Head of Change & Data Management
Bank of England
Clair is currently Head of Change & Data Management; responsible for the delivery of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) Change Portfolio, Data Management, Strategic Business Systems and PRA Brexit Implementation across the organisation. She has 20 years’ extensive financial services experience operating at board level and leading strategic and transformational change, in a number of complex organisations. Having started in the Building Society sector, she then worked in retail banking management before moving into IT and Operational Project Management. After 10 years in consultancy roles delivering large scale strategic IT, data and operational change, Clair joined the Financial Services Authority in 2011 to lead the Internal Twin Peaks programme to transition to the PRA and FCA regulatory model, and moved across with the PRA to the Bank of England at legal cutover.
In her current role, as well as supporting the business in identifying, scoping and implementing business and systems change, and responsibility for the delivery of a Supervisory Operating Model for a post Brexit world, Clair is responsible for driving a demand-led data approach for the PRA – supporting end-users to make the best use of the data available, whilst seeking to develop the PRA’s data analytics capability to better meet their needs. Keeping up with advances in data techniques and technologies can be quite a challenge as well as being an exciting field to work in.
Clair’s home is a working farm in rural Devon, which she shares with her husband and son. Her passion since childhood is horses, together with helping out on the farm, this provides a great way to recharge batteries and very different challenges!
Chief FinTech Officer
Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA)
Assylbek Davletov, is Chief FinTech Officer and the Member of the Executive Body at the Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA). Mr. Davletov is responsible for development of regulatory policies aimed at facilitating the adoption of technological innovations in the financial services industry, and deployment of AIFC Fintech Regulatory Sandbox.
European Central Bank
Head of Oversight Division
European Central Bank
Klaus Löber is a senior adviser in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments of the European Central Bank (ECB). His areas of responsibility encompass the ECB’s global regulatory policy activities with a focus on payments and market infrastructures. More specifically, he works on the ECB’s FinTech and digital innovations agenda and acts as chair of the Committee of Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) working group and co-chair of the CPMI-IOSCO working group looking into these developments. Previously, Mr Löber was head of the CPMI Secretariat, after being head of the oversight division of the ECB.
Daniel Heller is a financial sector expert and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London (UCL). He also advises the World Bank and several start-up companies in the area of Fintech and digital currencies. In 2017, he was a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington where he published widely on impact of emerging digital technologies such as blockchain on the financial sector, financial stability, and central banking. Before joining the Institute, he was head of financial stability at the Swiss National Bank, head of the Secretariat of the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems at the Bank for International Settlements.
former Vice President and Senior Policy Adviser
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Richard Heckinger was formerly vice president and senior policy advisor, Financial Markets Group, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He started his career in financial markets at the Chicago Board Options Exchange in 1973. His career has included executive management of financial market operations and risk. He has a wide range of international experience including positions in Montreal, London, Hong Kong, Boston and Chicago. He has served on international committees, including a Federal Reserve Bank of New York working group, the OTC Derivatives Regulators’ Forum, SWIFT, and the International Securities Services Association. He has a MPhil degree in economics from the London School of Economics, a BA degree in mathematics from the Illinois State University, and completed the Advanced Management Course at the University of Chicago.
Head of RegTech and Advanced Analytics
Financial Conduct Authority
Director of Banking Markets, Innovation and Consumers
European Banking Authority
Jon Hasling Kyed
Chief Special Advisor FinTech
Danish Financial Supervisory Authority
Bank of Lithuania
Prior to joining the Bank of Lithuania, Marius Jurgilas worked as Economist at Norges Bank and the Bank of England, Researcher at the European Central Bank, and gained academic experience in the US. As Member of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania, he is in charge of payment services and their development, FinTech, research and cash, as well as units performing related functions. To address related issues, he participates in meetings of the ECB Governing Council and committees, scientific conferences, as well as represents the central bank of the Republic of Lithuania at various international economic fora and organisations.
