FINTECH LEADERS SURVEY & REPORT

Fintech Leaders is one of the most comprehensive industry led analyses on the status and direction of the implementation of financial technology in financial services, advised by nearly 2,000 industry professionals and our expert panel of 60+ Advisory Board members from the biggest names in financial services had to say about the current and future fintech industry.
Informed by some of the most knowledgable experts in the field, CeFPro provide an impartial view that examines the business requirements and status of financial technology in financial services, and key solution providers so we can provide you with an informed guide on what to look out for and the top players to support your institutions fintech needs. 
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“…Fintech Leaders allows organizations to be able to benchmark my firm’s activities against the industry and learn about emerging trends and players.”

Sabeena LiconteDeputy Chief Operating Officer & Chief Legal Officer, BOC International USA Holdings Inc., a member of the Bank of China GroupFintech Leaders Advisory Board Member, CeFPro

“Fintech Leaders offers both the direct answers as well as the broad scope that decision makers need to stay abreast of the latest developments in the field…”

Alessia FalsaroneManaging Director, Portfolio Strategy and Risk DMFI, PineBridge Investments, Fintech Leaders Advisory Board member Member, CeFPro

“The detailed results and the variety of topics has made this survey the best consolidation of this information that I have seen since being at a fintech…”

Seth GiovanettiSenior Director – Operational Risk Management, Oportun, Fintech Leaders Advisory Board Member, CeFPro

SURVEY

The objective of the annual international Fintech Leaders survey is to assess the status of the Fintech industry, as identified by those working in the industry. The survey aims to gain a greater insight into the status of the financial technology implementation in financial services, assessing the key opportunities, investment priorities, main challenges and benefits, and exploring the road ahead.

CeFPro have deviated a painstaking methodology to then transform the results of the survey into a comprehensive report assisting all relevant parties with a thorough understanding of and insight into financial risk, technology advances, governance and regulatory compliance, and other aspects of the fintech industry.

The Fintech Leaders 2022 survey is currently closed. Find out the results by reading the Fintech Leaders 2022 report.

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FINTECH LEADERS ADVISORY BOARD

MEET OUR FINTECH LEADERS ADVISORY BOARD

An essential component of our research methodology is to regularly engage with independent fintech experts and thought-leaders
“The FinTech Advisory Board”. This is a team of carefully selected independent subject matter experts with expertise in one or more
of the various fintech sub-categories (e.g. Regtech, Analytics, AI, Blockchain, Payments, Core Banking).

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Hugo Assagra
Head of Credit Risk Management
Bank of Ireland UK

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Pardeep Aurora
Payments Innovation
Santander

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Cabinet Member
Tibor Bartels
Managing Director/Head of Transaction Services Americas
ING

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Michael Berns
Director, AI & Fintech Leader
PwC

About Hugo

Hugo is a seasoned financial services professional with experience in managing risks in different parts of the globe. Hugo is currently responsible for the management of the credit risk appetite for the retail portfolio at BOI UK, alongside portfolio insights, debt management strategies, MI and credit forecasting tools, using technologies and data in ways to bring to the forefront emerging credit risks and mitigating strategies.
Hugo is passionate about leadership, innovation and analytics and focused on driving strong stakeholder relationships.

About Pardeep

Pardeep Aurora’s biography will be coming soon! Find them on LinkedIn below

About Tibor

Tibor Bartels heads-up the ING Transaction Services department for the Americas region. He is responsible for Payments and Cash Management solutions, Liquidity Management, Working Capital optimization and Traditional Trade solutions.

Starting 2016, Tibor moved to NY to build an on-the-ground presence for Transaction Services in the region. Currently he leads a team of product specialists that have in-depth discussions with America’s based multinationals on how to improve their daily banking set-up.

Tibor has been with ING for over 16 years and started his career as a trainee and worked in various departments of the bank. In 2007, Tibor joined the Transaction Services department with regional responsibility for the United States. Currently he is a considered to be a specialist for treasury optimization and market trends in Europe and has been regularly been interviewed by sector magazines.

About Michael

Michael is a Director at PwC where he leads the AI and FinTech Practice. He is an AI Thought Leader & FinTech Veteran with 17 years of international experience having run client engagements on five continents.

He spent more than a decade leading engagements with Fortune 500 companies before then disrupting that space with innovative solutions after his Executive MBA at London Business School.

Michael has a broad background across blue chip names such as Morgan Stanley & Moody’s as well as a range of smaller innovative AI Firms.
Aside from his day job he also takes a keen interest in understanding the latest in innovation by helping AI firms to scale and has been a Mentor and Judge for organizations like Startup Bootcamp, Virgin Money Startup, Cocoon Network, Level 39 and MIT IIC for the last 9 years.

As a well-known Expert in his field, Michael acts as keynote speaker at international conferences and guest lecturer at a number of business schools including London Business School, Mannheim Business School, IMC and others.
His “AI in Financial Services” PwC study (with 150 participating experts) was released on May 11 2020 and the “AI Book” to which he contributed as Co-Author was released in print on May 13 2020.

