2018 Global Annual Meeting - Europe
Confronting Today’s Paradoxes
January 15 – 17, 2018
London Hilton on Park Lane
London, UK

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Carme Artigas Brugal
Co-Founder and CEO
Synergic Partners

Ms. Carme Artigas is co-founder and chief executive officer of Synergic Partners, a strategic and technological consulting firm specialized in big data and data science, founded in 2006 and acquired in November 2015 by the Telefonica Group, where she still runs as chief executive officer at a global level, serving companies of all industries across more than 15 geographies. Ms. Artigas is a member of the innovation board of CEOE and member of the industry affiliate partners at Columbia University NYC Data Science Institute. She is a demanded conference speaker on big data and digital transformation in several international forums, such as Strata Data Conference (London, New York and Singapore) and collaborates in various Master programs on new technologies, big data, Artificial Intelligence and innovation. She has been recently appointed by Insight Success as the only Spanish woman among the 30 most influential women in business, Top 15 Women in Data by O’Reilly media and also she has been selected by Stanford University as Spain Ambassador of Women in Data Science Program and Global Sponsor of the Program “Women in Leadership” organized by Telefonica Corporate University

Sir Mark Boleat
Senior Associate Fellow
Centre for European Reform

Sir Mark Boleat is Senior Associate Fellow at the Centre for European Reform. He is also Chairman of Link Scheme Holdings Ltd, which runs the UK’s ATM network and the Housing and Finance Institute. He completed a five year term as political head of the City of London Corporation in May 2017 and in that role he was also Deputy Chairman of TheCityUK and the International Regulatory Strategy Group. He has previously held a wide variety of senior positions in the public, private and third sectors, including heading three national trade associations in the finance industry.

Alessio Botta
Head of Global Transaction Banking Partner
McKinsey & Co

Mr. Alessio Botta is a Parner in the Milan office of McKinsey & Company. He is a core member of the global Business Technology Office and of the EMEA Payments Practice. Mr. Botta leads Global Transaction Banking service line. He served top financial institutions, both private and state-owned, in Italy, UK, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Singapore. Along his main expertise on Financial Institutions, he has served Public Sector clients on several Technology & Operations related topics. Mr. Botta holds an Italian “Laurea Specialistica” degree (M.Sc. equivalent) in IT Engineering and Business Management from University of Pisa, and a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies – IMT. Prior to joining McKinsey, he also worked as lecturer and researcher at Suffolk University in Boston and University of Pisa.

Glenn Brouwer
Director, Watson Financial Services Solutions & Long Term Business Development

Mr. Glenn Brouwer is Director, Watson Financial Services Solutions at IBM based out of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Responsible for Revenue, Profit & Loss and Go-To-Market of Watson FS Solutions which includes; Client Insights & Cognitive Experience, Risk and Compliance, Payments and Counter Fraud and Sales Performance Management. Mr. Brouwer has deep expertise in Cognitive strategy and transformation and actively worked with clients - adopt Artificial Intelligence (AI), define their transformation and growth strategy using AI, identify sources of competitive advantage by leveraging AI that drive sustainable business value.

Kimberly Burdette
Chair, BAFT
Senior Vice President and Manager, International Financial Institutions
PNC Bank

Mrs. Kimberly Burdette is a Senior Vice President in Capital Markets for PNC Bank and the manager of its International Financial Institutions business. She has responsibility for the relationship, credit and compliance management of international banks with which PNC engages. PNC provides a wide range of trade, treasury management, balance sheet management and capital markets solutions and services to international financial institutions operating in the US and abroad. Mrs. Burdette has worked for PNC Bank and its predecessor, Pittsburgh National Bank, for 30 years. Mrs. Burdette is currently EVP of PNC’s edge act subsidiary, PNC Bank International. She also serves as Chair for the BAFT Board of Directors.

Tod Burwell
President and CEO

Mr. Tod Burwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BAFT. Prior to being promoted to CEO, he served as the Senior Vice President of Trade Products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Mr. Burwell has over 25 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions. Prior to joining BAFT, Mr. Burwell was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and held senior global management roles responsible for trade operations, launching the logistics business and managing global product sales for trade finance and logistics management.

