The idea of FTS Digital emerged from our acknowledgment of the acceleration in digital content in the last couple of years – even more so in the last few months.
FTS Digital is meant to be a platform for our partners to create and disseminate diversified cross-platform content while exploring the most relevant issues in the sector and discussing them with the “boots on the ground”, to craft immersive storytelling.
Matteo Rizzi is a polyglot executive with 20+ years of experience in technology and financial services.He spent 13 years at SWIFT – where he co-founded Innotribe, the innovation arm of the cooperative. There, he then launched the first global challenge for fintech entrepreneurs. Since 2013, he has a FinTech Investor and/or Venture Partner role with global VCs and CVCs. In 2015, he co-founded FTSGROUP, a platform for Investors, Innovators, and startups to boost FinTech innovation globally. In 2019, Matteo founded Timepledge.org a global initiative to foster financial inclusion and entrepreneurship. He is the executive producer of Breaking Banks Europe. He is also the author of “The FinTech Revolution” and “Talents & Rebels”
What is FTS Digital?
with Francesca Aliverti – Co-Founder FTSGROUP
Francesca Aliverti is the Head of Business Development at FTSGROUP, a startup mentor at Startupbootcamp FinTech & Cybersecurity, an Equity Partner of AVK2 Investments and a co-host at the Breaking Banks Europe Podcast. Previously she held a position as the Head of Strategy & Business Development at Holland Fintech, where she catalyzed its transformation from inception to a +400 members enterprise. She is highly fluent in the fintech European ecosystem with tangents across the world – in technology issues from a business point of view, from the traditional structures to the most innovative solutions in the market.
Omobola Olubusola Johnson (born 28 June 1963) is a Nigerian technocrat and the Honorary Chairperson of the global Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI). She is also a former Minister of Communication Technology in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Panel Discussion with Lázaro Campos, Dr.Estelle Brack & Konstantin Peric
Lázaro Campos Co-Founder FTS Group, a global company specialized in innovative financial services programmes…Read More
He is also a management advisor and board member in innovative financial services ventures. He serves as Independent Member of Bank of England’s RTGS/CHAPS Board, Chairman of the Board of The ID Co (start-up offering a B2B SaaS open bank data platform), Advisor to Management of Payoneer Inc (a global business payment platform), and Non-Executive Director at Starling Bank (a challenger neo-bank in the UK). Previously, Lázaro served in the Board of Standard Chartered Bank and was Senior Executive Advisor of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Financial Services practice. In 2014, he was appointed member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Digital Financial Services (DFS) Platform Enablers group in support of financial services for the poor. In his executive career, Lázaro spent almost 30 years at SWIFT, the banking network, where he served in a number of Executive positions and was CEO of SWIFT from 2007 until 2012.
Dr. Estelle Brack Chairwoman at KiraliT Ambassador for France for the European Women Payment Network, Executive Secretary at RASEF (Network for Africa of Financial Education Specialists)… Read More
Estelle is an economist, dedicated to money, banking, payments and financial services. She promotes financial inclusion, financial education and diversity, and makes complex issues accessible to a large audience, such as CBDCs. She mentors startups (mainly in Africa) to develop their business and raise funds. She has worked for 20 years for the French banking system, as program director for payments and chief economist for payments at BPCE (second largest French bank) and as lobbyist and economist in charge of international affairs at the French Banking Federation. She founded her consultancy company KiraliT in 2019. She also founded the Union Bancaire Francophone in 2012 as well as the RASEF in 2019. She authored more than 60 articles and scientific papers as well as two books, dedicated to banking in Africa (2016) and in Arab countries (2012).
Konstantin Peric Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Chair of the Board of the Directors, Mojaloop Foundation… Read More
Kosta is a technologist, and his interests lie at the point of fusion between technology, payments and innovation.
He is Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading the Level One Project initiative to foster deployment of payment platforms to serve the poor (http://leveloneproject.org), and the open source Mojaloop software (http://Mojaloop.io).
He serve on boards of philanthropic and technology organizations who help inspire generosity and purpose in support of the poor.
