeev worked for more than a decade with BASIX, a livelihood and financial inclusion promotion organisation in India, where he was involved in range of financial inclusion interventions, in setting up State level livelihood mission, and heading the international consulting work in countries in South Asia, South-East Asia and Africa.
Rajeev did his Forestry Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management, and Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (Hons) from Delhi University in India.
Niels van Rossem
The World Bank
Lucy Demery is Global Head of Fintech Banking at Standard Chartered, where she leads global coverage of financial and strategic clients in the fintech ecosystem. In this role, she manages key fintech relationships and sets the origination strategy for client acquisition, strategic transactions and segment growth. Lucy also works with SC Ventures, Strategy and Corporate Development on fintech partnerships between Standard Chartered and its clients.
Lucy is a member of the UK Government’s Africa Fintech Investment Group, a judge for Pitch@Palace and a featured speaker at Money20/20 in Europe and China. Prior to joining Standard Chartered in 2015, Lucy was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan and an M&A lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. She has also worked in development finance in Southeast Asia. Lucy grew up in Hong Kong, graduated with First Class Honours from the London School of Economics and received her Juris Doctorate from Columbia University, where she was a Kent Scholar.
Above and Beyond
Jorge founded a&b to lead financial institutions in their digital transformation. The business combines its clients’ business objectives and current trends by connecting them to the right FinTechs and executing a unique strategy. Prior to founding a&b, Jorge worked at Citigroup for 18 years. In his last role, he led Citi’s efforts to become a global leader in the FinTech industry, defining a digital transformation strategy, launching the first global virtual accelerator, hosting 16 programs, creating one of the largest FinTech global ecosystems and implementing more than 30 solutions worldwide. Previous roles include Digital Bank Head for Latin America, where he lead the launch of +40 platforms in less than 2 years. Within Citi he held other regional and country leadership roles in multiple areas like, Risk, Corporate Finance, Business Development and others.
Prior to joining Citi, Jorge founded and led businesses in the Investment, Insurance and Retail industries. He is a founding member of www.ChallengeMeNow.com, a social network dedicated to personal achievement while helping charity organizations raise funds.
Jorge Ruiz holds a degree in Finance from The University of Texas.
Laurent is the founder and CEO of Altéir Consulting, created just after he helped launch Zebank, the first big internet bank in Europe in 1999. For the last 15 years Alteir and Laurent worked on projects and advised organizations of all sizes across the payments & digital finance industry.
He is a recognized digital/mobile payments, banking, commerce and Fintech expert with a focus on strategy, business development, and innovation.
With almost 20 years' experience, he has worked across the complete value chain helping telcos, banks, insurers, new incumbents and start-ups to define new strategies and products, to launch new businesses and to manage major international projects in the payments & digital finance sector.
Alteir’s footprint is mainly on continental Europe, with a clear focus on France, Germany and Spain. Among its customers are Orange, Vivendi, SFR, most of the French banks, Generali, Allianz, GMF, Visa, PCS Mastercard.
Laurent is also the Vice President of Acsel, the French digital economy association, who gathers almost 150 companies of all sizes and animate French think tank on the digital finance and payments sector.
Neha Mehta is Founder of FemTech Partners: a consulting company based out of Singapore helping fintech start ups get a foothold in Asia and promoting Women in Fintech. Neha is a recipient of the Nav Shakti Award at 11th National Women Excellence Award 2018, conferred by the Indo European Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises (IECSME); for her contribution for empowerment of women.
Neha is also the Founder of the ASEAN Women in Payments Network (AWPN). In her previous role, Neha worked to deploy BlockChain technology for financial inclusion in areas such as payments, remittance and micro-loans/insurance to help world’s 2 billion unbanked people. Neha is Global People’s Fellow 2018, an initiative by the United Nations towards fulfillment of SDG’s. Neha represents Singapore and is working towards Financial Inclusion; she will be attending UN General Assembly in September. Neha is a Chevening Financial Services Fellow, 2017 and studied financial risk management at Kings College, London. Neha is a Lawyer and has worked in different areas of finance such as hedge funds, private equity, venture capital and been recently focusing on Fintech. Over the last five years, Neha’s work has centered on lobbying with financial regulators across ASEAN region.
As the Vice-President of Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA), she actively lobbied with the Indian regulators such as Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Ministry of Finance (MOF), and Reserve Bank of India (RBI). As the Country Head for Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), Singapore she worked closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on the Registered Fund Management Companies (RFMC) regime. She set up the India operations for Eurex Frankfurt AG, Deutsche Boerse Group, India.
