The Future of Fintech

Event Date: 2 September 2016

Time: 10am - 4pm

Location: Technology & Innovation Centre(99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD)

The financial services industry is being transformed by innovative and disruptive technologies. Last year saw £10bn invested into Fintech start-ups. Over £635m of this was in the United Kingdom. The digitalisation of financial transactions has both commercial and regulatory implications. It impacts all aspects of capital markets from transactions, settlements through to fund raising. The symposium aims to demystify the technology and identify the opportunities that will arise. 

It will also feature the refreshed Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s Financial Services Sector. Developed with employers and voices from across the industry, it sets out a framework for the sector to fulfil its skills needs, with Fintech one of the themes at the heart of the plan.

  • The refreshed Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s Financial Services Sector
  • Financial Challenges Driven by Technology
  • Digital currency: Business opportunities within blockchain technology
  • Regulatory challenges caused by the control of virtual money supply.
  • A Venture Capitalists view of investing in Fintech
  • Crowd-funding
  • The Future of Technology and Payments
  • Showcasing research into Blockchain and encryption by Strathclyde University's Centre for Dynamic Intelligent Communications (CIDCOM).



Registrations and refreshments


Introduction and welcome by the Chair

Sharon Hamilton, Scottish Enterprise, leads the Financial and Business Services Sector Team in Scottish Enterprise having taken up post in January 2015. The focus of the team is on the attraction of inward investment into Scotland by global Financial and Business Services companies and supporting the growth of companies and the development of the sector in Scotland. Fintech is a key area of focus for the team currently.

The refreshed Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s Financial Services Sector with Chris Brodie, Skills Development Scotland


Daniel Broby Director of the Centre or Financial Regulation and Innovation has enjoyed a successful career in both academia and practice. Prior to academia, Daniel has held a number of Senior Executive positions in the Fund Management Industry, including Chief Executive, Chief Investment Officer, and Chief Portfolio Manager.


CeFRI White paper: Tatja Karkkainen has many years of experience working within Finance and IT. She engages with growth companies covering aspects of business strategy and international As a Chartered Alternative Investment Analysts (CAIA) Tatja became interested in Fintech after being introduced to it “game changing” nature in the hedge fund industry.


Private Equity and Fintech: Liliana Reasor is an entrepreneur and v venture capitalist specialising in FinTech. She is a finance professional with 18+ years of experience at a number of top Investment Banks and FinTech companies (JP Morgan, Banc of America Sec., Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Joel Mogy Inv. Counsel, Cohen & Co., and Moody's Analytics). Liliana has an MBA from UCLA with concentration in finance, and a M.S. in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon.


Cryptographic Foundations for FinTech: James Irving is a specialist on resource management and security for wireless communication systems. In over 20 years at Strathclyde, he has co-authored 3 books, 7 patents and over 120 research papers, and worked on a very wide variety of projects, from consultancy for multi-national wireless operators to small local businesses, and working on small scale circuit design to giving evidence as an expert witness. For much of the past 15 years, his focus was on Mobile VCE consortium of universities, operators and manufacturers, including ‘Software Based Systems’, the ‘Personal Distributed Environment’, and ‘Instant Knowledge’, otherwise known as secure context-aware networks.


Beyond the Hype: What Blockchains can Really do for you Greig Paul is a specialist in blockchain, protecting intellectual property and fingerprint authentication using biometrics. Blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of data records secured from tampering and revision.




Crowdfunding:  Cara Pleym will present the role and impact of crowdfunding within the finance eco-system with particular emphasis on the forms of capital that are developed, exchanged or eroded.   Cara has worked with a range of start-up companies in the fields of crowdfunding, management consulting and education.


Open Banking: Gavin Littlejohn is the Fintech representative on the new Scottish Fintech Strategy Group and Chairman of the Financial Data and Technology Association which has led the Fintech negotiations for PSD2 and in developing the Open Banking Standards with the Treasury and Competition & Markets Authority.


Fintech and the importance of speed and time: Thomas Byrne. Responsible for the delivery of a range of services provided to industry by NPL Scotland which is a joint venture between the National Physical Laboratory and the University of Strathclyde


How to monetize the Fintech opportunity panel discussion with Daniel Broby, Kevin Rush, Robert Atkinson, Devraj Basu and Karen Elliott.


Drinks reception

Attendance is free but registration is required.

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Published: 29 June 2016

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