Current Speakers Europe

Digital Transformation in Banking

Rene Konings

Program Manager Enterprise Services

Rene Konings

René Konings has been Program Manager Enterprise Services at Credit Suisse since 2016. In his current role, he is responsible for the Central RPA (Global responsible of Standards & Guidelines RPA, product management for RPA, Centre of Competence for RPA, Operations & Support and Solution Delivery), and Business Automation Solutions incl. BPM and Business Rule application. His responsibilities include the bank investment & execution governance change, end to end program management, PPM, PMO, PMO deployment, operation & enhancement, project review & recovery; lean quality management, business case and benefits management, as well as project consulting and pre-studies. Prior to starting at Credit Suisse, René Konings has been working for almost 20 years in different positions in several leading companies in the industry, including ABN AMRO, Rabobank, and ING.

Chetan Tolia

Head of Strategic Development Lab - Digital Platforms

Chetan Tolia

Chetan is the Head of the Strategic Development Lab within the Investment Bank’s Digital Platforms unit.
Focussed on the IB of the future, SDL is responsible for enabling the firm to innovate it’s business model in order to remain relevant in a digital disruptive age.
This includes running innovation pilots with clients, strategic partnerships with external firms and external direct investment with a long term horizon investment perspective.

Some of Chetan’s current areas of focus include:
1) Tokenisation – how blockchain technology enables digital assets, digital cash and digital custody in financial markets
2) Innovation mindset – how large established firms can innovate their approach and culture to remain competitive and relevant in a rapidly changing environment where FinTechs and BigTechs have are increasing prominence

Joining UBS as an intern in 1997 he has held several change management and transformation roles in both business and technology divisions out of London and Zurich.

Chetan is a UBS Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Ambassador and co-chairs the IB DE&I council in Switzerland.
He’s an active member of the MOSAIC network that focuses on ethnicity DE&I, and leads the Refugee Engagement Stream as part of that network.

He holds a 1st class honours degree in Software Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology.

Originally from Nairobi, Kenya he lives with his wife and son in Zurich.

Julia Jakubiec

Digital Data Expert

Julia Jakubiec

Diana Carrasco

Head of Risk, Group Digital Channels

Diana Carrasco

Pieter Ruysschaert

Corporate Strategy & Transformation Manager

Pieter Ruysschaert

Sergio Magalhaes

IT Director

Sergio Magalhaes

Annerie Vreugdenhil

Chief Innovation Officer

Annerie Vreugdenhil

After obtaining her master’s degree in Dutch Law from the University of Amsterdam, Annerie Vreugdenhil started her career as Account Manager Large Corporates with the NederlandseCredietbank NV in 1987. In 1992 Annerie Vreugdenhil started at ING and held various positions, which revolved around maintaining and expanding relationships with clients in ING’s Wholesale Banking division, before being appointed as Head of Innovation Wholesale Banking in 2018. In the latter role she has been able to use her ability to see opportunities in all kind of situations, to challenge the status quo and to rethink services and processes. Since January 1st 2021, Annerie Heads the new business area ING Neo and acts as Chief Innovation Officer.

In 2000, Annerie founded and expanded ING’s Leveraged Finance team in the Netherlands. In 2006 she became Head of Corporate Clients Netherlands, a client group that consists of the listed and privately-owned large companies. In 2010, Annerie was appointed Head of Commercial Banking Netherlands and became a member of the board of ING Domestic Bank Netherlands. In this role she was responsible for all of ING’s wholesale banking activities in The Netherlands, including midcorpsand SMEs as well as Private Banking. Also she was part of the team that designed and implemented the agile transformation. In February 2016 Annerie was appointed Global Head of Real Estate Finance within ING Wholesale Banking. In her last two roles she had successfully created new data and technology driven solutions for clients and ING employees.

In January 2018, Annerie was appointed Head of WB Innovation. In this role, Annerie is responsible for the innovation activities of Wholesale Banking, as well as the Advanced Analytics and blockchain team, that all work towards developing new solutions for clients and employees that will disrupt the core of ING or go beyond banking with the aim to create strong new revenue streams and/or lower costs for ING.

In addition to her current role, Annerie Vreugdenhil is the Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of komgo, an ING co-founded DLT based start-up in Trade, member of the Board R3, a DLT based software companyand member of the Executive advisory Board of Squirro, an AI based software company. Annerie is married and has two sons.

