X-Tech 2020: Financial Services and Technology

Key topics to be addressed


Cyber Resilience & Exposure | RegTech | Blockchain | AI | Machine Learning | Fraud Detection


Digital Payments | Contactless | Real Time Payments | Blockchain | Open Banking | Robotics | Smart Contracts | Electronic Trading | AML


FinTech Collaboration | OCC Charter | ICOs | TechFin | Alternative Data | Third Party | Compromise | Customer Experience


InsureTech | Automation | AI | Customer Authentication | Cyber Risk | Disruptive Technology | Data Sourcing | Robo Advisors | RPA


Mahi Dontamsetti
Chief Technology Risk Officer
State Street


Jeremy Epstein
MD, Innovation Banking


Sabeena Linconte
Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
Bank of China


Prasanna Narayan
Head of Innovation, Partnership and Digital Payments
former Citi


Jeremy Gu
Senior Data Scientist


Scot Wingham


Eric Thornton
Chameleon Metadata


Xiaochen Zhang
FinTech4Good Group


David Lott
Payment Risk Expert
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


Uday Singh
Head of Process Automation and Robotics
Credit Suisse


Ilana Fraines
Co-Founder and Lead Blockchain Developer


Imir Arifi
Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

On each day there will be a separate break-out stream featuring interactive sessions and many of the features below


Interactive panel discussions are designed to include attendees by running a live Q&A throughout the session.


Hear industry experts provide insights on practical implementation of a range of technology advances.


Allowing 10 minute demonstrations and insights into some of the industry’s latest advances.


A two hour break out with a range of topics hosted by industry leaders, pre-register for a table and discuss key industry trends.


Extended sessions allowing an in depth overview of a select range of topics, encouraging group activities and open discussions.


Including over 6 hours of networking opportunities including breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks on both days, access to all streams and sessions plus gala drinks reception to close the first day.


Continue discussions beyond the auditorium and interact with speakers and attendees after their session.


Registrations for X-TECH provides full access to all aspects of both day, attendees can tailor their experiences by openly moving between streams.

What, for you, are the benefits of attending a conference like the ‘X-Tech 2019 Convention’?

In today’s world, cyber risk only continues to become more prominent, and every industry and business is interconnected. It’s crucial that all businesses and departments understand and are prepared for a potential cyber attack, and educational, informative events, like X-Tech, are crucial in helping manage the problem.

Phil Renaud, Executive Director, The Risk Institute

The benefits are networking, sharing ideas and techniques to navigate risk and new technologies. In addition, with the Las Vegas venue, having fun on the strip and building relationships with people in the industry. For me personally, it catching up with friends and learning from the other speakers.

Craig Spielmann, Former Global Head of Enterprise Risk Management Strategy, First Data

The X-Tech Convention brings together a wide range of attendees and presenters from all over the globe. The information that is presented in the formal sessions and roundtables should be extremely valuable to attendees.

Dave Lott, Payment Risk Expert, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

I will discuss a framework that helps enterprise innovate securely in blockchain and blockchain applications. Blockchain is not a magic potion – it won’t solve all the problems in your company. Most of us have heard the saying, “to a man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.”  I encourage companies to avoid falling into a trap of thinking blockchain is the answer to everything.

Olga V. Mack, VP, Strategy, Quantstamp

The opportunity to speak at any conference, including X-Tech 2019 Convention, is always an opportunity for me to share my own industry experience but also the opportunity to validate my current views and potentially calibrate them through the connecting and discussion with the industry peers. I am always looking forward to connect and learn new stuff. There’s always a good thing, because our learning never stops.

Milos Dunjic, AVP, Enterprise Payments Technology Innovation, TD Bank

The benefit to attend conferences and conventions like X-Tech is to hear other industry experts share their opinions on the current financial innovation landscape, to see what other products are being developed, and to meet fellow innovators and leaders of the industry.

Ethen Yao, Head of Innovation and Intellectual Properties, Blast

It’s always great to meet with industry leaders for a couple of days to share knowledge, brainstorm, and get updated on the latest trends in the industry. I look forward to talking about the various ways AI and ML can be used for detecting fraudulent applications and show a few cool examples of how we do that at BlueVine. I’m also excited to share my thoughts on how we can improve, as in industry in protecting ourselves against fraud.