Many of Michael’s other articles, past speaking engagements and contributions in regards to AI & FinTech are available via his LinkedIn profile.

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Bradley Boercker
Business Intelligence Manager
Harley Davidson Financial Services

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Assad Bouayoun
XVA and Credit Derivative Quant
Daiwa Capital Markets

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Lindsey Burik
Head of Technology and Infrastructure
Fort Street Asset Management

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Enrico Cacciatore
Senior Quantitative Trader, Head of Market Structure & Trading Analytics
Voya Investment Management

About Bradley

Bradley Boercker is a senior analytics professional with a wide-range of experience in banking, fraud, business intelligence, risk, modelling, and even had a stint serving as an associate professor of accounting. His expertise includes managing fraud analytics and reporting for the BP Oil Spill (Deepwater Horizon). Bradley has served as the VP of Analytics and Strategy at BBVA Bank and is now a leader in the business intelligence group at Harley-Davidson Financial Services.

About Assad

Assad Bouayoun has over 15 years of quantitative analysis experience in investment banking. He is a quantitative finance specialist focusing on total valuation including funding and capital cost, xVA, risk, stress and reverse stress testing. He was responsible for designing industry standard hedging and pricing systems in equity derivatives during his time in Commerzbank, and had the same responsibility in credit derivatives while working for Credit Agricole, and also in xVA in institutions like Lloyds, RBS and Scotiabank. He lead the modelling team responsible for the research and development of the simulation engines used for exposure computation within HSBC in London. Now he is XVA and Credit Derivative quantitative analyst at Daiwa Capital Market.
During the different projects Assad has undertaken in quantitative finance, he integrated new technologies such as Cloud, GPU and QPU; new design (parallelization using graphs) as well as new numerical methods such as AAD. He also participated to the firmwide data standardization and integration that are essential aspects of the success of these projects. He is also leading an effort to leverage quantum annealing for financial quantitative reverse stress testing.
He holds a MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance from Cass Business School and an MSc in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from UTC (University of Technology of Compiegne, France).

About Lindsey

Lindsey Burik is Head of Technology and Infrastructure at Fort Street Asset Management, and a builder, innovator and advocate for progressive and diverse thinking. By using technology to challenge conventional processes, we can better leverage the talents of the people to create streamlined, forward thinking products. It’s simple: “Think big, act small, do it now.”

About Enrico

Enrico Cacciatore is a Senior Quantitative Trader, Head of Market Structure and Trading Analytics for Voya Investment Management. Enrico runs trading for the quantitative equity team as well as program trading for the fundamental active equity team. In addition to trading, Enrico leads the effort in evaluating and improving the overall trading process from both an execution and systems prospective. Enrico was the 2018 Markets Media Buy-Side Quantitative Trader of the Year, a member of NASDAQ’s Institutional Traders Advisory Committee (ITAC) , ITG’s Analytics Advisory Board as well as FinTech Advisory Board Member for Center for Financial Professionals. Enrico earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace Systems) from the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as graduate studies in Computational Finance (MSCF) from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Stefano Canossa
Global Head of Operational Risk and Head of Risk Luxembourg
GAM

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Cabinet Member
Albert Chin
Head of Model Risk Management
Signature Bank

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Brooke Cooper
Principal Solutions Manager Third Party Risk Management
Fusion Risk Management

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Pauline Cowan
Strategy & Innovation Manager
Natwest

About Stefano

Stefano Canossa’s biography will be coming soon! Find them on LinkedIn below

About Albert

As the Head of Model Risk Management for Signature Bank, Albert is responsible for ensuring that all models used by Signature follow FIL 22-2017 (i.e. SR 11-7 and OCC 2011-2012). These model types include ALM, Liquidity, CECL, Stress Testing, DFAST and AML/BSA. Prior to entering the model risk management space, Albert held various roles which gave him the opportunity to perform research and present his work during outreach engagements. Albert holds graduate degrees in both economics and statistics.

About Brooke

Brooke Cooper’s biography will be coming soon! Find them on LinkedIn below

About Pauline

A passionate problem solver with over 20 years experience in financial services.
My current focus is how we can dramatically shift the customer experience while facing into rapidly evolving technologies and the challenges of the new regulations.

Outside of the office I am working towards a psychology degree. Human behaviour is a fascinating area and understanding it is key to solving some of the challenges we have.