Rob Churcher
FinTech Strategy Lead

Mr. Robert Churcher is the FinTech Strategy lead for PwC Consulting in the UK. Robert works with financial services companies to develop their innovation strategies in the context of a rapidly evolving industry, and with FinTech start-ups to identify opportunities to help solve strategic challenges in financial services. He launched PwC’s FinTech business with the lead partner in 2015 and now sits on the FinTech leadership team. Mr.Churcher also has significant experience in carve-outs and post-merger integration in banking and capital markets businesses. He is a thought leadership author, keynote speaker and media commentator for the firm, having produced and contributed to a wide range of papers on FinTech, InsurTech, the future of the financial services industry and the changing nature of the capital markets industry. Prior to joining PwC, He was the Managing & Finance Director of an alpine sports and events start-up.

Tamara Cizeika
Allen & Overy

Ms. Tamara Cizeika specialises in general regulatory issues in the financial services industry, advising firms on UK and EU regulatory requirements and drafting and negotiating UK and international agreements. She is an active contributor to industry issues, publishing an independent report in 2011 for a UK industry body on retail product issues, and being the main author of a 2013 white paper for the UK Investment Association on outsourcing and the “too big to fail” issue. Ms. Cizeika sits on a number of UK industry working groups, including groups on MiFID II, Brexit, research/dealing commission, best execution and social media. She began her career at a regulator, working for the general counsel of the financial services regulator in Australia.

Tracy Clarke
CEO, Europe and Americas
Standard Chartered Bank
Global Annual Meeting - Europe Keynote Speaker

Ms. Tracy Clarke joined Standard Chartered Bank in 1985 and has held a number of roles in Retail, Commercial and Corporate Banking, and Group functions both in the UK and Hong Kong. In 2002 she became Head of the Group Chief Executive's Office and later Group Head of Corporate Affairs. She became the Group Head of Human Resources in March 2006 and in January 2010 developed the Corporate Affairs strategy for the Bank. She was appointed as a Director of the Bank in January 2013 and CEO Europe and Americas in October 2015.

Nick Cook
Head of RegTech and Advanced Analytics
The Financial Conduct Authority(FCA)

Mr. Nick Cook leads the FCA’s RegTech activities, including the FCA’s TechSprint events - the first events of their kind convened by a financial regulator. He is responsible for implementing the FCA’s Data Strategy, and reforming the way the FCA collects, governs and uses data to inform its decision-making. He is accountable for a range of data and analytics technology and change projects, and leads the FCA’s procurement of market data. Mr. Cook is the FCA’s representative on the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) Financial Innovation Standing Committee and is an advisor to the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator Programme. He joined the Financial Services Authority (the FCA’s predecessor) in 2009, initially in its Enforcement and Market Oversight Division. Prior to joining the regulator, Mr. Cook qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG Forensic.

Parth Desai
CEO and Founder

Mr. Parth Desai is the founder and CEO of Pelican. With over twenty-five years of expertise in the practical application of Artificial Intelligence technology to payments and compliance, Mr. Desai has a thorough understanding of Payments, Securities, Anti-Money Laundering and Risk Management fields from both a business and technology standpoint. Under his leadership, Pelican has grown to become a global market-leading company, delivering outstanding efficiency and product innovation benefits for customers in over 55 countries, and processing more than one billion transactions worth over US$5 trillion. Prior to founding Pelican, he worked for Cognitive Systems as Research Scientist in New Haven under Roger Schank, a global pioneer of AI and Professor of Yale’s Artificial Intelligence Unit. Mr. Desai has a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from Georgia Tech, a B. Tech. from IIT, Mumbai, and has participated in several senior management programs in Harvard Business School, Boston and INSEAD, France.

