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!
Head of Digitalisation, Financial Stability Department
Bank of Finland
Senior Manager, Financial Technology and Information Security
Central Bank of Trinidad & 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.
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.
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.
European Central Bank
Abhaya Prasad Hota
National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
Abhaya Prasad Hota was until recently the managing director and CEO of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). Previously, Mr Hota worked at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for 27 years before joining the NPCI in the area of design, development and implementation of electronic payment systems. At RBI, Mr Hota headed the Department of Payment and Settlement System. During the NPCI tenure during 2009-17, he was instrumental in launching two game-changing remittance products: Immediate Payment System and Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Aadhar Payments Bridge and RuPay domestic card payment network. He combines the experience of a regulator and CEO of a technology-led national level payments utility. He had played a key role in promotion of digital payments in the aftermath of demonetisation in India.
Abdul Rahim Ahmad
Chief Information Officer
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan
Head of Cash Management
Bank of Israel
Amir Safranovich has been with the Bank of Israel since 1997. He has a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Bar Ilan University.
Mr. Safranovich has headed the Cash Management Division in the Currency Department of the Bank of Israel since 2003. He is responsible for determining and implementing cash management policy in Israel and among other things, he is responsible for the supervision of cash center, the regulation of the cash market, the contingency plan for cash, the banknotes quality standards and the reduction of counterfeit in circulation and the BOI cash centers operation.
Until 2003 Mr. Safranovich worked in the Banking Supervision Department in the Bank-Customer Relations Unit.
Deputy Head General Secretariat
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.
Senior Policy Advisor in the Strategic Leadership & Support Division in Financial Stability Department
Bank of Canada
Joshua Slive is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Strategic Leadership & Support Division of the Financial Stability Department. He has conducted research and worked on domestic and international policy measures related to the reform of OTC derivatives markets. His research also focuses on market structure and liquidity on trading platforms. Before joining the Bank of Canada, Joshua was on the Finance faculty at the HEC Montreal business school. He has a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of British Columbia.
International Monetary Fund
Jessie Cheng is Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, where she provides technical assistance to member countries and works on legal, regulatory, and policy issues in the areas of fintech, crypto assets, and central banking operations. Prior to joining the Fund, Ms. Cheng was Deputy General Counsel at Ripple, where she advised on cross-border payments, blockchain-based distributed financial technologies, and cryptocurrencies. Previously, Ms. Cheng was counsel and officer in the legal group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, specializing in central bank financial services; before joining the Bank, she practiced law as an associate at the New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. A member of the American Bar Association, Ms. Cheng currently serves as Chair of the Payments Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section’s Uniform Commercial Code Committee. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Columbia School of Law.
Head of RegTech DLT
Chair of Financial Market Infrastructures and Risk
Professor Ron Berndsen is an independent director of LCH and chairs the LCH Risk Committees. He is also attached to the Tilburg School of Economics and Management at Tilburg University as full professor of Financial Market Infrastructures and Systemic Risk.
Ron is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Financial Market Infrastructures and a member of the Advisory Council of the SWIFT Institute.
The author has been active in the field of payments and market infrastructures for over 15 years. He was Head of the Oversight Department and Head of the Market Infrastructures Policy Department at De Nederlandsche Bank. Ron also served as a member on the Market Infrastructure Board at the European Central Bank and as member of the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures at the Bank of International Settlements. He also co-chaired the FSB Group on Cross-Border Crisis Management for Financial Market Infrastructures and was a member of the oversight committees of CLS, EuroCCP, Euroclear, LCH, SWIFT and TARGET2.
He was awarded a doctorate of Tilburg University in 1992 for his PhD thesis in Economics and Artificial Intelligence.
Senior Business Consultant
Payments and Digital Finance Specialist
World Bank Group
Mr. Mortimer-Schutts is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist within the World Bank Group, focusing on retail payments and Digital Financial Services in East Asia. Ivan has private and public sector expertise in financial services development and policy and economic research. He works closely with banks, fintech companies and the real sector to help accelerate partnerships that support sector development. He joined the World Bank Group from BNP Paribas, where he led Group retail and mobile banking strategy and development initiatives for BNPP’s retail operations in emerging markets. Prior to that he was head of business development for a European start-up equity broker (Self Trade / DAB) helping this company expand from France into 4 other EU markets. He joined Self Trade in 2000 from Ernst & Young Germany, where he was senior consultant, advising financial institutions.
In the area of policy and regulation, Ivan was in charge of MiFID implementation for BNP Paribas; He also led financial sector regulatory studies for the Groupe d’Economie Mondiale in Paris, working in partnership with the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies
Ivan has a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, an MPhil in International Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Science Po) and is a graduate of the UWC of the Atlantic.
Head of Data Analytics
Bank of Thailand
Bank of Thailand
Cyber Resilience Strategy Expert
European Central Bank
Business Transformation Manager
South African Reserve Bank
Bank of Thailand
Dr. Pairote (Peter) Balun is a deputy director at the Banknote Management Group, Bank of Thailand (BOT). He has worked in banknote production, operations, and strategic planning for more than 15 years. Currently, he is leading a team that apply automation technologies to banknote operations at BOT. Last year, Peter was closely involved in the successful launch of the new Thai banknote series. Prior to that, he had worked extensively on banknote demand forecasting, inventory and capacity planning, and banknote life cycle. Peter earned the doctoral degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
Head of Department Banking
Reserve Bank of New Zealand