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James Howell
Leads PwC wealth management consulting in the UK. His team specialises in front to back business transformation for global wealth managers, predominantly enabled by technology change.
Ayuna Nechaeva
Runs London Stock Exchange's Primary Markets deal origination team across all of Europe, as well as Russia, CIS and Central Asia. In the course of over 10 years, Ayuna has brought many high-profile IPOs and listings to London Stock Exchange. Ayuna and her team manage a portfolio of over 200 listed issuers worth c. $1 trillion. In June 2020, she was appointed as Chair of TheCityUK's Eurasia Market Advisory Group.
Tomasz Kozlowski
Responsible for developing and managing relationships with Delio's clients across the UK and Europe. More than 10 years experience in delivering technology based solutions into enterprise financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Previously worked for VoxSmart, APT and Bloomberg in Europe and the US.
Alexey Avdeev
More than 15 years experience in financial markets. Worked in Russia's Trade Mission in China, held various positions at Sberbank, focusing on the international strategy and investor relations. Joined Thomson Reuters in 2012. Currently leading the development of new applications, supporting and implementing new Eikon tools and content enhancements at Refinitiv.
Marie Walker
Co-founder and Head of Content at Open Future World -- the global hub for open banking and open finance. Open Future World is a global network of experts progressing an open API agenda in the finance sector to help the industry progress.
Darren Hughes
Director at CASHOFF with a wealth of retail financial services experience. CASHOFF helps financial service companies take a personalized approach to each customer, for an improved web/mobile banking experience. This approach aids customer engagement, retention, and cross sales, whilst lowering loyalty program costs.
Bogdan Uzbekov
Has a degree in Applied Physics and Mathematics. Before joining Revolut, was leading product and business development in data-driven tech start-ups in Russia and the U.S. During three years with Revolut, launched company's operations in Russia and operationalised Revolut's European banking license. Now leading Revolut's New Bets team tasked with building high risk-reward products
Brendan Gilmore
25 years' Financial Services experience gained through establishing and leading new businesses and developing new propositions in Corporate, Commercial and Retail Banks. Since 2017 acted as consultant / adviser to Challenger Banks, Non-Bank Lenders, Technology Platforms and Start-ups.
Gabriele Sabato
Experienced risk management professional who has worked for several financial institutions and consultant companies across the world in the last 18 years. Before founding Wiserfunding together with Professor Altman, he was Head of Risk Appetite Portfolio Decisioning for the Royal Bank of Scotland and Natwest. Prior to this role, Gabriele was Head of Credit Risk Portfolio Management for Ulster Bank and Global head of Credit Risk Analytics for ABN AMRO.
Roger Vincent
Specialist innovator with experience in driving open banking strategy, data-driven product innovation and commercialisation programmes across both global corporates & fintech start-ups. Has a background in strategy consultancy, data, analytics & business development across the Retail, SME and Corporate lending sectors with a proven track record of delivering pioneering innovation in some of the world's largest banking & financial institutions.
Evren Sahin
Director of Digital Banking Channels in Yapı Kredi since 2014. Leads digital business, product and ecosystem development activities for both consumer and business segments. Responsible for digital experience, sales, and service design, fintech collаborations as well as innovative digital and mobile services.
Christopher Stringham
Over ten years experience in compliance and both the first and second lines of defense. At Refinitiv, he is subject-matter expert on fighting financial crime and is responsible for helping clients and prospective clients understand Refinitiv solutions.
Christopher studied international law with a focus on finance at Arizona State University.
Akber Datoo
Founder and CEO at D2LT, advising financial institutions at the intersection of Fintech and Legaltech to achieve business optimisation, regulatory compliance and operational efficiencies. Sits on Law Society's Technology Law Committee (chairing the blockchain/smart contracts WG) and the author of the Wiley textbook, Legal Data – Banking & Finance.
Olivia Minnock
The Editor of FinTech Alliance, a government-backed digital engagement platform that brings together the UK FinTech ecosystem. Having previously launched FinTech Magazine, she curates content around the changing world of finance and is an advocate for financial education and inclusion.
Stephane Ulcakar
Has 20 years of experience as a consultant with Bain & Co and The Boston Consulting Group, and as a banker with Societe Generale and Lombard Odier. He has advised most leading CIS banks on topics related to strategy, client & digital. Also was involved in the creation of digital banks and of FinTech ecosystems strategies.
Mehmet Gulez
Has 20+ years of experience as an entrepreneur, strategy executive and a consultant in EY. Is the leading Innovation in EY Turkey Cluster and Markets Leader for EY Consulting Services. Leads EY's Startup Programs and manages EY's Technology ecosystems. Designed nation wide projects in Fintech and helped in building strategies for establishment of major payment service providers and industry platforms in Turkey.
Sam Roberts
Leads Delio's international marketing strategy. More than 17 years of experience in high growth businesses. Created high-performing marketing functions for firms spanning the technology, financial services, legal and risk management sectors.
Peter Newton
Peter Newton is a Managing Director and Head of Global Business Origination for D2 Legal Technology. He is responsible for leading business origination across the UK, EEA, US and APAC, bringing business units together to serve clients, support client initiatives and to make an impact in the financial services industry.
Fiona Roach Canning
Expert in design and management of consumer engagement programs. Ran operations at Nectar - the UK's largest loyalty scheme with 20 million members. Also ran Nectar's white-label business in Europe, managing proprietary schemes for banks, retailers. airlines and hotels. Prior to Nectar, led insight for Visa Europe, and was a manager at Prophet, a global brand and marketing consultancy.