Karin Dohm
Government & Public Affairs, Regulatory Policy & Group Structuring
Deutsche Bank Group

In that capacity she drives DB’s regulatory strategy and engagement with key regulators and policymakers. She also provides thought leadership on the reconfiguration of the Group addressing Deutsche Bank’s legal entity structure for operating and service entities as well as its booking model. Before taking on this role she was the CFO for the Global Transaction Banking of Deutsche Bank and previously she was the Head of Group financial and regulatory reporting of DB Group.Before joining Deutsche Bank in 2011, Karin Dohm was a Partner at Deloitte. She has vast experience from more than fifteen years as an auditor and tax advisor in transaction advisory services, optimizing internal and external reporting processes and auditing the financial statements of clients such as financial services institutions, investment firms, as well as real estate and travel and leisure companies. In Addition, Karin represents DB in a number of outside industry related bodies, such as the Board of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG), the Association of German Banks (BDB) and the European BankingFederation (EBF). Outside of DB, Karin is a member of the Supervisory Board and the Audit Committee of Economy AG (formerly Metro Group), a publicly listed MDAX company. She is also vice-chair of the Supervisory Board and head of the Audit Committee of Deutsche Euroshop AG, another MDAX listed company that invests solely in shopping centers. Karin Dohm studied Economics, Politics and Philosophy in Münster, Saragossa and Berlin.

John Dunkerley
Head of Financial Institution Relationships

Mr. John Dunkerley leads Intuit’s work with Financial Institutions in the UK. Intuit’s QuickBooks Online is the world’s largest cloud accounting system for small business, with some 2.3 million customers worldwide and is at the forefront of the increasing integration between accounting and banking platforms. He has been bridging the gap between banking and accounting for over 15 years, initially leading direct bank feed pioneer BankLink in Australia, then as a co-founder of Bankstream in the UK (acquired by Intuit, September 2016). Mr. Dunkerley believes that the merging of transaction and financial data, combined with the power of machine learning, will radically transform the lives of small business operators - shifting their focus from historical information to real-time insights, predictions and the ability to understand and address future financial needs

Stefano Favale
Head of Global Transaction Banking
Intesa San Paolo SpA

Mr. Stefano Favale has 20 years in the banking industry combining experience in transformation projects in core business areas with growing managerial responsibilities at major banking groups (Capitalia, Unicredit, Intesa Sanpaolo) until the position of Head of Global Transaction Banking in Intesa Sanpaolo. He began his career in Accenture in 1998 as project manager in core banking business areas (Credit, CRM, Products, Pricing). He has been working in Unicredit since 2004 in the strategic planning unit contributing to set up from scratch the Commercial Banking Division leading the project to launch SME segment (Former Capitalia). In 2007 he joined the newborn Global Transaction Banking unit covering several responsibilities on business management and achieving the final position of Head of Cash Management Sales.

Martin Fiddaman
Head of Financial Institutions

Mr. Martin Fiddaman is a Team Leader with global responsibility for TS FI Sales, covering Banks and NBFIs eg Insurance, Asset Managers, Broker/Dealers, Building Societies for payments and cash mgmt, liquidity, commercial cards and trade finance. Started at RBS in August 2010. He has 25 years in commercial and investment banking, the last 15 years in Financial Institutions in relationship, coverage and origination roles. Previous roles include: Head of FI EMEA Coverage at ANZ, London; Head of NBFI EMEA Relationship Mgmt NAB, London; Head of EMEA Bank and Broker Dealer Coverage at Bank One /First Chicago

Sam Fuller
Director, Founder
The Wellbeing Project

Ms. Sam Fuller founded The Wellbeing Project in 2007. She is a highly experienced resilience and stress management consultant, a certified trainer with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, accredited by the International Stress Management Association and the Royal Society of Public Health, a certified NLP practitioner and clinical nutritionist. With 10 years experience supporting her clients and as the Wellbeing Judge for the Employee Engagement Awards in 2016 she appreciates the challenges of any wellbeing project.   It is her mission to make it as easy as possible for employers to create a culture of wellness where employees excel and businesses thrive. She works directly with leaders and teams as a resilience and wellbeing expert and facilitator. She specialises in both physical and mental resilience, neuroscience, energy management, stress management, change management and health promotion.