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Hakan Danis
Head of Macroeconomic Scenarios and OpRisk Stress Testing Models, Director
MUFG Union Bank

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Dipanjan Das
VP, Business Head, Credit Cards
SoFi

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Cabinet Member
Brandon James Davies
Non-Executive Board Director
Lintel Financial Services Limited & Obillex Limited

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Roberto de Freitas
Managing Partner
Defactim BV

About Hakan

Hakan Danis is currently Director in MUFG Union Bank where he is managing a team that is responsible for designing scenarios and projecting macroeconomic and financial series for BAU baseline, CECL, CCAR/DFAST, Resolution and Recovery Plan scenarios, JFSA (Japan Financial Services Agency) and MUFG Japan internal scenarios. He is model owner of several macroeconomic and stress testing models that have been used during CCAR/DFAST submissions. He has also developed a model that has been used to rank scenarios based in their severity and constructed ad-hoc macroeconomic models to help Credit Strategies Group on stress testing related projects. He actively participates in Review & Challenge and Overlay Committee meetings for credit loss and PPNR forecasts during CCAR/DFAST processes. Prior to joining MUFG Union Bank, he was Senior Economist in the Research Department at BBVA, where he was responsible for macroeconomic analyses and forecasts of the U.S. economy for the BBVA Group. These forecasts were accepted one of the most accurate forecasts of U.S. economic trends in 2010 and 2011 by Bloomberg. He holds a PhD in Economics from Terry College of Business, UGA and is expert in time series econometrics and monetary policy. He has published several academic papers and worked as editor and guest editor in academic journals.

About Dipanjan

Dipanjan Das (DD) is a strategic thought leader and proven general manager with 15+years of experience in P&L Management, Banking Compliance and Regulations, Product Management, and Digital Marketing spanning multiple industries. In his current role, DD leads all aspects for multi-product cross-sell and 3rd party strategic partnerships  for Capital One Retail and Direct Bank, especially in the New-to-Credit segment. In 2016-17, he was intricately involved in Capital One Retail Bank’s response to the FS industry-wide sales practice exam conducted by the OCC.

At Ally Financials, he led the analytics team focusing on the online auto auction business and the web analytics strategy for their dealer facing businesses. DD has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters degree in Operations Research and Statistics from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a huge foodie who also loves to cook, travel and dabble with projects around the house. He lives with his wife and 2 adorable kids in the
suburbs of Washington DC.

About Brandon

I was delighted to be asked to become a member of the FinTech Advisory Board. I am on the board of two FinTech businesses, a number of City think tanks and am also an advisor to the board of a conventional banking business. Though most of my career has been in conventional finance it is I believe important to remember that the application of computer science to the finance industry has a long history. I appeared in a centre page spread on the application of pattern recognition to Barclays trading room in Computer Weekly in October 1991! Times have changed but the discipline of ensuring we make the most of advances in computing to improved business operations and real customer benefits has not.

About Roberto

Roberto is an entrepreneurial actuary and applies actuarial skills in NewWorld technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Data driven environments.

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Chris Ekonomidis
Director, Transformation
BNY Mellon

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Cabinet Member
Alessia Falsarone
Managing Director, Portfolio Strategy and Risk DMFI
PineBridge Investments

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Sunil Gangwani
Senior Director – Investment Planning
AVANGRID

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Seth Giovanetti
Senior Director – Operational Risk Management
Oportun

About Chris

Chris Ekonomidis’ biography will be coming soon! Find them on LinkedIn below

About Alessia

Alessia Falsarone, SASB FSA, is a Managing Director with PineBridge Investments in New York, a global asset manager focused on high-conviction investing. She is responsible for the alignment of portfolio strategy and investment risk across the developed markets credit platform, including as head of sustainable investing. Prior to PineBridge, she held senior investment roles at AIG, Citigroup and Credit Suisse. Ms. Falsarone is a mentor in the Stanford IGNITE accelerator program and a Member of the Board of 1787fp, a digital platform focused on consumer finance. Ms. Falsarone is an alumna of Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About Sunil

Co-Founder of Plootus, a FinTech start-up in the Wealth Management industry, based out of New Haven, Connecticut. Sunil has led multiple teams and projects at GE, ING, and PwC in strategy, finance and risk management. He is a 15-year financial services veteran with experience in Asset Management, Lending, and Capital Markets. He is an MBA from NYU Stern, a Chartered Accountant and a finance graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce. He has also completed an executive program in FinTech from MIT.

About Seth

Seth Giovanetti is a Sr. Director and Head of Operational Risk at Oportun, a financial technology company focusing on providing inclusive, affordable financial services to their customers to help them build a better future.  He has over 23 years of experience in Enterprise Risk, Operational Risk and Control, Governance, IT Security and Regulatory Compliance across multiple industry sectors with a primary focus on financial services.

Prior to joining Oportun, Seth held Sr. roles in some of the world’s largest financial institutions where he was responsible for creating and executing full scale firm-wide enterprise governance and operational risk and control programs, regulatory compliance oversight frameworks as well as acting as a primary regulatory exam liaison to the OCC, FRB, SEC, Japanese Financial Services Agency and the Prudential Regulation Authority of the UK.

Most recently, Seth was a Sr. Director of Enterprise and Operational at TIAA the second largest institutional retirement and advisor firm next to the U.S. Government.  In this role, Seth was responsible for building and executing the operational risk and control framework, supporting programs and governance models across the parent company, integrating M&A targets and affiliates into the risk ecosystem.