Ido Lustig, Chief Risk Officer, BlueVine

The X-Tech agenda was researched and verified with our X-Tech 2019 Advisory Board

23rd November 2020

Building cyber resilience to protect customers and the institution

2nd October 2020

Interview: Ensuring system resilience to adapt to the evolution of the new payment landscape

22nd April 2020

Panel Discussion | Non-Financial Risk Survey Results

28th January 2020

Presentation | Payment in the new: Balancing experience and new frontiers

28th January 2020

Post-panel discussion: Ensuring system resilience to adapt to the evolution of the new payment landscape

17th January 2020

Research survey: Basel IV Readiness – How prepared is your firm?

2nd January 2020

Global research survey: Technology risk in financial services

4th November 2019

Biometrics in Payments

By Steve Cook, Specialist Biometrics & Digital Identity Consultant, Biometrics for eCommerce
31st October 2019

Cryptocurrency: The next main Internet payment Method?

By Anil Nayak, Blockchain Advisor, Allied Irish Bank
29th October 2019

Risk EMEA 2019: Data, the impact of technology and increasing efficiency

21st October 2019

Reviewing FinTech advances and new product entrants impact on the market

21st October 2019

How leaders foster an inclusive culture

4th October 2019

Assessing the current ecosystem and evolution of FinTech

By Ameer Naraynen, Head of Systems Development, Bordier & Cie UK PLC
19th September 2019

Payments innovation, customer satisfaction and open banking

12th September 2019

Making fairness an intrinsic part of AI for financial services

By Sray Agarwal, Specialist – Data Science & AI, Publicis Sapient
12th September 2019

Understanding the changing behaviours of consumers and meeting evolving expectations

By Chris Crespo, Head of Digital Direction, Group Digital, Nordea
11th September 2019

Reviewing the evolving landscape of non-financial companies offering financial products

Rinse Jacobs, Head of Strategic Partnerships, solarisBank
29th August 2019
Top 3 Investment Priorities

Top 3 investment priorities according to FinTech Leaders 2019 Report

20th August 2019

Reviewing the latest trends and challenges surrounding LIBOR transition and the adoption of alternative reference rates

By Shannon Harris, Senior Research Executive, CeFPro
2nd August 2019

Exploring the uses of AI and machine learning technology in operational risk

By Saqib Jamshed, Head of Model Risk Governance, The Options Clearing Corporation
1st August 2019

Biometrics: Increasing security and accessibility to increase customer experience

By Steve Cook, Specialist Biometrics and Fintech Consultant, Biometrics for eCommerce
1st August 2019

Increasing accountability in the first line and minimizing duplication of efforts for risk assessments

By Hugo Ramirez, SVP, Director of Corporate Assurance, BBVA
24th July 2019

The Research for CeFPro’s FinTech Leaders 2020 Report has been launched

CeFPro’s Global Research Survey has been launched for the next edition of FinTech Leaders! FinTech Leaders is the most comprehensive independent study of the global FinTech […]
16th July 2019

FinTech and emerging technology in financial services

By Alice Kelly, Head of Research and Production, CeFPro
4th July 2019

Distributed ledger technology

By Mariana Gómez de la Villa, Head of Wholesale Banking Blockchain, ING
13th June 2019

Model risk: Life-cycle, new regulations and what the future holds

10th June 2019

Assessing the changing regulatory landscape and the impact of global and jurisdictional variations

5th June 2019

Big data, small data: How to get from insights to action with data visualisation

15th May 2019

Challenges are here to stay – What next?

14th May 2019

Developing and testing business continuity plans for risk mitigation for supplier failure

By Tom Garrubba, Senior Director & CISO,  Shared Assessments & The Santa Fe Group
Ahead of the X-Tech Convention, there will be a series of 3 pre-event webinars led by industry experts taking place across February 2019.

Please be aware that even if you cannot make the live webinar date, it is still worth registering all registrants will be sent a full recording of the webinar.


Managing IT Risk in today’s evolving environment

Took place on February 15 2019, 12:00pm (ET)

Third Party Risk Management | The Cloud | Business spend | Regulatory environment 

Led by:


Dr. Markus Sanio,
Enterprise Technology Risk Manager,
State Street


Craig Spielmann,
former Global Head of Enterprise Risk Management Strategy,
First Data


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


Defining digital payments – From old to new

Took place on February 22 2019, 11:00am (ET)

Overview of the market | Risks and challenges in today’s environment | Taking advantage of and keeping up with new technology | Protecting the business Best practices: A balanced approach

Led by:


David Lott,
Payment Risk Expert,
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


Sabeena Liconte,
Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer,
Bank of China (BOC) International (USA) Holdings Inc.