Luis Nacarino

Corporate & Investment Banking - Business Process Engineering

Luis Nacarino

Gianluca D’Imperio

Senior Compliance Advisor – Payments & Open Banking expert

Gianluca D’Imperio

Gianluca D’Imperio works as Vice President in the GTB Regulatory Management of the Group Compliance at UniCredit S.p.A. He is accountable to ensure the correct implementation of EU rules on Payment Services (e.g. PSD2, CBPR) both at local and Group level. He specialized in Digital Business Transformation providing also advisory support to FinTech and RegTech initiatives of the Group. After completing his degree in economics Dr D’Imperio started his business career in 1999 at the first internet-only Bank in Italy, holding various roles and responsibilities. He joined UniCredit in 2003 and in 2006 he was appointed as Regulatory Compliance Analyst focused on the Italian and European laws concerning banking services. He is also member of Institute of International Finance (IIF) Digital Finance Working Group and the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) Data Strategy Working Group.

Manuela Sedvartaite

Innovation Manager

Manuela Sedvartaite

Manuela is the Innovation Manager at Banco Santander. Based in London, she is responsible for driving new business models and implementing novel technologies for the Group. Prior to banking, Manuela was heavily involved in the fin-tech space running a blockchain start-up and closely working with regulators, investors, incumbent financial institutions to develop new more collaborative approaches to rethinking financial services.

Richard Davies

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Davies

Richard is a leader in SME banking and fintech, having spent the last two decades working with UK banks and the fastest growing fintechs. Most recently he was the group COO/CEO Banking (and remains a NED) at Revolut. At OakNorth he developed the business model, technology, and regulatory licence application as the inaugural CEO. In large banks, he has been TSB’s Commercial Banking Director, and COO for HSBC’s UK Commercial Bank.

Andrea Urgolo

Head of Digital Transformation

Andrea Urgolo
  • Business Executive with over 20 years of international professional experience:
  • Commercial Banking (20y) – Intesa, Poste Italiane, Abbey
  • Branded Goods (4y) – Barilla and Seagram (Chivas Regal and MUMM Champagne)
  • Business Executive experienced in spearheading major domestic and international projects that drove company-wide/ business restructuring and performance optimization.
  • Extensive international exposure in some of the most complex and difficult economic environments developed exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. Flexibility and adaptability to new challenging environments, allow to deliver pivotal results despite limited resources and a strict sense of urgency.
  • Start-up mentor with Startupbootcamp and PlugandPlay International startup accelerators.
  • BA Graduated at “La Sapienza” University in Rome; Master in International Marketing & Trade at ITA in Belgium.

Paula Ylisassi

Senior Manager

Paula Ylisassi

20 years of business and marketing executive experience from various industries from startups to multinational corporations. Leader, international executive, thinker, mentor, with an entrepreneur spirit. Mashing up professional experience in leadership, business development, strategic marketing & branding, innovation, design and technology. Building digital businesses since the dawn of the interne

Antti Myllymäki

Head of Artificial Intelligence

Antti Myllymäki

Antti Myllymäki is Head of Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence at OP Financial Group. Center of excellence makes machine learning happen at OP, both what (AI vision) and how (all development work). Key results include more than EUR 24M operational efficiency savings and more than 170 AI projects delivered. Antti has built and managed organizations focusing to large scale information management and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining OP, Antti worked with gaming, high tech and financial industries to improve their competitive position with data, advanced analytics and machine learning. He has worked e.g. at Efcode and Deloitte managing multimillion EUR projects with global scope. He has been involved in a wide range of improvement initiatives covering strategy, shared services, process re-engineering, operating model and technology implementation across industries.

Jan Sojka

Head of Digital Excellence Center

Jan Sojka

Pedro Taborda

Head of Distance/Remote Banking

Pedro Taborda

Senior Manager with over 25 years’ experience in strategic planning and execution, human resources and business development, driving financial services transformation in Europe and Africa.
Pedro is currently ramping up remote banking at a major Portuguese bank (Caixa Geral de Depósitos – cgd.pt).
His core academic background is in economics but has continuously searched to embed new perspectives. Currently, Pedro is finishing a master in business intelligence and knowledge management, building on prior postgraduate degrees in information technologies management, labour law and executive education in human resources, artificial intelligence and digital transformation.
Profile: linkedin.com/in/pedromvtaborda

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