Innovation Talks | FinTechs in Open Banking

In the year since the UK brought in Open Banking regulations, the market has seen an explosion of providers, from FinTech challengers to established banks, all wanting to gain an edge in one of the world’s most competitive markets. Join our speakers as we discuss what works, what doesn’t and what the collaboration between banks and FinTechs means for the future of banking.

Speakers include:
• Karan Jain, Head of Technology – Europe & Americas, Westpac
• Nicholas Heller, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Fractal Labs
• Ben Johnson, Partnerships Manager – Business Platform UK & EMEA, Xero
• Kevin Telford, Advisor, ThoughtWorks
• Jamie Campbell, Marketing Lead, Bud


Aus-UK Chamber Members – Free
Guests & Non-Members – £15


 

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

Karan Jain heads up the Technology team for Westpac Banking Corporation in Europe and Americas. Karan has a keen interest in scaling FinTechs to support the finance ecosystem, and has advised a range of UK and Australian FinTechs. In 2018, he founded Fintech360, which will be launching the FinTech Growth Summit later this year. A market-first virtual conference providing leading insights from the FinTech and banking community.

Karan is well-respected across FinTech, banking and tech communities and speaks frequently on the impact of AI and FinTech on the finance industry. Karan has co-authored two books, the most recent, ‘Pivot’ is #1 bestseller in Organisation Theory & Behavior and Management Science on Amazon.

 

Nicholas Heller, Chief Executive Officer and Founder,
Fractal Labs

Nicholas Heller has over 20 years of experience as a corporate leader and founding entrepreneur. Nicholas is currently CEO and Founder of the award-winning, FinTech company, Fractal Labs, and previously led the European R&D team at Google. He also sits as a Non-Executive Director for the not-for-profit organisation, SVC2UK.

Fractal Labs is a dynamics insight platform that manages cash flow and capital requirements for small businesses and their financial partners.

 

Ben Johnson, Partnerships Manager – Business Platform UK & EMEA, Xero

Ben joined Xero in 2014 and over the past five years has worked across Australia, UK & EMEA managing partnerships with banks and FinTechs to deliver innovative and integrated propositions for Xero’s small business customers.

Xero is the emerging global leader of online accounting software that connects small businesses to their advisors and other services by providing business owners with real-time visibility of their financial position and performance in a way that’s simple, smart and secure.

 

Kevin Telford, Advisor, ThoughtWorks

Kevin Telford is an innovative award winning business change Strategy Director and Advisor. Kevin’s role at ThoughtWorks is to enable financial services along with established and new brands to create, design, build and deliver tech and data value propositions that harness the expertise of the ThoughtWorks team.

ThoughtWorks is a community of passionate individuals whose purpose is to revolutionise software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change. ThoughtWorks works to create optimal tech that challenges people to use smart data solutions to innovate fast for financial services brands and new entrants, including their Open Banking platforms, marketplaces and ecosystem solutions which centre around Intelligent Empowerment and Open Life.

 

Jamie Campbell, Marketing Lead, Bud

As the first employee at Bud, Jamie has created and amplified strategic decisions growing the business from a B2C start-up to working with some of the largest banks in the world. He is a commentator on Open Banking and has spoken on the subject around the world.

Bud is a layer of financial control joining up the complex systems that make up the financial industry. With a connected network of over 70 financial services companies, Bud have been recognised for their approach, winning the British Bank Awards and being awarded grants from Her Majesty’s Treasury.


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