Joseph Del Broccolo,
SVP, US Head of Transaction Monitoring,


Jeremy Epstein,
Managing Director, Innovation Banking,


Innovation and FinTech: impact on the landscape

Took place on February 27 2019, 10:00am (PST)

Innovation and adoption rate | BlockchainFinTech: Regulatory and compliance hurdles | How technology is solving challenges? | Use cases of how FinTech’s are changing the landscape

Led by:


Ethen Yao,
Head of Innovations and Intellectual Properties,


Sunil Gangwani,


Lindsey Burik,
Head of Electronic Trading Americas/Europe, Managing Director,
Mizuho Americas


Olga Mack,
VP, Strategy,

X-Tech 2020: Financial Services & Technology 

TBC 2020

2019 venue: 

Accommodation at Bally’s:

Our preferential rates at this Hotel have now expired however the weblink below is still live and this will give you best available price per night based on availability.

If you prefer to phone in your reservations, please call the Reservation Center on 800-358-8777 to secure your accommodation. However, please note that a processing fee per reservation will be incurred if you choose not to use the dedicated weblink above. Please ensure to mention the group name of: Center for Financial Professionals – X-Tech 2019 or the group identify code SBCFP9 to receive the best rate possible.


Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3645 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas
NV 89109

2019 Partners:


Exari delivers the most complete Enterprise Contract Lifecycle Management platform, used every day by market-leading companies to understand all aspects of their contract ecosystem worldwide. With Exari, customers can reduce contract risk and improve operating efficiency with 100% Contract Certainty™. Learn more at www.Exari.com.


Tradeshift drives supply chain innovation for the digitally connected economy. As the leader in supply chain payments and marketplaces, the company helps buyers and suppliers digitize all their trade transactions, collaborate on every process, and connect with any supply chain app. More than 1.5 million companies across 190 countries trust Tradeshift to process over half a trillion USD in transaction value, making it the largest global business network for buying and selling.

2019 Exhibitor:

CastleHill Managed Risk Solutions

CastleHill Managed Risk Solutions, LLC – CastleHIll offers advisory, implementation, and managed services for Regulatory Change Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Third Party Risk Management, Compliance and additional Operational risk disciplines. Our structured approach to implementation and onboarding (Prototype-Iterate-Enhance) leverages best practice risk management process design, prototyping and iterative enhancement techniques that delivers rapid value. In addition, our GRC as a Service (GRCaaS) managed service helps simplify your risk management processes by providing options for outsourcing the costly administrative activities and technology support that distract risk managers from their primary job of managing risk. CastleHill team members average over 17 years of professional experience and act as Subject Matter Experts in two or more risk domains. We have a proven track record of departmental and enterprise GRC implementations using the RSA Archer and ProcessUnity platforms.

Can your organization contribute at our X-Tech 2019 Convention?

Please contact the Center for Financial Professionals today to discuss how we can deliver your thought-leadership at the event, help you generate leads, and provide you with unique networking and branding opportunities. Please contact sales@cefpro.com or call us on +1 888 677 7007 / +44 (0)20 7164 6582 where a member of the team will be happy to tailor the right package for you.

2019 Media Partners:

Crowd Reviews

CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users which have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buyers their thoughts on their experience. CrowdReviews.com is driven by an algorithm allowing for both customers and providers of products and services to understand how the rankings are determined. The service can be used by potential buyers to learn more about their vendors prior to making a purchasing decision.


FindBiometrics is your leading industry resource for all information on biometrics identification and identity verification systems and solutions. We have the latest daily news from the global biometric and identity management business community, a comprehensive vendor list, informative articles, interviews with industry leaders, exclusive videos, links to biometric associations and a calendar of the most important current industry news events and conferences. For more than a decade we have brought you the top industry news, answering all of your questions, and have remained an integral player in the biometrics community. Now, here in the industry’s most rapid growth period, we are here to keep you more connected, knowledgeable, and up-to-date on the latest identity management news than ever before.

