Richard Gendal Brown
Head of Technology
Richard Gendal Brown is the Head of Technology for DLG and is one of the world’s leading authorities on distributed ledger systems and architectures.
Previously, Richard was the Executive Architect for Banking and Financial Markets industry innovation at IBM UK. His previous roles with the company, for whom he has worked for almost fifteen years, included Lead Account Architect for a global Investment Banking client and a consultant for IBM software products. He is an advisor to several FinTech start-ups and he mentors at London’s StartupBootcamp accelerator.
Richard maintains a widely-read blog that is regarded by many as one of the most forward thinking publications in the space (gendal.me).
He is a Chartered Engineer, holds an MBA from Warwick Business
VP of Blockchain R+D and Experimentation
Simon is the VP of Blockchain R+D and Experimentation for Barclays. Simon’s career started as a software developer in the Telco sector before transitioning to a bank supplier, where his experience was in delivering some of the first mobile banking solutions in the European market. Simon joined Barclays in 2013 and since then has played an integral role in the Barclays Accelerator Fintech Start-up programme before taking on his current role in Blockchain and Experimentation. Today Simon is widely recognised as a Blockchain expert and has featured in the Wall St Journal, FT, Reuters and other key publications as well as being a regular speaker at the likes of SIBOS, Next Bank and other Blockchain events. In 2015 the UK Government turned to Simon as their key expert in Blockchain and Simon is now advising regulators and Governments globally on how to make the most of this phenomenon
Global Head of Securities Markets
Innotribe & The SWIFT Institute, SWIFT
Fabian Vandenreydt is a Director at SWIFT.
Fabian leads SWIFT’s securities business worldwide and is responsible for driving thought leadership and innovation initiatives across the company.
As Global Head of Securities, Fabian drives traffic growth and strategic development in the areas of collateral management, investment management, funds, trade reporting and settlement. He also manages the SWIFT Institute and has a mandate to infuse innovation across SWIFT’s business lines, and externally, through Innotribe. Fabian is Head of Innotribe.
Previously, Fabian has held several senior level positions at SWIFT, including Head of Securities and Treasury Markets where he launched several new initiatives supporting corporate actions, collateral management, trade reporting and legal entity identifiers. He was also Head of Product Management where he contributed to the SWIFT2015 platform strategy. He also led SWIFT’s market strategy and product management activities in messaging and value-added services for the Securities Post-trade group.
Fabian brings over 20 years’ of financial services experience to SWIFT. He joined SWIFT in 2004 from Capco, a consultancy, where he was involved in large front-to-back automation programs for securities firms specializing in FX, equities, derivatives and fixed income markets. Previously, he was a Vice-President at Euroclear, in charge of product management for communications services.
In 2015, Fabian was named one of the 35 leaders in FinTech Finance by Institutional Investor. In recent years, he was named one of the 40 leaders of FinTech by Financial News and recognised by Global Custodian as one of the most influential leaders in securities services over the last 25 years.
Fabian is Belgian and is based at SWIFT’s headquarters outside of Brussels.
Vice President, Blockchain Innovation
Vice President, Blockchain Innovation, Nasdaq
Fredrik re-joined Nasdaq in 2008. He is now holding the position as Vice President Blockchain Innovation where he is responsible for Nasdaq’s blockchain innovation initiative. In this role he is advising the C-suite on corporate objectives and strategies for Nasdaq’s activities in the blockchain space and also responsible for implementation and communication of approved strategies.
Before August 2015 Fredrik held the position as Deputy Head of Nasdaq Commodities where he was responsible for the management of Nasdaq Commodities’ European activities. Nasdaq Commodities lists futures and options for trading and clearing in energy, freight and seafood markets. Fredrik’s main responsibilities was the day-to-day management of Nasdaq Commodities and to ensure the commercial success of the business.
Between 2004 and 2008 Fredrik worked for the IntercontinentalExchange in London, UK where he was heading up the Market Development team for ICE’s European operation. Before joining ICE, Fredrik worked at Nasdaq’s predecessor OMX from 1995 where he managed various business units supplying exchange and clearing solutions to deregulated electricity markets.
Head of R&D and Innovation
David G.W Birch Director of Innovation at Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information (Wired magazine) and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking (Financial Brand); listed in the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson (PR Daily); ranked in the top three most influential people in London’s FinTech community (City A.M.), voted one of the European “Power 50” people in digital financial services (FinTech Awards) and ranked Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments (Total Payments).
