NatWest, BNP Paribas, Allica join dazzling line-up at The Future of FinTech

We are now officially just over two weeks away from The Future of FinTech 2024, FStech’s leading conference bringing business leaders from across the sector together to discuss the latest disruptions and technology developments in the financial sector.

After announcing the first wave of speakers last month – including Lloyds Banking Group, First Direct, Oaknorth Bank, Zopa Bank, and Grant Thornton, FStech can reveal further details of speakers who are appearing at this must-attend event.

The conference takes place at the London Hilton, Tower Bridge on 13 June 2024. Register now.


Chris Waring, Head of Digital Customer Journeys, NatWest

Chris has a background in both banking and technology. After completing his computer science degree at Cambridge, he ventured into commercial banking and took on various commercial and digital roles at both Barclays and HSBC. His work at HSBC was primarily focused on global digital initiatives, especially Digital Business Banking in the UK and Hong Kong. He also spent time in the Middle East as the COO of a regional financing house. More recently, Chris has worked at UK FinTechs Revolt and Trade Ledger. In 2022, he joined NatWest, to work on enhancing digital customer journeys for the Commercial and Institutional division.

Dizem Ozalp-Sari, Head of Data Services, BNP Paribas

Dizem has worked in the financial technology area, on domains like digital transformation, data analytics and strategy, reporting and data distribution, data modelling and IT architecture for cloud and hybrid systems, CRM, sales automation & call centre systems throughout her career. She has managed a great depth of client, stakeholder and regulatory exposure in the roles she conducted in multiple markets and has a solid solution design experience for data systems front to back. Before joining back to BNP Paribas as Head of Global Invest Data Services, she was leading Global Data & Analytics Platform team of HSBC. In 2019, Women in Data UK awarded her as one of the 20 role models in Data and Technology area and selected her as one of the faces of #GirlsinData campaign which was run at national level with a mission to create awareness for accessible role models in STEM subjects for young girls.

Rajitha Prabhakaran, Group Financial Crime Officer, Domestic & General Insurance Plc

Rajitha is professional with over 15 years of experience in risk, compliance, internal audit & financial crime within general insurance sector. She is currently working as Group Financial Crime Officer for Domestic & General insurance and formerly worked with Aviva insurance for nearly ten years in various disciplines within risk, internal audit and compliance. Rajitha obtained a Masters in Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security from Coventry University in 2021, passing with Distinction. In 2023 she won Head of Financial Crime of the Year at Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Awards.

Nida Sattar, Head of Product – Payments, Allica Bank

Nida Sattar is currently Head of Product – Payments at Allica Bank, based in London. In this role, she is responsible for the development and roll-out of a new Current Account product for SME clients. Prior to this, Nida led the International Payments Product team at ClearBank, where she was accountable for ClearBank’s international expansion plans and product deliveries across payments and FX. She started her career at J.P. Morgan on the graduate scheme and made Vice President, with successes including launching J.P. Morgan’s SEPA Instant offering. Nida is a frequent speaker at various industry forums, including EBADay, Innovate Finance, Women in Payments, Fintech Connect, etc, and was in the Women in Fintech Powerlist 2021 as well as the Money20/20 RiseUp Europe Cohort for 2022. Nida has a Master of Arts in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge.

Phil Coole, MLRO and Head of Compliance, OakNorth

Phil has worked in financial crime/compliance roles since 2010, beginning as a financial crime specialist supervisor at the FSA’s (the FCA’s predecessor). After nearly four years there, Phil moved to Lloyds to oversee its private banking financial crime team and then spent more than five years at Investec Bank as its Deputy MLRO, covering a diverse range of business areas. Phil joined OakNorth in 2020 as its MLRO/SMF17 and took the Head of Compliance (SMF16) role in 2022. Phil also used to chair of The Institute from 2019 to 2023, a financial crime networking platform for all members of the regulated sector.

Philip Treleaven, Professor of Computing, UCL and Director, UK Centre for Financial Computing

Twenty-five years ago his research group developed much of the early fraud detection technology and built the first insider dealing detection system for the London Stock Exchange. For the past 18 years Prof. Treleaven’s research group has developed algorithmic trading systems with many of the leading investment banks and funds, and for the past eight years they have worked on automating Regulation, Systemic Risk and RegTech with the Bank of England, FCA and other Regulators. Current research includes the application of machine learning and blockchain technology to decentralised finance (DeFi), asset management and regulation, and legal technology.

Shilpa Aurora, Head of AFC Products and Solutions, ACAMS

Shilpa is the Head of Anti-Financial Crime Products and Solutions at ACAMS. She is responsible for the strategy, content, performance and implementation of anti-financial crime training solutions for all client segments. Shilpa represents ACAMS by speaking at select major industry events and conferences and engaging proactively with industry leaders across the globe. Shilpa joined ACAMS as Anti-Money Laundering Director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa in Jan 2020. Previously, Shilpa was the Head of Financial Crime Prevention for the Retail and Business Bank in Santander UK. She was accountable for all areas of financial crime prevention including KYC/CDD, customer screening, payment screening, transaction monitoring, customer risk assessment and assurance. She led the bank through the implementation of AML/CTF and ABC policies, advisory on high-risk onboarding, training and communication, and risk assessments. She also held leadership roles at Barclays in financial crime prevention, governance, and controls, and led large transformation programs. 

The Future of FinTech conference will take place at the London Hilton Tower Bridge on 13 June 2024. This event is open to professionals in IT, technology, security, compliance, digital transformation, innovation, risk and other technology and business functions across the financial services industry. Places are free for those in the financial sector and insurance. Register now!

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