The European Edition of Breaking Banks brings you the European Unicorns, Startups, Founders, Regulators and Leaders innovating the rapidly evolving Fintech scene, with some of the world’s most well-known hosts and influencers in fintech. Produced in cooperation with FintechStage.
Episode 95: AI Takes Over
AI is taking over! But fear not, at the wheel of this movement, we find some top key players in the field - to educate our audience on its termonology, current landscape, pandemic impact, the evolving roles and opportunities for the technology - either for entrepreneurs or large entreprises. This and more, in an engaging conversation hosted by Executive Producer Matteo Rizzi, Adrian Lovell (Hewlett Packard Entreprise) and Kevin Levitt (NVIDIA), this week on Breaking Banks Europe.
Meet our guests:Adrian Lovell - Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett Packard EnterpriseAdrian is a Chief Technologist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, working with some of the world's largest companies to bring technical innovation to their businesses. Prior to his time at HPE, Adrian held a number of roles at a large global bank.Connect with Adrian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrianlovell/HPE: https://www.hpe.com/
Kevin Levitt - Global Industry Business Development, NVIDIAKevin Levitt leads global business development for the financial services industry at NVIDIA. He focuses on global trends in accelerated compute and AI for consumer finance – including fintech, retail banking, credit card, and insurance. Previously, Kevin led sales and business development organizations at two fintechs: Credit Karma and Roostify. He also helped comScore, a digital measurement and analytics firm, grow into a publicly traded, multinational organization, where he served as senior vice president of the financial services practice. Kevin holds a B.A. from American University in Washington and an M.B.A. from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.Connect with Kevin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinlevitt/NVIDIA: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/
Episode 94: Money2020 Special – Exclusive Sneak Peak
If you are an insider in this revolutionary industry, you already know it - but let us shout it out loud... Money2020 Europe is back! Breaking Banks Europe takes the lead into this exclusive sneak peek, led by our Executive Producer - Matteo Rizzi, and the event orchestrators Tracey Davies (President) and Scarlett Sieber (Chief Strategy and Growth Officer). What can you expect, what are the main focus topics, what opportunities are still available, and how did the reboot impact the 2021 event, are some of the conversation points you can expect!
And of course here is the list of speakers: https://europe.money2020.com/speakersand full agenda here: https://europe.money2020.com/whatshappening/agendathemes
Connect with Scarlett: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scarlettsieber/Connect with Tracey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/traceyd/
Episode 93: Talent Infrastructure
Time to shake things up! This week, Matteo Rizzi takes us on the "Talent Revolution", showcasing stories and strategies that two brilliant trailblazers on the space went through in their impressive careers both in the corporate space and as advisors for diverse projects in order to create some structure for retaining and attracting real measurable talent for institutions. Neville Bourke and Drew Graham are our guests of the week, join them at this episode of Breaking Banks Europe.
Meet the guests:Neville Bourke - Partner, FuturusNeville Bourke has 25 years of experience in HR Strategy & Change Management across diverse industry sectors. Neville’s most recent corporate role was at the 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.Linkedln: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nevillebourke/
Drew Graham - Advisor and MentorDrew is a serial entrepreneur turned banker; a sheep in wolf's clothing. He joined Barclays as Director of Digital Strategy in April 2019. He was previously the Head of Platform for the Standard Chartered Virtual Bank in Hong Kong. He joined Standard Chartered as Director of Fintech Strategy and Engagement in 2016. Before renting his soul, hefounded and led a financial inclusion payments company in Indonesia, a financial services Cloud services company in Hong Kong, an oil and gas technology infrastructure company in Papua New Guinea, a data analytics startup in Berlin and a zip line in Singapore. He is a believer that the only difference between bravery and insanity is success, a keen mentor of entrepreneurs, a passionate advisor to startup accelerator programs and a reluctant wearer of formal clothes.Linkedln: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drew-graham/
Episode 92: Breaking Impact: Migrant-Led Financial Services
How do you define a community-led approach to helping recent migrants? What are the needs and context of each specific migrant and destination? What level of preparation, financial security and conditions does one have in order to be prepared? Nina Mohanty is no stranger to these important issues - being the founder of Bloom herself, and next week - she takes the lead in both hosting Tori Samples (Leaf Global) and as a guest together with our co-host Meaghan Johnson - in a wide discussion for our new installment of Breaking Impact.
Meet the guests:Tori Samples - Co-Founder and CTO, Leaf Global Fintech.Tori has a background in technology and fifteen years of personal experience working with resettled refugees in the United States. As a Data Architect at HCA—a Fortune 75 healthcare company in the US—Tori developed products on some of the largest datasets in the world and helped manage sensitive clinical and financial data for 33 million patients. In addition to designing Leaf's technical system from the ground up, Tori has lectured on blockchain systems in university, corporate, and professional association settings. She has an MBA from Vanderbilt University and is currently based in Kigali, Rwanda leading Leaf’s in-market team.Leaf is a blockchain-based, digital wallet that provides cross-border financial services on a mobile device—no smartphone required. With Leaf, customers can store, transport, exchange, send, and receive money digitally. Leaf targets the nearly 500 million cross-border traders across Africa and 79.5 million forcibly displaced refugees and migrants, though anyone can use Leaf. Leaf Wallet is live in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda, available both on USSD and as a smartphone app on Google Play and the App Store. Leaf has processed over 100,000 transactions since going live in September 2020 and has been recognized by the Vatican, the US National Science Foundation, the United Nations, and Fast Company.