Head of FinTech Innovation Lab
Alex Batlin, Senior Innovation Manager, runs UBS’s FinTech Innovation Lab based in UK’s Level 39 accelerator and leads UBS’s Crypto 2.0 Pathfinder research into blockchains and their impact on business models. He is also global head of UBS’s technology research service that delivers market landscapes, insights and foresight to business, technology and leadership communities.
In his innovation role, Alex worked on big data analytics, social media, cloud and mobile computing, device security, unified communication and cognitive computing projects. Previously he was bank’s global head of SDLC services. Prior to joining UBS, Alex worked at Nomura, JPMorgan and CSC.
He has a degree in Computer Science from University of Bristol.
Clive joins R3 with a proven track record of growing companies, motivating staff and forging partnerships. He is a highly driven Securities executive with extensive experience of managing businesses and people in the financial markets, both institutional and retail, and has worked in all of the major financial centers. Immediately prior to joining R3, Clive was CEO of City Index Ltd, for 7 years where he grew the business into one of the major retail OTC derivative providers in Europe. Clive secured partnerships with Barclays Stockbrokers, TD Waterhouse, Hargreaves Lansdown and Halifax Share Dealing which significantly boosted the company’s profile in the UK and his management of the overseas expansion into Australia and Europe drove revenue expansion.
Prior to City Index Clive was CEO of Exco USA (RMJ Securities/Noonans) in New York from October 1991 to 2000. Exco was one of the largest FX, US Treasuries and Money-Market brokers in the world. The company had a global staff complement of 450 and Clive was integral to the merger with Intercapital to form what is now known as ICAP plc. Before that Clive was founding partner at Williams, Cooke, Lott and Kissack Ltd the first electronic broker of UK Government bonds which is now part of ICAP plc
Head of Group Technology Innovation
London Stock Exchange
Chief Business Development Officer
Digital Asset Holdings
Global Business Development & Digitization
Head of Innovation Engineering
Royal Bank of Scotland
Richard leads a team of engineers and innovators looking at emerging technologies and their application across RBS to reduce costs, gain efficiency and better customer experiences. His current focus is on the application of distributed ledger technology including block chain across RBS. Richard has a 15 year career in investment banking technology, specializing in the building of financial ledgers and regulatory reporting for the largest financial service institutions.
Product and Digital Specialist
Brian uses his wealth of knowledge gained operating as the COO of Europe for R3 CEV, as well as in his former role as the Chair for the PTDL, both placing him in the very middle of the Financial Services attempts to decode the Blockchain.
Giving an in depth view on Blockchain innovation and disruption in the financial services as well as how major Financial Institutions are viewing the path to adoption of Blockchain Technology. His expert overview based on a deep knowledge of the industry will give a real insight into the path to adoption for Blockchain technology, giving answers directly gathered from a range of financial institutions into:
– What is standing in the way of mainstream adoption?
– How do we begin the transition to Blockchain?
– What will be the first applications?
– What will this mean for your institution?
Dr. Gavin Wood is the CEO of Ethcore Ltd. He was the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of the Ethereum Project and the co-designer of the Ethereum Protocol, the lead programmer on the C++ Ethereum software client, and was the project chief of the IDE, Solidity programming language, and the Swarm and Whisper protocols. He has pushed the state-of-the-art in video analysis tools and programming languages, as well as co-founding several technology start-ups. Dr. Wood has given seminars and presented to numerous audiences around the world from keynotes at regional technology conferences to musings on the future of legal systems. He coined the terms ‘web three’ and ‘allegality’. He was the Director of Technology of OxLegal and a Technical Director at Lancaster Logic Response. He graduated from University of York.
Co-Founder and CEO
Frank founded several companies in various industries including location based social network IRL Connect, fashion company ClickClacks and indoor positioning company Qubulus. He was also part of initiating the Verbeterdebuurt foundation that unites citizens and municipalities to improve neighbourhoods and I pioneered as a Dutch rapper pre-dating my entrepreneurial life.
In his current position as CEO & Co-founder of Safello (https://safello.com) Frank is heading the efforts to build a Bitcoin spending platform that can also help financial institutions enter the Bitcoin & blockchain space. Safello was part of the Techstars program in London and the first Bitcoin company to close a partnership with a global tier I bank, Barclays.
Frank is a frequent speaker at events such as TEDx, Coinsummit, Bank of the Future, PayExpo, Fintech Storm, Digital Currency Summit and others. In 2015 Hot Topic listed Frank as one of the 100 most influential people in fintech globally.
Corporates & Markets Head of Risk, Resource Management & Market Services
Jonathan Levin is a co-founder of Chainalysis, the leading provider of AML solutions to Bitcoin companies. He was previously CEO at Coinometrics, where he leads a team of data scientists to measure the activity and health of the Bitcoin network. He consults regularly to governments, top tier banks and payment companies on the future of digital currencies.