Seth has also held ERM and ORM leadership positions at HSBC, PwC, Bank of Tokyo/MUFG, State Street Bank and American Express. Seth holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA in International Business from The George Washington University.

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Mariana Gomez de la Villa
Centre Expertise Lead – Distributed Ledger Technology
ING

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Sergio Guirreri
Senior Manager
Reply S.p.A

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Jason Hill
Partner
PA Consulting Group

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Matti Honkanen
Head of Next Gen FX
Nordea Markets

About Mariana

Mariana Gomez de la Villa has joined ING in 2015 and is currently the Distributed Ledger Technology Program Director at ING, with overall responsibility for driving research, development and implementation of Distributed Ledger Technology as well as capitalizing on its potential in order to unlock mass-scale value.
Under Mariana’s leadership,  the Blockchain program has delivered over 44 proofs of concept and 8 live pilots in collaboration with the following business areas: payments, trade finance and working capital solutions, financial markets, post-trade, bank treasury, lending, compliance and identity.
Mariana is also responsible for setting up long-term purpose and vision, including the governance of the program within ING globally. Mariana is an active leader in global consortia, outlining the Distributed Ledger Technology strategy and envisioning market landscapes.
Mariana’s accountabilities include the definition of products, services and business models, as well as foresight to business, technology, leadership communities and international stakeholders, including regulators.

About Sergio

Sergio has been working for more than 10 years in the capital market and financial services sector for a primary consultant company in an international investment bank, where he led business initiatives and IT projects.  He has an academic background with a PhD in Statistics and Quantitative Finance and the PMP® certification. He is passionate and enthusiastic about how digital transformation is radically changing the financial services sector.

About Jason

Jason is a retail and commercial banking expert and strategic advisor with 30 years’ experience working with clients delivering innovative and complex programmes to solve business critical issues. He has market leading knowledge and insight in the challenger banking and SME banking sectors, and has led numerous strategy and transformation programmes for a wide range of start-up, mid-tier and universal banks.

About Matti

Matti Honkanen’s biography will be coming soon! Find them on LinkedIn below

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Donna Howe
Founder & Sr Consultant
Windbeam Risk Analytics

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Glenn Hursh
Partner
IBM

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Rinse Jacobs
Head Of International Sales
SolarisBank AG

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Saqib Jamshed
Managing Director
Options Clearing Corporation

About Donna

Ms. Howe is a banker, risk management and finance professional with more than 25 years industry experience in the global financial services sector, including roles in Canada, Europe and Mexico. With the rare ability of combining high-level quantitative skills with qualitative management excellence she has held a variety of senior risk management roles in some of the world’s most established banks including Deutsche Bank, UBS, ABN AMRO, and Santander. She attributes part of her success to the experiences she gained from her more junior roles at Chase, in the early part of her career. Well-known within the risk community she served for more than 10 years on the Board of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Donna provides clients with:

Deep knowledge in capital markets and investments,
Risk management across a broad range of corporate strategies and client segments ranging from high yield to high net worth,
A passion for education.

Donna earned degrees at several levels: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI Bachelor of Arts—Economics, 1989. New York University, New York NY Master of Arts coursework in Economics, 1992. Harvard University, Boston MA Master of Liberal Arts in Mathematics Education, ca. 2018

About Glenn

Glenn Hursh’s biography will be coming soon! Find them on LinkedIn below

About Rinse

Rinse Jacobs is Head of International Sales at Solarisbank, the tech company with a banking license. He manages and oversees all sales activities outside of Germany and leads the initiation of opening up new countries. Prior, he managed Brand Partnerships at HTC in Taiwan and gained experience as an independent consultant and as founder of a webhosting company.

About Saqib

Chicago. He has held senior Risk Management positions at State Street Corporation and GE Capital. Saqib spent the bulk of career at the Royal Bank of Scotland where he started out as a Programmer and then moved on to become a trader on the fund derivatives desk. He earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

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Ange Johnson de Wet
Cloud Enabled Business Transformation – Head of function
Lloyds Banking Group

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Cabinet Member
Shannon Kelly
Risk Management and Model Development/Validation Executive
Zions Bancorp

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Noah Kessler
Managing Director
Protiviti

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Jacob Kosoff
Head of Model Risk Management and Validation, SVP
Regions Bank

About Angela

Ange is responsible for Governance and Compliance for Lloyd Banking Group’s Cloud Enabled Business Transformation Programme. Before her current role, Ange was Head of Cloud and Technology Change Risk.

Prior to working at Lloyds, Ange led transformation teams and programmes at Deutsche Bank including: Cloud Security, Risk and Compliance, Anti-Financial Crime Analytics, Data Quality People Change and Money Markets Finance, Risk and Regulatory Reporting. 

Before joining Deutsche Bank, Ange worked as a Senior Manager at EY across Asia Pacific and EMEIA within the Financial Services Organisation focusing on Corporate Banking and Capital Markets transformation and business, technology and programme advisory. Ange started her career at IBM in Australia working as a developer, tester, designer and then business analyst and project manager.