Previously, he was the co-founder and leader of Innotribe, the SWIFT initiative to enable collaborative innovation in the financial industry. At SWIFT, he was also the chief architect of SWIFTNet, the backbone worldwide secure network currently connecting 8,000 banks and 1,000 corporations, and servicing daily the world economy.
Fireside Chat with Nektarios Liolios & Matteo Rizzi
Nektarios Liolios – Co-founder of The Future Farm
Over the last 10 years, Nektarios has worked closely with hundreds of entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses. He co-founded Startupbootcamp FinTech to address the relationship between corporates, startups and investors on a global scale. He also co-founded Rainmaking Innovation, the global cooperative of entrepreneurs and led SWIFT’s Innotribe Startup Challenge, the first global FinTech startup competition. Driven by entrepreneurship, collaboration and the desire to improve the lives of the people making a difference in this world, Nektarios is a global nomad, travel geek, and sneaker freaker.
“The Future Farm” is a platform committed to creating a healthier space for entrepreneurs and leaders.
Fireside Chat (3 Parts) Mariela Atanassova with Marta Baldassare, Neville Bourke & Achim Wolter
Marta Baldassare – Senior HR Consultant (ex. Giorgio Armani)Read More
More than 20 years expertise as HR Manager in multinational companies, mainly in fashion retail & wholesale business. Marta Baldassarre has developed a multicultural mindset and approach working 10 years in France and 4 years in Hong Kong, focusing on generalist HR function with a strong focus on international mobility, talent management and coaching. With a “can do” attitude, Marta is curious and careful listener and can build an authentic relationship with internal clients acting as a real partner, combining business with human capital.
Neville Bourke – Partner, Futurus (ex. Bank of Ireland)Read More
Neville Bourke has 25 years’ experience in HR Strategy & Change Management across diverse industry sectors. Neville’s most recent corporate role was at Bank of Ireland as the HR Director of Retail Banking. He was responsible for designing, leading and implementing the people, culture and capability change elements for the 230-year old organisation transitioning initially through financial crisis, then through digital transformation of Financial Services.
Neville is now an independent Organisation Change & Leadership Specialists who excel’s at developing people strategies and then converting those strategies into impactful, implementable people plans that have a demonstrable positive impact to performance and the bottom line.
Neville is also Senior Expert Advisor to the Irish Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX) and has previously been awarded the Charles Harvey Award for academic excellence in 2003.
Achim Wolter – Head of People and Organizational Development, Baloise GroupRead More
Multi-year professional and management experience in consulting and leadership development in multinational companies in Europe (Siemens & Baloise Group), Achim is interested in bringing these experiences together to create state of the art organizational development interventions.
Kiendel Burritt – Founder, FSD Africa Investments Read More
Kiendel Burritt is an angel investor and founder of Digital Africa Investments, an investment and advisory fund focused on digitally-enabled businesses in Africa that have the potential for large scale economic impact. She’s also an advisor at Financial sector Deepening Africa Investment.
A graduate from the University of Bocconi (Milan), with a long experience in investment banking with JP Morgan and Golman Sachs, Serena Torielli and some of her former colleagues founded Virtual B Spa, a pioneer of fintech in Italy.
Matthias Kröner – Former founder and CEO of Fidor Bank and DAB Bank Read More
Matthias “mk” Kröner is a highly respected thought leader within the global financial services community when it comes to planning, building and operating disruptive and customer-centric banking business models. The tech enthusiast is one of few people worldwide who has co-founded two digital banks, serving them as entrepreneur and CEO. DAB Bank was the Europe´s first Discount Broker, while 2009 founded Fidor Bank is seen to be the oldest fintech bank of the world.
The COVID-19 pressure put on companies and the economy as a whole to keep operations active in the last months has once again shown that, although key forces are constantly changing, there are two key enablers for economic resilience.
These are visionary leadership and open, synergic ecosystems. We’re using the opportunity of the “Road to FinTech Talks” to explore how these have empowered FinTech as economic driver especially during the pandemic.
Breaking Banks Special Episode: Pos-COVID Implications
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