FinTech Finance

Fintech Finance works with prominent executives in the industry to provide key decision-makers globally within the foremost financial services organizations with consistent and accurate intelligence on emerging trends, breakthrough technologies and stimulating developments, helping them to make informed decisions. At Fintech Finance, we produce monthly video episodes looking at range of topics within financial services, as well as attending some of the most prominent events within the sector.

FinTech Futures

FinTech Futures is a digital publishing platform for the worldwide fintech community.

Built on the renowned Banking Technology brand, FF provides daily news, analysis and expert commentary across a comprehensive range of areas:
FinTech, BankingTech, PayTech, RegTech, WealthTech, LendTech, InsurTech

Our broad readership and solid reputation, combined with in-depth coverage across fintech on a worldwide scale, makes us the leading resource for technology buyers, sellers, developers, integrators and other specialists across the sector.

FF brand incorporates:
– Monthly Banking Technology magazine in print and digital
– Banking Technology Awards, an annual event recognising excellence and innovation in the use of IT in financial services, and the people who make it happen
– Paybefore, a global paytech publication
– PayTech Awards, an event celebrating the best of the best in paytech industry

GlobalRisk Community

The GlobalRisk Community is a thriving community of risk managers and associated service providers. Our purpose is to foster business, networking and educational explorations among members. Our goal is to be the worlds premier Risk forum and contribute to better understanding of complex world of risk.

Mobile ID World

Mobile ID World is here to bring you the latest on mobile authentication solutions and application providers. Our company is dedicated to providing users with the best content and cutting edge information on technology, news, and mobile solutions for your mobile identity management needs.

From the same minds that brought you FindBiometrics, Mobile ID World is committed to bringing you the best information, in a quick, contextual, and comprehensive way. Mobile ID World is your authorized go-to source for everything in strong mobile authentication. This includes: M2M, NFC, access control, biometrics enabled smartphones and anything that promises to make life more convenient and secure.


PaymentsJournal is a free, comprehensive online information portal designed to keep payments and banking industry professionals informed through the daily delivery of the latest news, industry blogs, research, case studies, executive interviews and analyst insights. PaymentsJournal is published by Mercator Advisory Group, the leading payments research and consulting firm. PaymentsJournal is a natural extension for Mercator Advisory Group as we continue to monitor the payments and banking industries and work with industry’s top leading companies. http://www.paymentsjournal.com/

Plug and Play Tech Center

Plug and Play is the ultimate innovation platform, bringing together the best startups and the world’s largest corporations.


SmartMoneyMatch connects the global investment community.

https://www.SmartMoneyMatch.com/investments enables you to browse and list investment products, create a request for proposal, connect with and message other users, search and announce relevant events, find jobs, post vacancies or write articles.
Moreover, all users have their profile page where your activities – as an investor, asset manager or service provider – can be described.

Free registration now on https://www.SmartMoneyMatch.com/register

The Paypers

The Paypers is a Netherlands-based leading independent source of news and intelligence for professionals in the global payment and ecommerce community. We focus on all trends and developments in: payment solutions & services, B2B payments, payments infrastructure, fraud & risk management, regtech, digital identity, regulation, banking, fintech, and M&A.

The Record

The Record provides news and thought leadership on Microsoft and partner technology in the financial services, communications and media, manufacturing, public sector, and retail and hospitality industries.

Via a quarterly printed magazine, website and app, The Record covers industry trends, product launches, new implementations and event news, as well as commentary articles, case studies and in-depth features.

The magazine’s editorial calendar is put together with guidance from leading members of Microsoft’s worldwide industry teams, addressing key topics that are capturing the attention of technology executives in enterprise businesses today, including cloud computing, the internet of things, enterprise social, mobility and big data.

To subscribe to the FREE digital edition, please visit: http://www.technologyrecord.com/magazines/digital-editions



Prerequisites: Knowledge of financial risk management
Advanced Preparation: No advanced preparation is required
Program Level: Intermediate to advanced
Delivery Method: Group-live

The Center for Financial Professionals is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org

Can I present at X-Tech 2019?

Yes, the Center for Financial Professionals are happy to discuss speaking opportunities at the Congress. For further information on this please contact alice.kelly@cefpro.com

Are there any rules on the dress code?

Business attire is requested. The Convention is a formal opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and to gain knowledge from the industry’s finest risk management experts.