Ange has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics / Robotics) and Computer Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

About Shannon

Shannon Kelly is an entrepreneurial executive in enterprise risk management, model development and validation, model risk management, as well as stress testing, credit, market and operational risk modelling. She is currently the Head of Model Risk Management at Zions Bancorp. She has twenty years of financial service industry experience, including the US Head of Model Risk Management at TD Bank, Head of Enterprise Risk Management Audit at Bank of the West, and Director of Economic Capital at HSBC Bank US. She also worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia specializing in retail credit risk models and Basel II examinations and regulatory guidance.

About Noah

Noah Kessler is a Director for Protiviti, a global consulting company focused on helping organizations with their regulatory, internal audit and technology risk (including cyber and privacy) needs. Noah serves as Protiviti’s New York technology industry leader and in this role has serviced the largest FinTech companies in the world. Noah is a thought leader in the firm and has authored Protiviti whitepapers and a blog series for emerging tech companies seeking to fund and scale their business. Noah is well-versed in the FFIEC IT handbooks, cloud security alliance, cybersecurity frameworks and a variety of regulatory requirements that have implications on the FinTech sector.

About Jacob

Jacob Kosoff’s biography will be coming soon! Find them on LinkedIn below

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Joshua Kotok
Assistant Vice President, Information Security Governance & Risk Management
Navy Federal Credit Union

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Armel Romeo Kouassi
Senior Vice President
Northern Trust

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Cabinet Member
Sabeena Ahmed Liconte
Deputy Chief Operating Officer & Chief Legal Officer
BOC International USA Holdings Inc.,
a member of the Bank of China Group

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Maurice Lisi
Head of Digital Channels
Intesa San Paolo

About Joshua

Joshua Kotok is the Chief Risk and Compliance Officer at First Savings Mortgage Corporation. Joshua is an accomplished executive with demonstrated performance in leading operational and technology risk management and compliance initiatives. In addition, Joshua has identified and assessed operational and information technology risk from the regulatory and audit perspectives.

Prior to joining First Savings Mortgage Corporation, Joshua was the lead examiner for ongoing monitoring and targeted examinations of Freddie Mac’s Operational Risk program for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Joshua also served as the Senior Manager of Operational and Technology Risk for the Making Home Affordable program where he led the development of the ORM framework and all supporting components. Joshua also has prior experience as a Big Four management consultant where he led several engagements for Financial Services clients specializing in operational, technology and compliance risk reviews, governance and supporting technology implementation (GRC).

Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Florida State University. Joshua is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) as well as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). In addition, Joshua has held numerous industry association board positions including serving as the President and Education Director of the ISACA South Florida chapter and Vice President of the iCoast CIO council. Joshua is also a frequent presenter for the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the Operational Risk North America conferences.

About Armel

Armel R. Kouassi is a senior finance professional with broad-based experience in Banking, Fintech, AI, Asset Liability and Treasury Portfolio Modeling. His experience includes a wide range of products with assignments in several major financial institutions and a Big 4 Audit Firm. He has worked and lived in numerous locations throughout the United States, Europe & Africa. Recently Mr. Kouassi is Head of Balance Sheet and Asset Liability Modeling for Northern Trust headquartered in Chicago. Armel has shifted between entrepreneurial and senior banking roles in his career.
Armel is certified Financial Risk Professional and a member of Global Association of Risk Professional. Armel received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, a master’s in finance from ESCP Europe, Paris, France and a master’s in statistics and economy from ENSEA Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Armel is a father of 3 girls, speaks three languages, he is passionate of economic empowerments, Arts and Music and is member of the Board of Directors of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. He is a board member of NewArts/12.14 Foundation in Connecticut, USA. The 12.14 Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering well-being in children by instilling grit and resilience through a character development program coupled with high-level mastery experiences. Armel is member of the Board of the Wharton Club of Africa, promoting and helping to invest in Africa.

About Sabeena

Sabeena serves as Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer to the investment banking division of Bank of China International – specifically, BOC International (USA) Holdings Inc. and its two subsidiaries, BOCI Commodities & Futures (USA) LLC, a registered futures commission merchant and CME Group Inc. clearing member, and BOC International (USA) Inc., a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA (collectively, “BOCI”). Prior to joining BOCI, Sabeena served as Futures & Derivatives Counsel and Compliance Advisor to E*TRADE Financial Corp., E*TRADE Clearing Corp. and E*TRADE Securities Corp. Her previous professional work also includes the Office of General Counsel at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Incorporated, the Division of Enforcement at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Bank of New York Mellon’s Legal Division, the Securities Fraud Prosecution division of the Attorney General’s Office for the State of New Jersey, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to Alpari (US), LLC and Alpari Securities LLC.

Sabeena is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey and is an active member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Master of Arts in International Relations from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor from the St. John’s University School of Law. She also serves as Chair for the New York County Lawyer’s Association Futures & Derivatives Committee, and member of the Foreign and Comparative Law Committee and Futures and Derivatives Committees of the New York City Bar Association.

