We are a network of subject matter experts, practitioners and associates who have years of experience growing digital businesses, deploying digital solutions and leading digital organisations.
All our faculty members have international experience and are skilled at tailoring consultancy and training programmes to local and regional market conditions.
Originally a Commercial Banker, Helene is an experienced FinTech ‘sherpa’, programme director, exited entrepreneur, educator and author. The CEO of New Financial Laboratory, she takes community banks to the digital future by connecting them to the FinTech of the present.
The former MD of the global Rainmaking Colab FinTech Programme, a world-first, post-accelerator programme for Series A+ FinTechs and Tier 1s, Helene was also responsible for the Inaugural Programme of Education/ Events for Innovate Finance. As Director of the FinTech Programme for the LIBF Digital Banking Centre, Lead Fellow and creator on a world-first FinTech Pathway in a Masters in Tech Entrepreneurship Degree for UCL, and co-creator and delivery partner on the Imperial College FinTech Exec Ed Programme, she is passionate about education.
Specialist subject areas are Digital Banking and Alternative Finance (SME/Bs). A regular judge, speaker, and moderator for the banking and FinTech awards and conferences, Helene was a BSI FinTech representative for the UK in Brussels and has been named on the Computer Weekly ‘100 Women in Tech’ list 2018-19 and Innovate Finance ‘Women in FinTech Power List’ 2019. Her new book is Reinventing banking and finance: frameworks to navigate global fintech innovation (Kogan, Sept 2020).
Renier is the LIBF Visiting Professor of Fintech and Innovation and Director of the Centre for Digital Banking & Finance.
He is a Venture Partner with DN Capital focusing on Fintech and also serves as Chairman of TransferGo, Divido, Mojo Mortgages, and Hostmaker. He is a non-executive director at Arion Bank and recently served as board member of Revolut.
In the past, Renier served as CEO of PayPal EMEA and was COO of Barclays International Retail and Commercial Banking. Renier was previously an officer of GE Capital where he served as Chairman and CEO of Budapest Bank, and SVP Business Development for the Americas. Renier was a partner with McKinsey & Company in London, New Delhi, and San Francisco. He holds an MSc with distinction in Computer Science and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, France.
Alfonso Delgado De Molina Rius
Alfonso Delgado De Molina Rius
Alfonso is Head of Research at Silver 8 Capital, one of the earliest and largest fund managers in the cryptoasset space.
Alfonso serves as a director at Finomial Corporation (a portfolio company) and as an advisor to various fintech start-ups. He lectures at Imperial College London, where he is finalising his PhD on smart contracts, with a focus on legal and financial engineering. Alfonso previously worked as a funds lawyer and graduated with an MSc in Law and Finance from Oxford.
Currently MD of strategy consultancy, GrowthSmart, Jeremy has a long background in Strategy, Product and General Management across FinTech as well as Banking & Insurance incumbents.
Previously UK GM and Global Partnerships Director for CurrencyFair, Jeremy was Founder-GM of Telegraph Financial Services and co-founder of John Lewis Finance as well as Global Head of SME Innovation for RBS Group. He acts as a Mentor at 4 FinTech accelerators and has advised well known start-ups such as Yolt; Genuine Impact; Tide and Cuvva. He has an MBA with distinction from London Business School and is an Advisory Board Member & NED of two FinTechs.
Richard is an Associate Director of the Centre for Digital Banking & Finance. He is a consultant and advisor to a range of financial services and investment businesses on the impacts of digital disruption.
In the past, Richard led Strategy, Propositions and Investor Relations at Monitise, an international mobile banking software business, Previously, Richard held a number of positions at NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland including Head of Strategy for the Retail Bank and Head of Internet and Telephony.
He holds an MSc in Management Science from Imperial College, London and a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University. Richard is an Associate of the Institute of Bankers.
Sabrina Del Prete
Sabrina Del Prete
Sabrina is the founder and CEO of Kore, a financial technology company. She has over 25 years experience in financial markets, business transformation and application of new technologies in banking.
Over her career, Sabrina has held senior roles at JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, Coutts and RBS. She is actively involved in the entrepreneurial community, both as a Board adviser for Fintech companies and as a mentor. She currently sits on the Board of Governors of the London Institute of Banking and Finance.
