Innovation Talks | FinTech 360°

Innovation Talks | FinTech 360°

The story of financial technology is significantly longer than most investors realise. The FinTech revolution can be traced back to the invention of the credit card and the ATM in the 1950s and 60s. While this revolution saw the first 50 years of FinTech innovation support the fastest growth in the banking sector the world has ever seen, newer advances in FinTech no longer just enhance banking services, but can replace them altogether. In this environment, do FinTechs still need the banking sector as a market, and how can banks and VCs work with FinTechs to improve services for consumers and businesses alike?

With a fireside discussion including the Head of Technology for Westpac Banking Corporation and one of London’s top VCs from Illuminate Financial, as well as pitches from some of London’s most innovative FinTechs, join us as we take a 360° look at the FinTech revolution.

Speakers include:

  • Rezso Szabo, Investment Director, Illuminate Financial
  • Adam Toms, CEO – Europe, OpenFin
  • Andrew Pearson, Deputy CEO, Maestrano
  • Karan Jain, Head of Technology – Europe & Americas, Westpac Banking Corporation
  • Jane Walshe, CEO, Enforcd
  • Richard Eaddy, CEO & Director, Hedgebook



Rezso Szabo, Investment Director, Illuminate Financial

Rezso is an Investment Director at Illuminate Financial, a b2b FinTech venture capital fund. He sits on the board of three portfolio companies and he leads two of Illuminate’s five bank partner relationships. Before joining the fund early on in the company’s journey, he worked at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant, where he advised global technology and financial services companies across 10+ countries in Europe and the Middle East. Rezso began his career at a Central Bank and he also worked with Ebury, a FinTech50 start-up that raised $120m.


Adam Toms, CEO – Europe, OpenFin

Adam Toms is CEO of OpenFin Europe and also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the board of RSRCHXchange. In his role at OpenFin, Adam is focused on driving industry-wide adoption of OpenFin’s vendor-neutral platform, which enables rapid, secure innovation for all market participants. Prior to OpenFin, Adam served as CEO of Instinet Europe. Under his leadership, the firm ranked #1 for customer volume on the London Stock Exchange, #3 for Pan-European equity customer volume, achieving record market share and profitability.

OpenFin is the financial industry’s operating system, enabling rapid and secure deployment, native experience and desktop interoperability. Used by the largest industry players through to the newest of FinTech innovators, OpenFin deploys hundreds of desktop applications to over 500 buy-side and sell-side firms.


Andrew Pearson, Deputy CEO, Maestrano

Andrew is a highly capable, experienced and inspiring leader within entrepreneurial, high growth and rapid change technology companies, zero to US$200M in scale, and with domain expertise in FinTech, HR Tech, MarTech, IoT, and content/document tech, enables rapid, secure innovation for all market participants.

Maestrano is the Open Cloud Business Integration Platform with cross-app data synchronisation allowing users to create digital engagement with small and medium businesses. Maestrano works with Financial Services firms, Telecoms providers, Consulting and Audit Firms, Governments and more across 5 continents.


Karan Jain, Head of Technology – Europe & Americas, Westpac Banking Corporation

Karan Jain heads up the Technology team for Westpac Banking Corporation in Europe and Americas. Driven by a thirst for solving complex business needs and building high performing teams, Karan has a keen interest in InfoSec, emerging technologies and disruptive business models. Before joining the Westpac senior management team in the UK, Karan was leading the front office and regulatory initiatives for Westpac.

In his spare time, Karan works closely with the fintechs in APAC and European region and supports many initiatives to strengthen the bridge between the two geographies. Karan has co-authored two books, the most recent, ‘Pivot’ is #1 bestseller in Organisation Theory & Behavior and Management Science on Amazon. In the past, Karan has co-founded Lean Engagements, working with many of the ASX 100 firms and Australian Government on transformations using lean capabilities.


Jane Walshe, CEO, Enforcd

Jane is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI, and a financial services regulatory barrister who previously worked in the Regulator’s Enforcement Division as well as in house at JP Morgan.

Since 2011 Jane has been involved in regtech, both from a strategy and design as well as a content perspective, first as a lawyer at Lexis Nexis where she helped to design and build the Lexis PSL financial services product, then latterly as a Senior Regulatory Intelligence Expert at Thomson Reuters.

Jane is a consultant editor of ‘Individual Conduct in Financial Services Firms’ – a practitioner guide published by Sweet & Maxwell.


Richard Eaddy, CEO and Director, Hedgebook

Richard is CEO of Hedgebook, a cloud-based risk management tool for SMEs. Having established Hedgebook as the most widely used treasury management system in New Zealand and Australia, Richard moved to London at the beginning of 2017 to partner Hedgebook with leading UK and European banks, audit firms and currency brokers.

With more than 25 years treasury experience gained in house and as a risk management advisor, Richard is committed to delivering best of breed solutions at a price point accessible to SMEs.

Richard is also the founder and board member of ETOS Limited, the leading provider of treasury services in Australasia.



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