About Maurice

Maurice has spent the last 15 years, taking care of the transformation of customer-facing channels in Intesa Sanpaolo, firstly for the Italian market and then in the International Subsidiary Banks Division. He leads the digital transformation process in all the subsidiary banks ecosystem of Intesa Sanpaolo, defining and implementing the strategic path of the transition from a “traditional” bank environment to an up-to-date, modern environment able not only to cope with technological and innovation changes, but also to exploit those changes for creating a competitive advantage. A passionate transformation and innovation addicted, he is present on the industry conferences, sharing his point of view and experience on the digital transformation journeys, evolving banking industry, digital strategy and customer experience

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Marcela Londoño
Vice President – Anti-Financial Crime | Business Line AFC – Client Intelligence Unit
Deutsche Bank

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Ido Lustig
Chief Risk Officer
BlueVine

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Cabinet Member
Stevan Maglic
Head of Liquidity and Capital Risk
Celsius Network

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Stephane Malrait
Head of Market Structure and Innovation, Financial Markets
ING

About Marcela

Marcela Londono’s biography will be coming soon! Find them on LinkedIn below

About Ido

Ido Lustig is the Chief Risk Officer of BlueVine, a Silicon Valley-based fintech startup that provides working capital financing to small and medium-sized businesses. A veteran data scientist and risk manager, Ido helped develop BlueVine’s fully-online cloud-based platform for invoice factoring, revolutionizing the 4,000-year-old financing system that allows businesses to receive cash advances on outstanding invoices. Ido spearheaded the creation of BlueVine’s top-notch Risk organization which is spread between California and Israel and has played a critical role in expanding the company’s ability to offer fast and flexible online financing to entrepreneurs. Before joining BlueVine, Ido led PayPal’s behavioural analytics department, heading the creation of the company’s risk models’ features. Ido received his bachelor of law degree from Tel Aviv University.

About Stevan

Steve is Head of Liquidity and Capital Risk at Celsius Network, where his current responsibilities focus on cryptocurrency risk management of liquidity, market, credit, and capital. Steve has over 20 years of industry experience in risk management and quantitative modelling, with experience building portfolio management and analytics infrastructure at Merrill Lynch, Bank of Montreal, ABN AMRO, and Regions Bank. Steve has a Ph.D. in applied physics from Northwestern University, a B.S. in physics from University of Colorado in Boulder, and has held Series 7 and Series 63 certifications

About Stephane

Stéphane Malrait is Managing Director and Global Head of market structure and innovation for Financial Markets at ING Bank. Stephane is working with advocacy groups, policy makers and regulators to follow market structure and industry challenges impacting the financial market industry. He is also leading innovation activities in the capital market space within ING and developing external partnership with Fintech companies. He actively contributes in industry working groups to represent ING Bank.

Stéphane joined ING in 2015 to lead the bank e-commerce initiatives across all financial market products and to develop the financial market group’s cross-asset ecommerce strategy. Before joining ING, Stephane spent eight years at Société Générale, where he was Global Head of FIC eCommerce, creating an eCommerce business covering credit, rates, money market, emerging market and FX. Prior to this, Stéphane worked at JPMorgan Chase for ten years, serving in different roles in Global FX E-Commerce Business Management and cross-asset eCommerce technology and was based in London and New York.

Stephane has a strong background in financial markets and understands the need for continued technological development to drive positive change in trading and market structure workflows. He is leading ING Financial Market innovation strategy and working on the implementation of financial regulations that will impact the clients trading activity and transform how trading floor operates.

Stephane is also a board member for several Fintech initiatives and trading associations. Since 2005 he has been active with the ACI Financial Market Association – an international non-profit organisation that represents the interests of market professionals in foreign exchange and money markets. Here, he has chaired the ACI FX committee, representing the views of professionals in the FX sector. He is also an active member of the ECB FX contact group working on the BIS Global FX code of conduct working groups. He is currently co-chair the GFXD Algo and TCA group looking at the FX Global code of conduct 3-year review.

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Michael Middleton
Director of Content Strategy
Markov Processes International

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Bradley Mirkin
Managing Director
Berkeley Research Group

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Cabinet Member
Frank Morisano

Board Director
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

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Melissa Murphy
Senior Manager of U.S. Regulatory Technology
Scotiabank

About Michael

Michael is a financial services executive with experience across a broad spectrum of the asset management industry, including operations management, compliance, and product focuses.

About Bradley

Bradley Mirkin is a Cybersecurity, Financial Crimes and Regulatory Compliance expert. He is a former securities regulator, broker-dealer Chief Compliance Officer, senior compliance officer leading Cybersecurity, AML and Fraud Compliance for one of the world’s largest investment advisors and law firm partner representing US and foreign investment advisors, hedge funds and broker-dealers in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the SEC, FINRA and other US financial regulators. The focus of his practice is on regulatory compliance in areas such as Cybersecurity, Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes with a special emphasis on issues involving Information Security and Compliance Software.