Connect with Tori: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tori-samples-a0b85055/Leaf: https://leafglobalfintech.com
Nina Mohanty - Founder, Bloom MoneyNina’s interest in digital technology stems from her childhood growing up in the Silicon Valley, where she was surrounded by tech Giants such as Apple, Facebook, and Google and grew to recognize the awesome opportunities for technology to improve processes, functions, and more importantly – lives. This was confirmed during her time on the Digital Payments team at Mastercard, with a focus on digital payment acceptance. While at Mastercard, she was able to see how powerful small changes to a user experience can transform the way people interact with their money. Her time at Starling Bank further solidified the possibilities for tech to help people live healthier financial lives. Since then Nina worked at London-based Open Banking start-up, Bud, to build out a financial marketplace and rethink the way we interact with financial services. Today, Nina works with the magnificent team at Klarna, making payments smooth. Nina is a fiercely passionate feminist and vocal advocate of diversity (of all kinds) in the workplace. She volunteers for organizations including I Can Be, a charity whose goal is to share non-stereotypical careers with underprivileged school girls in London as well as Ada’s List, a community of women working to advance women in technology. She is a member of FemTech Global and Tech Ladies, both international communities for women working in technology. Nina is also a mentor to students from her alma mater, the London School of Economics and regularly volunteers her time as a guest lecturer or panelist at LSE events. She is also a regular public speaker at events hosted by Money20...
Episode 91: BlockIS Mini-Series: Focusing on AgriTech
This week we finalize our BlockIS Mini-Series with the fascinating theme of AgriFood. Matteo Rizzi (also mentor at the BlockIS.eu initiative) leads the discussion, where Alessandro Chelli (Apio) and Žiga Drev (Trace Labs – OriginTrail Core Developers) showcase their incredible track records and innovative solutions for the space. Join us this week for one more episode of Breaking Banks Europe.
Meet the guests:
Alessandro Chelli - CEO, ApioAlessandro is graduated in Computer Engineering, in the same year, he co-founded Apio with Lorenzo Di Berardino. Passionate about blockchain, he mastered knowledge about several BC technologies and teach it on master courses in Italian Universities.Apio is a Venture Builder that creates a solution for large companies. After became one of the IBM Food Trust certified partners Apio develops Trusty. Trusty is a Direct to Consumer Channel based on Trust and transparency that uses traceability information timestamped on blockchain captured from the agri-food supply-chain. Trusty is a Software as a Service platform that democratize the Blockchain Access for small food producers.
Connect with Alessandro: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alechelli/Apio: https://www.apio.cc/
Žiga Drev - Co-Founder & Managing Director, Trace Labs – OriginTrail Core DevelopersŽiga co-founded OriginTrail in 2013 with the mission to bring transparency to supply chains and has led the implementation of several traceability projects around the world. OriginTrail’s open-source, blockchain-based protocol for data exchange in global supply chains is enabling businesses to speak the same language with integrity. Žiga is an authority on the topics of data integrity and using the blockchain for solving supply chain challenges. He is an established speaker at events around the globe, sharing first-hand experience from the implementation of blockchain technology in practice.Trace Labs is a blockchain company developing enterprise solutions for trusted dataexchange across the supply chain. Their solutions enable forward-thinking organizations to gain the most knowledge possible and make better decisions based on interconnected data from their supply chains. Trace Labs is also the core development company of the open-source OriginTrail protocol for blockchain-based data exchange. Founded in 2013, Trace Labs has built award-winning enterprise solutions for supply chains, including those for traceability and verifiable claims. In 2017, Trace Labs received an award from the Walmart Food Safety Collaboration Center. Trace Labs believes sustainable supply chains are only possible when all organizations, big or small, are allowed to benefit from trusted data exchanges.
Connect with Žiga: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ziga-drev/Trace Labs: https://tracelabs.io/OriginTrail: https://origintrail.io/
Episode 90: Breaking Chains: The Rise of Crypto Exchanges
Your "Breaking Chains" series is back with a new topic that has certainly crossed your path in the latest years, and that is rapidly accelerating for the financial services industry – and so today our expert Ajit Tripathi leads “The Rise of Crypto Exchanges”, and brings three companies building this landscape themselves - Gabriele Sabbatini (Hercle), Diego D'Aquilio (Young Platform) and Ognjen Ikovic (Vladam).
Meet the guests!Gabriele Sabbatini: Co-Founder, HercleHercle: https://www.hercle.financial/Connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gs-fintech/
Diego D'Aquilio: Chief Business Development Officer, Young PlatformYoung Platform - https://youngplatform.com/Connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diegodaquilio/
Ognjen Ikovic: Co-Founder and CEO, VladamVladam - https://www.vladam.ai/Connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ognjen-ikovic-49591858