John Gibbons
Head of Global Transaction Banking
Deutsche Bank

Mr. John Gibbons is Head of Global Transaction Banking and member of the Corporate & Investment Banking executive committee. He is based in London. Under Mr Gibbons leadership, Deutsche Bank provides Trade Finance, Cash Management, Institutional Cash and Securities Services to multinational corporations, large local corporates and medium sized companies as well as institutional clients. He joined Deutsche Bank in October 2016. He was previously with JPMorgan where he was Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa and the Global Executive for the Bank and Broker Dealer client segment of JPMorgan’s Treasury Services business. With more than three decades of banking experience spanning various senior positions in global financial institutions, John’s expertise covers the entire spectrum of corporate banking, capital markets business and transaction banking. Mr. Gibbons is an American citizen and has lived in Europe for the past 14 years. He has graduated from the University of Connecticut.

Sir Roger Gifford
Senior Banker I

Sir Roger Gifford is a senior banker at SEB in London. He read chemistry at Oxford University and began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg & Co, joining SEB in 1982. Prior to his appointment as UK Country Head (2000 – 2016) he headed the bank's operations in Japan for six years. He has worked in and around the primary debt and equity capital markets most of his career. Sir Gifford is Vice Chairman and a past Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks in London, President of the Bank Workers Charity and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE). Sir Gifford is also Chair of the UK Government’s Green Finance Taskforce and the London Green Finance Initiative, launched in 2016 to further the contribution of the financial sector to the G20 climate agenda. He was Lord Mayor of London in 2013

Peter Hazou
Director, Industry Solutions
Financial Services industry team

Mr. Peter Hazou is Director of Business Development at Microsoft in the World Wide Financial Services Industry Group. Prior to joining Microsoft, Peter was a payments industry banker for over 30 years and spent much of his career holding various roles as a business leader in the EMEA region at BNY Mellon, Unicredit, HSBC, Citigroup and Chase Manhattan Bank. He began his career as a credit officer at Manufacturers Hanover Trust.

Michael Hogan
General Manager, Transaction Banking, EMEA

Mr. Michael Hogan has been Managing Director and Regional Head of Transaction Banking Sales - EMEA at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. since May 2015. Mr. Hogan leads the coverage of the transaction banking business, specifically in sales across the EMEA region. He is also responsible for deepening existing client relationships and identifying and developing new client business across a broad sector, comprising both multinational and large local corporates. He has a career in banking and finance spanning over 25 years, with a proven track record across General Management, Relationship Management, Product Sales and Management and Marketing. He joined Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi from National Australia Bank Limited, where he was Head of Trade for Asia since June 2010, with responsibility for building and expanding the bank's trade capabilities across the region. Prior to this he worked for Standard Chartered Bank for 17 years in both Cash and Trade, most recently as Managing Director, and was a Member of the Business Leadership Teams for both the Group and Wholesale Bank.

Luke Ingrouille
Graduate Analyst

Mr. Luke Ingrouille is a Graduate Analyst on HSBC’s Global Liquidity and Cash Management Global Graduate Programme. A relative newcomer to transaction banking, he is currently based in Hong Kong with the Financial Institutions Group sales team. His previous roles included a rotation in global business management, where he contributed to the overall strategy of the business. Prior to joining HSBC, he was a Lieutenant in the Singapore Armed Forces, leading a platoon of 40 soldiers.

Madhuban Kumar

Ms. Madhuban Kumar is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a sprinkling of big company experience in India, US and Europe. A visionary thinker, with a passion for building technology-enabled products with scale. She is the CEO of a venture-backed AI company in capital markets, Metafused which she founded. Her previous experience includes managing treasury (GSK), venture investing (Siemens and Insight Venture Partners) building mobile and NFC products like the Barclays-Oyster card (First Data Inc) and buying IP data (Camelot, BT etc).

Pawel Kuskowski

Mr. Pawel Kuskowski is an entrepreneur, recognized AML/CTF and compliance advisor; former head of global AML/CTF processes at major financial institutions such as RBS; a specialist in compliance and anti-money-laundering with extensive experience conducting global projects for international financial institutions and cooperating with supervisory authorities; the chairman of the Compliance Association of Poland.