China CITIC Bank International
Menno Van Leeuwen
Menno van Leeuwen is Team lead Ideation in the Innovation Centre of ABN AMRO Bank. Headquarters in the Netherlands, Amsterdam.
He leads a team of innovation managers, searching for new business models for the bank. Accelerating innovation culture and starting up new experiments, innovative propositions for the bank are ABN AMRO’s main goals for the Innovation Centre. Focussing on innovations in the field of seamless transactions, personal data, virtual currencies, impact investing and new economic models.
Menno has over 16 years' working experience in the field of corporate banking, marketing and sector advisory. For a long period he was the bank’s sector specialist for the technology, media and telecom industry. Related to that and in line with his present job:
Menno is an active startup/fintech accelerator, organising monthly pitch sessions for Startups (@AAstartupfriday) and he has been mentoring Startupbootcamp and Rockstart startups since 2012.
CEO, Luxembourg House of Financial Technology, LHoFT
Nasir is CEO of The LHoFT - The Luxembourg House of Financial Technology, a public/private sector initiative to drive fintech innovation in Luxembourg. He is also a N on-E xecutive B oard Director of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) S.A and sits on the IMF’s High Level Advisory Group on Finance and Technology.
Nasir has worked in Financial Services for 20 years. He spent 13 years working within Capital Markets at RBS, ICAP, HSBC and EBS. He has been immersed in the Fintech and startup sector for the past seven years. As an entrepreneur, Nasir has built multiple Fintech businesses across verticals. He has advised the boards of leading financial institutions, central banks and governments. Nasir is included in the “Top 40 innovators shaping the future of financial services -2014” by The Wall Street Journal/Financial News. Nasir has a BSc from the London School of Economics and is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School.
Martyn has nearly 20 years of experience as an operator, advisor and investor in tech and growth spaces.
Martyn’s early career was spent as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, consulting to FTSE 50 clients across consumer, energy, financial services and heavy industry. Since this time he has accrued 15 years of experience as both an operator and investor in the tech/VC space. He was a key member of the early Betfair team, the UK’s first true Unicorn, and later co-founded LMAX Exchange which has since featured as the number 1 Times Tech Track Growth Company.
Most recently Martyn spent nearly 5 years as an investor and partner in UK venture capital where he helped raise a £60m early seed fund. Martyn is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge University, from where he graduated in 1996 with a first class degree in engineering, and has an MBA from the Said Business School in Oxford, gained with Distinction in 2001.
Nshuti Lucy Mbabazi
Nshuti Lucy Mbabazi serves as Assistant Vice President, Push Payments for Ecobank Group, overseeing mobile payments strategy and implementation across 36 African countries where Ecobank operates.
Prior to Ecobank, Nshuti served as country manager overseeing operations for Rwanda, Burundi and Malawi. Prior to this role, she led the coordination of Visa – Government of Rwanda (GoR) Public Private Partnership initiatives 2011 – 2015, established to lay the foundation for digitization of Rwanda’s economy and financial inclusion. She was also part of a team of seven who led the mVISA pilot in Rwanda, now Visa Scan To Pay.
Prior to Visa, Nshuti also served as Policy and Strategy Advisor to the Head of Information Technology at Rwanda Development Board (RDB/IT), the coordinating and implementing body of all Government of Rwanda ICT initiatives. While at RDB she led the development of Rwanda’s National ICT Plan (2011 – 2015) whose initiatives are driving Rwanda’s transformation into the envisioned 2020 vision of an ICT driven society.
Nshuti serves as President of Girls in ICT Rwanda; Vice Chairperson, Broadband Systems Corporation (BSC) board; Rwanda Information and Communications Technology Association (RICTA) and Board Chair, Leo Africa Institute.
Nshuti holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Laroche College and, a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Mark Whitcroft 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.
A founding partner at Private Equity Investment Partnership, Tryb, Markus was also co-founder of Startupbootcamp FinTech, the largest global FinTech innovation program.
He was Startupbootcamp’s lead partner in Asia, where he laid the groundwork for FinTech ecosystems active across the region today
Markus has worked with over 100 early stage companies, and sits on the board of multiple firms across Europe and Asia
Markus is also an active angel investor.
Oliver Bussmann is a Global IT executive with 20+ years of influential leadership with UBS, SAP, Allianz, Deutsche Bank & IBM.
Known for definitive business strategy, IT excellence and large-scale reinvention, Oliver Bussmann has been the driving force behind major business process transformations that have delivered cost reductions, efficiency gains, agility and competitive advantage to leading global corporations.