Speakers

Speakers

Abdul Rahim Ahmad

Chief Information Officer

Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan

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Aleksi Grym

Head of Digitalisation, Financial Stability Department

Bank of Finland

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Ali Madani

Deputy Director

State Bank of Pakistan

Presently serving as Deputy Director Currency Management Department, Mr Madani is looking after different areas including AML & CFT, Public Debt Management portfolio. As a team member, he is playing a pivotal role in strengthening the AML regime in the Bank.

He started his career in 2005 with ABN AMRO Bank in Retail Banking Division and remained an integral part of Product Development Team managing a diverse portfolio of commercial banking products including Cash Management. He also served as Head of Systems & Operations in Al-Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Limited looking after retail banking operations and ADC products. He is also a Master Trainer for Currency Management, Public Debt Policy and Retail Banking Operations.

Ali holds a degree in Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Institute of Business Management, Karachi.

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Art Chaovalitwongse

Head of Data Analytics

Bank of Thailand

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Amir Safranovich

Head of Cash Management

Bank of Israel

Amir Safranovich has been with the Bank of Israel since 1997. 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 centre, the regulation of the cash market, the contingency plan for cash, the banknotes quality standards, the reduction of counterfeits in circulation and the BOI cash centres operation.

Previous to this appointment, Mr Safranovich worked in the Banking Supervision Department in the Bank-Customer Relations Unit (1997-2003). He has a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Bar Ilan University.

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Aristides Cavalcante Neto

Chief of Cyber Security and Innovation

Central Bank of Brazil

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Assylbek Davletov

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.

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Bart Raessens

Supervisor Innovation & FinTech Strategy

De Nederlandsche Bank

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Clair Mills

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!

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Colin Pou

Executive Director (Financial Infrastructure)

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

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Daniel Masiya

Business Transformation Manager

South African Reserve Bank

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Daniel Münch

Senior Business Consultant

BearingPoint

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Emran Islam

Cyber Resilience Strategy Expert

European Central Bank

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Eva Julin

Deputy Head General Secretariat

Sveriges Riksbank

Eva Julin is Deputy Head of the General Secretariat, at Sveriges Riksbank (the central bank of Sweden). Julin has a PhD in economics from University of Gothenburg where she was also research Fellow and  lecturer combined with employment at SIDA, Planning division and  senior policy analyst at the Ministry of foreign affairs.  Julin was coordinator of European affairs and Advisor at the International department at the Riksbank between 1996 until 2000, when she became Chief cashier. From 2004 to 2007 she had Deputy Head of the Market operation department and from then she is Deputy Head of General secretariat. Since 2016, her main responsibilities has been in the field related to digital currencies and the future payment market as project manager for the Riksbank's e-krona project.

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Geoffroy de Lamalle

CEO

eProseed

Geoffroy de Lamalle is the founder and CEO of eProseed RTC, a RegTech company headquartered in Luxembourg providing regulatory and supervision technologies dedicated to supervisory authorities and regulatory bodies, globally. With over 20 years of experience in IT and RegTech across Europe, US, and Middle-East, Geoffroy is a frequent speaker at international events and advocate of disruptive technologies in regulatory and finance landscapes. He is also the Founder and CEO of multiple leading technology advisory companies such as eProseed, iMendos, Hillios..

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Ivan Mortimer-Schutts

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.
 

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Jess Cheng

FinTech Counsel

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.

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Johannes Turner

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.


 

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Joshua Slive

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.

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Liam Sheehan

Program Manager

Vizor Software

Based in Vizor Software’s Dubai office, Liam is an important driver of digital transformations and the use of Supervisory technology (SupTech) to support new automated tools in areas such as regulatory reporting, risk management and analytics. He assists clients with strategic roadmap planning and benefit realisation from emerging technologies such as cloud, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and AI and Machine Learning (AI/ML).

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Karsten Kemna

Managing Director

ERI Bancaire

Karsten Kemna, the Managing Director of ERI Bancaire in Asia Pacific, has been living and working in this part of the world since summer of 2007. 

Being a seasoned veteran in the Banking & Financial Services industry, Karsten can bring strong customer relationships and an array of knowledge across different types of solutions to the table. Having lived on three different continents, Karsten combines his keen interest and broad knowledge in IT solutions and banking with a deep cultural understanding of the region. Since coming to Asia, the range of customer engagements shows a list of high-scale brand names in which sales have been executed or projects managed.

Presently, Karsten is responsible for managing the business of ERI Bancaire in Asia Pacific, which includes both a strong focus on Sales and Business Development, but also the management of senior relationships with existing clients additionally to the handling of operational responsibilities.

ERI Bancaire is an international solutions company, specializing in the design, development, implementation and support of an integrated, real-time banking and asset / wealth management software solution: OLYMPIC Banking System.

Prior to his current role, Karsten went down the entrepreneurial route by founding his own boutique consultancy services company, KCUBE Technology. In this environment, his focus was on providing consultancy and expertise mostly for security solutions in the Retail Banking space.
He started his industry career with Diebold Nixdorf (ex Wincor Nixdorf) and has held various positions within the company, mainly in the area of sales & business management, strategic sales, marketing and business development. 

Karsten has two degrees under his belt: He obtained his first degree in International Management and Finance from Iona College in New York (USA), and went on to earn a second degree in Marketing and Management from FernUniversität Hagen (Germany). Over and above academic pursuit, Karsten carved out a career for himself as a professional basketball player for more than 10 years, both in the United States as well as in Germany.

Kateryna Zhabska

Chief Economist

National Bank of Ukraine

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Makoto Takemiya

CEO and Co-Founder

Soramitsu

Makoto Takemiya is the CEO and a co-founder of Soramitsu. He has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers and actively engages in research. He has an M.S. in Computer Science from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo.

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Moritz Plenk

Head of RegTech DLT

Bearingpoint

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Peter Balun

Deputy Director

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.

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Ron Berndsen

Chair of Financial Market Infrastructures and Risk

Tilburg University

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.

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Srinivas Yanamandra

Chief Compliance

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.

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Steve Gordon

Head of Department Banking

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Steve Gordon currently heads the Banking department which is responsible for currency and electronic payment systems. He has overseen the completion of the Brighter Money banknote rollout, and the commencement of a major programme of work to review New Zealand’s currency operating model. Prior to this, Mr Gordon led an extensive modernisation of the Risk Assessment and Assurance function, positioning it as a best practice enterprise risk, audit and legal team. His leadership of the Bank’s Enterprise Risk Management model won an international Central Banking award in 2016. 

Tharith Panpiemraas

Senior Director

Bank of Thailand

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Thierry Bedoin

Chief Digital Officer

Banque de France

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Wiebe Ruttenberg

Program Director and Senior Adviser, DG Market Infrastructure and Payment

European Central Bank