Nadine Lagarmitte
Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Institutions

Ms. Nadine Lagarmitte leads and manages a group of +100 senior sales officers based across the world. Accountable for global annuity revenue related to the payment and cash-management flow for the five sub sectors: Banks, Insurances, Asset managers, Public Sector and Hedge Funds. She is responsible for streamlining the hiring process and new product launches to execute focused strategy for the segments. Nadine is a member of the PCM Executive Committee. Formerly with Bank of America managing a group of 135 senior sales offices in 20 countries.

Catherine Lang-Anderson
Allen & Overy

Ms. Catherine Lang-Anderson is Counsel in the banking practice at Allen & Overy. Her experience encompasses general lending and international financing structures, trade and commodity finance, project finance, property finance and restructurings. She is a key member of our global trade, commodities and supply chain finance practice. Ms. Lang-Anderson was based in our Moscow office for three years and has advised on many trade and commodity finance in the region, including on deals in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. She also regularly advises on African deals including landmark African trade financings. She advises UK and global industry bodies on legal and regulatory issues affecting the trade and commodity finance community and is a regular contributor to trade finance publications.

Fabio Manca
Managing Director
DHL Inventory Finance Services

Mr. Fabio Manca is Managing Director at DHL Inventory Finance Services GmbH (IFS), based in Bonn – Germany. After experiences in banking and management consulting, Mr. Manda joined DHL in 1993, covering several finance and senior management roles in Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Americas. In April 2016 Fabio left his role as CFO Global Functions and Managing Director of DHL Supply Chain Management GmbH to take the lead of the IFS new line of business.

Dave Nicholson
Co-Founder, VP Strategic Partnerships
Yoyo Wallet

Mr. Dave Nicholson is a co-founder and VP Strategic Partnerships at Yoyo Wallet, responsible for ensuring that Yoyo continues to innovate and scale in the digital loyalty space through building relationships with partners. Before starting Yoyo, he was co-founder and Head of Product at Zopa - the world’s first peer to peer lender. With a background in Financial Services consulting as well as his entrepreneurial experience, Mr. Nicholson is able to bring a wealth of relevant knowledge to the companies he’s started and those he works with - be they startups or more established businesses.

Kirstine Nilsson
Head of Strategic Engagements and Relationships
Group Payments and Cash Management
Swedbank Group

Ms. Kirstine Nilsson has more than 25 years of experience in the payments and cash management area. In her present assignment she is responsible for strategic business development and risk management for payments and deposits. She is a member of the board of EBA Clearing Company, the EPC General Assembly, the ESBG Payments Committee as well as a number of national payment market and regulatory work groups.

Paul Orchart
Managing Director, Europe
Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Mr. Paul Orchart is Managing Director, Europe, for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) whom he joined in 2004. The position means that he is involved in overseeing the operations and business development of the bank for that area. He reports to a head of international business along with heads of business for the Americas, based in New York, and Asia, based in Hong Kong who together help to co-ordinate strategy and product alignment. Increasingly, Mr. Orchart is also working with the bank’s fund manager, Colonial, bought in 2000 which is branded as First State internationally. In Europe the bank is involved in global markets across all asset classes, corporate banking, infrastructure and project finance, small and big ticket leasing, structured (tax based) finance, and private client services.

Ebru Pakcan
Managing Director, Head of TTS EMEA

Ms. Ebru Pakcan is the Head of Treasury and Trade Solutions business for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) based in London. Ms Pakcan is actively engaged with Citi's clients across Corporate, Financials Institutions and Public Sector entities, developing payment, cash management and trade financing solutions to meet their evolving requirements. She leads a team of business managers, product and sales specialists across a set of diverse markets and disciplines. Prior to her current role, Ms Pakcan managed the Global Payments and Receivables business for the Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) based in New York until Nov 2016 and held the same position for EMEA region based in London between 2008 and 2012. Ms Pakcan joined Citibank in Turkey in 1997 as a Project Manager in Technology department and later expanded responsibilities in Operation and Technology division in various management positions. She held numerous roles across multiple countries including the position of the Securities Country Manager (SCM) in Turkey, managing the custody and clearing business.