Dr Lee Braine
Investment Bank CTO Office
Dr. Lee Braine, from the Investment Bank CTO Office at Barclays, has a deep interest in technology architecture and innovation. His focus in the blockchain-related space has been on smart contracts and shared ledgers – and he represents Barclays Investment Bank Technology on a number of blockchain-related consortia. His background is in banking technology, with a PhD in Computer Science and experience in investment banking, clearing & settlement, stock exchanges, corporate banking, and wealth management.
Founder and CEO
Head of Innovation and Markets
FidorTecS AG, Fidor Bank
Social media entrepreneur in the mid-90s, cosultant and Ruby on Rails developer in the aughts and since 2007 at Fidor where he was responsible for the architecture of Fidor’s platform fOS. He’s now working on innovation projects and solutions for international clients and partners for FidorTecS. On the side he produces organic yarn for hand knitting and hosts Munich’s Nerd Nite
Pascal is an investor and fintech expert who has been active as a venture capitalist in the financial services industry for the past 6 years. Pascal currently serve as Venture Partner with Santander Innoventures. Prior to that, he was General Partner with Route 66 Ventures where he built and managed the firm’s venture arm into a top 20 global fintech investor. He brings years of experience as an operator of businesses and startups across different sizes and stages, an executive with large financial institutions, and an investor in the financial services industry. Prior to entering the VC space, Pascal worked in various commercial, merchant and investment banking roles across both Europe and the US.
Back, Middle Office and FinTech Sector Specialist
UK Trade & Investment
Shaul is the Fintech sector specialist at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) the business development arm of the UK Government. In this role Shaul is responsible for UKTI’s engagement strategy with UK and overseas Fintech markets and stakeholders, through our network of overseas posts. Shaul works directly with innovative Fintech companies seeking to enter the UK market and with UK based companies as they grow globally. Prior to this role, Shaul was Programme Manager at the Financial Services Knowledge Transfer Network (FSKTN). The FSKTN aimed to foster the technological innovation required to reinforce the UK’s reputation as a centre for FS excellence. By providing a platform and leadership, the FSKTN helped stimulate interaction between the UK’s FS industry, academic experts and technology vendors. Earlier in his career Shaul held various roles within Retail Banking technology and finance.
Dr. Jutta Steiner is a founder and COO of Ethcore Ltd – a London based start-up that is spearheading the development of free-trust technology. She oversaw the IT security audit for the Ethereum foundation (CH) before the launch of the public blockchain. She is also a co-founder of Provenance, a London based start-up that employs blockchain technology to make supply chains more transparent. She worked for management consultancy McKinsey and holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics.
CEO & Founder
Nick Williamson is the CEO & Founder of Pythia, the company behind Credits. Nick started his career working in a Hedge Fund Administration while attending Illinois Institute of Technology on a Cross Country & Track scholarship. Eventually Nick realized his first true calling and became an online professional poker player. Through his unique skillset and leadership qualities, Nick caught the eye of Pokerstars and was hired to manage the Product & Operations of Ring Games; the largest real-money online poker product in the world. It was during 2010 when Nick was first introduced to Blockchain technology via Bitcoin and quickly became a leader in the space, contributing to numerous open source projects. This work would eventually lead to conceptualizing and building Credits; A Hybrid framework providing interoperable, built-to-purpose blockchains.
Innovation Partner for Emerging Payments
Visa Europe Collaboration
Jon joined Visa Europe in 2010, and over the last year, has been a key member of the newly formed innovation hub, which is responsible for identifying and testing the most exciting and revolutionary ideas in payments and developing them into a commercial reality. Jon has led Visa’s Blockchain strategy and is responsible for multiple high-profile proof of concept initiatives with key start-up companies; developing new products and services across the whole payments eco-system, with specific focus and thought leadership in the Blockchain and crypto-currency domain.
Prior to joining Visa Europe, Jon gained over 20 years’ experience successfully delivering Business & Information Technology Services for global financial companies. He has previously worked at JP Morgan, Legal & General and spent thirteen years at American Express, where he rose to become the Vice President of Technologies Operations for the Global Travel division and designed and implemented the new Travel support organisation for European Business Travel. Jon has a strong track record of successfully leading international service and technology teams to deliver operational services and new infrastructure capabilities.
Jon began his career as Management Trainee at Lloyds Bank, holds a Business degree from Oxford Brookes University and holds professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute for IT.