Senior Manager, Financial Technology and Information Security
Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
Arvinder Bharath is the Senior Manager in charge of Financial Technology and Information Security at the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago; a position she has held since April 2016. Prior to this, Mrs. Bharath held the position of Deputy Inspector, Supervision, in the Bank’s Financial Institutions Supervision Department. Previously, she was President and Country Head of RBC Royal Bank in Trinidad and Tobago and held a number of senior positions at Barclays Bank in the United Kingdom and internationally.
Mrs. Bharath’s blend of experience as a technologist, banker and a supervisor position her well to lead the technology function at the Central Bank in this era of Fintech. A practical business perspective renders her well equipped to rigorously evaluate new technologies with respect to their relevance, risks and benefits. She continues to meaningfully support the Supervision arm of the Bank in assessing technology-related risks in the financial system.
Mrs. Bharath is the founder and Chair of the Regional Central Banking Cyber Information Sharing Group and a similar group for the local banking sector. She also chaired the working group tasked with examining the applicability of crypto-currencies and distributed ledger technology in the financial sector under the aegis of Caribbean Telecommunications Unit (CTU).
Mrs. Bharath holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Greenwich University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of London.
Advisor to the Board
Bank of Lithuania
Assistant Sub Governor – Head of Risk Management
Central Bank of Egypt
Director of the Statistics
National Bank of Austria
Johannes Turner is director of the Statistics Department of the National Bank of Austria, which is in charge of compiling and analysing monetary, interest rate, supervisory and external statistics and maintaining the Austrian Central Credit Register. He is a member of the Statistics Committee of the European System of Central Banks, and a representative in the Committee on Monetary, Financial and Balance of Payments Statistics in Luxembourg (CMFB). Since 2013 Johannes Turner has been representative in the ESF (European Statistical Forum) and since 2016 he has been vice president of the European Committee of the Central Balance-Sheet Data Offices (ECCBSO). He is advisory board member of Statistics Austria (NSI) and a member of the ERP (European Recovery Programme) Audit Committee. In 2014-15 he chaired the European Central Bank taskforce for a harmonised reporting framework for banks in Europe. He was promoted to his current position in June 2010 after having worked on banking supervision at the National Bank of Austria for 18 years. Mr Turner holds a master's degree and a PhD in business administration from the University of Vienna.
Board Member and Executive Director
Czech National Bank
Oldrich Dedek graduated at the Prague School of Economics. In 1996-98 he was active as an adviser to the governor of the Czech National Bank and to the prime minister of the Czech Republic. In 1999-2005 he was vice-governor of the Czech National Bank. In March 2007 he was appointed by the Czech government to the position of the chief coordinator for euro adoption in the Czech Republic. Since 2017 he has served his second term in the Board of the Czech National Bank. Mr Dedek is also a lecturer in the Institute of Economic Studies at the Charles University in Prague.
Head of Prudential Analytics Division, Insurance Supervision
Central Bank of Ireland
Allan Kearns is head of analytics within the Insurance Supervision Directorate at the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI). In this role, he is responsible for the establishment of a new analytics function as part of the Solvency II change programme within the central bank. The vision for this function is to extract insights from the new Solvency II Pillar 3 reporting to enhance data-driven supervisory and financial stability decision making. Prior to this role, Allan was a founding member of the CBI's risk management division, with responsibility as a deputy chief risk officer for both financial and non-financial risk management frameworks. Allan has an MSc Economics (London School of Economics), an MSc Risk Management (University College Dublin) and a doctorate from Trinity College (Dublin). He lectures on risk management topics domestically and internationally, including governance and culture, and has published on a broad range of central banking topics.
New Development Bank
Dr. Srinivas Yanamandra is Chief, Compliance at the New Development Bank (NDB) Headquartered in Shanghai. NDB is established by BRICS member countries to mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies and developing countries.
Srinivas has around 17 years of experience as a compliance officer in Indian banking industry with hands-on expertise relating to various aspects of banking regulation (such as governance, risk management, prudential reporting, risk-based supervision, digital banking and financial crime compliance). At NDB, Srinivas is responsible for operationalizing the compliance function, monitoring the implementation of compliance policy framework (comprising ethics & business conduct, anti-money laundering, anti-fraud and anti-corruption) and institutionalizing the compliance culture across the organization. He is also spearheading the initiative of tracking the regulatory developments across BRICS member countries in the area of fintech and digital economy.