Paul Rohan
Management Consultant
Rohan Consultant

Mr. Paul Rohan is an Irish researcher, management consultant, executive educator, speaker and author on business strategy in financial services. He specialises in examining the potential impact of PSD2 and Open Banking on market structures in global financial services. Mr. Rohan’s advisory customer base straddles the potential “Apps” in an Open Banking Ecosystem (Fintechs, Credit Monolines, Price Comparison Sites, Challenger Banks, Non-Banks etc.) as well as Incumbent Banks that will evolve from product businesses to platform businesses. Paul is also a former Head of Transaction Banking Services at Allied Irish Bank.

James Rust
Partner, Head of New Propositions

Mr. James Rust is one of Leathwaite’s founding partners and is Head of New Propositions, responsible for developing new business streams for the company. His main areas of expertise are retail, insurance, digital, distribution and product. He previously started and grew Leathwaite’s Executive Interim practice and was also a Non-Executive Director to Hiring-Hub, an online recruitment marketplace. Prior to Leathwaite, Mr. Rust spent two years with Armstrong International with the remit to build a search business focused on finance and operations within investment banking and asset management. Before this he spent five years working in recruitment, successfully building a similarly aligned team, eventually numbering 30, at Robert Walters.

Mamoru Shibata
Transaction Banking Office for EMEA

Mr. Mamoru Shibata, Director of the Transaction Banking Office for EMEA based in London, is an experienced sales specialist in driving growth within MUFG’s global transaction banking business, with particular focus on promoting cash & liquidity management solutions to multinational corporate clients. Mr. Shibata joined MUFG Singapore in 2010 as a regional transaction banking sales manager for Asia and Oceania and was transferred to MUFG London in 2014. Prior to MUFG, he was in the corporate sales team at Thomson Reuters in Tokyo, covering Nikkei225 listed

Bart Timmermans
Managing Director
Banco Santader SA

Mr. Bart Timmermans was appointed Head of Global Transactional Banking (GTB) Santander UK in 2016. Previously, he was Head of GTB in Continental Europe with the mandate to create a fully equipped GTB organization within the newly created SGCB region—Continental Europe (covering France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy). In 2009, he joined Santander as the Head of Trade, Export and Supply Chain Finance for Europe, hired to build a European trade organization including ECA Finance, Supply Chain Finance, Commodity Finance and “Flow” Trade products. After four years, the team consisted of 32 professionals with six in-country sales teams (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Poland and Iberia) and a centralized product team in Madrid.

Prof. Philip Treleaven
UK Centre for Financial Computing & Analytics

Professor Philip Treleaven is Director of the UK Centre for Financial Computing & Analytics and Professor of Computing at UCL. Twenty years ago his research group development much of the early fraud detection technology and built the first insider dealing detection system for the London Stock Exchange. For the past 12 years Prof. Treleaven’s research group has developed algorithmic trading systems with many of the leading investment banks and funds, and for the past 4 years they have worked on HFT trading risk and systemic risk with the Bank of England and FCA. Current research includes the application of Artificial Intelligence and blockchain technology to financial “Algorithmic Regulation”.

Karin Walchshöfer
Managing Director, Europe and MENA | Global Trade & Banking
BMO Capital Markets

Ms. Karin Walchshöfer is Managing Director, Europe and MENA, for the International Financial Institutions Group, and is primarily responsible for overseeing the growth and management of the bank's relationships with financial institutions in Europe, the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa. She is based in London, England, and manages teams in London, Toronto and Abu Dhabi. Ms. Walchshöfer joined the bank in 2000. Prior to this, she worked at National Westminster Bank in London where she held various positions in their Correspondent Banking and Card Services units. She has also completed the Managerial Leadership (MLLS) program and the ALP (Advanced Leadership) program at BMO. Ms. Walchshöfer was appointed to represent BMO on the European Council for BAFT in 2008.