Henry Mayger
Finance and FX background, before joining Wiserfunding he graduated with a degree in Economics and Finance, having spent a year prior to Wiserfunding as a corporate FX broker also having spent time in Dublin with a Stockbrokerage and with a Capital Markets Bank in London.
Colin Ware
Responsible for ensuring that all products within Asset Servicing are compliant with upcoming regulations and serve client's needs to meet regulatory requirements, including MIFID II, EU MMFR and AIFMD/UCITS. He works closely with RegTech market to assess Regulatory solutions that can add value to our services for clients and help them to meet their own regulatory challenges effectively.
Alastair Lukies
UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion for the UK's globally Fintech industry. He has been at the forefront of the UK's Financial Technology industry, working with financial institutions, investors and regulators to promote collaboration and mutual benefit across the ecosystem. Al is Founder & CEO of Pollinate International. Prior to Pollinate, founded Monitise and was awarded a CBE for services to mobile banking and charity in June 2014.
James Martin
The CEO of AIFC Business Connect, based in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
AIFC Business Connect drives business development and Foreign Direct Investment creation within the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC). AIFC facilitates investment into Kazakhstan and contributes to the sustainable economic development of the region, focusing on Capital Markets, Asset Management, Private Banking, Islamic Finance & Fintech.
Peter Galea
Head of Delivery and part of the leadership team at Wiserfunding. Chartered accountant by background and ex-Deloitte consultant, where he led large-scale transformation projects covering strategy, finance, risk management and regulation, advising top banks and regulators across Europe.
Maksym Hlotov
Senior Associate at Baker McKenzie.Joined in 2007, and currently leads financial services, FinTech and digital transformation sub-practice in the Kyiv office. Facilitates Baker McKenzie "Technology for Financial Institutions" working group. Worked in Baker McKenzie London and Brussels offices with international securities and European competition law teams accordingly.
Nikolai Hack
As Head of Strategy & Partnerships at Nucoro, leads on the direction of the business and the development of our partnership programme.
Hugo Ferreira
Hugo heads business development at Nucoro and draws upon his experience working in project financing and private equity to work with clients across continental Europe.
Michal Bezak
Michal's background is within the SaaS, digital banking and fintech space. At Nucoro, his role is to develop business relationships and find growth opportunities in new markets.
Claire Harrop
Senior associate in the financial institutions group at Freshfields and one of the co-founders of Freshfields' global Fintech group. Advises on financial services regulatory matters in both an advisory and a transactional context.
Advises on developments in Fintech, including new methods of carrying out payments, uses of distributed ledger technology and the regulation of cryptoassets. Currently on secondment to the Rules and Compliance team at the London Stock Exchange.
Wayne Evans
Wayne has a wide business and government background with over 30 years of bilateral trade, multilateral policy making, international trade promotion, bilateral business partnerships and policy negotiation. From 2010 to 2013 he was Director, International Strategy at TheCityUK. Responsible for recommending and, with his team, implementing, TheCityUK's international agenda.
Bolat Mynbayev
Head of the Strategic and Operations Consulting Group. Leads projects to develop strategies and targeted operating models for leading banks in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia, including projects aimed at SME development and investment appraisal. Bolat's project experience also includes the preparation of performance improvement recommendations for state and quasi-state organizations, as well as country development programs in the Central Asia region.
Konstantin Aushev
Konstantin Aushev's professional experience includes: digital vision development for one of the leading Kazakhstan bank, assessment of Internal Control Environment for one of the leading Russian credit organizations. IT Consultant in audit of more than 40 Russian, Kazakhstan and International banks and credit organizations, including financial audit and assurance engagements.
Simon Torrance
One of the world's leading experts on business model transformation, specialising in platform strategy, breakthrough innovation and digital ventures.
Simon is a member of the World Economic Forum's 'Digital Platforms & Ecosystems' executive working group.
Yulia Shevchuk
Joined Misys – Finastra in 2011 bringing a wealth of expertise in banking and banking automation and a history of the successful projects in Russian banks. In Finastra, works in the financial risk management area supporting financial organizations in Russia and Eastern Europe in their journey in this rapidly expanding area.
Olga Kazakova
Olga Kazakova joined the company in 2010 for developing business in CEUR region. Olga has been involved into the business enhancement investing into Account and Regional management, collaboration with regional partners and building partners ecosystem, participating in complex enterprise projects.
Pavel Dyachenko
Pavel Dyachenko joined the company in 2012 with a background and several years' experience in market data and investment banking industry. Pavel has been participating in most of the treasury and capital markets Finastra projects in Russia and CIS. He is now focusing on solution architecting and business development support work. Pavel holds MSc in computer science and IT security.
Richard Maton
Advisor and practitioner in delivering digital optimisation. Facilitates more effective alignment between policy, regulation, financial service providers and tech firms to accelerate adoption of digital solutions and new business models. Advisor to scaling FinTech and LegalTech firms, deep-tech venture builders and accelerators. Executive Board Member for the International RegTech Association.
* In order to avoid any confusion in times, please consider time zone differences. The UK time (GMT) will serve as benchmark in order to help determine exact times of sessions.

Kyiv (GMT+2); Minsk (GMT+3); Moscow (GMT+3); Istanbul (GMT+3); Baku (GMT+4);
Tbilisi (GMT+4); Yerevan (GMT+4); Tashkent (GMT+5); Bishkek (GMT+6); Nur-Sultan (GMT+6)
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