He is the former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s International Anti-Money Laundering Committee, was appointed to the ABA’s Task Force on Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Initiatives and is the former vice-chair of the ABA International Law Section’s International Financial Products and Services Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the London School of Economics and Political Science and Brandeis University.

About Frank

Mr. Morisano is Chief Risk Officer at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China overseeing the Americas where he has a significant impact on business development, risk management, information technology and cybersecurity.

He serves as an independent director of a Fintech and also a private company where he chairs the audit committees. He received his credit training at the Chase Manhattan Bank, holds an MSc in Information Systems and a BBA in Statistics.

About Melissa

Melissa Murphy’s biography will be coming soon! Find them on LinkedIn below

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Ebbe Negenman
CRO & Member of the Executive Board
Knab

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Cabinet Member
Joe Posavec
Managing Director, Banking Regulatory Solutions
Cushman & Wakefield

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Alfio Puglisi
Researcher
King’s College London

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Allan Reid
Head of Strategy (& Deputy MLRO), and Interim Nominated Officer
Tesco Bank

About Ebbe

Ebbe Negenman is the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) of Knab. As a member of the executive board he is co-responsible for the management of the bank. Till 2017 Ebbe worked as Head of Regulatory Risk at ABN Amro and was highly involved in the innovative strategy of the bank. Till 2010 Ebbe was employed as a Managing Director Risk Management at ING Bank in Amsterdam and was several years based in Hong Kong where he had responsibility for the Asia Pacific region he started his career at the Dutch merchant bank MeesPierson. Ebbe has over 20 years risk management experience, including strong expertise in Regulations.

Ebbe has two MSc’s (mathematics and econometrics) and a PhD in Operations Research and considers the ability to learn faster than your competitors as the only sustainable competitive advantage .

About Joe

A seasoned professional that has enjoyed a diverse career spanning over 30 years in various segments of Real Estate, Capital Markets, Banking and Technology.  In his current role at Cushman and Wakefield, he leads advisory teams addressing a myriad of bank compliance and risk challenges for some of the largest banks in the world. Joe is also highly focused on identifying and creating cutting edge solutions to replace the antiquated technology that still plagues the banking sector.

About Alfio

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About Allan

Allan heads up the Nominated Office/AML, Sanctions & CTF Operations function at Tesco Bank and is the Deputy MLRO. He has a leading role in their AML, Sanctions & CTF Change Programme which is delivering complex customer and compliance improvements.
He has held a number of senior Financial Crime Prevention positions with Sainsbury’s Bank, RBS and their Williams & Glyn subsidiary over the past 8 years which have been pivotel in improving the use of technology to mitigate risk and improve the customer experience.
Having completed the International Compliance Association’s Diploma in AML & Sanctions and Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Crime Compliance, he holds Fellow status with them.

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Gabriele Sabato
CEO and Co-Founder
Wiserfunding

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Gurraj Singh Sangha
Chief Quantitative Investment Officer
Token Metrics

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Prateek Shrivastava
Head of Technology & Cyber Risk
HSBS

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Peter Smith
Director
Seneca Investment Management

About Gabriele

Gabriele holds an M.Sc. and a PhD. in Finance from “La Sapienza” University in Rome. He was a visiting Scholar at the Stern School of Business of the New York University under the supervision of Professor Altman with whom has published several academic papers on risk management and SME lending in top ranking academic journals, including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Financial Services Research and the ABACUS.

About Gurraj

Mr. Sangha is the Global Head of Data Science , Risk, and Market Intelligence for State Street Verus and leads a risk and investment strategy team for an artificial intelligence platform that integrates machine learning, natural language processing, portfolio and risk management, and human experiences to explore connections and extract relevant insights between market-moving events and multi-asset class portfolios.

Mr. Sangha is an accomplished global macro portfolio manager, strategist, and risk manager, with over 20 years’ experience. He has advised firms on developing quantamental approaches to trading — strategies at the intersection of structural, statistical, and fundamental trading, utilizing data science, machine learning on both structured and unstructured data, and behavioral analytics.  Further, he has led several investment strategy and risk management teams and held a number of senior positions, including Chief Investment Strategist at a $6 billion global macro volatility hedge fund, and Senior Global Macro Trader at a $400 million hedge fund.

Mr. Sangha began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co.,in the Global Investment Research Division.  He received honors at the International Mathematics Olympiad, served on the Canadian Mathematics Olympic Team, and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brown University.