Ruth Wandhöfer
MD, Global Head of Regulatory and Market Strategy
Treasury and Trade Solutions

Ms. Ruth Wandhöfer is highly regarded across the banking industry for her in-depth knowledge of the regulatory, market and competitive landscape, and in particular is acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities on SEPA (the Single Euro Payments Area). She holds a number of influential positions, including the Chairmanship of the European banking industry’s Payments Regulatory Expert Group, membership of the Plenary of the European Payments Council (EPC), Chairmanship of the EPC’s Information Security Support Group, membership of the EPC’s SEPA Scheme Working Group, membership of the EPC’s Executive Committee (Co-ordination Committee), membership of the EU Commission’s Payment Systems Market Expert Group as well as COGEPS, the high level Euro Payments Strategy forum of the ECB to discuss payment policy issues with the market.

Matt Wedgewood
BT Global Services

Mr. Matt Wedgewood joined BT as Assistant Treasurer in 2011 to lead standardised global banking and cash repatriation processes across the group, recently taking up a new role in the group’s Global Services division to drive further efficiencies. Prior to joining BT, Mr. Wedgewood lead tax, treasury and financial reporting for Tata Global Beverages UK where we worked from 2003. Matt is ACA and AMCT qualified, having trained in tax at Deloitte & Touche before moving into corporate treasury.

Jamie Whiteway
European Sales Director

Mr. Jamie Whiteway serves as European Sales Director for one of the fastest growing Fintech companies in the world - Taulia, and is based at Taulia's European Headquarters in London. Mr. Whiteway is a Chartered Accountant and has a proven track record in helping companies across Europe and APAC review, assess and optimise financial processes, working capital and cash flow. Prior to joining Taulia in early 2016, Jamie spent a number of years at HSBC and Barclays in the UK advising, structuring and implementing working capital financing tools. Prior to moving to the UK, he began his career in Australia at KPMG practising Audit, Risk Advisory and Restructuring across APAC. Like most Australians, Jamie is sports mad, and being a keen golfer you can find him most weekends trying to cure his slice.

Eszter Wijkman
Senior Advisor
Financial Institutions Coverage

Ms. Eszter Wijkman is currently Senior Advisor to Financial Institutions Management as well as having a direct Coverage role for a selected number of Global Banks. As Senior Advisor she is representing FI coverage in different committees like SEB's Global Clearing Committee and the Network Committee. Ms. Wijkman's client coverage role includes responsibility for and coordination of overall client strategy including credit risk and profitability across all product areas and divisions within the SEB Group. Previously she held roles as Head of the Bank team in FI; Corporate Client Coverage; Shipping Finance and Head of Training International. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics. Ms. Wijkman is Co-Chair of the BAFT Europe Council and Board member of BAFT.

Jeremy Wilson
Vice Chairman, Corporate Banking

Mr. Jeremy Wilson is Vice Chairman, Corporate Banking, responsible for engagement at Board or ExCo level with Barclays’ major corporate and institutional customers, for Barclays’ representation on industry initiatives, and as a representative of the financial services sector on global and regional industry bodies. Prior to assuming this role Mr. Wilson was responsible for the operational banking needs of Barclays financial institution business and, before that, of the large corporate clients at the Group's Head Office. He also worked in the group’s credit risk unit following 10 years overseas - in the United States, as personal assistant to the Chairman of Barclays’ principal subsidiary; in Vanuatu, as manager of Barclays finance centre interests there; and in Australia, as a corporate account executive. He began his career at Barclays as a graduate of Durham University on the group’s Management Development Program.

Philip Wood
Special Global Counsel
Allen & Overly, LLP

Mr. Phillip Wood, CBE, QC (hon) is one of the world's leading experts in comparative and cross-border financial law, and is Special Global Counsel and head of Allen & Overy’s Global Law Intelligence Unit. He holds visiting appointments on the law faculties of Oxford, Cambridge, and Queen Mary University, London. Mr. Wood is also the author of 19 books.