FinTech Connect 2019 – What’s the Spotlight?

FinTech Connect is the annual 2-day event of eminence organised in London (scheduled on 3-4 December, 2019) in the presence of FinTech industry stalwarts, noted bankers, capital investors, and insurers. With over 175 exhibitors and partners having participated in the 2018 event (likes of Mastercard, BBVA, etc.), 250+ expert speakers graced the audiences with insightful talks pertaining to blockchain, futuristic RegTech and InsurTech, cashless, and boosting digital transformation; having 5000+ attendees, and 6 strategic conference sessions.

A Startup Launch Pad also graced the opportunities at the 2018 event. Notable presentations in the 2018 event (5-6 December, 2018) were made by the following: Moneybox (assisting young investors invest optimally); CitiBank (future of Distributed Ledger Technology); a panel discussion on GDPR and PSD2 (chaired by Letitia Seglah, Independent Consultant—Digital Transformation in Banking & Finance). The key topics for the 2018 event were Digital Transformation, IT Infrastructure, PayTech, RegTech Compliance, InsurTech, and Startup Growth.

The FinTech Connect 2019 event is set to assemble 6000+ of the FinTech community (attendees) for sharing insights on the optimal practices, exhibit new products and solutions that offer a promising path to devise the future of financial services. There will be 200 exhibitors, 300 speakers, representation of 80+ countries, 60+ tech demos (via the Startup Launch Pad powered by Phrontier), and 5 conferences (DX Connect, RegTech & Security Connect, PayTech Connect, Blockchain Connect, and the FinTech Founders Forum). The lead partners for the 2019 event are Bottomline, Paycasso, Phrontier, and Siemens.

The sponsors for the 2019 event are Armada Labs, Bitstamp, Chart IQ, Consensys, EMQ, EValue, Invest Northern Ireland, Navigant, NS8, Openfin, Riskified, Signicat, Cymru Wales, and Wirecard. The registered exhibitors for 2019 are Allpay Cards, Armada Labs, Avrium, Bitstamp, Boku, Bottomline, Bright Inventions, Chart IQ, CKEditor 5, Convensys, Danal, De risk360, EValue, Fintus and Work Flows, GeigerBTC, Imburse, Kompany, Linx, Melissa, Navigant, NS8, Openfin, Oropay, Phrontier, Predictify, Real Time Consultants, Reblase, Riskified, Siemes, Signicat, Transact Payments, Cymru Wales, and Wirecard.

The 2019 event is backed by a renowned Advisory Board. The Blockchain Advisory Board consists of Søren F. Mortensen, Global Director – Financial Markets, IBM; Richard Phipps, Solution Design & Delivery Director, Swiss Re; Tao Tao, Business Development Director – EMEA, Ali Pay; Dora Matheidesz, Senior Innovation Manager for Blockchain, HSBC; Anthony Macey, Head of Blockchain and DLT, Barclays; Michael Coletta, Head of Blockchain Technology and Business Development, London Stock Exchange Group; Oli Harris, Head of Crypto-Assets Strategy and Quorum, JPMorgan Chase & Co., to name a few.

The DX Advisory board has Wincie Wong, Head of Innovation for Supply Chain Services, RBS; Ajwad Hashim, Vice President – Innovation and Emerging Technology, Barclays; Sotiris Manderis, Managing Director, Corporate and Institutional Digital, HSBC; Anna Maj, FinTech Lead, PwC; Bijna Dasani, Head of Architecture and Innovation, LLOYDS Banking Group, to name a few.

The PayTech Advisory Board includes Murali Akella, Head of Banks Business Development, TransferWise; Rich Wagner, CEO, CashPlus; Mitch Pulley, Payments Industry and Services Manager, Atom Bank; David McHenry MD, Head of Global Treasury and Payments Advisory – EMEA, Silicon Valley Bank, to name a few.

The RegTech and Security Advisory Board consist of Johan Kestens, CIO, ING; Mukund Umalkar, Head of Innovation Lab, Commonwealth Bank; Christophe Gouelo, Head of RegTech Consulting – CIB Change Management, BNP Paribas; Adriana Ennab, Director, Public Policy, Credit Suisse, to name a few.

To put things in perspective, some of the challenges that face the FinTech industry are risk management, cybersecurity, regulatory (RegTech) compliances, decoding customer intelligence, updating IT operating model, and robotics/AI adoption, to name a few. How this crucial event creates the foundation to meet the challenges facing the global financial services and financial technology industry approaching 2020 will be interesting to explore.