Sabrina holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School and a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Turin. She has won a number of innovation awards for her work and she has been included in the Timetric Power 50 list of the most influential digital innovators in Europe.
Marco is a Partner (Financial Services Regulatory and Fintech) at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. He provides legal and regulatory advice to top financial institutions, related to M&A, IPOs, Investments and establishment of UCITS and non-UCITS Funds across Europe. He heads the Italian FS Regulatory and Fintech department.
Marco is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School where he teaches financial services law (MSc Banking). He is an ESG expert and trusted advisor for European asset managers.
Chryssi is a highly motivated professional with a unique experience in financial services (FinTech and RegTech). She covers a breadth of professional experience ranging from regulation whilst working at the FCA (consumer protection, and capital requirements), risk management, business development, trade finance, payments, and treasury.
Chryssi has consulted and implemented many treasury and risk analytics system projects for blue-chip companies across EMEA.
Chryssi is the COO of Kalgera, a social FinTech early-stage company (named top 30 tech companies in the UK TechRound 2020) focusing on financial resilience. She is a thought leader in the payments industry building an innovative compliant tokenised payment system for payment institutions to enable cross-border payments to emerging countries.
Chryssi holds a first-class-honours BEng in Civil Engineering, and two MSc in Financial Mathematics from the University of Warwick, and Technology Entrepreneurship from UCL. She values personal development and life-long learning, and therefore, has undertaken numerous qualifications in Investment Advice (FCA), Risk Management (PRMIA), ML, Blockchain (UCL CBT), Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MIT).
Chryssi is an Industry Associate at the UCL Centre of Blockchain Technologies and volunteers as a mentor for a non-profit (Madrinha Trust) and as a Governor at a school in North London (Governors for Schools).
Dr Christian Spindler
Dr Christian Spindler
Christian is the Founder and (CEO) of Data Ahead Analytics. He’s developed multiple automated machine learning software programmes for portfolio management and optimisation, transaction monitoring and fraud detection in the banking sector.
He’s also developed machine learning software for liquidity forecasting for a global Swiss bank that reduced reporting efforts from three days to less than one.
With multiple mandates in data integration and governance for banks and insurance companies, he’s leading the development of an artificial intelligence (AI) interpretability suite for banks to assess own or third-party algorithms.
As a trainer, Christian’s worked across business segments teaching data analytics and advanced data science and modelling techniques, including seminar programmes on AI and resilience, AI in banking, AI at scale, and machine learning fundamentals and integration.
He’s co-authored several publications, including the white paper, Data logistics and AI in insurance risk management with Dr Christian Hoffman.
Maria is a respected regulatory technologist, bringing real-life learning and a unique perspective from both financial institutions (BMO, UBS, ING and PTSB) and start-ups (series A&B).
Maria is a multi-disciplinary chief executive officer (CEO) with expertise in:
· delivering strategy
· building complex frameworks, and
· developing and leading high performing teams.
Maria also advises in regtech-fintech partnerships and how to navigate user-buyer needs in the regtech sales cycle.
Paul D Stallard
Paul D Stallard
Paul has worked for – and with – banks, wealth management and fintech companies throughout Europe and the Middle East including Bank Muscat, BNP Paribas, Cheltenham & Gloucester (C&G), Deutsche Bank AG, Hargreaves Lansdown, Leeds Permanent Building Society, Lloyds Banking Group, Midland Bank, Northern Rock Bank, Riyad Bank, and, TD Bank.
For 20 years, Paul has run a consultancy practice while teaching and coaching. He has an unwavering focus on maximising the customer experience.
His core skills lie in digital business strategy – strategic models, reviews and planning, digital innovation – new products, new services, new markets, making digital transformation customer centric, digital marketing excellence – strategies that work, product management – research, manufacture, brand and proposition development, relationship sales management in a digital world – the ‘high performance incubator’, building successful joint ventures, partnerships and third-party collaborations, leadership in marketing, sales and business development.
Associate Director of the Centre for Digital Banking and Finance, Richard Johnson, discusses key the banking and finance sectors being targeted by challengers and fintechs.
Richard explains why and how competition is hotting up in these areas and asses the relative strengths of the participants.