What is the cost and what is included in the registration fee?

We offer incentives for ‘early bird’ registrants of the Convention, as outlined on our pricing structure.

Registration includes breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunches, the cocktail reception at the end of day One, full access to the Convention sessions and exhibition area. Presentations from sessions are also available, subject to speaker approval.

Where can I find the Congress documentation and speaker presentations?

All registered attendees will receive an email with access to documentation and speaker presentations*

All available documentation will be provided after the Convention has taken place. However we will work with our presenters to make these available before the Convention where possible.

*Please note that our speakers often have to gain permission from their relevant compliance departments to release their presentations. On rare occasions compliance may not allow presentations to be distributed.

Will breakfast, lunch and refreshment be provided?

Yes. As with all of our events the Center for Financial Professionals will be providing brilliant coffee, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and smaller bites during the networking breaks.

Will there be opportunities to network with other attendees?

There are ample opportunities for networking and interaction throughout the Convention, such as

  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks
  • Drinks reception at the end of the first day of the Convention (subject to confirmation)
  • Q&A, panel discussions and audience participation technology at the event and during the sessions
I have several colleagues that would like to attend, is there a group discount?

Certainly! We are pleased to offer you a 20% discount on the third registration or provide a fifth registration at half price.

If you would like to register more than five colleagues please contact us on +1 888 677 7007.

Please note:

  • Registrations must be made at the same time
  • Registrations must come from the organization
  • The lowest registration will be discounted
Are there opportunities to share my thought-leadership at X-Tech 2019?

Yes there are plenty of opportunities for the Center for Financial Professionals to share thought-leadership to the attendees of X-Tech 2019 and our wider risk professionals community.

At the event
We can distribute your material to the attendees or even offer you an exhibition booth so that you may enjoy a more prominent presence at the Convention. Visit the Sponsor tab for further information or contact sales@cefpro.com / +1 888 677 7007.

Risk Insights
Feature your content on our Risk Insights website and supporting Risk Insights monthly newsletter. For further information please download our media pack here.

Are media partnerships available for X-Tech 2019?

Yes. As part of a media partnership we can offer a variety of options to increase the branding and awareness of your association, company, certificate, publication or media. We are flexible with what we can offer however we usually:

  • Provide a discounted rate to attend
  • Place your logo and profile on the Convention website
  • Place your logo on the Convention brochure
  • Place your logo on promotional content where applicable
  • Distribute your media/marketing at the Convention
  • Promote through social media channels

To discuss this further please contact jesse.hopkins@cefpro.com or call +1 888 677 7007.

Should you have any questions regarding registering, please contact the Center for Financial Professionals, please contact us on +1 888 677 7007 (US) or +44 (0)20 7164 6582 (UK).

Pre-Agenda Rate

Representing a financial institution or government body
(E.g. Bank, Insurance company, Asset Manager, Regulator)


Available until the agenda is live

Representing an information/service provider
(E.g. Consultant, Vendor, Executive Search Firm, Law Firm)


Available until the agenda is live

Group Bookings:

Group rates are available for 3 or more attendees from the same organisation, when registering at the same time. The current rate allows every third colleague to come along at a 20% discount or a fifth colleague to attend at half price!

Accommodation ticket terms and conditions:

Accommodation is not included unless where stated. Any tickets including accommodation are applicable with our group rates (saving you more with group bookings). Accommodation tickets are strictly non-refundable and subject to availability. Once the quota of preferential rate rooms are taken, CeFPro cannot guarantee rates and these may change with market conditions.

What Is Included in the Registration Rate for X-Tech 2019: Financial Services and Technology
  • Full access to the two-day multi-stream Convention – move freely between the streams, including presentations, panel discussions, sign up to luncheon roundtables, demo speed dating, workshops: create your own agenda and schedule
  • Breakfast, lunch, refreshments throughout the two days
  • The end of day one Networking and Peers Cocktail Reception
  • Access to the exhibit hall
  • Access to small group demo roundtables and meet the presenters luncheon roundtables
  • Thought leadership content, including all available presentations, white papers and interviews with presenters
  • Complimentary access to the FinTech 250 Rankings paper

1. Save time and register by email

Simply email jesse.hopkins@cefpro.com with your E-Signature – and we will do the rest for you!

2. Contact us directly

2019 Partners:

2019 Exhibitors:

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