On professional front, Srinivas is a qualified accountant (Chartered Accountant and Cost & Management Accountant with national ranks in all academic examinations), a Fellow of International Compliance Association, UK and a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (USA). He holds a doctorate degree (2013) from the University of Manchester, UK with research interests spanning across topics relating to monetary policy, financial instability, regulatory reforms and bank governance.
Further, as a visiting fellow at University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), UK, Srinivas is currently exploring the role of financial regulation in promoting sustainable infrastructure in BRICS cities.
Cyber Resilience Strategy Expert
European Central Bank
Head of Policy and Analysis
Head, Oversight of Financial Market Infastructures
Central Bank of Morocco
Deputy Associate Director, Operations and Payment Systems
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Head - Technological Observatory
Central Bank of Chile
Member - Secretariat
Financial Stability Board
Ryan Flood joined Vizor in 2004, and over the course of the following 14 years, he has been instrumental in the design and development of the suite of software products. He has spent significant time on-site with leading financial supervisors across the world where he has taken a lead role in the design and implementation of solution landscapes. In his current role as CTO, Ryan is active in various regulatory communities and heads up the company’s Product Design function ensuring Vizor products deliver the optimal user experience and value. Being a member of the Vizor innovation team Ryan, continuously innovates and also evaluates new technology tools and trends for the company and the community we serve. He holds a BSc in Mathematical Sciences and Computing from University of Limerick and an MSc in Computer Science from and University College Dublin.
RegTech Management Board Member
Dr. Maciej Piechocki is RegTech Management Board Member at BearingPoint. For the last 10 years, he has been specializing in the areas of digitalization, regulation and Big Data especially in the financial services sector. In his role, Maciej is responsible to deliver services and solutions to regulatory clients such as banks, insurance companies, central banks and supervisory authorities in the areas of regulatory reporting, regulatory management and regulatory analytics. Maciej deals with regulations such as Basel 3, Solvency 2, IFRSs, MiFID but also implements standards such as XBRL or SDMX.
During his career, Maciej has been working with a number of regulators worldwide such as Deutsche Bundesbank, the European Banking Authority, the European Central Bank, the Polish Central Bank, the SEC in the US, Japan’s FSA, the Chinese Ministry of Finance. He was also working with a number of large banks, insurers and listed companies. He has been working in consulting, software development, accounting standard setting and in academia.
Founder and CEO
Financial Network Analytics
Kimmo Soamäki is the founder and CEO of Financial Network Analytics (FNA) and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Network Theory in Finance. He started his career as an economist at the Bank of Finland where he developed in 1997 the first simulation model for interbank payment systems. In 2004 while at the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Mr Soramäki was among the first to apply methods from network theory to improve our understanding of financial systems. During the financial crisis of 2007-2008 he advised several central banks, including the Bank of England and European Central Bank, in modelling interconnections and systemic risk. This work led him to found FNA in 2013 provide solutions to monitor the complex financial networks that play a continually larger role in the world around us. Mr Soramäki holds a Doctor of Science in Operations Research and a Master of Science in Economics (Finance), both from Aalto University in Helsinki.
Financial Network Analytics
Phillip Straley is the President of FNA and leads commercial and corporate functions
For 25 years, Phillip has been an advisor to many of the leading financial regulators,
central banks and supranational bodies in finance, and a consultant to commercial and
investment banks on regulatory and risk management issues. Areas of particular focus
have been bank capital and liquidity management, Board-level risk appetite, and
credit risk. He has also worked hands on with both banks and supervisors in financial
sector restructuring through both the 1997-98 Asia crisis and the 2007-8 global
financial crisis. He brings to FNA deep experience in formulation and implementation
of prudential banking regulation, and in Asia Pacific markets, having been based in
Asia for more than 20 years.
Prior to FNA, Phillip led finance, risk, regulatory and analytics practices of several
prominent professional services firms, most recently as the Managing Partner for the
Risk & Regulatory practice of PwC in Asia Pacific.
Head of Digitalisation, Financial Stability Department
Bank of Finland
Financial Sector Specialist, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice
World Bank Group