The Royal Horseguards Hotel, 2 Whitehall Ct, Westminster, London
Conference Agenda
Day One
Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Day Two
Wednesday, 23 October 2019
9:00 – 9:30
09:30 – 09:55
09:55 – 10:00
Welcome remarks
Charles McManus, Chief executive, ClearBank
10:00 – 10:50
Reinventing banking as a digital business
A new ecosystem is emerging to deliver value to the underserved SME segment in the United Kingdom. We’re joined by four leading newcomers who are reinventing business banking for the digital world.

Oliver Prill, Chief executive, Tide
Amir Nooriala, Chief strategy Officer, OakNorth
Andrew Smith, Chief Technology Officer, ClearBank
Jakub Zmuda, Chief Product Officer, Modulr

10:50 – 11:10
Coffee and networking
11:10 – 12:00
Leadership forum: leadership in an ecosystem
A leader in digitalisation, BBVA has built an exciting service for sole traders and small businesses by acquiring niche services in local markets. Sunil Dixit discusses how BBVA positioned itself early as a digital ecosystem player, and has been learning from inside its own network on how best to serve the SME market.

Sunil Dixit, MD Client Solutions, BBVA
Michael Lafferty, Executive chairman, Lafferty Group

12:00 – 12:45
Why SME lenders are targeting Open Banking
What exactly is Open Banking going to do for us all? How about better data flows, enhanced analytics, rapid aggregation of cash flows, the automation of payments, and better credit scoring to drive timely lending? That’s just the start.

Olly Betts, Chief executive, OpenWrks
Andrea Reynolds, Chief executive, Swoop Finance
Gary Wilkinson, Chief executive, Redwood Bank

12:45 – 14:00
14:00 – 14:30
The SME banking transformation playbook – lessons from the past and future directions
Precious few banks have mastered the SME business banking space, but there are lessons to learn.

David Schick, Vice chairman, Lafferty Group

14:30 – 15:00
Building successful bank-fintech partnerships: session one
Bank transformation is hard, and takes time. Partnership is now emerging as a win-win play, giving banks better customer interfaces and better speed to market while giving fintechs exposure to regulated sectors. What are the lessons for both sides?

Simon Cureton, Chief executive, Funding Options
Jack De Mooij, Area Lead Platform Strategy for SMEs, ING

15:00 – 15:30
Building successful bank-fintech partnerships: session two
Ram Sundaram, Chief Operating Officer, Terrapay
Babs Ogundeyi, Chief executive, Kudabank
Ruta Julius, Strategic bank partnership management, Elavon
Craig Tillotson, Chief executive, OrdoPay
15:30 – 16:00
The retailer’s dilemma
Future innovations in SME record keeping and expensing solutions: How tech transformations in; SME banking, expense management and digital receipting can drive efficiencies and insights for small businesses

Roisin Levine, Head of partnerships, Flux
Darren Upson, VP Small Business Europe, Soldo

9:00 – 9:30
09:30 – 10:10
Balancing automation and the human touch
As banks race to automate their offerings, Michael Heanue of MWorldwide discusses what SMEs really want from their banks – and the human touch remains a great differentiator.

Michael Heanue, Joint Managing Director, MWorldwide Design

10:10 – 10:30
The Brexit Report
Small businesses in Europe and the UK will suffer the most from Brexit. We give our latest prognosis.

Ronan Lynch, Editorial Director, Lafferty Group
Michael Lafferty, Executive chairman, Lafferty Group

10:30 – 11:10
The new regional challenger banks are fintech’s MVPs
From Brazil’s Nubank to the UK’s Revolut, new digital banks are creating a new segment of borderless bank accounts. Do they deserve their MVP status?

Andrew Doukanaris, Chief executive, Flotta Consulting
Michael Lafferty, Lafferty Group
Neil Harris, Chief commercial officer, Global Processing

11:10 – 11:30
Coffee and networking
11:30 – 11:50
The role of decentralised digital identities for SMEs
As SMEs increasingly depend on online sales and services, they face a growing threat of fraud and cyberrisks. Sandra Cavero will show us how decentralised digital identity is not just for individuals, but is a potential game-changer for small businesses.

Alex Puig, Chief technology officer, Caelum Labs

11:50 – 12:15
Building communities
With lots of small businesses now living in the online world, there’s a new way of building communities.

Deborah Suttle, Head of UK and Ireland commercial issuing, Mastercard
Adi Engel, Chief business development officer, vCita
Ana-Lisa De Sousa, Director, small business segment, Mastercard

12:15 – 12:45
Payments over Open Banking
Founder of Realex Payments, acquired by Global Payments in 2015, Colm Lyon has become an expert on UK-Europe payment flows, and he discusses Brexit-proofing payments for the thousands of small businesses that depend on cross-border payments.

Colm Lyon, Chief executive,

12:45 – 14:00
14:00 – 14:40
Platforms, real time data flows and the digitalisation of credit
The brave new world of open banking and APIs means that consenting players can share their data with their financial providers on a real-time basis. From small farmers to retailers, there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a new supply chain with data and finance at its heart.

Onyeka Akumah, Chief executive and founder, Farmcrowdy
Janice Horan, Senior director, Fair Isaacs Advisory
Tao Tao, Independent Consultant for Techfin, Ewallets and Payment

14:40 – 15:20
Credit scoring for SMEs in emerging and frontier markets
Cautiousness doesn’t pay off in emerging and frontier markets. So how can bank and nonbank lenders manage lending risk in new regions? Two experts give their take on how to be brave in business.

Miguel Da Silva, Managing Director: Funding, Retail Capital
Paul Randall, Executive Director, Creditinfo

15:20 – 16:00
From green risk to green opportunity: how sustainable finance can change the world
As the Financial Stability Board and the Bank of England order banks to examine the climate change risk in their portfolios, Richard Peers suggests that there’s a better way forward that also guarantees global food security.

Richard Peers of Responsible Risk , in conversation with Michael Lafferty.


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