About Prateek

Prateek Shrivastava’s biography will be coming soon! Find them on LinkedIn below

About Peter

Peter has over 40 years experience at Senior Manager & Main Board level in UK Financial Services. Currently his main focus is working with industry, ministers and regulators on the UK’s Digital Strategy Plan to help integrate emerging technology and digital distribution with statute and regulation both in the UK & worldwide. This includes helping the understanding of regulatory approach & implementation, including automated supervision and next generation technology.
He is a Non – Executive Director of Seneca Investment Managers as well as Independent Industry Consultant at FinTechReguLabs and currently sits on a number of industry think-tank & lobby groups. He has previously sat on a number of UK Regulatory Steering Groups. He liaises with regulators and ministers on all new developments in financial services, fintech & regulation. He is a regular contributor to industry publications and conference speaker providing commentary on various industry issues.
Until very recently he was Digital Ambassador for TISA leading on digital & FinTech helping to shape UK industry policy & deliver on UK digital innovation projects and liaising with FCA, ICO, Treasury and the UK fintech ecosystem as well as European Regulators. He is a regular speaker and commentator at industry conferences & events.
He sat on the steering committee for the FCA Industry Sandbox consultation and was a founding member of the industry Pensions Dashboard project working in collaboration with Government & the ABI led project team. He also led the Industry Data Portal project on GDPR with the Information Commissioners Office for UK Financial Services and FinTech and is a contributor to the governments APPG on FinTech.

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Cabinet Member
Craig Spielmann
CEO & Founder
RiskTao

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Vivek Tyagi
Chief Risk Officer – Institutional / Transaction Banking
Goldman Sachs

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Venkat Vedam
Head of Data Science Engineering
Manulife Investment Management

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Venkat Veeramani
SVP Chief Economist
Wintrust Financial Corporation

About Craig

Craig has over 30 years of governance, enterprise risk management, business development, technology and audit experience gained from working with the world’s top institutions (First Data, RBS, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan, Dean Witter, & Merrill Lynch). Currently, Craig is Head of Enterprise Risk Management Strategy at First Data and is also the CEO & Founder of RiskTao, LLC which specializes in Enterprise Risk Management training.
Prior to these roles, Craig was RBS’s Global Head of Operational Risk Systems & Analytics and was responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight. In addition, Craig was Head of Operational Risk Management for RBS – Americas where he was responsible for driving the buildout of Americas ORM practice, Compensation Initiative, 2nd line challenge and managing regulatory relationships. In addition, Craig co-chaired the Americas Compliance and Operational Risk Committee and represented ORM on several domestic and international senior risk committees.

About Vivek

Vivek Tyagi is Managing Director, Head of Risk Management for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Transaction Services group – a Fortune 350 equivalent business division. In this capacity Vivek is responsible for all business risks globally, including Credit, Operational, Regulatory Compliance, AML, Market and Strategic risks. Previously, Vivek served as Chief Risk Officer and division risk executive at JP Morgan, Genworth Financial and Citigroup.

About Venkat

Venkat Vedam’s biography will be coming soon! Find them on LinkedIn below

About Venkat

Venkat is currently SVP Risk Strategy and Analytics at Wintrust Financial Corporation. He is an accomplished enterprise-wide analytics thought leader and a subject matter expert on enterprise risk management life-cycle. He has successfully led several high visibility risk, finance, operations and marketing analytical initiatives at multinational and midsize financial institutions. He is a published author and frequent speaker on topics related to game theory, risk & financial analytics and creation of data-driven business intelligence. He has previously worked at Morgan Stanley, Discover Financial Services and HSBC.

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Danielle Winandy
Head of RISK Innovation Office
BNP Paribas

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Cabinet Member
Stan Yakoff
Head of Americas Supervision Citadel Securities & Adjunct Professor
Fordham University School of Law

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Xiaoling (Sean) Yu
SVP, Director of Model Validation
KeyBank

About Danielle

Danielle is committed to issues such as women in leadership and their progress within the workplace. She also co-founded Women in Cyber Network @ BNP Paribas, a global community that aims to bring more women to technological jobs, especially Cyber Security.

Danielle hold certificates from Harvard Business School in Disruptive Strategy, Sustainable Business Strategy, a master on Design Thinking from MIT and she became a Futurist certified from Institute for the Future in 2020. She is passionate about people, Sustainability and Innovation.

About Stan

Stan is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (“CRISC”), a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (“CDPSE”), and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (“CFE”). Stan is a Global Panelist on the MIT Technology Review and on the Review Board for the Journal of AI and Ethics. Stan lectures and publishes on industry topics including FinTech, RegTech, market structure, alternative data, artificial intelligence, regulatory and enforcement matters, surveillance, cybersecurity, data privacy, and risk management.

About Xiaoling (Sean)

Sean (Xiaoling) Yu is a SVP and Director of Model Validation at KeyBank. He has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry in different quantitative modeling roles. His areas of functional expertise include Consumer and Commercial Credit Risk, Stress Testing, Allowance/Reserve, Capital Modeling, Risk Analytics, and Model Governance. Prior to Key, Sean was Sr. Group Manager of Quantitative Analytics and Model Development in PNC Financial Service Group. He started his financial services career in National City Bank as a Sr. Capital Allocation Analyst after worked as a Research Consultant at the Center for Regional Economic Issues of Case Western Reserve University. Sean has a Ph.D. in Economics from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master in Management Science and a Bachelor in Industrial Economics from Tianjin University.